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NHTSA — Engine Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 2)

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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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,890 miles

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2006 Pontiac G6 engine problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Oct 012016

G6

  • miles

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

The air bag doesn't work and the light flashes "service airbag, " and, while pumping the brakes to stop, you have to pumps twice before the car reacts to the command. I had the pads replaced but the car operates the same as before.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #38

Oct 022016

G6

  • 160,706 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact pulled over and was able to restart the vehicle after 60 seconds. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,706.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #37

Nov 232015

G6

  • miles
While driving 55 mph around a sharp turn my service engine light came on and the radio display read 'engine power reduced' causing the vehicle to reduce speed drastically and an accident narrowly escaped. There is no excuse faulty part or not that my life should be endangered or but at risk by a manufacturer defect or whatever the cause. This needs to be looked into, before someone loses their life!!

- Waconia, MN, USA

problem #36

Aug 222011

G6

  • 150,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. After 30 minutes, the vehicle restarted normally. The contact also stated that the failure occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they were not able to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Basehor, KS, USA

problem #35

Aug 112015

G6

  • 75,000 miles
The car had a "ticking" sound for 3 weeks. The sound starts when you start the car and does not go away. Last week the car abruptly stop and shut off. When I attempted to re-start the car it smelled like something was burning so I left it go and took it to a mechanic. They say the car is crap..the engine locked up and part of the piston broke off and flew into the motor, damaging it. Thank god we were not on the highway where the speed limit is 70 mph when this happen. Now we are stuck with a car that is not worth repairing and no one wants it for a trade in nor will the loan go away. These cars should be pulled off the market.

- Moon Twp, PA, USA

problem #34

Jun 092015

G6

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Dahlonega, GA, USA

problem #33

Apr 012015

G6

  • 69,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at various speeds, the contact noticed a burning oil odor. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the oil filter housing adaptor seal needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who diagnosed that the oil pan, water pump and the cross over pipe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #32

Mar 132015

G6

  • 147,000 miles
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 #31

Jun 062014

G6

  • 100,000 miles
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 #30

Aug 212006

G6

  • miles
Shortly after I purchased my 2006 Pontiac G6 (in 2006) it has been failing to start from time to time. The dealership stated that there is an electrical (shortage) problem that causes the car not to start and kills the battery. I have had to replaced the four(4) times. The car has totally died on me five (5) different times and had to be towed. The first and second times it died, it was between 25-40K miles ; therefore, still under warranty. The third time it was a little beyond 60K and the dealership would not honor the extended warranty, so I paid out of pocket. The fourth I replaced the battery again. The fifth after a few attempts the battery was recharged. Lost steering power while driving. The dic readout "check gas cap, " I would tighten the had cap, but still the engine light comes on. I have replaced the had cap the times. Lost power while driving. Car will not go above 40 mph. Transmission dipstick is missing.

- Silver Springs, FL, USA

problem #29

Dec 232014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles

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

The first incident vehical would not start after being shut off waited 1/2 hour and started normally. Second incident driving at 55 mph and lost all power to vehicle, car shut off let it sit 10 min started normal third incident driving on the interstate 65 mph vehicle lost all power to vehicle, car shut off, let sit 10 min started normal had a recall (#13036)done on car in the beginning of December and then started to have these issues- can not get back into the Pontiac dealer in my area for almost two weeks! seems strange to me, we had no issues till we took it in for this recall!

- Mondovi , WI, USA

problem #28

Sep 172014

G6

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Arlington , VA, USA

problem #27

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 #26

Nov 192014

G6

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact received numerous recalls. The vehicle was repaired according to the recalls, but the power steering failures listed in the recalls recurred the same day. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the power steering, electric motor, and module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The NHTSA campaign numbers were unknown. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #25

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 #24

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 #23

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 #22

Apr 162014

G6

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 40 mph, a deer ran into the road and the contact crashed into the deer. The vehicle stalled and the air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle restarted after several attempts. The contact sustained back pain, but did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Columbus , GA, USA

problem #21

Sep 012008

G6

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the check engine warning indicator illuminated. In addition, while at a complete stop, the vehicle stalled. The failures occurred on numerous occasions. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Liberty, MS, USA

problem #20

Aug 292014

G6 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
While driving there was a noise similar to that of which you hear when the seat belt isn't engaged then the display on the radio reads "engine power reduced" then immediately after that it reads "engine power disabled" and then the car shuts itself down. I was able to coast to safety where I then turned the ignition to off. Tried to start it again but the car was completely dead. I waited 10 minutes and then was able to start the car again but it didn't start normal it kind of sputtered and then started. I was then able to drive home. A second occurrence happened a different day when I was parked. I started the car and it immediately made the above mentioned noise, gave me the same 2 messages and then shut itself down. I then could start it again after about 10 minutes. I was told this was a throttle body issue by a dealer and have not yet had this problem resolved. This is a very dangerous thing to happen while you are driving especially if you have small children in the car. This should be a recall immediately.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

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