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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 10 of 47) Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
40 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,550 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 47)

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problem #753

Apr 212014


  • 78,000 miles


I was driving out of our subdivision on a small hill when the power steering failed. I was able with difficulty to drive the vehicle home about a block. I had the vehicle towed to a local Pontiac dealer. I did not see any warning displayed or hear any beep. I do not have access to the vehicle so have no idea what the vehicle number or exact mileage is. I did not recall hearing about the recall and received no notification from General Motors. The ignition switch in some vehicles has received a great deal of press, but I didn't recall any news about the potential steering issue. GM should have warned owners directly of the possible failure.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #752

Jun 292010

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
6/10: Driving on freeway at 65 mph and lost power steering. In 9/10, received letter from GM indicating issue so brought vehicle to local dealer for steering column replacement. In 10/10, driving on freeway at 65 mph, lost engine power and power steering with indicator above radio saying "reduced engine power". I had to pull over to side of road, turn car off, then turn back on again, to regain power. This happened several more times between 10/10 and early 12/10 at which time I brought the vehicle into local dealership for repair. They replaced throttle body. I have since sold the vehicle to my nephew who has not had any problems. This vehicle should have been a recall. Very dangerous. No rhyme or reason to occurrences as well as whether the car would regain engine power or not. I did have a heavy key chain at that time.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #751

Jan 142013

G6 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Power steering didn't work on day when I started my car. I had to restart several times. Since then power steering has gone out while driving about 65 mph, steering wheel turns left on its own, ( while driving or sitting still), and jerks left to right continuously. But once the car the engine is turned off the steering wheel turns right on its own and centers itself. When the car is turned back on the wheel then turns left again on its own. I had an alignment and this has not fixed the issue, but only made worse. Turning the wheel left is much easier than turning right all the time. If sitting still and wheels are turned right, the wheel will then turn all the way left again as though it is possessed.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #750

Feb 032014


  • 99,000 miles


Making a right hand turn at an intersection the power steering stopped working, chime sounded and "power steering" appeared on the info screen. Car was hard to steer. Continues to go out intermittently when turning.

- Butler , PA, USA

problem #749

Feb 122014

G6 6-cyl

  • 193,204 miles
My tail lights do not work at all on the vehicle. Have replaced bulbs and fuse and still nothing. Also there is no power steering. It had went out while driving the car. Also the catalytic converter. Have called the manufacturer to get them fixed but my VIN is not on the recall list. I was wondering why? all the recalls that have been placed on this make year and model are exactly what I am experiencing problems with on mine. So how is it determined which vins get recalled. I have kids and am scared to drive this vehicle due to the severity of problems I am experiencing with it. I can't even drive my vehicle at night due to the tail light issue, and can hardly drive it daily due to the power steering being out in the vehicle. Please advise on how to fix this issue and what the next steps I should do.

- Murfreesboro , TN, USA

problem #748

Apr 152014

G6 6-cyl

  • 104,096 miles
I was backing out of my driveway, everything seemed okay until I put the car in drive and my car chimed and the 'power steering' message showed up on the dashboard. I just purchased this car less than a month ago from a dealership, and had no warnings of steering problems.

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #747

Mar 102014


  • 153,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving at no particular speed the vehicle lost power steering with the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The steering wheel was hard to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who did not diagnose the failure. There was a recall under NHTSA recall campaign id number 14V153000(steering); however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 153,000.

- Dania Beach, FL, USA

problem #746

Feb 152014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically fail to start. The contact would have to shift into neutral and then park numerous times before the vehicle would respond. The contact also stated that when driving over a road bump or any unleveled road surface, the instrument panel would fail. On one occasion while the contact was driving at an unknown speed, the power steering assist failed and caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle, who then crashed into a guard rail. The contact was not injured and a police report was not filed of the incident. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who was not able to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The contact was advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle had been previously taken to an independent mechanic for the same failures however, the mechanic also was unable to diagnose a failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #745

Apr 072014

G6 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
My wife was making a turn into a parking lot and loss power in her steering. After the vehicle was shut down for some time, I was able to drive it back home with no issues. The car will be parked until we can take it to the dealership for the recall.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #744

Apr 052014

G6 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Wife was driving then power steering shut off wile driving. Power steering appeared on info screen and the car dinged. She was very scared I called my dealership and was told my car did not have a recall that it was only for the 05 G6 and "some" 06S but not mine well guess what mine should be... if anything happens to me or my family cause of this I will own GM just like the others they need to include this recall to all the 06 G6S.

- Vilonia, AR, USA

problem #743

Apr 032014

G6 4-cyl

  • 171,129 miles


Yesterday I found out that there was a recall for GM Pontiac G6 cars, inclusive of my model. Ironically, when I drove to work this morning, my power steering went out without warning, almost causing me to wreck!!!! when I called T he customer service for GM in detroit, they told me that this was still "fresh" and that a complete VIN list had bee completed yet for the recall and may not until the end of the month. She did however, issue me a case number and patched me through to the local GM Pontiac dealership to set up an appointment. The dealership manager was very accommodating and told me, he would work with me as best as possible, but the info from GM could be slow coming. GM needs to get on the ball here!!!!!! suppose I had wrecked or was injured due to this "no warning" incident? I'm just asking for a quick resolve!!!

