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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 6 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 6 of 17)

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problem #237

Jul 272012

G6 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles


Power steering failed, without warning, light coming on. Turning wheels is almost impossible, this is extremely dangerous.

- Johns Island, SC, USA

problem #236

Jul 052012


  • 151,595 miles
Where do I begin!!! my G6 I love but apparently the electrical power steering goes out. So, with that being said you have no power steering. Its is really hard to turn your wheel, on highway to get off an exit, pull in to park somewhere, make a tight turn, and try and pull out of a tight parking situation. I realize one of the ways to fix the problem is to get it fix (obviously outrageous price), or just turn the car off and restart that seems to work. So, apparently about 3-4 years ago GM realized this "manufacture defect/recall" but not a safety recall" I don't understand it but you know how big companies are never want to be accountable. Ok, so in 2010 I receive this letter from GM about this loss of power steering but in the letter reminder it states "the vehicle can still be steered in a safe manner but will require greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds or when stopped." Ok so when you are on the highway??" I work alot and have to travel, and for personal reasons I travel a good bit. I have been very lucky when this defect occurs either someone with me to guide me through it or for some reason the highway is non busy and I can pull over (reminder 2 hands on the wheel with no power steering using all my arm strength to pull over) ok, so again this GM letter, so ok course after trying to jump some hoops I don't meet the requirements for this repair to fix by GM at their cost. That letter states vehicles with less than 100,000miles..yea ok, me I travel!!! crazy so I complain why not right. So, 2 years pass receive a letter from GM again about this "power steering issue" now 150,000ml..again!!!

- New Oxford, PA, USA

problem #235

Jul 232012

G6 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I was driving home from work yesterday afternoon and I came to a stop sign. My home is adjacent to that stop sign, so when I made a right from the stop sign to turn left in my driveway, my steering wheel locked on me. The street I became stuck on was 30 mph, and there were cars driving off the road because of it. A few of the people from the cars came to help me push the car in my driveway. My engine light came on, and the screen inside the car read "power steering". I did several searches for this part to be replaced; they were well over a thousand dollars. I need help, and I need my car. I haven't had my car for a full year yet.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #234

May 292012

G6 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


On numerous occasions, my car will chime once and a message will appear about my power steering. I will lose my power steering for a short period of time. It will be difficult to steer the car over off the road. It has also chimed and a message will come on about servicing the air bags. After the air bag message, the security paddlelock will come on and my car will basically shut down. I will lose my ability to accelerate and steer the car. This has occurred while driving down the highway and also when turning corners or stopping at stop signs. Once the vehicle has been stopped and shut off, it will not start again. I have to let it sit for at least 20 to 25 minutes and then I can restart it. Sometimes it will run fine for weeks, and other times such as yesterday, it continued every time I drove it. I just had numerous large repair bills and I have no more money to fix this major problem.

- Richland, IA, USA

problem #233

May 112011


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving 65 mph when the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer stated that they had to replace the power steering box. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recalls and provided no further assistance. The failure mileage was 160,000 and the current mileage was 184,000.

- Cassopolis , MI, USA

problem #232

Apr 182012


  • 105,000 miles
Driving my car and the power steering failed while turning through an intersection. Very scary and hard to control. Why hasn't there been a recall for this problem with all the complaints?

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #231

Mar 312012


  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact inspected the vehicle and replaced the steering column sensor. The failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technician stated that the steering column assembly would have to be replaced. The failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was not repaired again. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000.

- Chittenango, NY, USA

problem #230

Mar 122012

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The car begins shaking violently when turning the car. The car becomes hard to keep under control.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #229

Mar 112012

G6 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Vehicle was purchased in 2010 for my 17 year old son. We are the second owners. Vehicle lost steering power pulling when my husband pulled into our driveway today. My son just confirmed this has happened several times but hadn't shared that with us before today. Although thousands of complaints appear on record, with research concluding there is a problem, we did not receive notification of a safety issue, and no formal recall exists. For a newer driver, this is especially dangerous. Please consider instituting notification of issues to all vehicles transferring to a new owner, and adding an official recall on the affected vehicles. We will pursue service regardless of the recall for personal safety.

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #228

Mar 102012


  • miles
This morning I woke up and decided to go to breakfast, luckily I was in the drive through when this happened. I was turning to go through the paying window and my power steering went out. I turned the car off and back on and it came back. When the power steering goes out you can't turn the wheel know matter how strong you are. I was lucky... luckily I wasn't taking an exit or turning at an intersection. I have read a bunch of power steering problems with my car which is an 05 Pontiac G6 GT, and everyone is saying that GM doesn't see this as a safety problem. I could have caused a pretty bad accident if I would have been driving on the highway when it went out.

