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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 28 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:

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 28 of 47)

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problem #393

May 272010


  • 60,000 miles


I purchased a used 2006 Pontiac G6 in April of 2009 with 60,000 odd miles on it. In August of 09 I went to start it one morning and I could not turn the steering wheel I get the error message power steering. Only to find out the car has electronic steering. I took it to the dealership for them to say that I needed to bring it in while it was displaying the message. Impossible because it didn't do it again. Now the steering is real loose and rumbly and the car is all over the road. And when you apply the breaks it chatters. As of last night I went to apply the brakes in a turn for the steering message to appear and the car cut off. Thankfully no one was behind me. I turned it off and restarted it no problems. Then today it did it 3 times. I have a son whom I am scared to take anywhere due to the fact the steering may not work and the car will cut off and some one will rear end us. I am a pretty strong female and you can not steer this car when it does this.

- Hiddenite, NC, USA

problem #392

Jan 012007


  • 10,000 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac G6. There is a popping noise everytime I turn the wheel at low speeds. The brakes on my car have squealed since a couple of months after I bought this car. I have taken the car to get checked on countless occasions, and am told my brakes are fine, and that they can replace the breaks and rotors (even though they are fine), but they cannot say that it would make them stop squeaking! I am also having a problem when I start the car. I will turn the key and it will start, but it keeps turning like it is not started, then just shuts off. I have been reading about other complaints from people online, with their steering. I have a baby, and I am afraid that something is going to happen when she is in the car with me. We cannot let something awful happen, before there is a recall! there are too many people having these problems, so lets be proactive, instead of reactive!

- Dennison, OH, USA

problem #391

Feb 072009


  • 40,000 miles
The car will turn instantly to the left when the vehicle is moving. Alignment is correct and the car has 42,000 miles. The say the power steering motor and rack needs replaced.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #390

May 202010


  • 63,000 miles


2006 Pontiac G6 power steering not working properly. Indicator light is coming on dashboard. Steering wheel is moving by itself while standing still and moving. Steering feels like it is grabbing/jamming at times and sometimes no power. Took it in for service, was told computer was adjusted, worse now. Makes noise, vibrates, grabs. Just out of warranty. I believe it is dangerous to drive. I have heard many complaints about this. Why isn't there a recall? not being able to steer the car is a very dangerous problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #389

May 162010

G6 6-cyl

  • 56,970 miles
2006 Pontiac G6 power steering clunking and making a loud squealing noise when you turn. I have read about many of the same issues on line and in many cases the steering goes out completely. GM needs to recall just like on the other Pontiac models.

- Somerset, KY, USA

problem #388

May 182010


  • 50,106 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I have been having problems with my power steering dropping for no apparent reason. I've brought my car in several times to a GM dealership (woody Pontiac GMC in elgin, il), only to be told that there was nothing wrong with the car. The mechanic keeps insisting that the car was made to drop power steering if I turn the wheel too much to the right. The problem is, the power steering will drop for any reason. I can be driving along straight and the power steering will go out. I can start the car up from sitting in a parking spot and the power steering will go out. I've noticed though that it mostly happens when taking slow right turns. I've read a recent recall for G6's made a few months before mine and have noticed the same effects. I've tried to take the turns slowly and I can feel a jolt in the steering wheel as if the power steering wants to drop out and sometimes it does go out. I've complained to my dealership, I've complained to GM, I don't know who else to complain to anymore. My car is now 100 miles past my extended warranty and I don't know how much longer this problem can go on before I finally hit somebody on the road. I've been in 4 incidents so far where I've lost power steering on a turn and almost crashed into another vehicle. Please initiate a safety recall of this problem seeing as there are so many people out there with the same issue. [xxx]

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #387

May 102010


  • 26,000 miles


2006 Pontiac G6 has loss of power steering in low speeds. Vehicle has only 26,000 miles on it.. it is impossible to parallel park this vehicle.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #386

Feb 142010


  • 74,000 miles
Power steering fails at all speeds. It happens at least once a day when driving to work and back. 3 hour drive North it will happen 2-3 times each way. Nearly impossible to steer, very dangerous on the expressway. GM will not do a thing about it, so it's still defective. This has been happening since February 2010.

- Montrose, MI, USA

problem #385

May 112010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While traveling at speeds of 60 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated on the dashboard and the steering wheel became increasingly difficult to turn. The vehicle was neither repaired nor diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 75,000.

