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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 19 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:
41 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,008 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 19 of 47)

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problem #579

May 202011

G6 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


I purchased this car from a dealer in may of 2011 and a week after purchasing it, I heard a clunking noise from the steering. Took it back and they replaced the intermediate steering shaft. I had 70000 miles on it at the time and now 5 months later the same problem is back. I have only put on 4000 miles on this vehicle since it was replaced and now the part went bad again. There needs to be a recall on this car and the intermediate steering shaft. Something must be done about this. It is an expensive fix and I don't have that kind of money to be replacing it every 4-5 months.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #578

Oct 192011


  • 105,099 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the power steering would fail at anytime. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 105,099 and the current mileage was 105,600.

- Zealand , MI, USA

problem #577

Apr 172011

G6 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The power steering is failing at low speeds while turning corners. There is a loud thump that comes from somewhere around the steering column or just under the dash on the driver's side, the power steering fails, and the driver information system indication lights and power steering failure message appear. This always happens when the car is making a turn so it becomes nearly impossible to finish making the turn because it is so difficult to turn the steering wheel. If you shut the car off and start it back up, the power steering will work again. The problem first started occurring early in 2011 and occurred approximately 4 times during the spring and summer. Since the problem would clear if the car was turned off, I ignored the issue for as long as possible. Near the end of October 2011, the problem began happening almost continually. If you turned the car off to clear the issue, it would fail at the very next turn. I began looking into the problem and found that this is a known issue to GM. After contacting the local Chevy dealership and GM, I found out that GM was offering "special coverage" for this issue but unfortunately my car was "outside the parameters of the special coverage" because the coverage only covered 10 years or 100,000 miles. My car was at 122,000 miles. I questioned why a major system of the car was only covered to 100,000 miles and they implied that I had driven my car in such a way that I had caused this problem. They finally agreed that my issue "sounded similar to other incidents that had been reported" and asked me to take it to the dealer for a diagnostic test. They insisted that there was no recall on my car for this issue, but finally agreed to cover the cost of the repair as an exception to the special coverage they had offered other drivers. I had to fight GM all the way on this even though it was a serious safety issue.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #576

Aug 182010

G6 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


I have had a thumping in the car when turning the steering wheel and was told that the steering gear needs to be replaced and there could be other defective parts once they get into it. At present I cannot afford to fix the problem and am saving up to get the $800 repair started. I feel this is a recall issue that GM needs to be forced to recall the G6's for this problem because a faulty steering system is a safety issue. I do not feel safe driving my car but it is the only means of transportation I have, so at this time I have no choice. Also, I have had other major problems with this car every year since I bought 3 years ago. The first year was a sensor in the transmission, the second was the catalytic converter, and now this year the thermostat and sensor and this steering problem. This car is a lemon and needs to be recalled!

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #575

Nov 022011

G6 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I have had my Pontiac G6 for almost 6 years now, very close to paying it off and now I am having trouble with it. Earlier this year I had the faulty catalytic converter. Luckily I was able to have that replaced free of charge. Now nearly six months later I am having problems with my power steering. Like before researching it online I discovered that this is a serious issue that some have been able to have replaced free and others have went through a terrible nightmare. I was on my way to work this morning and was turning out of the parking lot of where I live when suddenly power steering came up on the menu and my steering wheel locked up. With force I was able to maneuver the car over to the side of the road and turned the car off. When I turned it back on it was fine. Luckily there was no on coming traffic or there would have been a serious accident. I'm having the car looked at first thing in the morning to determine what is wrong and what is covered. I'm having serious doubts about my vehicle and where will the faulty parts end? I hope the next one will not cause my death or someone else's. GM needs to fix this!

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #574

Feb 042011


  • 94,000 miles
I was driving my G6 and all of a sudden I hear 3 dings and then power steering came on display and I had no steering, scared me to death. I had my 3 year old granddaughter in the car. I did get to the side of the road safely. Turned the car off and started it back up and it was fine. I just thought it was a freak system error. Then about 2 months later it done it again. Turned if off and started it again and it was fine. Then just yesterday it done it again but this time it done it about every 5 minutes of driving. Thank god I made it home safe with my pregnant daughter and my granddaughter. I started looking on the net and found I am not, by far, the only person this has happened to. What is GM waiting on to recall this electrical power steering on these vehicles. Are they waiting for a bunch of families to get killed or what. You know people work hard to have a vehicle, and I think GM should stand behind their product no matter what.

- Lyburn, WV, USA

problem #573

Jun 012007

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


The power steering code displays on the dash. The power steering occasional does not work when car is started. It has to be shut off and restarted. There is also a small clunk sound when turning on occasion as well. The problem started around 30,000 miles. Appears to be an issue with the electrical power steering assist that several people have already noted. Potential for this to go bad while car is in motion. Waiting on recall but with Pontiac going out of business, never took place. Only a special coverage bulletin was issued - #10183 - which may reimburse for the repairs.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #572

Aug 152011

G6 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
We purchased a 2006 Pontiac G6 for our son. Over the past two months, we have noticed the power steering fails at different situations. Obviously, this car does not have power steering fluid but electric. According to reports, this is a repeating problems with the G6's. is there an active investigation for recall on this problem?