- Selinsgrove, PA, USA

problem #227

Feb 032012


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering wheel would jerk when driving and when sitting idle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was advised that the problem was within the steering column. The contact was referred to the manufacturer. The manufacturer was contacted and did not specify the failure but advised the contact that the vehicle was over the warranty mileage limit and provided no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 105,000.

- Harvard, IL, USA

problem #226

Dec 142011

G6 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My G6 sporadically would loose power steering and lock up completely, I could not turn the wheel at all. Luckily, it happened at a stop sign or a side street, I could shut off my car and turn it back on and it was fine. As well as, loss of power steering my car would jerk to the left while merging onto highways. Neither of these two things were consistent but scary nonetheless. My family and I did some research and found that my car had a notice on it to have the steering column replaced for free by the dealership. 11/30/11 is when we took my car the dealership had had it fixed. I drove it for roughly two weeks without any problems until 12/14/11. I was merging from I-29 N to 36 E going the speed limit. I had just merged into the right lane when my steering wheel jerked to the left; I tried to correct the car and lost control. I spun and flipped my car onto the opposite side of the highway into the West bound traffic passing lane. My car landed upside down on its roof. It was a horrifying experience. Something needs to be done about this vehicle! I was lucky I was wearing my seatbelt and I didn't hit any other cars. I suffered a hand injury but mostly am just really shaken up and fully believe this car needs a recall!!

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

problem #225

Nov 032010


  • miles
I've had my 2005 Pontiac G6 for almost 2 years and the power steering went out on me while driving on the highway. I didn't have the money to get the power steering fixed immediately so I continued to drive it for several months and I noticed that when the weather was warmer my G6 was fine. But in the winter the power steering goes out.

- Riverside, AL, USA

problem #224

Jan 202012

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
My son was traveling home and discovered that the steering wheel became hard to control. Due to recent shoulder surgery in December, it was very difficult for him to control the steering wheel. In an effort to gain control, he placed pressure on the shoulder and safely got the car off of the road. Due to the pressure on the shoulder, he was taken to the orthopedic center to have his shoulder examined for additional injury. After reviewing over 132 complaints online and the recalls that were made for the 2005 Pontiac G5 but not the 2005 Pontiac G6. My wife and I are very distraught that the G6 was not placed on the recall list and that our son was so close to losing his life. We purchased the pre-owned vehicle in May 2011. Since there has been so many complaints and close encounter with bodily injuries and/or death, we have also contacted the GM manufacture to determine why the Pontiac G6 was not placed on the recall list. We only want this problem repaired to ensure that our son is driving a safe vehicle and therefore are requesting an investigation into this matter.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #223

Jan 072012


  • miles
I was driving down the road at 30 miles per hour when my steering wheel started moving by its self, jerking back and forth. Then all power steering went out of my car making it very difficult to steer my car. Thank goodness, I did not have any sharp turns to make. This is a very dangerous problem and looking into the issue I have found that GM is very aware of the problem and has not made any attempt to remedy the issue.

- Damascus, MD, USA

problem #222

Dec 092011

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I noticed that when trying to park my vehicle the steering wheel locks up. It is difficult to steer and appears that there is no power steering. The problem does not correct itself until you are going more than 20 mph. This continues to be an ongoing problem.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #221

Jan 052012

G6 6-cyl

  • 15 miles
The steering on my car went out as I was going to turn on a busy street. Luckily I was barely picking up speed. But if this had not been the case I could have easily hit two people that were standing on the corner or even traffic light post. There was no warning at all. Except the beeping and then the steering going out. After the steering went out it was almost impossible to turn, I had to get help. This is very dangerous and the problem should be fix. I've read that this has also happen to other people and some even while driving on the highway. Someone could get killed or they can kill someone!! this has to be fixed immediately! the car is under my husbands name, but I'm the primary driver.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #220

Jan 032012


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering wheel seized. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the road and regained power steering. The failure recurred two different times. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic. The technicians stated that the power steering column would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #219

Jan 042012

G6 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
I was driving approx 30 mph and when I went into a curve the power steering quit working and I almost ran into the ditch and hit a mail box. Luckily, I missed both of them but pulled a muscle in my shoulder trying to keep the car on the road. I pulled off to the side of the road and my 3 point turn turned into a 8 point turn. The power steering light was on the screen flashing. This can be very dangerous and deadly. This needs to be a recall before someone dies and the company is sued, considering the fact that I'm seeing this reported quite often.

- Surf City, NC, USA

problem #218

Dec 192011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed as normal. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the power steering assist motor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Salem , NH, USA

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