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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 47)

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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.

10.0

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

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2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 47)

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problem #913

Mar 312016

G6

  • 130,700 miles

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

The high pressure power steering line had a hole melted into it by the exhaust and the line burst spraying power steering fluid on the exhaust and almost catching the car on fire.

- Friendsville, MD, USA

problem #912

Jul 152011

G6

  • miles
Driving through the neighborhood when the powersteering on the car went completely out. I was unable to slow the car down to bring it to a safe park on the side of road. Instead I hit an embankment. The witness and police were not sure why my car did not flip over in other words I lost steering and brake power and the car was deemed as totaled.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #911

Mar 072016

G6

  • 149,879 miles
This car has been nothing, but a dangerous headache. I was pulling out of my driveway and the brake fell off.. glad no traffic was coming. Could not stop.. the a week later I am driving and the tire blew. Last weekend driving and lost all power. Not only did we get locked inside the car the serpentine belt was shriveled in pieces. It was horrible. Tell the dealer cause I'm making payments and they act as if the could careless.. the car has never been inspected. I had it looked at and was told the back accel is going to crash in and the electrical is bad it can cause a fire. Scare to drive it.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #910

Feb 132016

G6

  • 139,500 miles

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

Power steering in my 2006 Pontiac G6 stops working while driving. This issue is described in tsb 10183A, which states that the issue will be fixed at no charge under a 10year/150,000 mile warranty. While I have the issue of loss of power steering described in the tsb, GM will not honor the warranty for my vehicle. My vehicle is approximately 9.5 years old and 140,000 miles. There appears to be safety issues with the power steering in some 2006 Pontiac G6 vehicles that GM does cover the repairs for.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #909

Feb 092016

G6

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became inoperable without warning. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,000. The VIN was not available.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #908

Oct 112014

G6

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While making a left turn at approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was serviced under an unknown NHTSA campaign number related to the steering; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 149,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #907

Jan 262016

G6

  • 123,688 miles

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

I am coming to you because I had my car serviced 04/23/2015 to have two recalls fixed and it was ok for a couple of months when again the power steering started to malfunction again now its worst than before as soon as I start the car the steering wheel gets so hard I can`T move it I even hit my other car while backing out of the drive way because I lost all control of the steering wheel. GM is sendind me to the same dealer to get a diagnostic but I was informed that it has to be paid out of my pocket wich I find it unfair because they are the same problems I was experiencing before now I have stopped driving my car because I am afraid to have a worst accident. The campaign id number for the recall is 14V153

- Eloy, AZ, USA

problem #906

Apr 272015

G6

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While making a turn, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and a loud popping noise was noticed. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the power steering assist warning light illuminated every time the vehicle was started. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Gahanna , OH, USA

problem #905

Jan 182016

G6

  • 60,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving 50 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the power steering assist warning light illuminated. The contact pulled over and restarted the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electric power steering motor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,900.

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #904

Jan 022016

G6

  • miles
The air bag warning will come on and off during drives. The air bags will turn off and turn on throughout drives. I have a small child now and this really concerns me. Air bag problem has been occurring for a few years now but happens almost every drive now. This happens when car is in motion on a city street, highway, turning and when sitting still. I selected steering because the steering wheel has been replaced by dealership a few years ago from a recall. Electric steering would stop working whenever it wanted to. Never worked normal since it was replaced. This happens when car is in motion on a city street, highway, turning and when sitting still. I also selected electrical because of the rear brake light. It was recalled due to a brake light that may or may not work when applied and took to dealership to have corrected. Since it was looked at we have noticed rear brake lights not working all the time. I've only noticed when sitting still in driveway.

- Noble, OK, USA

problem #903

Nov 012015

G6

  • 95,000 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 the steering wheel failed while driving 45 mph. The contact was unable to turn the steering wheel. The contact was able to coast off the road, restart the engine, and resume steering function. The failure was experienced several times. The dealer performed a diagnostic, which was unable to locate a failure code. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #902

Dec 082015

G6

  • 217,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 15 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 217,000.

- Mount Pleasant, TN, USA

problem #901

Aug 072015

G6

  • 53,000 miles
We never had a problem with loss of power steering but did see the power steering message on the display flash a few times. We decided to bring the car to the dealer to get the 3 recalls done on it of which one of them was for the power steering message. After the recall was done we went to pick up the car and the power steering did not work intermittently. We brought it back to the dealer and they changed a different part and charged us $734.26 and said the second part was not covered under the recall. I also contacted GM headquarters and they told me the same thing. Since the part changed in the recall actually broke our power steering maybe they were changing the wrong cheaper part and billing the customer to fix the issue. We did not have an accident as the loss of power steering was less than a minute at a time and it was very hard to turn but the car still could be turned.

- Wantage, NJ, USA

problem #900

Nov 072015

G6

  • 147,534 miles
Steering wheel shakes at idle and while driving, creating difficulty steering. Power steering alert on info screen. Loss of power steering. Turn vehicle off and steering returns. GM dealer states the power steering module is bad but is not apart of the steering recall.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #899

Nov 062015

G6

  • 201,182 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel jerked to the left and the vehicle lost power. The power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was pulled to the side of the road, turned off, and restarted. The failure recurred on the way home. The vehicle was later taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 201,182.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #898

Nov 102006

G6

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at various speeds, there was an abnormal sound emitting from the vehicle and the steering wheel moved independently before seizing. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V044000 (steering); however, the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #897

Jun 142006

G6

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering and an abnormal noise could be heard coming from the vehicle. The failure happened without warning. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was taken to the dealer and remedied under NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering); however, the failures recurred frequently after the recall repair was performed. The failures were intermittent prior to the repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #896

Jul 152015

G6

  • 79,985 miles
I had a recall done for the steering. Unfortunately, the problem was not solved by the part replacement. In fact, I continue to lose steering at low speed and during park. The recall was to resolve the issue. GM replaced a defective part with another defective part. The problem is worse now. When is GM going to fix the issue. This is a safety issue for me and my family not to mention to the public. GM are you for real? please get your act together!

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #895

Oct 252015

G6

  • 96,400 miles
I was driving making a turn and I hard a noise didn't know what it was until I felt my steering wheel tighten up.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #894

Oct 132015

G6

  • 133,380 miles
I was going through an S curve on a local road down the street and when I was coming out of the curve the wheel jerked to the left I heard the car chime and I lost the steering. Was unable to get vehicle back on the road fast enough and at the end of the curve was a park parking lot. Luckily the side I had to swerve into was empty and no kids were in the area on the bike path because I ended up going into the grass. After I got the car stopped I shut it off, turned it back on and it was fine. As soon as I started to turn left to head back home boom car chimed and lost power steering again. Luckily this time I was expecting it and was able to keep control as I was turning around to head back home. I was able to nurse the car back the short mile back to the house then called a tow truck to take it to the dealer. I got a call from the dealer the next day stating that they had fixed the recalls on it but also said that the reason it went out ( short in the power steering control module) was a recall item but not on my year G6. I told them that when I pulled the year on my car, it said there was a recall for the control module and they said mine was made too early in the year or something and he also said its a very very common part failure. I asked what the difference was between my steering module and the ones on recall were, and he stated the only difference was the part number and it was the same exact part. So for $900 to fix it I told them to tow it back to my house unfixed and now the car sits unused because I refuse to pay for a part that is knowingly unsafe and faulty by the manufacturer. The outcome of this could have been a lot worse had I been on a busy road. Did I mention my son was in the car with me as well? I have the invoice from the dealer but dont have a scanner.

- Saint John, IN, USA

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