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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 12 of 17) 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:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,702 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.

2005 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 12 of 17)

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problem #117

Feb 282010

G6 4-cyl

  • 58,145 miles


The elect pwr steering has gone out twice. Both occasions I pulled over and turned off the ignition and when I started the car back up it was fine. When it goes out there is absolutely no steering. The wrench light on the dash lights up when this happens. This is on a 2005 Pontiac G6. From what I have read on the internet, it appears this is not a random problem with this vehicle. It has only 58145 miles on it. I am going to take it into the my local dealer to have it checked out.

- White Springs, FL, USA

problem #116

Feb 232010


  • 85,000 miles
Pontiac G6 2005 power steering goes out driving down the road. I bought the car new. Had the power steering replaced at 50,000 miles and now having the same problem again. Need a recall! not paying to fix it again!

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #115

Feb 192010


  • 77,000 miles
My complaint is in reference to # PE07023. On 2/19/2010, I began to receive issues with the power steering of my Pontiac G6 2005 GT. The steering became overbearing to the point where I could not turn and was stuck in the middle of traffic. I turned my car off and waited about 5 minutes and restarted it. At that point I was able to move my vehicle and being driving again. After being extremely frightened I made home and began to do research on this issue. I found numbers of complaints about the same problem along with your website. I find it hard to believe that GM has not filed a recall on an issue that is so dangerous. I understand that they were going through bankruptcy but at whose expense? I have not gotten my vehicle fixed yet due to money issues. However I did not expect to have to get something so major fixed on a vehicle that is only 4 years old. I was not offered a warranty on my vehicle when I purchased and now I think I know why I have had nothing but problems from this vehicle from day one.. electricity, battery, brakes just to name a few. Currently Toyota is undergoing major issues and GM needs have a bit of that lime light as well. I feel for any one who is experiencing this issue with their vehicle as it is dangerous and scary personally leaving me helpless. I pray for any one who has not gotten this problem fixed as I wish there is not any more accidents pertaining to a simple fix by GM. Is it cheaper to have law suits against you or fix the 100,000 vehicles that are under this investigation.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #114

Nov 282009


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions. The steering wheel exhibited a loud popping noise. Suddenly, the steering wheel locked. The driver was able to pull over to the side of the road with caution. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operations. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired for the malfunction when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- East Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #113

Dec 192009


  • 109,122 miles
The steering wheel chatters and clicks while driving. The power steering service light comes on and off.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #112

Nov 102009


  • 73,000 miles
My daughter has reported to me that her ( 2005 pont. G-6 ) has lost its power steering several times since she purchased it last year. Took it in to dealer for problem - they informed us that the problem was a limit sensor in the steering column that required the steering column to be replaced. Chat on internet claim that replacement of steer column was expensive and did not always fix the problem.

- New Middletown, OH, USA

problem #111

Feb 012010


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, without a warning the power steering locked. The contact was able to pull over and turned the vehicle off. After a few minutes the contact turned the vehicle back on, however the failure reoccurred. This failure has occurred 2 times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer because it was impossible to drive. The dealer stated that they have to replace the steering column and the sensor. The vehicle was being repaired by the dealer at the time of the complaint.the failure and current mileage was 80000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #110

Mar 022008


  • miles
Clunking in steering column, ended up being the steering coupler, it has been replaced twice one at 17K miles, and one at 65K miles ! now rack and pinion is going out at 68K miles !

- Warsaw, OH, USA

problem #109

Jan 212010


  • 80,000 miles
My vehicle will lose power steering without any warning at any given time. I will be driving and out of no where, without any warning, a wrench light will come on the dash and the power steering will stop working. The steering becomes very very hard to turn and has almost caused me to get into two accidents. I wanted to get it repaired, but was quoted over $800 dollars for parts and labor. I went to look online for other options and saw that their have been numerous complaints filed with NHTSA about this same issue. I know that you are concerned about GM's current financial status but as a government Agency for the people, I plead with you to please make right. I have been told by a mechanic also that this is a common problem.

