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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 8 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.

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2005 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 8 of 17)

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problem #197

Feb 012011


  • miles


Constant clunking in steering column. There's also plenty of "play" and drifting while driving. Other owners have experienced this and have claimed no matter what they do to try and fix the problem it consistently comes back. Bought this car to make 1000 mile trips but am now to scared to take it far from home or on the interstate. If I had known about these issues I would not have bought this car.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #196

Apr 252011

G6 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
The power steering locks up while driving. Car is over 70,000 and is out of extended warranty. I've heard many people have this problem, and I've called around to other mechanics to have this looked at and no one seems to be able to pin point the problem.

- Ga, GA, USA

problem #195

Apr 292011

G6 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
First problem, the exterior rear tail brake lights do not function well. I did find the recall and did take it in for repair. The problem still exist even after changing out the defected part. This is very scary and can lead to a serious accident. Second problem, the power steering light comes on and service light, when this happens the steering wheel becomes very hard and difficult to steer. After turning the car off the steering wheel returns to "normal". I have seen on different forum of complaint that have been made about this problem. I think this is very dangerous and can lead to an accident and deaths. This problem exist and not only in my vehicle but in many other of the same make. This is serious safety issue because the problem with the steering wheel becoming difficult to steer makes it impossible to control the vehicle. I am very angry because ever since I got the car I have been having a lot of safety issues with it, and as a student attending college it is extremely an inconvenience. I have three years paying the car and have one year to go, this so unfortunate because as far as all the reviews the problem is never taken care of which would mean I would have to purchase another car.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #194

May 272006


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there were multiple failures experienced in the vehicle with the power steering. The contact stated that the intermediate steering shaft was previously replaced and the dealer advised that the part would potentially need to be replaced every twelve months due to the quality. In addition, the contact stated that the bushings also needed replacing. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The VIN was unavailanle. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 134,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #193

Apr 222010


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the check engine light illuminated, a power steering chime would sound and the steering wheel locked. The contact struggled with the steering wheel for five minutes and then it turned but had no power steering capability. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the electronic power steering assist needed to be replaced along with some sensors near the steering column. The contact received a letter from the manufacturer stating that there was an issue with the steering and to take it in to the dealer for a free repair; however, the dealer stated that he had to pay for the repairs as the title was branded. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 66,000. The failure mileage was approximately 49,000.

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #192

Feb 102011


  • 126,000 miles
My wife's 2005 Pontiac G6 has some very bad steering problems. The power steering is going out and the cost is unreal to fix. I think this should be a recall due to there poor design. I just don't want my wife and little girl getting hurt or even killed over a bad design on a car that she really loves.

- Royalton, KY, USA

problem #191

Mar 122011


  • 80,000 miles


I was backing out of my driveway and my steering went out, I had no more power steering, I turned off my car and on again then it worked ok, later it went out again about a 10 mile stretch it took forever to work again, I am still having this problem, I hear their are more incidents related to mine. I feel that this is a recall but Pontiac says it is not! so why are their so many complaints about this particular car? I heard that the 2007 models went back to a hydraulic system, not like the previous years that have electric steering.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #190

Sep 162010

G6 4WD 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
I have a 2005 Pontiac G6 GT. Since purchase, I have had to replace the intermediate steering shaft four or five times. I recently replaced the whole column (about 4 months ago) and it is again making clunking noises. A car expert friend who drove the car yesterday noted that it seems to both drag and have too much 'play'. the car should be recalled. It is no longer under warranty at 110,000 miles and should be replaced by GM.

- Cresskill, NJ, USA

problem #189

Mar 152011

G6 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Power steering fails. I have to turn the car off and back on (sometimes several times) before the power steering comes back. The steering wheel is sometimes "jerky". the dealership tells me there is nothing wrong. The problems come and go.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #188

Jan 072010

G6 6-cyl

  • 147,384 miles
Complete steering failure, it was like driving my dads old 53 international pickup. I was scared, it wounldn't turn properly and was jerky. I'm just thankful I wasn't on a curvey road. I don't know if I would of made it!

- Athol, MA, USA

problem #187

Jul 132010

G6 6-cyl

  • 160,539 miles


Steering gear was loose in my 2005 Pontiac G6 which cause a lot of steering noise and concern. Brought to dealer and found it to be loose and they grease and tighened the gear shaft, note this is the third time.

