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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 5 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 5 of 7)

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problem #56

Feb 062013

G6 6-cyl

  • 106,990 miles

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

As many owners of this vehicle are experiencing..trouble getting the vehicle in gear from park, have to step on the brakes to the floor. Brake lights work in the reverse direction and 3rd brake light stays on when foot is not on the brakes..help please..this is a matter of safety and may cause injury or death..my VIN number was not listed on the GM recall. My VIN number was about 1,000 cars after the recall.I am going to a GM dealer and I have been told a new brake pedal comes with the brake sensor..I do not want to throw a ton of money not knowing the exact problem.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #55

Oct 022012

G6 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Drivers headlight went out. Replaced bulb. 3 days later bulb out again. Took back got new bulb. 3 weeks later pass headlight went out. Took for replacement bulb. 1 week later bulb on passenger went out again. Got another replacement. 2 weeks later, drivers side went out again then came back on next day. Took to mechanic who said there are major problems with the wiring harness on these cars. Take to a GM dealer. I now have no head lights at all and GM will not back the issue saying it is not a "safety issue". how can no headlights not be a safety issue. What if they go out while you are driving at night? I have read on GM forums there is a known issue with this vehicle. The wiring harness is faulty and the headlight connector melts.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #54

Jan 082012

G6

  • 205,302 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that whenever the brakes were depressed, the brake lights would not illuminate and whenever the brake pedal was not being depressed, the brake lights would illuminate due to corrosion of the wiring connector. In addition, the vehicle speed control would not engage due to the corrosion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that there was a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights) however, his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 205,302.

- Cusseta, GA, USA

problem #53

Nov 302012

G6 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Last night on two occasions my power steering stopped working and the lights on my dashboard went off as well as my headlights. The power steering warning light and battery light came on. Once while pulling into a parking spot I almost hit another vehicle and then again while pulling onto on coming traffic. My car wouldn't turn and there was a bus coming my direction. I could have easily gotten into a serious accident. This problem is very dangerous and scary. I will not be able to drive my car until this problem is solved. Please help!

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #52

Feb 012012

G6

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake warning light was illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic replaced the brake stop switch, cruise control switch and the turn signal switch. Also, the connectors were cleaned and the failure was resolved. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and the contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights); however the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 87,000. The current mileage was 90,288.

- Vestaburg, PA, USA

problem #51

Oct 012009

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
The first instance that I was made aware of this issue was when a police officer pulled me over to question the brake lights issue of them not coming on while I was stopped. It appeared that they were just not working, however the issue initially went away and I was not made aware of the brake lights working intermittently for a year after that. Occasionally other drivers have signaled that there is something amiss with the brake lights. However, it appears that now that the car is at 100,000+ miles, the issue with the brake lights is now constant. The issue does not disappear and reappear. We have now had another driver follow the car to test the brake lights, and it is exactly that the lights are on continuously while driving and occasionally turn off and then when the brakes are pressed, the lights turn off, and so on. It appears that the contact is incorrect between the brake pedal and the brake lighting. It appears that the exact issue that I am experiencing is described by: NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 however, my car's VIN is not included in the stated impacted population, however the manufacturer does state that the issue could afflict more cars, but that the primary period in which this manufacturing issue occurred was addressed. I would argue that point as it appears that this car is impacted by this without any recourse.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #50

Mar 062012

G6 4-cyl

  • 104,000 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 while driving approximately 25 mph, the rear brake light illuminated without the brake pedal being engaged. The contact was alerted by another driver of the malfunction. In addition, there were several attempts made before the gear selector would shift out of park, which occurred only when the rear brake light was illuminated. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) however the contact's VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #49

Jun 202012

G6

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the rear brake lights would illuminate even though the brakes were not engaged. A driver in another vehicle alerted her of the problem. In addition, the brake lights would not illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09V036000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights); however the VIN was not included. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Fergus Falls, MN, USA

problem #48

Jun 272012

G6

  • miles
The passenger headlight seems to have a short or faulty wiring. The bulb was replaced and blew out two days later. Then the light socket was replaced and in the process of replacing it, my mechanic tested the wires and realized that there is no power getting to the wires.

- Pinconning, MI, USA

problem #47

Jun 272012

G6

  • miles
The passenger headlight seems to have a short or faulty wiring. The bulb was replaced and blew out two days later. Then the light socket was replaced and in the process of replacing it, my mechanic tested the wires and realized that there is no power getting to the wires.

