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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 4 of 7)

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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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,991 miles

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #76

Jun 152012

G6 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles

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

Brake lights are illuminating when I do not press the brakes...does not illuminate when I do press the brakes, this has resulted in me being rear-ended and has lead to several near accidents. Additionally, the cruise control will not set and it is often difficult for me to put my car into gear without pressing the break all the way to the floor or without restarting my car. The car doesn't always catch the first time I try to start it, the power outlets now are not working in addition the stereo resetting itself and the windshield wiper arm constantly popping off.

- Middle River, MD, USA

problem #75

Jul 112011

G6

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that when she depressed the brake pedal, the brake lights did not illuminate. The contact also had to apply immense pressure to the brake pedal to get the vehicle out of the park position. The vehicle was taken to three different dealers and each one informed her that the vehicle would need a body control module. The contact was informed of the recall for NHTSA campaign number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting) but was also informed her VIN was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 109,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #74

Jun 122007

G6

  • 213,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights illuminated when the brake pedal was not being depressed. In addition, the brake lights would not illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number 09V036000 (lighting) and called the dealer. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign due to the VIN. The failure mileage was 213,000.

- Blackshear, GA, USA

problem #73

Jul 032013

G6 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles

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

The brake lights on my car turn off when I am stopped and then randomly illuminate when I am driving or parked..

- Shreveport , LA, USA

problem #72

Jul 022013

G6 4-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
The brake lights illuminates when pedal is not engaged, and goes out briefly when engaged. I became aware of this situation when in for inspection the car failed for the center mount stop light was not working due to burned and melted bulbs and holders. Upon being told I needed to replace the whole unit, I took upon myself to get the aftermarket bulb holder and fix myself. Upon completion it became know as to the lights brake light turning on when pedal is not engaged. Changed brake switch, problem still continued. Seek info on internet and came upon former recall, and recent complaints. Called GM dealer and was informed there is nothing they can do to fix the problem. This is a safety issue and reason for bulb holders melting is from heat from being on all the time.

- West Homestead, PA, USA

problem #71

Jan 012009

G6

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the brake lights illuminated independently. The contact depressed the accelerator and the brake lights illuminated. The brake lights failed when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, the cruise control was inoperable. The vehicle was to the dealer, who stated that the body control module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was not reported to the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 60,000. The current mileage was 92,000.

- Charlevoix, MI, USA

problem #70

Oct 012011

G6 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles

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

The mileage is a rough estimate because I don't remember exactly what it was but this all started in the fall of 2011. My brake lights are working in reverse. When the brake pedal is pressed my lights go off and when I'm not pushing the brake pedal the lights are on. The dealership did the recommended service by putting the lubricant on the brake module. It worked fine for about 4 months by then my car was no longer under warranty so I was not going to pay the dealership to do the service. My dad replaced the whole module and again it worked fine for another 6 months. When it happened again my dad put lubricant on it again, worked fine up till this past May. My dad is going to take a look at it again. I'm scared to drive in this car for fear of being rear ended due the lights no working.

- Fombell, PA, USA

problem #69

Jun 172009

G6

  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while the brake lamps failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was being depressed. The lamps would illuminate when the brake pedal was not being depressed. In addition, the cruise control would not engage and when shifting out of park, extreme force had to be applied to the brakes. The vehicle was taken to dealer for diagnosis and a wiring harness for the cruise control was replaced. The bulbs were also replaced however, the failure recurred. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 90,000.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #68

Oct 302012

G6 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was attending my aunts funeral in hackensack, NJ. I reside in Maryland, so its about a 5 hour drive for me. Half way there, my sister called me and asked why was I riding my brakes. I told her, I was not riding my breaks. She informs me that my brake lights flash all the time. I could not believe her. Coming home from the funeral, we witnessed the same thing. Then several days later, I could not get the car out of park. I had to sit at foodlion for about twenty minutes, before I was able to get the car in gear. I called GM 800-620-7668 and tried to issue a complaint. I was told there was no recall. But I happen to see this issue all over the internet. My issue is still occurring, again I called GM and I was brushed off. I feel this issue should be corrected by GM and not my bank account.