- Brighton, TN, USA

problem #571

Apr 022010


  • 75,000 miles
At least a few times a week, when my car is started I experience a power steering failure. I have to turn off the car and try it again. While driving, it is very difficult to turn my wheel to the right, but when turning left it is completely effortless. I have had mechanics look at it and I have had the rack and pinion changed twice, thinking it couldn't possibly be the power steering pump because it's only difficult to steer in one direction.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #570

Sep 142011

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
Power steering light went on. I called dealership in strongsville were I purchased the vehicle and they told me that my vehicle has no recall. I read up on the recall and my car is doing what the recalls says it does. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #569

Sep 262011

G6 4-cyl

  • miles


I was pulling out from a gas station when the power steering light went off and within 2 seconds all power steering was gone. Afraid to drive any further I parked my car and did what I needed to do. Whenever I returned to try and drive my car back home (it sat there for 1 1/2 hrs) there was no problem steering it. I have teen age sons whom drive my car from time to time and if this happens to them while driving there's no telling what could happen. I've called GM and there's no recall on this problem so if I want it fixed it's considered my problem now. I will never purchase another GM car or SUV ever again and will also warn my friends.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #568

Feb 032010


  • 110,000 miles
I own a Pontiac G6 2006 its the worst car I have ever owned I have put 4000-6000$ in to this car and still continue to have problems on a daily basis from the power steering catalytic converters brakes tire rod ends wheel bearings and numerous other problems I have paid more on fixing the problems on the car than I have paid on the car there are currently no recalls to my knowledge but I strongly believe the entire car should be recalled and GM should pay back what the car was purchased for!

- Andover, IA, USA

problem #567

Aug 052011

G6 6-cyl

  • 101,861 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was safely maneuvered to the shoulder and shut off. Upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal momentarily before the failure recurred. The vehicle was driven home and parked. The contact stated that the steering wheel was extremely difficult to turn since the initial failure. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 101,861. Updated 10/04/11 updated 10/05/11

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #566

Jan 122011

G6 6-cyl

  • 84,045 miles
Drove to a restaurant, when we finished eating. I noticed on the radio display it said "power steering", was able to drive and turn with no difficulty, when we entered the highway without warning the steering became very difficult, felt that driving the car was unsafe and pulled to the shoulder, turned the car off and called for a tow, but when the tow arrived, I was going to drive the car onto the trailer and the steering had returned, so I finished the drive home. When you start the car sometimes the steering is working other times it is not.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #565

Sep 152007

G6 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
My 06 pontaic G6 has had multiple issues with the power steering. While under warranty I had the steering fixed 2 times one of which included replacing the entire steering column. Now that the warranty has expired the steering warning has been coming up on the radio car does have lots of miles because I drive 1000 miles a week but, this seems to be a common problem with the 06 G6's. it was so much of a problem that they changed from that type of steering in newer models. The steering will go out in the middle of driving and causes you to lose control the car then must be turned off and on for the steering to begin working again. Please investigate this problem it is dangerous!!

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #564

May 022011

G6 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
The Pontiac G6 2006 is having steering problems like the other Pontiac G models. The electronic steering in the vehicle fails and the steering becomes very hard and it is almost impossible to control. It would be hard for my wife to control it, she is a small woman. It takes a lot strength on my part to steer it. I would like to let other Pontiac G6 owner about this problem before they have an accident.

- Antioch , CA, USA

problem #563

Sep 092011

G6 6-cyl

  • 45,600 miles
The electronic power steering stopped working and the power steering light came on in the radio. After I shut the car off and restarted it, the steering working again but it soon failed and went through the process of restarting car to get it to work. It seems to do it more when the steering wheel is turned all the way to the right. It now does it frequently and the car steers so hard when it happens, it would be easy to loose control and crash. Pontiac says this is not a safety recall and they will not honor warranty on my car. NHTSA did investigate this under action number PE07023 but Pontiac still states it is not a safety problem. I disagree and feel Pontiac should correct this prior to an accident happening.

- Monticello, IL, USA

problem #562

Jul 052011

G6 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Bought car on 07/02/11, return car to dealer on 07/05/11 due to popping noise in steering when turning left or right at any speed, even when sitting still. Did not do this when I test drove it. Started a day or two afterwards. Dealer said it needed grease put into the intermediate steering shaft, (without even looking at it) even though there was grease coming out if it. Dealer would not cover cost of repair. Called Pontiac /GMC to see if there was a recall and if they could offer some help on this and was eventually told no. Took to another dealership to have check and was told the whole intermediate shaft needed to be replaced. Again call Pontiac/GMC and received an answer of no help could be given on this problem. Quote to replace shaft is $319. I was told by both dealers there were no safety issues with this problem, that this would not go out on me while driving and cause a wreck. I don't know if I believe them or not. No honestly when it comes to buying a car. Pontiac/GMC needs to do a recall on this. From all my research on this, it seems to have been a problem with this car from the start, this is a manufacturing problem and they should fix it. Not expecting a problem so soon after purchase. I am not able to pay for this at this time. And it does scare me at times, wondering if the steering is going to go out.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #561

Jan 062011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle, the steering wheel would lock. The contact had to restart the vehicle in order to unlock the steering wheel. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic advised that the steering column was defective and needed to be replaced. The mechanic informed the contact that the steering could lock while driving and cause a crash. The contact had not called the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Ridgeland, SC, USA

problem #560

Aug 242011

G6 6-cyl

  • 42,256 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac G6 and the electric power steering has gone out completely twice in the last year and has been replaced both times. There needs to be a recall on this. I am very lucky I did not get in an accident the last time it went out. I was going down a very step and curvy road her in Minnesota and it just went out and never came back on, even after I shut the car down and started it back up, this is a very serious issue that needs to be resolved before someone gets killed. It is almost impossible to turn the wheel once it goes out.

- Goodview, MN, USA

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