- Athol, MA, USA

problem #186

Jan 212011

G6 6-cyl

  • 114,900 miles
Steering defects; electric power assist system. Loss of steering while driving vehicle. Vehicle warning lights appeared on in (O3) separate incidents that there appears to be a steering malfunction. (52 year old experience driver - horrific driving experience. Vehicle was recently purchased-used, and this happen within 7 days of the sale. Returned the vehicle to the dealership with no explanation, of defects" I do not know what if any was done by the dealership to correct this problem. What I do know is that I returned this vehicle to the GMC-Pontiac dealer, which I explained that this vehicle should be crushed and destroyed from the driving public to prevent a near future fatality to the public. This vehicle needs to be located by the ntsb and the brains checked, because if it is sold and put back on the road surely a fatal accident is to come, from the defect not the driver. Warning this is not Toyota, unfortunately it's one of our on. American name {Pontiac G-6 2005 est. Mileage at time of incident 114,800}. the local dealership stated prior to the sale that this vehicle was certified" upon return to the dealership personnel were reluctant to discuss this defect and it's findings. End.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #185

Nov 012010


  • 108,000 miles
Power steering started to get really hard to turn into parking spots or when you would try to turn then it started to just freeze up. I have taken my car into the shop and they informed me that there was a tps bulletin on the part, they repaired the part but I am not sure if it is completely repaired B/C it has started doing it again but not as badly as before. I have two small children with me constantly and I have come very close to colliding with other vehicles.

- Arkansas, AR, USA

problem #184

Jan 282011


  • 101,000 miles
Electronic power steering goes out while driving and upon starting the vehicle. It is nearly impossible to steer or turn, and extremely dangerous. The exact same eps system was recalled on the G5's but GM has not recalled on the G6's. the repair is not minor - upwards of $1000.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #183

Jan 202011


  • 110,000 miles
2005 Pontiac G6 V6 power steering went out with no warning.

- Va, VA, USA

problem #182

Jan 162011


  • miles
I own a 2005 Pontiac G6 GT that I purchased in 2005. Around 2007 was the first occurrence of the power steering "lock-up". I took it to the dealership and was told that it was an electrical problem and a diagnostic test was performed and I was sent on my way. I regularly maintain my car and take good care of it. In the last year the problem has become worse (happened 5-6 times last year and again this morning) and I was told by GM that it is "easier" to file a law suit than for them to recall the car. This is very dangerous and very inconsiderate to their customers. What happens is, the "power steering" light comes on across the radio, the maintenance wrench shows on the dash and the steering wheel locks up and becomes impossible to control. The car then has to be shut off and restarted to re-gain control.

- Hampton , GA, USA

problem #181

Jan 042011

G6 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Power steering light illuminated on message center, chimes heard and then a loss of power steering in my 2005 Pontiac G6. Everytime I turn on the vehicle the message appears when I am driving, and shortly there after a loss of power steering occurs. I have contacted GM and was told that there are no recalls regarding this. I have found several complaints on Pontiac G6 owner blogs reporting the same issue.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #180

Dec 132010

G6 6-cyl

  • 130,500 miles
Took vehicle to GM dealer on 12/5/10 as have noticed a knocking/sticking in the steering when turning right or left. This has been a recurring issue since I have had the vehicle and I have had 2 steering gear replacements. Have also noticed that the vehicle is often hard to turn. The dealer kept the vehicle for 2 days and stated there was nothing wrong, they could not diagnose the problem and the vehicle was safe to drive. On 12/13/10, while driving down the road, the warning light chimed and lit up on the console, the words "power steering" came up on the screen display, and the power steering completely went out. This was while driving at a speed of 40 mph. I could barely turn the steering wheel and it almost caused an accident as I tried to maneuver to the side of the road. I am extremely concerned that the dealer was unable to diagnose the problem and assured me the vehicle was safe to drive when obviously it was not. This is a serious safety issue as the steering wheel can barely be turned when this occurs.

- Holly Springs, GA, USA

problem #179

Sep 112010


  • 53,813 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notice two months ago stating that there was a power steering issue that may occur. The vehicle was involved in a crash one month later while driving 20 mph in inclement weather. The driver was not injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle was repaired by the manufacturer after the crash occurred. The failure mileage was approximately 53,813.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #178

Nov 072010


  • 154,023 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that on November 7, 2010 while driving approximately 15 mph when she attempted to exit the service station the steering wheel locked, the power steering light also illuminated after the failure occurred. She was able to shift into reverse gear and moved the vehicle away from the fuel tanks. The contact turned the vehicle off for a few minutes and when the power steering reset itself, the vehicle began functioning normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing who confirmed that the steering column caused the failure to occur and it needed to be repaired. The manufacturer will not assist with the repair, because the vehicle was over 100,000 miles and the warranty had expired. The vehicle wasn't repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 154,023.

- Katy, TX, USA

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