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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2006 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2006 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 2006 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 this power steering issue, up to 10 years/100k miles. However a large number of 2006 G6 owners have reported they were not covered by this campaign, based on VIN#.

As of late 2013 the NHTSA had well over 700 steering complaints on file for the 2006 G6, with 21 crashes & 12 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 2006 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 2006 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
26,423 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012011

G6 GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,846 miles

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

The most annoying problem that I have had with this car is the sound/stereo system. I have taken it to a Stereo shop to have them listen to it and they said it was not the speakers but probably a problem with the amp. I encounter distortion when listening to most music coming from several of the 8 speakers this car is equipped with. It sounds as if the speakers are blown but the dealer and the Stereo shop insists they are not. It mainly happens when it is cold out. Mostly..and in this Province it is cold more than it is warm.. I have found the only way to have it clear is to turn it up fairly loud. I don't mind loud music but at night in a quite neighborhood it is not good. I can't listen to the radio channels as they are to distorted when this happens.

- , Saskatoon, SK, Canada

problem #1

Jan 062007

(reported on)

G6 GTP 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

The most annoying problem that I have had with this car is the sound/stereo system. I have had it back to the dealer 5 times for the same problem and it is still not fixed. I encounter distortion when listening to most music coming from several of the 8 speakers this car is equipped with. It sounds as if the speakers are blown but the dealer insists they are not. The front speakers have finally started to work but now am experiencing the problem with the back speakers. The dealer has replaced the stereo the amp, several of the speakers and the problem seems to re-occur. At first it was when it was cold but now it is all the time. I do not listen to music extremely loud nor do I abuse the system. This vehicle is equipped with what I have been told is the top of the line stereo system that is available for the GTP model. I am very frustrated and nobody can seem to help. I suppose I will make yet another trip to the dealer.

- , Lethbridge, AB, Canada

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