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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.

2.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,897 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Pontiac G6 lights problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Apr 152012

G6

  • 75,000 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 30 mph, the brake lights failed to function when depressing the brake pedal. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact also stated the brake light would turn off when applying the brakes and would remain illuminated when the brakes were not being depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the brake switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #37

Aug 072013

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
Brakes are illuminated when foot is not on brake pedal and brake lights are off when foot is applied at the brake pedal. This is a safety issue!!!!! if needed to apply brakes in a fast manner a following car could rear-end the Pontiac G6. Obviously I'm not the only person with this issue. So why hasn't something been done to make Pontiac recall the brake sensor relay before people are involved in car accidents" the "recall" to add dielectric lubricant to the connector to prevent corrosion is not working!!!!! I should not have to worry about when my brakes lights are illuminated automatically. I have been to the dealership numerous times to have dielectric grease put on the connector. I really hope that the NHTSA can push this issue with the 2006 Pontiac G6 brake lights being illuminated while brake pedal is not pressed. Pontiac recalled the first 93 manufactured Pontiac G6's for 2006 but what about the others that have the same problem???????" exterior lighting:brake lights recall for 2006 Pontiac G6 recall announced: January 30 2009nhtsa reference: #09V036000number affected: 8,012summary: 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. Fix: Dealers will apply a dielectric lubricant to the connector to prevent corrosion. The recall began on February 17, 2009.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #36

Jun 012010

G6 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, he was informed that the brake lights were illuminating when the brakes were not being depressed. The vehicle was driven to an authorized dealer where it was confirmed that the brake switch failed and resulted in the cruise control failing also. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) and the vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 94,000. The VIN was not available...updated 11/14/12 updated 11/19/2012

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #35

Sep 032012

G6 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles

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

Brake lights not working properly, have to press brake pedal extremely hard to get out of park, and cruise control not functioning properly as well. Brake lights illuminate whenever they want to. Brake lights may or may not work when brake pedal pressed. Also the brake lights come on at random times while driving witch, could result in a fatality...... G.M. is saying my car should not be affected due to my VIN #. if that's the case why is my car having the exact stated problems in the recall. NHTSA # is 09V036000.. thanks for any help you can send my way....

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #34

Aug 272012

G6

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that he was stopped by the police because it appeared he was riding the brakes as his brake lights illuminate whenever the vehicle is on. The contact suspected there was corrosion in a wiring connector that caused the brake lamps to illuminate. The vehicle had not been diagnosed by a mechanic at that time. The manufacturer was contacted about the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) however, the manufacturer advised that despite experiencing the exact same failure as listed in the recall, the contact's VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

- Boomer, WV, USA

problem #33

Jun 062012

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights stay on while the vehicle was being driven and then went off when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the brake lights wires were corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights). The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 91,000. Updated 10/3/12 consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 10/09/2012

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #32

Oct 012009

G6 4-cyl

  • miles

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

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 #31

Jun 252012

G6

  • 65,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was unable to move the gear shifter out of park. After applying excessive pressure to the brake pedal, the contact was able to move the gear shifter. The contact then noticed that the exterior brake lights would illuminate without depressing the brakes and would not illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure recurred intermittently. The contact was a mechanic and stated that he replaced the brake light switch but the failure continued after the repair. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,500.

- Conshohocken, PA, USA

problem #30

Jul 252012

G6

  • 142,499 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brakes were applied. The contact also stated that the brake lights remained illuminated when the brakes were not applied. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 142,499.

- North Charleston , SC, USA

problem #29

Mar 062012

G6 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
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 #28

Sep 232009

G6 6-cyl

  • 72,872 miles

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

This Pontiac G6 was taken to dealer on three occasions for the same complaint. 9/23/2009. The first occasion, the vehicle's cruise control did not work and the gearshift was very difficult to move out of park. On one occasion the car had to be left at work site as gear shift could not be moved until the next morning. Last, several people told me that brake lights were on while driving and turned off when applying the brakes; all the symptoms of the recall #09V036000 second occasion: It was taken to dealer again 6/20/2011 for the same symptoms the dielectric lubricant suggested in the recall was applied both times and complaints cured. Third occasion: The vehicle is going into dealer 6/11/2012 for the same complaints..

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #27

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 #26

Jun 132008

G6

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph and above, the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised him that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. In addition, the contact noticed that the brake lights would not illuminate and they would flicker on and off. When driving without the brakes depressed, the brake lights would illuminate abnormally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and they advised him that the connector had corroded and needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was approximately 41,000.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #25

Aug 012011

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,344 miles
The brake lamps are not operating properly. The brake lamps are illuminated when the brake pedal has not been depressed, or the lamps may not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed. My brake lamps actually turn off when I press them and are on otherwise. In addition, the cruise control may not engage, and greater brake pedal force may be required to shift the vehicle out of park. The cruise control will sometimes disengage sometimes on its own as well.

- Pingree Grove, IL, USA

problem #24

Jun 202011

G6 6-cyl

  • 55,010 miles
Cruise stopped working, brake lights came on when pedal not depressed, and off when depressed exactly as described in recall #09V036000.

- Ocilla, GA, USA

problem #23

Dec 012008

G6 6-cyl

  • 51,614 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated the brake lights would constantly illuminate unless the brake pedal was engaged. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the body control module was replaced. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights). The failure mileage was 51,614 and the current mileage was 80,000. Updated 08/05/11 updated 08/15/11

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #22

May 022011

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 G6 Pontiac. Consumer writes in regards to brake lights constantly staying on and recall the consumer stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer to have the recall performed due to finding information on the internet. When the consumer and his grandson arrive at the dealer, they were informed GM would not cover the recall.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #21

Feb 252010

G6 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that when accelerating, the brake lights would illuminate intermittently causing following vehicles to believe he was braking. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and they advised him that they would have to apply a special lubricant to the lights. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was also contacted but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 3/28/11 updated 05/13/11

- Westchester, OH, USA

problem #20

Feb 012008

G6

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when the brake lights illuminated but she was not applying pressure to the brake pedal. The contact stated that when she applied pressure to the brake pedal the lights turned off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the brake position sensor was reset and lubricated. The failure continued to occur. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a second time where the technicians replaced the brake position sensor. The failure occurred a third time. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where they performed a technical service bulletin sb-08-05-22-009A repair, service brakes, hydraulic switches, brake light and replaced the brake position sensor. The vehicle experienced the failure four times. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the service bulletin repairs were performed a second time. The contact stated that the traction control light also illuminated on the dashboard. The manufacturer was contacted and extended the warranty which covered the repairs. The warranty expired and the contact experienced the failure a five times. The manufacturer stated that NHTSA campaign 09V036000 ( exterior lighting:brake lights) was related; however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Gardner, KS, USA

problem #19

May 082010

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights illuminated while she was driving and would turn off when the contact depressed the brake pedal. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 09V036000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights). The contact also stated that when the vehicle was shifted into park, she had to apply great force to the brake pedal to shift out of park. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000 and the current mileage was approximately 113,000. Updated 02/07/11 updated 02/14/11

- Crystal Springs, MS, USA

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