- Dahlonega, GA, USA

problem #742

Mar 312014

G6 4-cyl

  • 65,932 miles
Luckily for me I was in the process of exiting my driveway and made it to the end. As I was operating my vehicle, I suddenly heard a chime. My first instinct was to see if my seatbelt was connected. Then my steering wheel jammed. And I didnt understand what was going on, so I braked and as I reached to turn down my radio to pick up my cell and ask someone what that could mean, I saw on my display the words power steering. So I revered back into my parking area and exited the vehicle and began making phone calls. Long story short, GM is giving me the run around and lies. I have it in writing and voice messages where they state they will pay for a tow and a rental, when it came time for the tow today I called the numher provided for me, that I read back as I wrote it down, and it was a false number. I emailed GM several hours ago about this and have not recieved a response. My appt for my car is 10 am tomorrow and I have no way to get my car there other than drive it, which is unsafe. Additionally, I have it in writing where a member of GM customer care stated my car is safe to drive I just need to use extra caution to steer. Thats like telling someone to sleep with a stranger, its safe but he careful you dont catch a disease.

- Lagrangeville, NY, USA

problem #741

Mar 082014

G6 6-cyl

  • 144,094 miles
Service engine soon light illuminated, clunk, knock or rattle noise from front of vehicle when turning steering wheel regardless if the car is parked or driving on curves, turning, or going over bumps at both low and high speeds. Car pulls to the left and has a constant vibration/shake which can sometimes be very violent throughout the entire car and completely disable it! a constant loud squeaking noise when applying brakes or when driving at low speed can be heard. A ticking or knocking type noise coming from the engine or transmission area may subside in hot temperature. Panoramic sunroof leakes a wind rush noise. Intermittent long crank or no crank with a delayed start. Headlamp and backlighting have low visibility or inoperative. Gearshift indicator light occasionally comes on or flickers. When doors are locked the locking mechanism may not release by key or remote and I have to crawl inside from the trunk in order to unlock the car. The climate control does not engage/ push air on setting 3 but works on 1 2 and 4. the famous "monsoon" radio has horrible sounding speakers as if blown however they are not. I have seen more than 1 certified mechanic for these problems. I have paid a lot of money repairing steering, brakes, rotors, alignment, tires balanced etc. However problems are still occurring in my very recent purchased G6. Now I see recalls have been issued but according to GM website my VIN# is not listed as being recalled. Well apparently it does and should be recalled for replacement repair and reimbursement since Pontiac/GM are completely aware of these issues and recalling cars with "certain VIN numbers". I have bought non-american cars until now with no problems other than standard maintenance. This is my first Pontiac/GM and sadly I am beginning to wonder if I made a mistake by not staying with non-american made cars.

- Walker, MO, USA

problem #740

Jul 102013

G6 6-cyl

  • 92,450 miles
Power steering randomly quits working. First time was on the highway. Other times in the middle of a turn, backing out of a parking spot, multiple times when merging onto a main road off from a side street.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #739

Apr 162008

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased this car in 2008. Since the first day I purchased this car I have had an issue with the steering. I brought the car back to the dealership twice and was told that there is nothing wrong. When I drive there is a snapping sound coming from the steering wheel. I believe this car is unsafe and I checking for a recall and have not found one yet.

- North Dighton, MA, USA

problem #738

Oct 092013

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
My power steering went out. Had to replace the whole column and everything. The vehicle locked up on me while driving. It cost me over $800 to replace.

- Shawnee, OK, USA

problem #737

Oct 012013

G6 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
My vehicle is experiencing faulty power steering, which goes out without any notification. It does this when just starting to pull out and it also does it in the middle of a turn. This is very dangerous. It makes you lose control of the steering and could result in a wreck. My vehicle also has been experiencing the service aiir bag warning that has also been recalled in other GM vehicles. The breaking system on my GM is also faulty with the lighting. When the break is pressed the brake lights go off and when the brake is not pushed the brake light goes on. I have contacted GM numerous times and am told that the recall is not model specific that it is VIN specific. If my car is having all of the same dangerous issues, why is it not also recalled?

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #736

Jul 062013


  • miles
3 times already my steering wheel got stuck especially when I try to pull out from a parking space. One time at a stop light it did get stuck and was shaking. I had to turn off my car and wait about 10 seconds in order for it to work again.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #735

Jan 132014

G6 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
(2006 Pontiac G6 GT) the first time I had trouble with my ignition & power steering was in January of 2014. I started my car and the power steering locked when I tried to pull out of a parking spot. I towed it to a mechanic which said everything seemed fine and it was so frustrating knowing there is still a problem. The problem continued. Recently on March 6 2014 while driving the power steering light came onto the radio screen. The power steering disabled while I was driving and it was almost impossible to pull over away from other cars on the road. It was the most horrifying feeling knowing I had no control. I turned the car off and back on again which the wheel was moving and seemed fine to drive. I pulled back onto the highway driving 35 - 40mph and the steering completely locked up and I could not move my wheel at all. I stopped put my hazards on and shut the car off and took the key out of the ignition. I tried starting my car and all the lights on the dash board went haywire also my 6 cd changer changed through every cd and then the car shut off. Mechanics are still not sure what the problem is. Weeks later, now March 30 2014 I started my car and the poweer steering is completely locked and it is not drivable.

- East Boston, MA, USA

problem #734

Mar 212014

G6 4-cyl

  • 94,221 miles
Power steering is disabled when driving and this started at 94,200 miles.

- Alma, MI, USA

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