- Pinconning, MI, USA

problem #46

Jun 142012

G6 4-cyl

  • 96,569 miles

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

I took my 2006 Pontiac G6 to my mechanic for brake light problems and he sent me to a dealer telling me that the problem was a recall. The dealer told me that my car was not included in the recall. What? it's the correct car, correct year and the exact problem stated in the recall. Dealer charged me $285 to fix the problem but not before they tried to get me to purchase new brakes and tires for $2400. Why was my car excluded from the recalldoesn't make sense. I phoned GM and they twice called the dealer who in their words would not cooperate. No explanation for GM or dealer made any sense to me. Here is the recall: NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 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. Remedy: Dealers will apply a dielectric lubricant to the connector to prevent corrosion. This service will be performed for you free of charge. The recall began on February 17, 2009. Owners may contact Pontiac at 1- 800-620-7668 or owner center at www.gmownercenter.com.

- Barre, MA, USA

problem #45

Jun 092012

G6

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph, a driver in another vehicle alerted her that the brakes lights were inoperable. There was a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 09V036000 (exterior lighting; brake lights); however the VIN was ineligible. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #44

Feb 262012

G6

  • 43,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving 55 mph when the rear brake light illuminated without the brakes being depressed. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a private dealer where the contact was advised that the dialect lubricant needed to be replaced on the connector. The manufacturer was contacted advised the contact that the VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 43,400 and the current mileage was 44,118.

- Newport, KY, USA

problem #43

Aug 132008

G6 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Brake lights staying on while engine on, lights turn off while braking. Cruise control disengages, have had brake switch, sensors, computer calibrated, lubricant applied, battery replaced and still no fix. 4 years of mechanic bills, and still no permanent solution!!! now they want to charge me 1000 for a BCM...GM needs to fix this issue!!! I have a small child and am afraid to drive with him!!!! such a shame that they are letting owners suffer with this and not correct it!!! I have been robbed!!!

- Hillsboro, OH, USA

problem #42

Feb 012012

G6

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights would illuminate while driving. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) and called the manufacturer. The manufacturer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN number. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Fresno , CA, USA

problem #41

Dec 152011

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the third brake light would remain illuminated despite if the vehicle was turned on or off. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and was advised of a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V03600 (exterior lighting: Brake lights). The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 84,000. Updated 02/27/12 the consumer has since unplugged the light to stop it from draining the battery. Updated 02/28/12

- Colgate, WI, USA

problem #40

Oct 012009

G6

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While stopped and applying the brakes, the contact was made aware by other motorist that the brake light would not illuminate. In addition, the brake lights would erroneously illuminate when the brake pedal was not being depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the body control module connector would have to be replaced. The failure continued after repairs. The body control module was replaced three different times. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #39

Sep 052011

G6

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the exterior brake light experienced failures in which the illumination was either far brighter than normal or much duller. In addition, when the brake lights were illuminated, the contact was unable to utilize the cruise control. The dealer was notified of the failure who advised that there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights) but the vehicle was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Desoto, WI, USA

problem #38

Feb 152010

G6

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the brake lights would illuminate without depressing the brake pedal. In addition, the brake lights would not illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. Also, the cruise control would not engage when the contact attempted to activate that feature. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostics, where the technician stated that the wiring connector corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic for repairs. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) that may be related to the failure. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Putnam, CT, USA

problem #37

Aug 062011

G6 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The brake lights on the vehicle come on randomly while driving. This causes the lights to be inoperable while depressing the brake pedal. I have been in several close calls for rear end accidents. Stopped by the police on 2 separate occasions. Also this is the exact problem that GM has in the 2005-06 Pontiac G6 brake light recall notice. I have had the vehicle serviced under recall 2 times now. The fix lasts approximately 3 to 4 months, then the exact same, extremely dangerous, brake light and cruise control issue returns. When the problem occurs the cruise control disengages at random also. This has caused many nerve racking situations when cruise control disengages in traffic while traveling up a hill. GM's fix of applying dielectric grease to the connector is a band aid type fix and is not a remedy for this extremely dangerous recall issue. The newer model G6 vehicles do not have this issue, making it obvious that GM saw a need to fix the problem in house. This problem has been occurring for 4 years at minimum. The car currently has 89K miles and I am the original owner since new. I keep the car in immaculate mechanical condition. This defect needs to be fixed in the correct manner before somebody loses a life.

- Allen, MI, USA

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