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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 9)

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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,580 miles

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2006 Pontiac G6 electrical problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #147

Mar 132015

G6

  • 147,000 miles

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

I was in the merging lane to merge onto the interstate and my car loss power. My car was still drivable, but would not go past 2 RPM. Display panel displayed "reduced power".

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #146

Feb 142013

G6

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the power steering failed. The steering became difficult to maneuver and a humming sound emitted from the steering column. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition switch and the vehicle stalled. In addition, the contact stated that the transmission slipped and the vehicle accelerated while in first and second gear. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #145

Jan 052015

G6

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the windshield wipers failed. The contact had the wiring and the motor replaced three times, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure was not determined. The failure mileage was 170,000. Updated 6/8/15

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #144

Jun 062014

G6

  • 100,000 miles

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

Car shuts down while driving. Screen says engine disabled. After a minute or two the car restarts. Kept happening randomly. Dealer says it needs PCM replaced. I noticed several complaints about this on different websites.

- Paw Paw, MI, USA

problem #143

Feb 112015

G6

  • miles
I took my vehicle to be inspected by a exxon mechanic and he informed me of one of the recalls on my vehicle (electrical power steering). I contacted the nearest GM dealership in my area requesting information on the recall process. A member of the service team informed me of 3 open recalls on my car. I asked her what are my options. She said the recall parts can be replaced free of charge at their dealership. I asked her if replacing the car or being reimbursement was an option. She said she never heard of that. After her denying if that was even an option she later informed me that getting reimbursed was a lengthy process. I asked her to point me in the right direction. I was given General Motors recall number. I contacted GM and was given the run around after explaining my story to several agents. Finally an agent contacted roadside assistance and the vehicle towed to a dealership. That occurred around 11am. I didn't hear anything from GM or the dealership until 3 pm the next day. When I called the dealership the service guy had no idea what the car was there for. My car was at the dealership for over 24 hours with know contact info or service request. I called [xxx] at GM and they had no idea where my car was. The car was originally supposed to be sent to criswell Chevy dealership. I informed him it was at king Buick GMC. We further discussed what I wanted to come out of this and I let him know I felt unsafe driving the car with power steering and transmission issues. He repeatedly asked if I was sure I wanted to be done with the car. He also said he would try his best to resolve the issue but first I needed to give permission to replace the recall parts when we speak with the dealership in the am. I spoke with the dealership the next morning requesting a loaner vehicle and was told I can not get one because my car is out of warranty. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #142

Dec 172014

G6

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving at 40 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from the passenger's side dashboard. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89, 000.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #141

Dec 272014

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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

The contact owned a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at various speeds, when attempting to make a left or right turn, an abnormal noise emitted from the steering wheel. The contact stated that the vehicle veered to the right causing the contact to lose control. The vehicle went into an embankment and crashed into several trees. The air bags deployed. The contact sustained injuries to the neck and back which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. Updated 03/24/15 updated 10/15/15

- Hardin , KY, USA

problem #140

Dec 102014

G6

  • miles
The connector at the back of the HVAC control panel caught fire.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #139

Nov 032014

G6 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Exiting the highway, engine light comes on, traction control off light comes on, car displays engine power reduced, then engine disabled. Car rolls to a stop, put in park and try to start. Wait approx 30 seconds, car starts, but it's a hard start.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #138

Jul 262014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6 the brake lights stayed on and drained the battery. The dealer replaced the brake light switch and battery.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #137

Nov 172014

G6 6-cyl

  • 117,054 miles

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

I have taken my car to have it fixed under a recall for steering problems 3 times and now they are saying its not their problem> General Motors is sellin bad parts on vehicles and they are not doing enough to fix them.

- Swanville , ME, USA

problem #136

Nov 052014

G6

  • 129,210 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle began to experience failures after the dealer performed recall repairs. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for an unknown recall. The specific repairs were also unknown. A mechanic indicated that the vehicle was repaired. Another mechanic stated that they did not check under the hood and inspect the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the service engine sensor and the check engine sensor illuminated. There was also a ticking noise after the repairs from the dealer were performed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but they would not repair the vehicle because it was not able to restart. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The local dealer did not specify when the parts would become available nor when the three recall repairs would be performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 129,210.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #135

Nov 062014

G6

  • 112,719 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. After the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering), the engine stalled without warning. After multiple attempts, the vehicle restarted. The failure recurred several times. In addition, the contact stated that the instrument panel malfunctioned and all the warning lights illuminated intermittently. The contact mentioned that the vehicle had not exhibited the failures prior to the recall repairs. The dealer stated that the vehicle had to be towed back to the dealer and inspected further in order to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,719.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #134

Sep 302014

G6

  • miles
My 2006 Pontiac G6 has several safety recalls. I contacted my local GM dealership (carr Cadillac Buick GMC new and used car dealership serving vancouver, wa and portland or) as instructed per the "important safety recall" letter I received in the mail. This letter was stamped with the signature of [xxx], vice president - global vehicle safety. I called carr Cadillac Buick GMC to schedule a date(s) and time(s) for these repairs. I spoke with the technician about recall # 14116 eps (electronic power steering), # 13036 BCM (body control module), and # 14152 transmission shift cable. He indicated that on November 17 I could bring my vehicle to the dealership's service department for recall # 14116 and # 13036. He stated he was unable to schedule an appointment for recall # 14152 because the replacement part is not available. I called and spoke with a technician at carr Cadillac Buick GMC new and used car dealership serving vancouver, wa and portland or approximately 2 months ago and was told that their service department had received several of these replacement parts previously though they were all installed in vehicles and the service department has not received any replacement parts since then. It is my understanding that carr Cadillac Buick GMC new and used car dealership serving vancouver, wa and portland or has not had nor have any knowledge of when they might have again the authorized replacement parts for safety recall # 14152. I am concerned and would like some help as to how this issue will be best resolved in a timely matter. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #133

Jun 232014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6. Consumer writes in regards to GM recall #13036 and repair reimbursement.* ld the consumer stated the dealership would not honor the no charge provision.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #132

Oct 072014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The parts needed were not available. The dealer did not provide a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #131

Sep 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6. Consumer writes in regards to recall repairs. The consumer stated after receiving two recall letters, the parts finally came in. When the consumer arrived home, her husband reviewed the invoice, and discovered the parts, that were installed in the vehicle, were re-manufactured and not new. The dealer denied, the parts were re-manufactured.

- Perry, MI, USA

problem #130

Mar 122014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
Ignition broke during driving on the Florida turnpike highway. When taken to the dealer I was informed that ignition locked caused engine to lock. Therefore car is in no good condition to drive. Requiring a new engine.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #129

Apr 042014

G6

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the power steering intermittently failed on several occasions. The contact had extreme difficulty turning the steering wheel. The contact had to turn the vehicle off, which reset the computer but the failure intermittently recurred. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who repaired the steering column, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The contact attempted to schedule three recall repairs, but the dealer provided an unreasonable timeframe as to when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact stated that the steering wheel was vibrating and the power steering failure continued intermittently. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Prospect Park, PA, USA

problem #128

Aug 042014

G6

  • 135,000 miles
Headlight wiring harness connections that plug into headlights shorted out and corroded on both headlights. Dims and brights.

- Luxemburg, WI, USA

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