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NHTSA — Power Train: Driveline: Constant Velocity Joint 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
900 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.

2006 Pontiac G6 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 242006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles


- the contact owns a Pontiac G6 which was involved a crash in July 2006. The current and failure mileage were 900. The cv joint failed while driving at 40 mph. The contact heard a noise, and while driving the vehicle to the dealer, less than 5 minutes away, the contact lost control, hit another vehicle, and drove into a ditch. GM stated that the failure did not occur due to the cv boots, and that it could have been the tie rod end. The contact has a police report and photos. The police report was incorrect in stating that it was a head on collision. The contact and the other driver involved in the crash disagreed with the report. The vehicle hit a curb before going into the ditch. The impact was on the driver's side, there were 2 sets of skid marks. The insurance company stated the contact was at fault and cancelled her policy, stating that she lost control of the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital via ambulance, and the passenger was bruised. The air bags deployed. Due to the crash the contact needed knee surgery.

- Crosset , AR, USA

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