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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2005 G6 has a major defect trend with electronic power-assisted steering failure. The power steering cuts out while driving, making it extremely difficult to steer. G6 owners typically report spending $600 - $1,200+ to fix the problem, replacing either the entire steering column or the power assist motor.

In March 2010, GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles for this exact problem "...after receiving 1,100 complaints of power steering failures." However the 2005 G6 wasn't included in that recall.

In July 2010, GM issued a "Special Coverage Adjustment" — TSB #10183 — covering "certain" (not all) 2005, 2006 & 2008 Pontiac G6's for power steering problems, up to 10 years/100k miles.

As of early 2013 the NHTSA had 300+ steering complaints on file for the 2005 G6, with 12 crashes & 4 injuries. The NHTSA closed their initial investigation in 2007, having determined that losing your power steering going over 15-20 mph isn't a big deal & that most crashes occurred at slow speeds, so not a safety risk. Ridiculous? Yep, we think so too.

The 2005 G6 also has an expensive problem with "popping" or "clunking" noises when turning, & that issue extends to newer model years as well.

Factor in the 2005 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
60,300 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2005 Pontiac G6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 012012

G6 GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,300 miles


This was the first time the car just stopped running while driving down the road. It was towed to the garage and they said they found that the harness looked like it had been fixed before. The mechanics messed with the harness a little and the car started. A week later it did the same thing. Had the car towed again, this lasted about 2 weeks then it happened again. Had the car towed again, this time it was in the garage about 2 days while they kept it to see if it would act up. I drove it from the garage down the road a mile and a half and it did it again. It was towed back. The mechanics changed a pin in the harness this time, and it seemed to do the trick. Well now it is doing it again. When it dies I can sometimes crawl under the in front of the passenger side rear tire and the harness plug by the fuel tank is right there, if i play with it and then get back in the car it will start. There seems to be no fix for this!? I am fed up and after only owning the car for 4 months I am ready to cut my losses and get rid of it. I bought the car at the end of November and did not own it for a week before it started acting up. I thought I was buying a reliable car, and now I am afraid to pull it out of the driveway.

- , Green Camp, OH, USA

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