NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 3 of 18)

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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,310 miles

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2005 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 18)

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problem #303

May 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Recall14E044000 we recently took my daughters G6 in to a GM dealer for this steering issue. We have play in the steering and the noise it makes is very scary. Driving is sloppy and at times depending on roads can make the car go all over the road. They have told us that they would not fix it under this recall. However the part we are having to replace is the middle shaft. This is my 19 yr old daughter driving this car why were we refused to have this fixed under this recall?

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #302

Sep 242008

G6 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Steering column feels loose when driving. It makes a knocking noise with movement left or right. It has been doing this since I purchased the vehicle used in 2008. It was taken to the dealership for repairs and found to have nothing wrong with the steering so we continued to drive it. Recall infor sent to me concerning this exact problem however the repairs cant be made without the parts. GM please hurry and get the recall parts to the repair shops. I don't want to loose my life over this and the anxiety of driving around in a vehicle that has as many recalls as this one does is very hard to deal with.

- Spotsylvania, VT, USA

problem #301

Sep 202014

G6 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Daughter was driving in town and power steering went out. We did receive recall notice on this part in March 2014 and had repeatedly attempted to get it fixed however; have been told every time there are no parts available. Extremely frustrated with GM's lack of responsiveness!

- Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

problem #300

Sep 122014

G6 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This car currently has three recalls by the manufacture. It was by grace that my husband and son made it to their destination safely. When they got ready to leave from where they were going, my husband could not put the car in gear. After several tries the car started to move. Immediately the steering column locked and the breaks went all the way to the floor. We had the car towed home. The next day we towed the car to the shop and learned the structure of the inner dash had broke. The steering column and the breaking system is all connected to the dash. We had no warning, my husband drives this car on the highway everyday to work. I am thankful that this happened when the car was sitting. We were told to replace the entire dash for over 2000 dollars. We have had nothing but issues with this car now having four recalls. This can happen to anyone who owns this car. It is a known fact that GM has issues with their steering column and intermediate shafts. We were very lucky, but who is to say the next owner of this Pontiac will be. This is not common, who would think a inner dash would crack, this is a poor design. I am not responsible to fix this problem the inner dash should be recalled before someone is hurt... I have paid for my car on top of all sorts of known problems: Bearings, multiple rotors and breaks, heated seats catching on fire, struts all the way around, burnt out lighting, motor for heat, recall for power steering, multiple tires, panoramic sunroof is broken, new front window and the list goes on. With all the money that I have spent plus the purchase price this seems so unfair. My total sale price for this car including finance charges was $28,028.60. Wow did I get the short end of the deal. Thank you.

- Trotwood, OH, USA

problem #299

Feb 072014

G6 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Last fall the car tail lights failed to work, this past winter the steering wheel locked up while I was driving. Now when I drive the car the tail lights don't work, turning signals will work intermittently and most recently the steering is going out almost on a regular basis. The car has been locking up on me while I am driving it. Forcing me to have to pull over and shut the car off and then restarting it. The car is unsafe and I need this vehicle to get to work. I cant wait for parts to be in. I have contacted a local dealer and they tell me that parts are not in. It wont be long before the car does break down or there is an accident.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #298

Sep 082014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Lampasas, TX, USA

problem #297

Aug 112014

G6 6-cyl

  • 142,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Coming up to a red light preparing to make a right hand turn, as I slowed to complete break the service vehicle light came on as the light turned green but I lost power steering making me unable to make the right turn that the 4 or 5 cars behind me thought I would be making thus almost causing a rear end collision which sent me in a full panic attack having to take medication to bring me out of it.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #296

Aug 262014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). However, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 09/30/14 updated 02/27/2015

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #295

Aug 252014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train); however, the parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain about when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #294

Aug 052013

G6 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Steering clunks during left turns. Was told this is caused by defective intermediate steering shaft. This is a design flaw and needs to be recalled.

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #293

Mar 172014

G6

  • 135,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle veered into a different direction intermittently and the power steering failed. The contact was able to maneuver the vehicle back into the right direction; however, the failure recurred numerous times at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the failure was due to a loss of electric power steering. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Mansfield, GA, USA

problem #292

May 142014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel seized. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to be repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Brandon , MS, USA

problem #291

Aug 122014

G6 6-cyl

  • 119,050 miles
GM has sent multiple letters regarding the power steering recall. They say they do not have parts and they actually encourage owners to continue driving even at a risk of power steering loss and accident. I was backing out of my driveway when my G6 lost power steering causing me to hit an obstruction. GM is a terrible company and the us government is allowing this joke of a recall. Hold GM accountable and make them either fix the recall in 5 business days or buy these cars from us at market value. I will be sending my congressman and senator the same letter telling them of my poor treatment.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #290

May 162014

G6

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 35 mph, the contact experienced difficulty steering the vehicle. The steering operated normally once the vehicle was turned off and restarted. The power steering warning indicator was not illuminated. The failure occurred 45 times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Nashport, OH, USA

problem #289

Aug 012008

G6

  • 85,000 miles
Bought car used from individual. Lots of issues with it. Steering locks up when driving, take key out and car still runs, lights shut down when driving, traction control kicks in and messes with car. Steering caused me to almost wreck 2X and has had me have to shift to neutral and shut car down on interstate and restart to try to be able to steer.

- Ruffs Dale , PA, USA

problem #288

Jul 232014

G6

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 10 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Jcc

- North Grafton, MA, USA

problem #287

Jun 032014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the part for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #286

Jul 012014

G6

  • miles
In the last three months I've had to get my brakes replaced twice and have had to take my car into the shop because my cars power steering has stopped working. After all of that, I've gotten three letters in the mail in the last month for recalls on my car. If there's that many parts being recalled on my vehicle, why isn't GM just recalling the whole vehicle since the G6 has nothing but problems since day one.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #285

Feb 162014

G6

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 50 mph, the power steering failed and all of the instrument panel indicators illuminated. The dealer replaced the steering column and torque sensor. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 111,000.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #284

Jun 202014

G6

  • 144,000 miles
The electrical power steering in my car constantly malfunctions while I am driving down the road. I only have this one vehicle and have no other means of transportation. I am afraid that it is going to go completely out and I may lose control of my car.

- Monroeville, AL, USA

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