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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 15 of 46) 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:
37 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,003 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 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 15 of 46)

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problem #632

May 162012

G6 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


Electrical power steering assist went out during driving. This problem has happened multiple times. A chime signal sounds, and a message "power steering" appears on the information center screen. After this happens, it is very difficult to steer. Steering is restored by turning off ignition and restarting vehicle, however; the problem has occurred several times since, intermittently and with no predictability. This could cause an accident.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #631

May 112012


  • 90,000 miles
While driving the car, the power steering message came on the display. A few seconds later the power steering went out.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #630

May 052012

G6 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
While driving to work I notice my service air bag sensor went off. My vehicle only has 64,601 miles on it.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #629

Apr 272012


  • 125,000 miles


My Pontiac G6 has developed the classic power steering failure. Going down the road at 35 mph and all of a sudden an alarm chimes three times, power steering is displayed on the radio display, then a click is heard in the dash, then the power steering fails completely, almost causing an accident. This is a common problem with the 2005 and 2006 Pontiac G6, and in my opinion, a safety hazard to the driver, occupants, and others on the road. GM has acknowledged this problem and will repair defective vehicles for 10 years or 100,000 miles. I contacted GM, and was told no coverage would apply due to the car having 125,000 miles. They say the car can safely be operated, but with greater effort. Most people today, including my 16 year old daughter, will panic and not know what to do when the power steering fails. GM needs to repair these cars before more accidents or deaths occur. Your safety may be at risk !

- Mount Airy, NC, USA

problem #628

Apr 282012

G6 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
My power steering light keeps flashing on my menu display and I have looked online and it seems there are a lot of complaints on this problem but GM has not put a recall on them. I bought my car used last year from a dealership and it currently only has 58,000 miles on it. I am afraid that I am going to lose my power steering and could possibly cause or be in an accident.

- Alger, MI, USA

problem #627

May 012012


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact stopped and shut off the vehicle. After restarting, the vehicle regained power steering abilities. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated there was an extended warranty for the failure but the vehicle exceeded the mileage limit. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Hancock, MN, USA

problem #626

Dec 142011


  • 99,000 miles


Loss of power steering which occurred at least 5 times while in reverse. The last time this occurred was in drive while entering the expressway. With each occurrence there was a warning chime and "power steering" was on the radio display. After restarting the vehicle, the power steering would recover.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #625

Jul 132009

G6 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
The power steering failed for the first time in the summer of 2009. Whenever the weather is warmer than 65 degrees, the power steering fails repeatedly. Every time we've tried bringing the vehicle in for repair at our nearest Pontiac dealership in union, NJ we were told that nothing could be done and every repair would just result in a return for the same issue every 6 months.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #624

Mar 302012


  • 50,000 miles
Power steering locked up. Dealer told me it was the motor and they would fix for free then called back 2 days later to say that it wasn't that motor, it was the module. Now we are responsible for fixing this even though this is obviously a manufacture default.

- Whitehouse, NJ, USA

problem #623

Oct 152008

G6 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Power steering stop working, had it replace by a GMC dealer. After a few months it would go out again. This time it would work by resetting it. In Feb. Of 2009 started failing again for hours at a time sometimes a day or two. It was replace after an accident to car. It continued to go in and out at certain periods of time. Now March of 2012 it is completely out. All they want to do is change the whole unit out. I feel to believe that either the parts are defective or the dealers are out to cash in. Can somebody contact me about this matter. I think the only reason this hasn't been taken care of because enough lives were not lost.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #622

Mar 192012


  • 76,000 miles


As I was pulling into work, my car dinged three times, then power steering was flashed on my radio and my steering wheel locked up! unable to drive my car, I had it towed to a mechanic and the estimated repairs would cost $900! this is a horrible car, as this is just one of the few problems I am having with this vehicle. Every time I turn the steering wheel, something in the steering system is making it clank, and when I turn the wheel back it will clank again. If I am at a complete stop and have my hands off the steering wheel, when I apply the gas, the wheel will pull itself about half a turn to the left and as I pick up speed it will recenter itself. When I turn the wheel there is also a grinding noise. The struts have gone bad, which is $450 more, and there is a leak in the front left tire somewhere (not the tire itself, the mechanic told me it was leaking oil somewhere). This is my first GM car, and it will most certainly be my last.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #621

Mar 172012

G6 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I was making a turn when my steering wheel stiffen and on my display panel power steering displayed on the screen. Every time I try to turn my steering wheel the message comes on the display panel and the steering wheel becomes tight making it very hard for me to make any turns.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #620

Mar 142012


  • 65,400 miles
Was backing out of my driveway and realized I could not turn my steering wheel. It took all the strength I had to be able to get my car back into the driveway to park it. There are a lot of owners who are having this issue and I'm surprised there has not been a recall to fix this. I am very fortunate that it didn't happen while driving on the road with my children in the car. Help us get a recall for this dangerous issue.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #619

Sep 162011


  • 96,000 miles
As I was casually driving within city limits, my power steering just stopped working. I pulled over and noticed that I was helpless because the power steering is electric and I could not add any fluid. After about 15 minutes or so the problem ended. About 7 months later, the power steering light has started coming on.

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #618

Jan 232012

G6 6-cyl

  • 99,873 miles
The first incident, I was driving and making a turn into my driveway and it became very difficult to turn the steering wheel. This happened another two times before the most recent incident. When I was driving down the highway, the power steering of the car completely quit. "power steering" flashed on the dash and it became very difficult to steer the car to safety.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #617

Nov 242011

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Power steering went out, almost caused a fatal accident on the road. Heard about recalls for this but no GM dealership is accepting recalls for this vehicle about this specific problem. A quick search online and there are thousands of users having the same issue.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #616

Feb 272012

G6 4-cyl

  • 187,250 miles
I was backing out the garage when power steering got stiff and very difficult to steer.

- Mississauga, NY, USA

problem #615

Feb 152012


  • 75 miles
Power steering quit working will driving... hard to turn and drive..

- Mccook Lake, SD, USA

problem #614

Feb 162012


  • 80,000 miles
Power steering hose is rubbing against exhaust which now has made the powers steering hose to leak which could cause a fire if it hit the exhaust.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #613

Feb 162012

G6 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I was driving 60mph when all of a sudden my steering locked up. I was on an interstate with traffic going 60-70 mph. My children were with me and I could not steer my G6 over to the shoulder. I had cars and semi's about hit me. Trust me, with all of the complaints about this and no recalls yet, if it is to happen and I get hurt I will sue GM! there are thousands of complaints over the same crap going on with these cars! you need to fix GM!

- Huntington, IN, USA

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