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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 23 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:
41 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,008 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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 23 of 47)

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problem #499

Jan 052011

G6 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles

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

Electrical steering switch is going bad, making car unable to steer.

- Franklin, IN, USA

problem #498

Dec 142010

G6 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While driving about 55 mph, I approached a curve and put on brakes slightly. While entering the curve the power steering froze, and I could not turn momentarily. The power steering came back on and I over compensated for the loss of steering. I spun out of control, hitting an embankment with my rear wheel. The car flipped and landed on its wheels. I went to the hospital with a partially collapsed lung, bruised ribs, bruised sternum, back injury, and neck injuries.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #497

Jan 102011

G6

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph when the power steering assist failed intermittently without warning, causing limited steering capabilities. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the power steering assist motor would need to be replaced after performing a diagnostic. The contact was awaiting a call back from the manufacturer in regards to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was approximately 16,000.

- Sturtevant, MI, USA

problem #496

Jan 062011

G6

  • 51,753 miles

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

Power steering failure, randomly shuts off, vehicle difficult to steer, causes car to veer out of control.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #495

Jan 012011

G6 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Power steering stops working while driving with no warning and does not work again until I stop the car, turn off and restart the engine.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #494

Sep 152010

G6

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While parking the vehicle and driving between 2 and 5 mph the power steering failed. She stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn and that it began to shake. The vehicle had not been taken to a dealer for the failure. The failure was constant and was on going for the last three to four months. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 53,000 and the current mileage were 57,000.

- East Boston, MA, USA

problem #493

Dec 272010

G6 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles

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

Power steering malfunction with onboard computer notification.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #492

Dec 152010

G6 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
During the last couple of weeks, my steering in my G6 has been getting tight. On Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010 while in the driveway, it complete froze up. I could not turn the wheel left or right and when I attempted, the lights dimmed on the car as thought a electrical problem was occurring.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #491

Dec 152010

G6

  • 68,000 miles
Power steering locks up while driving down the freeway.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #490

Dec 132010

G6

  • 86,000 miles
Electric power steering has gone out in car.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #489

Dec 092010

G6

  • 135,000 miles

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

I'm a owner of a 06 G6 in my vehicle has been having so many front end problems I have been out of so much money. Recently while on my way to work the power steering fail. It was hard for me to turn but I pulled on the side of the road and restarted my car. Several time in one day I had to restart it. I received a letter about a month ago with "special coverage" not a recall. My car is over the mileage so im not able to get it fix. It should be something GMC should be able to do because I just cannot afford to get this fix. GM is at fault im praying for something to happen for us(G6 owners) before something bad transpire from this. I don't not what to do at this point.

- Charleston, MS, USA

problem #488

Nov 192010

G6

  • 59,980 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 60 mph the contact turned the steering wheel toward the left in order to merge into the left lane to prevent a crash. The steering wheel locked and the contact could not control the vehicle which caused the vehicle to crash into the median on the highway. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 59,980.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #487

Dec 012010

G6

  • 50,000 miles
Its about my Pontiac G6 2006 it has power steering serious problems it goes off while driving please make sure of this.

- Doral, FL, USA

problem #486

May 092008

G6

  • 50,015 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering failed and the power steering light illuminated. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who stated that the power steering motor and column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 50,015.

- Bridgeport , CT, USA

problem #485

Dec 022010

G6

  • 84,700 miles
Power steering on the vehicle stopped working without warning as I was turning. The driver information center displayed a "steering wheel" message. Luckily it was at a low enough speed and with no other cars behind or in front of me that I could stop safely. After turning the car off and back on, the problem was resolved.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #484

Dec 022010

G6

  • 106,123 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving 2-5 mph and attempting a left turn from a traffic stop when the power steering failed. The contact put the vehicle in park and turned the vehicle off. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The manufacturer advised the contact to have an authorized dealer perform a diagnostic test on the vehicle to determine repairs. In addition, the manufacturer advised that they were aware of the failure and offered to assist with the cost of parts but the contact would be liable for labor costs. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 106,123 and the current mileage was 106,150.

- Versailles, MO, USA

problem #483

Nov 292010

G6

  • 70,200 miles
In the past few weeks, the steering wheel has been shaking to the left and right while the vehicle is stop. I did not think anything of it until I stop at a traffic light. The steering wheel lock up and could not move left or right. The information center on the radio displayed a power steering warning. I was stuck in the middle of the road until minutes later I turned on the car again and regain control of the steering wheel.

- Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #482

Apr 012010

G6

  • 76,000 miles
Loud popping noise when you turn the steering wheel to the right or left. Driving down the street and the radio screen went completely blank and the radio wouldn't come on. Cut car off and turned back on and radio came back on. Repaired control arms, ball joints, and struts. Popping noise continues. Think its in the electric steering column.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #481

Nov 112010

G6 6-cyl

  • 88,995 miles
While driving, suddenly the power steering indicator lights comes on and the steering wheel is impossible to control. This is the fourth time this issue has occurred but every time I shut the car off and turn it back on the problem goes away. Every mechanic I have brought the car to says there is no problem when they do a diagnostic check.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #480

Nov 212010

G6 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Power steering failure, causes steering wheel to move on its own, and can create an uncontrollable situation while driving down the road. Noticed that it was difficult to maintain vehicle control within the lane of traffic, and is an intermittent problem. This problem occurs daily, and GM is aware of this problem on other cars such as the Pontiac G5 of which is has issued a recall. When I called the dealer, my vehicle is not involved in any recall. To correct the defect, the vehicle must have the electric motor on the power steering replaced which involves removing the steering column and total approximately $400 in labor plus the $300 part. This should be a recall item, as I have seen on a simple google search numerous complaints about this same issue. GM appears to be aware of the issue, but is waiting to be forced to take corrective actions.

- Nephi, UT, USA

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