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NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 3)

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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.

1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,334 miles

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2006 Pontiac G6 fuel system problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #57

Jul 222016

G6

  • 140,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to start. After being started, a fuel odor emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #56

Jul 102014

G6

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted in and around the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump cracked and caused a fuel leak that needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #55

Jun 202016

G6

  • 135,000 miles
Plastic "L" piece on top of fuel pump leaking.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #54

Jun 282016

G6

  • 123,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While the vehicle was stationary, it spilled fuel onto the ground continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #53

May 022016

G6

  • 70,000 miles
At approx 70,000 miles notice fuel odor around gas tank. At approx 70,300 miles the car would not crank until second attempt and the fuel smell is much more pronounced. When vehicle sits for more than an hour, it takes at least two attempts to start.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #52

Jun 182015

G6

  • 91,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted in and around the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the fuel pump was leaking near the exhaust pipe. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 91,700.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #51

Aug 012015

G6

  • miles

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

I have been smelling gas for some time now. Mainly when I park the car. The smell lingers for a great while. I haven't seen a physical leak on the ground but my husband looked under the rear a noticed gasoline on around the fuel system. I have looked for months now on the internet and I am not the only one with this issue. Now looking at the NHTSA website, this issue has been filed about 50 times and no one seems to be doing anything about it. I personally cannot afford to take my car to a dealer since they charge an arm and a leg. Plus I have looked up some of the parts involved and it is just out of my budget. I need my car to get work to make money to pay bills and it amazes me that the manufacture, whom should have gotten word by now about this issue since the oldest complaint filed looks like from 2012, has gone nothing in regards to this and forcing owners to pay out of pocket to get this issue repaired. Like many others who have filed a complaint about this, I say it is a safety hazard that needs to get investigated and recalled. Not eveyone can afford to repair. I just hope that it is not too late and lives are lost before action is taken.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #50

May 012016

G6

  • miles
Fuel pump has developed a hairline crack in elbow bend that causes gas to leak on to my gas tank and run down on to my exhaust which my mechanic said it is likely to cause a fire while I am driving since it is a high pressure line and hitting my exhaust. Car has a gas odor at all times even when not running. While parked in your garage my house fills with the smell of gasoline to the extent my family is having headaches and nausea. Friends at work can smell it in the parking lot several cars away from my car. Upon looking online I see this is a common problem with the

- Okc, OK, USA

problem #49

Jan 012016

G6

  • miles
Car is leaking gas, every time you open the driver door you get hit with a pu gent odor of gas and the fuel has dropped significantly since last driving

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #48

Mar 112016

G6

  • miles
The is a significant fuel smell that is coming from the passenger side of the vehicle. The smell of fuel is also very prominent on the inside of the car. I am very concerned for the safety of my family as this issue is a safety hazard. Newer Pontiac G6 models have been recalled for this issue. The 2006 should be repaired through a recall. It is obvious the company is aware of the issue with the fuel tanks.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #47

Jan 252016

G6

  • miles

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

I have a 06 G6 2.4L 4cyl and lately it has been giving off a strong fuel smell. I smell it when the car is stationary as well as when the car is in motion. I checked for leaks under the hood and car and cannot find any. When I attempt to crank the car it doesn't start until my second attempt. I had a mechanic look at my car and he could not figure out what the issue was. I am becoming more and more worried with this issue. I have a small child and his car seat is located in the passenger rear. I am very concerned for his safety as well as mine. I am afraid that one day my car may burst into flames while we're on the highway, at a red light, at the mall, etc. Putting not only our lives at risk, but also the lives of others nearby. So I took the car to auto zone and they hooked it up to their scanner for free. They gave me this code - P0454 fuel tank pressure (ftp) sensor intermittent.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #46

Jan 012014

G6

  • miles
Strong smell of fuel after driving. Hesitation while starting cold engine. No visible fuel leak on ground.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #45

Aug 212015

G6

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that a strong fuel odor was surrounding the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the plastic supply to the fuel reservoir assembly fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 86,000.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #44

Oct 062015

G6

  • 176,000 miles
My vehicle has a very strong odor of gasoline. This smell is present when driving and long after the vehicle has been powered off. A visual inspection by a friend who is a 'shade-tree' mechanic show no obvious leaks nor do I notice anything in the driveway. It has gotten so bad that we have to leave windows cracked. I don't have any money for repairs. I am wondering if this is something other owners have seen and if possibly there is or will be a recall? I am scared to drive the car. This has been happening (and getting worse) for the last couple of months.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #43

Nov 302013

G6

  • 70,893 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact smelled fuel inside the vehicle. The failure recurred on several occasions while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was inspected and failed due to a fuel leak. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,893.

- Lake Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #42

Jan 202014

G6

  • 14,881 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was informed that there was an odor coming from the vehicle and that there was fuel leaking. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was confirmed that there was fuel leaking from the vehicle. It was unable to be determined where the leak initially started. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,881.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #41

Nov 172013

G6

  • 75,000 miles
After driving approximately 20 miles and parking, both car interior and trunk smelled strongly of gas. Checked pavement under car for leaking gas, but did not see any. This continued to happen on subsequent drives with the smell detected while driving. I am now afraid to drive the car because the gas smell is so strong and I am afraid of a fire or explosion. I have researched online and found other Pontiac G6 owners who have identified similar problems that have been traced to a hard plastic fuel line that comes out of the fuel pump at the gas tank. The car is now parked until I can afford to have it diagnosed and repaired...too risky to drive. All of this combined with the car's history of electrical problems and anti-theft system issues are just way too much. I cannot rely on the car for transportation at all, and it is apparently worthless as a trade-in.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #40

Jul 102015

G6

  • 160,035 miles
My daughter was driving the car and was stopped by a police officer because fluid was coming from the vehicle. It turns out that a fitting on the gas tank broke and fuel was being pumped out of the vehicle at a high rate. This is a very hazardous situation and defective plastic fittings should not be allowed on vehicles.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #39

Jun 102015

G6

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there was a strong odor of fuel emitting from outside and inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or 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 manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Lake Havasu City , AZ, USA

problem #38

Feb 162015

G6 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
We purchased a 2006 G6 and when driving and while the car is turned of sitting it has a heavy smell of gas...I read online it was a recall in some but wasn't sure on ours...I was told it is dangerous and needs to be fixed asap...I have also been told that people believe 2007 and newer are recalled but not 2006 but a bunch of people have complained you would think they would make a recall for 2006!!!

- Cleburne, TX, USA

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