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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 3 of 3) Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,331 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Feb 202009


  • 29,000 miles


2005 Pontiac G6 has a problem with the brake lights where the lights stay on while brake pedal is not being pushed, or don't come on at all unless you push really hard. I looked online to see if I could find a solution and found many other people are having similar issues.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Jan 202009


  • miles
My brake lights will be on without the brakes being pressed and will go off when the brakes are applied. Has occurred on and off over the last 6 months. I have been on several forums and this seems to be a common occurrence with G6 owners.

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 222008


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving at an unknown speed, the brake lights illuminate. When the vehicle was slowed down, the lights dim. The dealer has not yet been located. The failure and current mileages were 58,000.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #3

Aug 152008


  • 51,000 miles


2005 Pontiac G6, brake lights come on without touching the brakes. It occurs sporadically. If you tap the brake pedal, the lights go off for about 3-5 seconds, then they come back on. I've had it in at the Pontiac dealership twice and they don't know how to fix the problem. I've done internet searches about this issue and it appears to be happening to other G6 owners all over the U.S. I've had other motorists flash me and motion to me on the freeway and I don't think it is safe to drive the car this way.

- Northfield , MN, USA

problem #2

Sep 172008


  • 25,000 miles
I own a 2005 Pontiac G6 which I purchased from a dealer after it had been leased for 1 year. The vehicle had 12000 miles on it when purchase. Numerous problems have occurred with this vehicle after purchase. Starting with a noise, clunk in the steering. This has been in the repair shop for upwards to 7-8 times, each time new repairs done on different parts. This problem has never been resolved. Now at 64500 miles the noise is still there after repairs only 4000 miles ago. Starting in October of 2007 I began having problems with the brake lights and cruise control. Brake lights working only sporadically as well as the cruise control. There has been documented repairs on the is of 7-8 times as well. This problem also has never been resolved. On September 17, 2008 my car was involved in a rear-end automobile accident in most part and no doubt due to faulty brake light system. Many other problems have occurred with this vehicle as well including poor sunvisor manufacturing, leaky map lights in overhead console, rapid wear of brake pads and rotors, rapid tire wear, starting drags when starting, occasionally the car will not shift out of park when the car is running and brake pedal is applied.

- Waupaca, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 202005


  • miles
I bought my 2005 G6 1 month ago. When I drive at night my brake light are always on. When I touch my brakes the lights go out. The dealerships can not seem to find anything wrong.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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