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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 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:
85,394 miles

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2005 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 18)

problem #341

Nov 012016

G6

  • 163,632 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle lost steering ability and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 163,632.

- Eastchester, NY, USA

problem #340

Oct 152016

G6

  • 160,000 miles
Power steering stopped working periodically while driving, on highway and upon starting. I took my car to the dealer to have the recall noted under recall 140116 for the torgue sensor to be repaired. This did not solve the issue of the power steering. I was told that it was the power steering motor and module. It was reported in 2014 that all 2005 Pontiac G6's could experience loss of power steering, but it this instance it wasn't due to the sensor.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #339

Jul 312016

G6 6-cyl

  • 212,000 miles
When driving on city streets, highways and the interstate, my power steering just goes out. Completely stops working. Also, sometimes my cruise control won't work because my brake lights go on without my pressing the brake. When I do press the brake the lights go off. (also on city streets, highways and interstate). And sometimes I cannot move the shifter from park without a lot of work. Like pressing and releasing the brake, wiggling or tapping of the fuses inside the vehicle and in the trunk or under the hood. Currently they say no open recalls on this car, but service providers say to check further. Found GM rebate # N140115 for the power steering issue. Apparently there may be a steering shaft problem too.GM rebate # 80317 or # 13036 for the brake/shifter problem. But Pontiac says "nothing confined to this vehicle". these are safety issues that I feel they should cover. Obviously there has been thousands of vehicles already affected. How can they say mine doesn't pertain" at best they say take it in and if service says it a manufacture defect, they may help somewhat. But the car is no longer covered by the warranty so there is not much they can do. Really?" it's a safety issue, not cosmetic or fuel saving etc.

- Stoughton, WI, USA

problem #338

Sep 212016

G6

  • 1,050,000 miles

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

Power steering displays then cant move the steering wheel, just started happening, when I start the car, today was the first time it happened when pulling out of a parking lot, had to slam brakes

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #337

Sep 022016

G6

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel locked up. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #336

Jul 252016

G6

  • 135,000 miles
Power steering assist fails causing control failure. Needs restart to make it work but it fails suddenly. Contacted patrick GMC (dealer) but they said recall is expired. Taking to them for complete check tomorrow, but concerned about the cost of repair

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #335

Aug 182016

G6

  • 134,897 miles

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

Power steering motor and the electronical control stabilizer the steering wheel is hard to turn because it malfunction and I know you'll have a recall for that I took it to a mechanic and he said that's what it is he hooked the computer up to it he even told me that there is a recall I should contact GMC.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #334

Jun 202016

G6

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 30 mph and making a right turn, the power steering seized and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver left and right. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the drive belt failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #333

Jul 052016

G6

  • 133,955 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 25 mph over a pothole, the steering locked into the right position and the vehicle crashed into a wall. The vehicle was towed to a garage. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was awaiting evaluation from the mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 133,955.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #332

Apr 012016

G6

  • miles
I took this car in for a recall I notice that the gear still in not in lock position. My brake went out no brake light appeared. They were to fix this problems it has not been done proberly.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #331

Oct 032006

G6

  • 185,598 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 60 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the steering and brake pedal shook violently. In addition, while driving, the vehicle stalled without warning and the ignition switch beeped as if the key was inserted in the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V153000, 14E044000 (steering) and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 185,598.

- South Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #330

Feb 052016

G6

  • 120,000 miles
I am still experiencing power steering issues. The dealership says they are unable to determine the cause. The trouble happens intermittently. I contacted General Motors @ 1866-790-5700. My case number is 8-1941918151. They refuse to do anything further. They are agreeing with the dealership. They supposedly fixed the issue with the recall but I don't think it ever fixed the issue. The vehicle was in motion and I was attempting to steer. In a parking lot of a grocery store. I was trying to get around another driver who was coming at me too fast. All the times that this happens. I have to turn the vehicle off and back on in order for steering to resume.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #329

Mar 312016

G6

  • 20 miles
I already fixed my front suspension three times already. It seems that this a factory defect. I never had an issue with this so many times in any previous vehicle. I have been left stranded for this reason. I also have issue with the electronic power steering for this vehicle. It gets really hard making it dangerous while driving because it is almost impossible to turn or steer the vehicle while driving.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #328

Mar 022016

G6

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle veered left independently. The steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the steering warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering assist would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #327

Jul 012015

G6

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. In addition, "power steering" was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #326

Jan 142016

G6

  • 50,402 miles
My wife was driving the car on staten island and started to make a turn and the stering stopped working. She was able to go straight and pulled the car to the curb. We brought the car into the dealer. He said he would do a diagnostic. The next day he said that the knuckle from the steering column to rack and pinion binding had to be replaced. We are the original owners of the car and it had 50,402 miles on it. The car was repaired by manfredi of staten island. The invoice number is 69759 and the total cost was $595.96. When I contacted General Motors they said that since the car was out of warranty it was my responsibility to repair.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #325

Jan 132016

G6

  • 147,000 miles
When leaving my driveway, my steering while jerked, the singer sounded, the wrench light came on, and my display screen said power steering. It was very hard to steer. I got turned around and drove about 3 miles to my mechanic. Still very hard to steer. After turning my car off and restarting, it had reset itself and began steering fine. My mechanic informed me of a recall. I checked it out online. It stated that all 2005 G6 were recalled for this issue. I called GM. They checked my VIN number and said my car doesn't have a recall for this problem. And I would have to pay for the repair out of pocket.

- Aberdeen, OH, USA

problem #324

Jan 132016

G6

  • miles
Power steering is always failing again over time once I had the recall fixed numerous of times... my steering wont let me turn the car I almost crashed good I decreased my speed, I had to shut her off than restart it... I replaced inner and outter tie rods, control arms, and struct assemly, problem still exist..brakes light illuminate when ever they want. Even if your parked without engaging it... I almost got rear ended because the driver cursed me out and said your brakes work I said yes, but when I showed her what was going on the brakes illuminate when im not on the brakes than when I pressed the brake the brake light goes off, , weird....

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #323

Jan 082016

G6

  • 143,000 miles
The steering wheel turns on it's own left and right while driving or while in park. The power steering stops working frequently upon starting up the vehicle. After restarting the vehicle repeatedly it regains power steering.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #322

Nov 232015

G6

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. After the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a recall repair, the technician stated that the steering shaft was about to fail. The vehicle was not repaired. The service air bag warning indicator illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact was informed of NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering), but the VIN was excluded. The failure mileage was approximately 113,000.

- South Haven, MI, USA

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