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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,337 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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 052009

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. During brake application at 40 mph the vehicle began to shimmy. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The brake rotors were cleaned due to corrosion build-up. After the repair the failure resurfaced 5 months later. No additional repairs were made. The failure mileage was 29,000. The current mileage was 33,000. Updated 12/08/09. Updated 12/10/09

- Naperville , IL, USA

problem #10

Sep 052007


  • 16 miles
Clear coat chipped off car, rotors warping every 3 months, buttons on radio discolored, sunroof stopped working, power steering locked up 4 times, battery needed replaced 3 times, car hesitates when starting & then dies, jerking sensation when driving - I've taking into the dealership 26 times in the past 3 years.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 232007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Rotor warping causing vehicle to pulse or shake violently. I had the vehicle in at about 18K miles. The service department said that the brakes and rotors are a wear and tear item. I explained that the pads were damaging the rotors on a brand new vehicle. I was further contacted by GMC. They sent an engineer to the flemington service department to "educate" the service department on how to properly cut rotors. The car came back to me with a very faint sign of the pulse that originally started. About 3 weeks and 1.5K miles later, the problem returned. I have vowed to run the "leased" vehicle into the ground before paying another dime.

- Pittstown, NJ, USA

problem #8

Mar 182008

G6 6-cyl

  • 16,400 miles


The passenger side back inside brake pad became defective and broke into the rotor. The outside brake pad is still intact with no problem.

- Congers, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 112007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I had the tires of my Pontiac G6 rotated and discovered that I had problems with the brakes. The left rear outboard is nearly metal on metal. It has worn in such a pattern that can not be explained by use. The vehicle has only 22,000 miles. The mechanic feels it is a manufacturer defect in either the calibers or the rotor. Upon doing some research, I have discovered thousands of similar complaints for G6 vehicles with less than 20,000 miles. Apparently, Pontiac is fighting warranty claims and refusing to rectify the problem.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #6

Sep 172007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
06 Pontiac G6- loud clunking in front end. Power steering rack replaced at 35,200 miles. Car has had noise since purchased with 15,000mi. Car still has strange steering, loose wobbly feel. Car also has extreme torque steering when accelerating hard, pulls hard to the left. Car has had warped rotors since 20,000mi. I replaced all rotors and pads with new at 35,000mi. Front rotors were totally worn out. All pads were more than 3/4 worn.

- Brownfield, ME, USA

problem #5

Nov 012007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I recently bought a used Pontiac G6 (2006) shortly after driving the car for less than six months the steering wheel began to shake when I would brake at high speeds. I took my car in and they said that the rotors needed to be re-machined and that they were under warranty. Now, 10,000 miles later the wheel is shaking again and I am in fear of the same problem. Not to mention the wheel has been making clicking/bumping noise when it is turned and a creaking tension noise. I don't know what is wrong with the rotors but I cannot afford to have them re-machined/turned every 10,000 miles because it is not under warranty. I also feel the car is not safe if there are problems with the steering column in a 2 year old car.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #4

Aug 172007


  • miles
The rear brake pads wore out prematurely at 30,149 miles. I contacted the dealership and was told that the brakes aren't covered under warranty, and that the back brakes lasts for around 80,00 or more miles. They also told me that the front pads wear down before the back pads I had to replace the rear left rotor, and pads on both sides. A few times while I was driving and went to brake, it sounded like the engine stopped running and felt like I had no brakes.

- Abita Springs, LA, USA

problem #3

Nov 132006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Rotors warp every 4,000-6,000 miles. Rotors have been resurfaced 4 times at dealer 10 times. Front wheels vibrate at 45 mph. Vibrates very bad at 70-75 mph.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 272006

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle was purchased October 3rd, 2006, as a demo vehicle with approximately 9,000 miles. Begininning at end of December my heater/air came on itself and running on high. Unit would not shut off while vehicle was running. I took vehicle to dealership & kept approx 3 days and replaced complete heat/air unit. Beginning in January my console lights come off and on on a regular basis. All guages go to zero and all lights in console light up. Vehicle was then taken back to dealership and console was replaced. This did not resolve problem and starting doing again the the very next day. Kept for approximately one week and have taken back to dealership and have been told that two technicians have checked vehicle and they can't resolve the problem. At 18,998 miles vehicle was taken to dealership and determined rotors were failing. They would not replace rotors but turned them and said if that failed before warranty expires they would possibly replace

- Prestonsburg, KY, USA

problem #1

Jan 112006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,295 miles
- the contact stated the bearing & hub assembly on the right side of the 2006 Pontiac gc failed at 14, 295 miles. After hearing a loud, roaring noise the dealer replaced the bearing and hub assembly on the right side. At 32,485 both rotor assemblies had to be replaced. The contact heard a loud roaring noise again at 43, 010 miles and both front struts had to be replaced. At 43, 022 miles, the contact heard a roaring noise and the dealer stated the hub failed and replaced the front hub & bearings. On 1/16/07, the contact stated the hub on the back passenger side was replaced and the vehicle mileage was approximately 58,000. The contact stated he continues to hear loud roaring noises on the vehicle.

- Lawrenceburg, TN, USA

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