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #67

May 172009

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights would not illuminate when the brakes were depressed. The brake lights would illuminate however when the brakes were not being applied. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where the brake switch was replaced. The failure continued. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #66

Oct 242009

G6 6-cyl

  • 20,279 miles

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

Cruise control would not work. Also discovered that the brake light would not work at times. I took it to the dealer for service. He said that the brake pedal sensor needed recalibrated. This fixed the problem for about 6 months. Since then I have had the sensor replaced (3) times.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #65

Nov 142012

G6

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed that the brake lights would not illuminate when engaging the brakes. In addition, the brake lights illuminated independently without pressure being applied to the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 09V036000 (exterior lighting), however the contact's VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Glen, MS, USA

problem #64

Mar 132013

G6 4-cyl

  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the brake lamps illuminated when the brake pedal was not being depressed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that a dielectric lubricant needed to be applied to the connector to prevent corrosion. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 144,000 and the current mileage was 145,000.

- Kile , TX, USA

problem #63

Mar 132013

G6

  • miles
Passenger side low beam of my 2006 Pontiac G6 kept going out. Even after changing the entire headlight on multiple occasions. Once the wires on the back of the connector were in a certain position the lights would come on only to go right back off.

- Westfield, PA, USA

problem #62

Dec 082010

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I am so frustrated with this car. There was a recall for the same year model my car is for the exact same issues I'm having (recall #80317 summary: GM is recalling 8,012 my 2005-2006 Pontiac G6 vehicles. The brake lamps may not operate properly because of corrosion in a wiring connector. Corrosion in the connector could cause the brake lamps to illuminate when the brake pedal has not been depressed, or the lamps may not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed. In addition, the cruise control may not engage, and greater brake pedal force may be required to shift the vehicle out of park. Consequence: Brake lamps that are not operating properly may not warn a driver in a following vehicle of the braking status and could lead to a crash without prior warning.) and I have been trying to get it fixed for almost 3 years now and no one will help me. I take it to the dealership and they inform me that my VIN is not part of the recall and send me on my merry way with no help or other solutions but I'm having the exact same problems and I'm to the point where I'm scared to even drive the thing and this is my only way of transportation. Mine is the 2006 2 door GT I'm not sure which models were involved in the original recall but this one needs to be looked into as well. Every vehicle I have owned has been a GM and I've never had any problems until this one and it has really put a bad taste in my mouth. If I could get rid of it right now I would.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #61

Aug 042012

G6 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
The brake lights come on without the brake pedal being depressed, then go off when pedal is pressed. Also difficulty shifting vehicle out of park.

- North Dighton, MA, USA

problem #60

Oct 012012

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the tail lights illuminated without depressing the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 63,000. The current mileage was approximately 67,000. Updated 04/30/13

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #59

Dec 072012

G6 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
When I am driving my vehicle, the brake lights are on as if I am pressing the brake. However when I press the brakes to slow down or stop, the brake lights turn off. When I start my vehicle and the vehicle is in park, the brake lights of my car are on as if I've pressing the brakes. However, again once I actually do press down the brake pedal, they turn off. So my brakes are on when I'm not pressing the brake pedal at all, and are off when I am pressing the brake pedal.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #58

Jul 012012

G6

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while traveling 65 mph, the brake lights erroneously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the wiring harness needed to be lubricated. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The technician also informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 86,000.

- Heyworth, IL, USA

problem #57

Aug 012012

G6

  • 107,000 miles
I noticed my brake lights were on when I wasnt using the brakes and went off when I pressed the brake pedal and sometimes the brake lights just flash on and off when the brakes aren't being used. This has been an ongoing, very frustrating, not to mention dangerous problem, especially at night! I contacted the manufacturer and since my vehicle wasn't made at a particular location, it didn't fall under a recall they had previously issued for this very same problem and refused to try to fix the issue. Please have this car manufacturer extend the recall to all 2006 Pontiac G6 vehicles.

- Drummonds, TN, USA

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