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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 12 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 12 of 47)

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problem #713

Dec 262013


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while reversing, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned and seized. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 81,000.

- Negaunee, MI, USA

problem #712

Jan 132014

G6 6-cyl

  • 127,800 miles
Was traveling on free way when exiting ramp to the right at about 40mph when steering wheel started jerking back an forth then wheel seized up. I couldn't go left or right I was stuck cars were behind me my kid was in the car an to boot the ramp was really curved to the right. I panicked turned the car off an quickly restarted it. Not much difference with that. So basically I just turned the car off again an prayed to get smack from behind by another car. Got the car towed to mechanic he checked it an nothing is wrong he said..... I don't know why it happened but that's twice since I've had this car and I think it's time for this thing to go.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #711

Jan 122014


  • 116,000 miles
I have been noticing jerking in the steering wheel, then when starting the car and backing out of the driveway the power steering warning came on and I had trouble steering to back up. Restarting cleared the problem but I am concerned it will happen again where I can't restart. GM needs to fix this problem. From the number of complaints I am finding on the internet it is obvious it is a mechanical design default.

- Show Low, AZ, USA

problem #710

Jan 102014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles


My car power steering just started failing out of nowhere wen I was getting off a parking lot and almost hit a car due to it not working properly...I read on the interner to see what was wrong and many people have been having the same problem as I am now please fixs it this is dangerous!! :/

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #709

Jan 162013

G6 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Steering wheel started jerking and then power steering went out. Had to shut the car off several times to get it back on. Now it doesn't work at all. Or, if it does, it only lasts a mile or two. I think I saw something about a recall possible ?

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #708

Dec 182012

G6 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and seized. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Springhill , TN, USA

problem #707

Jan 032014


  • 85,000 miles


Electrical power steering goes out periodically when it gets very cold outside. This has been occurring for sometime now. If the temperature gets close to freezing outside the power steering shuts off a few after I first start up the vehicle and if I make very sharp turns it goes out. I never experience this issue when its warm outside. GM should be responsible for repairing this no matter if your vehicle is past 70000 miles. They failed by making and electrical power steering system in these year models which obviously they realized was a problem since the 2007 models have the traditional power steering pump.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #706

Nov 282013

G6 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Steering wheel started jerking and then power steering went out. Had to shut the car off several times to get it back on and now it does it daily. Needs repaired and I just found out today that there may be a special warranty to get it repaired. The mileage at the time my not be exact because I really didn't look at that at the time.

- Sistersville, WV, USA

problem #705

Oct 282013

G6 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
I was driving down watt avenue and suddenly my power steering went out. I was unable to regain control of the wheel but thankfully I was just going straight and not turning. The problem has since gone away but this is a very dangerous incident that occurred and I suspect it will happen again. I have conducted research online to see if this has happened to other drivers, driving a Pontiac vehicle and it has happened numerous times. I believe there should be a recall on the power steering within this vehicle and I urge the NHTSA to follow up again on their investigation a few years ago and demand a recall on the power steering for this model and year. Considering the power steering was built into the transmission, this is a very serious problem that can't just be fixed by adding power steering fluid. If the NHTSA does not do anything about this serious problem and issue a possible recall, there will be more accidents and some may end up fatal.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #704

Oct 102013


  • 137,000 miles
Upon starting car there was a chime and "power steering" message on dash display. Vehicle extremely difficult to operate/control as the steering is heavy--no power at all. Parking and turning at low speed nearly impossible. Took it to the dealer today for steering column replacement per tsb. Was told by dealer this failed to correct the issue and that it might be the ps motor. Am being told the ps motor is not covered by tsb, nor is the diagnostic fee, but GM should cover as I've seen numerous complaints in forums.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #703

Nov 192013

G6 6-cyl

  • 126,049 miles


Had the car check because the power steering light came on, couldn't detect. Now it's doing the same thing and the power steering went out for a few seconds. Put the car in park, turned it off and the power returned once the car was back on. Today, November 19, 2013, the power steering light flashed again. I recalled getting a letter a while back, if there is something wrong with the power steering why didn't they just do a recall. In the event you have to get this problem fixed then you can submit a claim form. Why didn't they just recall the car. I have my car since 2005 and it has been service on a regular basics to assure that it is in property working conditions. I've kept the oil change, brake repairs, etc. Now the steering is giving a problem.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #702

Nov 062013


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, there was a sudden loss of power steering assist with the illumination of the warning indicator. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who replaced the steering column however, the failure persisted after the repair was performed. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- Hollis, NY, USA

problem #701

Nov 082013


  • 165,426 miles
The contact owns 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated the steering wheel locked while approaching a stop light. The power steering light illuminated and the radio alarm beeped when the failure occurred. The contact was able to shut the engine off restart the vehice and resume driving. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 165,426.

- Decatur , GA, USA

problem #700

Aug 222013

G6 6-cyl

  • 74,397 miles
As I was exiting on to an off ramp the steering locked up and I lost control momentarily at the same time not being able to slow down. The car eventually spun out and slowed down on its own. Then I waited and started it back up and it went.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #699

Oct 042013


  • 145,000 miles
Power steering loss has been experienced twice in the past nine days. An audible chime sounds and the dic indicates power steering. Steering became very rigid and I swerved into oncoming traffic as I was not prepared for the loss. Shut the car off, started it again and it seems fine. First time it happened, nine days ago same thing. Shut it off, started it again and it was fine for a week then it did the same thing again. Took picture of dic to date stamp the incident.

- Welland, NY, USA

problem #698

Oct 062013

G6 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
I bought this car for my 16 year old daughter. There are a few common electrical problems all connected to the steering column apparently. It started with the key not wanting to move, first to start the car and then not being able to get the key out of the ignition. The radio fails intermittently. The latest is that the power assist steering fails intermittently. Extremely dangerous! sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I've researched different sites and it seems to be a huge problem and connected to the electrical problems in the steering column. I'm told by mechanics it is a problem in almost all G-6's in 2006-2007 that have the power assist steering. Since it is such a safety issue, why is it not being recalled?

- Box Elder, SD, USA

problem #697

Sep 012013


  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated the power steering warning light illuminated as he applied the brakes to a complete stop. The contact then accelerated to 25 mph and the steering wheel seized. In addition, the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle and had to jump-start the battery in order to start the engine. The contact proceeded to drive the vehicle but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Paramount , CA, USA

problem #696

Aug 262013

G6 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Upon driving the G6, a popping noise began coming from the steering when turning the wheel. The noise is present when not moving, when moving at low to moderate speed while turning, and while going over bumps in the road. It appears to be related to the steering or intermediate shaft, which is a common problem and acknowledged problem by GM. Overtime, this can be a very large danger when steering is compromised.

- Rockledge, PA, USA

problem #695

Aug 202013

G6 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Steering wheel locked up while driving.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #694

Jul 052013


  • 186,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while reversing from a drive way, the power steering failed and caused the steering wheel to tighten with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but the were unable to duplicate the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 186,000.

- Charolette, NC, USA

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