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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 4 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 4 of 17)

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problem #277

Apr 282014

G6 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles


I was coming to a stop at a stop sign and heard 3 dings and then lost my power steering. A message also popped up on my radio screen stating power steering. I am thankful that this happened while only going maybe 5mph if that, if I had been going any faster this could have been a terrible accident.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #276

Apr 222014

G6 6-cyl

  • 38,992 miles
When wife was turning into parking lot, the power steering went out, and she was unable to steer. She had to pull over and leave car.

- Clarkston, WA, USA

problem #275

Mar 122014

G6 6-cyl

  • 117,012 miles
I was driving the vehicle, and the power steering just quit. I had to pull it off into a parking lot and wait for my father to come look it over. He found nothing wrong and started the car, and it worked like normal. This is the 2nd time this has happened in the last 2 months.

- Springfield , MO, USA

problem #274

Apr 102014


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the maintenance light illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #273

Apr 102014

G6 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
While I was driving on hillsdale blvd, (citrus preparing to turn left to enter a parking lot designed for sacramento works-one stop career center, suddenly, my steering wheel locked up, exactly: Became in less than a second, very tide and unexpectedly hard to turn like I was trying to turn a metal round bar/pipe or metal object weighting about 200-300 lbs. I was frightened and shocked and I pulled the brake pedal (thank god I did not have any driver behind my vehicle ) yield to vehicle from the opposite side incoming traffic, pulled hard to enter that parking lot and after I left the busy boulevard(thank god was not a traffic time as between 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M/) and slowly but hardly parking the car. Thank you for considering my concern here !

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #272

Jun 232012

G6 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I was driving from philadelphia pa to baltimore Maryland. Upon stopping at a light before entering the highway, my steering wheel locked and I could not steer the car. As per ( April, 2014) this is still happening today. I called General Motors, they told me there was no recall on the car and should be taken in for diagnostic testing (that I have to pay for). This car has been nothing but trouble, it's dangerous and continues to lock as I am driving.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #271

Mar 132014


  • 473,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the power steering assist failed as the steering wheel became hard to turn. The vehicle was shut off and restarted without failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 473,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #270

Mar 032014


  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the power steering warning light illuminated as the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 154,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #269

Feb 202014

G6 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
At random times the check engine light comes on and I lose all power steering. The car must be restarted to restore power steering. It did this while turning around I am scared for my wife to drive this cars for fear it will fail while on the express way.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #268

Feb 012013


  • 101,000 miles
We put new tires had alignment done within days started having issues where it feels like the tires loose grip from the road. Problem still continues went an had them rotated the next day after taking off from a stop when it shifts from 2nd to 3rd gear the steering jerks to the left. Took it back garage checked everything cant find anything. Also have seat belt light on even when seat belt is on had fuel leak at neck of spout.

- Greensburg, KY, USA

problem #267

Jan 202013

G6 6-cyl

  • 158,000 miles


My problem first started when trying to park, the steering was very hard. Then the next time I was at a stop sign and was unable to turn. Then yesterday I was driving around 45 mph and lost control of the steering. I almost had an accident. I had the steering replaced about 3 weeks again at the cost of over a thousand dollars. Could you tell me if there are any recalls or lead me in the right direction on where to go from here. Thank you in advance,

- Ashland, VA, USA

problem #266

Feb 102014

G6 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
"power steering" flashed on the radio with a chime then the power steering failed and could not turn the steering wheel. My wife almost hit the neighbors daughter on a bicycle just coming out of the driveway to turn onto the street. Due to mileage on the vehicle (159,000), GM states that it does not fall within the parameters of the warranty therefore not covering the cost of repair. This situation should be a full recall, regardless of mileage!!! the electric pump never should have been built inside this car!

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #265

Feb 072014

G6 6-cyl

  • 99,634 miles
I was driving home from work on the interstate and the power steering light came on the dash. The steering wheel locked up and I could not steer my vehicle. Thank god there was no accident. I had to stop in the middle of the interstate with cars going as fast as 80mph. I turned it off and when I restarted it I had to turn the steering wheel very hard and pull my vehicle to the side of the road.I see tons of complaints online. Why isn't this being recalled? this car is unsafe. Thank god my child was not with me.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #264

Jan 172014


  • 159,000 miles
Power steering went suddenly out today while turning across an intersection. Could of been hit. Very scary and dangerous. Never received any notices!!!!!!!!!

- Stantonville, TN, USA

problem #263

Oct 012013

G6 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds and completing a turn, the vehicle stalled as steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The failure recurred three weeks after the repairs were performed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #262

Dec 062013


  • 138,000 miles
I was just leaving work when I heard a chime and I looked at my dash board and noticed a yellow car with a wrench in it. I then felt my steering wheel lock up and became hard to steer. I then looked at my radio and it said power steering. I had to drive 6 miles home with no power steering. I knew I could still drive with this problem but knew it was going to be difficult. I then figured out that there was no power steering fluid with this type of vehicle and was electronic. Very dangers and very hard to make 90 degree turns but made it home safe.

- Fort Atkinson, WI, USA

problem #261

Nov 282013

G6 6-cyl

  • 110,540 miles
While sitting at a stoplight on 11/28/13 the light turned green, as I proceeded to make a left hand turn I couldn't, it seemed as tho my steering wheel had froze! immediately a message came across my message board that said power steering and then a symbol of a car with a wrench inside of it appeared on my dash in the left corner. Of course I panicked because the car behind me started blowing the horn. I managed to turn the steering wheel with much difficulty and pull into a parking lot. I pulled out my manual and found out that I had electric power steering ! I had to find someone to disconnect my battery to see if it would reset itself which it did, so that I could get home. Once at home I went on-line to see what kind of information that I could find on the eps and if there were any recalls for this problem. I was shocked at what I found ! little did I know that there was a recall for the same exact problem in 2010 that did not include my make. Seeing that this is a documented defect I feel like GM should be responsible for these repairs as well. This is a very critical matter ! I feel like my car is unsafe to operate therefore I have to find other means of transportation to get back and forth to work.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #260

Nov 292013

G6 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Happened 2X's in the last 3 days. First coming in to the drive way of my house. Power steering stopped working. Car coasted in to stop. No issue since in my driveway. Turned off the car and restarted. Steering worked. Called dealer made appointment for 11/29. In route to the dealership. At a stop ready to turn on to traffic. As I accelerated the steering died.. had to struggle to make the turn. Told the dealer. Received a call that this will be covered even though at first he said it would not be. Major safety issue here. This car is driven by my daughter for long distance and at highway speeds. Thank god it happened in my driveway not on a highway or in moving traffic while she drove it. But it did happen to me. This should be made very public.

- Poughkeepsie , NY, USA

problem #259

Nov 062013


  • 141,000 miles
Well driving on three different occasions now the power steering has completely went out on us. To the point where we had to stop the car, turn it off and restart it. And today it locked up where we couldn't even turn the wheel and almost caused an accident, GM really needs to recall the 2005 G6 for this steering issue before someone gets killed. We carry precious children in this car and with over 300 complaints about the same issue when are they gonna wake up and recall just as they have done for the 2006.. is it gonna take the price of peoples lives before GM fixes this known problem...

- Va, VA, USA

problem #258

Nov 232013


  • 118,000 miles
My wife was driving our car and the power steering just stopped working. It locked up and good thing that she was driving slow because she was able to stop but if someone was next to her then she would have no way to get out of the way.

- Clifton Springs, NY, USA

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