- Al Paso , TX, USA

problem #384

May 052010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the power steering light illuminated, the vehicle suddenly pulled to the left and the power steering failed. The failure occurred everyday which made it difficult to control the steering wheel. He called the dealer and was informed that they were unaware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #383

Apr 302010


  • miles


I purchased a used 2006 Pontiac G6 on April the 3rd, car ran great no signs of any problems, took it to Iowa on April 29th and made good trip up there. The morning of April 30th while driving down the highway at the posted 55mph speed limit, the steering wheel began jerking to the left, getting worse by the second, it then locks up and is almost immovable. Got car to safe place and looked at owners manual to check pump for fluids, was not in area as indicated in manual, as a matter of fact there is no pump at all, it is electric, which the manual says nothing about. Called GM, they set up a tow to nearest Pontiac dealer. On the 3rd of may car was towed to Pontiac dealer. Dealer later called and said it was a faulty GM part. After doing some research online it is apparent that this is a very common problem with the G6, as well as the G5 they have recalled as of March 2010. GM needs to recall this, before someone gets hurt. I am lucky I was not in a heavily populated area and not hurt or hurt someone else. GM didn't want to admit this is a problem but even the dealer said they know there are problems with the electric power steering.

- Springfield, TN, USA

problem #382

May 102010


  • 63,750 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac G6, while driving the veh all the dash board lights will begin to flash on and off of the veh to include the security, temp and battery lights. The battery light will however stay on, also at this time the message display will begin to display nearly every message that is possible, then while the car is in motion regardless of speed the power steering will go out and stay out for various periods of time. This originally occurred 1 time, we took the veh to the dealership who diagnosed that the alternator would shut down after reaching a certain temp so they replaced it, it was fine about 1 month before beginning to do the same thing this time on a very frequently almost to the point it does it now every time the vehicle is started. I have done alot of research on this issue and have found that there have been quite a few complaints for the same exact issues made to Pontiac/GM by owners of this vehicle and GM seems to be ignoring the problem. I would like this issue addressed before someone dies on the roadway, because if it is not as soon as the incident makes the news you can be assured alot of people will be going to the news saying that this problem has been brought to the attention of GM and the NHTSA.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #381

May 062010

G6 6-cyl

  • 69,985 miles
Pontiac G6 2006 loss of power steering assist.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #380

May 062010


  • miles
I just purchased a Pontiac 2006 G6 with less than 26,000miles, on May 5,2010. The next morning on my way to work I started the vehicle and the steering wheel started to rattle and shake. At first I ignored it but then I noticed that I am having problems go from lane to lane smoothly and staying in one lane with forcefully controlling the wheel because the steering wheel would lock on me or it would feel very loose. Something needs to be done about this on going problem on this vehicle. I refuse to pay to fix a problem that is common on Pontiac car similar to this one. I just brought the car less then 24hrs ago and I am already having problems. That is crazy!!!! an investigation is definitely warranted...this is a very serious and could become a fatal problem. Please look into!!!

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #379

Apr 142008


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. While driving 5 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated followed by a chiming sound. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver and the contact had to use extreme force in order to drive the vehicle onto the emergency lane. The dealer stated that they needed to perform a diagnostic test on the vehicle to determine what caused the failure to occur. The vehicle was neither repaired nor tested when the complaint was filed. The contact stated that the failure would occur sporadically. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #378

Apr 032010


  • 1,000 miles
The steering wheel turns 90 degrees to the left when creeping in traffic and there is significant clunk noise in the steering at low speeds when turning. This issue has been for the last 4 years of ownership after several trips to the dealer all with no result or fix.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #377

May 032010


  • 30,000 miles
Clunking sound coming from engine compartment when turning.

- North Platte, NE, USA

problem #376

Apr 302010

G6 6-cyl

  • 72,034 miles
My 16 year old daughter was on her way home after a school function. The 2006 pontica G6 power steering locked up completely. She was able to pull over to the side of the road. A male friend was able to drive the car the last 5 miles home with out power steering.

- Commerce, GA, USA

problem #375

Mar 102010


  • 65,400 miles
A few weeks back, my car started flashing "power steering". I was obviously concerned, but was hoping it was just a fluke. Shortly after, it got more and more frequent. Then, one day, I go to leave in my car and notice I have no power steering- awesome. Just as the warnings got more frequent, so did the loss of power steering. I'm a girl and find it near-impossible to drive in these conditions. I called and emailed Pontiac only to find out there is "no current recall" on this issue. I find that extremely hard to believe when there was one on their G5 and on the cobalts. After a short time on google, it's quite apparent that I'm not the only one with this issue. I read one woman's complaint where she stated it began going out while she was driving- if this happens to me, I don't know how I'll be able to handle it...

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #374

Dec 192009

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 25 mph, the power steering failed. The contact spoke with the manufacturer who advised there were no recalls on the power steering for the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 33,000 and the failure mileage was 29,000. Updated 06/29/10 updated 07/14/10

- Highland, IN, USA

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