- Shelby Twp, MI, USA

problem #108

Jan 222010


  • 62,552 miles
Power steering message appeared on radio. Contacted dealer - replaced steering column. Cost was $357 for labor and $369 for part. These steering columns have been replaced on Pontiac and cobalts so they are most likely defective and should be recalled.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #107

Jan 152010

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,100 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 15 mph, he heard a chiming noise and suddenly the vehicle lost power steering. He cited that it was extremely difficult to handle the steering wheel and a warning light was illuminated on the dashboard. He turned the vehicle off and looked under the hood; however, when he restarted the vehicle, the failure did not recur. He called the manufacturer and a representative scheduled an appointment for him to have the vehicle inspected by the dealer. The vehicle has not been repaired to-date. The current mileage was 42,711. The failure mileage was approximately 42,100. Updated 02/17/10. Updated 02/19/10.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #106

Jan 132010


  • 65,000 miles
Driving car to work, on I-285 getting on ramp to I-85 North in atlanta, ga. While on the ramp I felt the steering wheel tighten, the service light came on and info panel indicated power steering. I turned on my caution lights and got off the highway and managed to get to the nearest gas station, thinking that I simply needed some power steering fluid to get back on the road. To my surprise, I have an electric power steering system and there is no fluid to add. Furthermore, the power steering issue went away after restarting the car. This apparently is a widespread issue, as NHTSA did an investigation on this problem before ( and concluded that the case was closed. This is a dangerous issue as if the car decides the power steering system is malfunctioning, its quite possible that I could be in a dangerous turn, unable to gain control of my car before heading into a concrete wall or oncoming traffic. I request that NHTSA look into this issue again as a $1000 repair is simply not fair for known defects on automobiles.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #105

Jan 112010


  • 27,260 miles
The steering on my 2005 Pontiac G6 is failing. When trying to turn left and or right it is nearly impossible. Also, when at a complete stop and trying to back up, the steering locks up as well.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #104

Dec 262009


  • 92,681 miles
Steering column locks up when driving.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #103

Dec 202009


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While making a left turn the check engine warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. And then the power steering failed. The dealer nor the manufacturer have been contacted. The failure mileage was 77,000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Lake Waukomis, MO, USA

problem #102

Dec 192009


  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2005 Pontiac G6. I was driving the vehicle and the power steering went out on it while I was making a turn. Almost caused me to lose control of the vehicle. My 2 month old daughter was in the car.

- Newport, MI, USA

problem #101

Dec 132009


  • 476,000 miles
While driving the 2005, Pontiac G6 with 47,600 miles the steering will at various times go out. After searches online I have found many complaints about the G6's electrical powers steering failing. No crashes have occurred due to this incident but are very imminent if it were to happen at highway speeds. Contacting the dealership tells us the VIN number is outside the peak months the main defect was created. I cant understand how if it is a problem in my vehicle how it is considered not a warranty issue.

- Tulsa , OK, USA

problem #100

Aug 162007


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. Intermittently while driving he loses power steering without warning. Within the last several years, the vehicle was taken to the dealer multiple times. The rack and pinion, and power steering motor were repaired several times. Consequently, within the last two years he had two vehicle crashes. He sustained minor injuries in both incidences. However during the last crash, the vehicle was almost completely destroyed. The manufacturer was notified, but he was advised that they would only cover the rental expenses.the failure mileage was 49000. The current mileage was 53,000.

- Camp Nelson, CA, USA

problem #99

Dec 092009


  • 93,310 miles
While making a right hand turn at an intersection, the steering popped and locked up in the middle of the turn. The car ran into the opposite lane when the steering locked. I came about a foot away from hitting a truck that was coming from the opposite direction. I immediately parked the car and moved the wheel back and forth. The wheel locked in both directions, then would release and continue turning. At one point, a "power steering" error showed on the cd player. I turned the car off a few times and tried turning the wheel again, and about 50% of the time it would malfunction again, the other time it would be normal. For all the same complaints on this vehicle, something needs to be done. I do not feel safe driving this car.

- Mahanoy City, PA, USA

problem #98

Dec 062009


  • 83,223 miles
My Pontiac G6 GT lost its powering steering during my drive to work. This is the first time that I have experienced this issue with my vehicle. While driving the power steering alert light came and less than 10 seconds later my vehicle lost its power steering.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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