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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 3 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

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 3 of 47)

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problem #893

Oct 082015

G6

  • 142,000 miles

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

Thursday, October 8, 2015 I was driving my car and suddenly the steering wheel jammed. I almost hit 2 cars.on the car board appear "power steering ". at General Motors ' S dealer service they put me to pay 860$ for fixing the power steering issue.

- Conshohocken, PA, USA

problem #892

Sep 232015

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering assist motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #891

Sep 082015

G6

  • 191,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While accelerating from a stop light, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 191,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kodak, TN, USA

problem #890

Sep 072015

G6

  • 162,000 miles

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

When turning the steering wheel in different directions, there is a clunking coming from the steering column. This also occurs when changing the direction of turning, moving or stationary, and in or out of gear. Upon further investigation, I found that the intermediate shaft was not lubricated as described in the GM recall affecting similar vehicles.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #889

Jan 122015

G6

  • 176,165 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the power steering assist warn light illuminated. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000(steering) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 176,165.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #888

Aug 152015

G6

  • 91,000 miles
When I was backing out of my driveway and when I turn the wheels my rack broke on the steering. The wheels would only turn half way to the right. I am lucky I was not on the highway when the rack broke.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #887

Aug 132015

G6

  • 148,361 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at approximately 5 mph exiting a parking lot, the power steering seized. The contact stated that the power steering indicator illuminated. This was a recurring failure. The vehicle was driven to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician performed unknown repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 148,361.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #886

Jul 302015

G6 6-cyl

  • 133,687 miles
While putting vehicle in gear it jerks very hard. When driving, the vehicle shifts really hard and while driving, the security light comes on and it shuts down. While in reverse, the brake light continues to blink off and on. Took to transmission shop and put it on test they said wiring was bad. Took it to dealer and they didn't fix it. Also, they fix recall for power strain and gear shift cable and car been acting up ever since service light on and not changing properly.

- Batesville, MS, USA

problem #885

May 042015

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6. Consumer writes in regards to steering wheel locked up while driving and other vehicle issues. The consumer stated while driving, a message light and alarm went off simultaneously while the steering wheel locked up. The consumer had very limited steering capabilities. By the time she was able to get the vehicle stopped, she had no control of the steering. The consumer stated the vehicle was supposedly repaired due to a recall back in October 2014.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #884

Jul 262015

G6

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle had to be turned off and back on in order for the steering to be restored. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the power steering motor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 84,000.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #883

Nov 022014

G6

  • 139,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While in reverse, the power steering seized and the vehicle crashed into a pole. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The dealer diagnosed that the torque sensor assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- Lawrenceville, IL, USA

problem #882

Jun 082006

G6

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, a clanking noise emitted from the steering column. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column yokes failed and the steering shaft would need to be replaced. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA

problem #881

Jun 102015

G6

  • 102,570 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The vehicle was taken to the dealer in July of 2014 to be repaired for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). In may of 2015, the vehicle was taken to the dealer to be repaired for NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The contact stated that both recall repairs failed on the vehicle and the steering wheel was completely locked up. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but not repaired because the dealer would not inspect the vehicle and repair it again. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was informed that the vehicle would not be repaired because the mileage was too high. The failure mileage was 102,570.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #880

May 162015

G6

  • 137,070 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While making a right turn at 55 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was serviced under NHTSA campaign number:14V153000 (steering). The failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,070.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #879

May 072015

G6

  • miles
Message displayed on dic stating "power steering". a few days later it went out while driving making it incredibly difficult to turn at lower speeds.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #878

Apr 242015

G6

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at 20 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Mogadore , OH, USA

problem #877

Apr 222015

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
The steering wheel will not lock in place. It moves up and down even while driving. It also does not sit evenly in the steering column well.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #876

Feb 142013

G6

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the power steering failed. The steering became difficult to maneuver and a humming sound emitted from the steering column. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition switch and the vehicle stalled. In addition, the contact stated that the transmission slipped and the vehicle accelerated while in first and second gear. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #875

Apr 032015

G6 6-cyl

  • 93,100 miles
When driving it would lock to turn and it would also shake.

- Bronx , NY, USA

problem #874

Jul 172014

G6 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
When going around a curve it is like it loses traction and pulls to the left real bad or going over railroad tracks it has new struts and been aligned three times and two set of new tires and new bearings and tie rods and still haven't fix it.

- Mt. Carmel, IL, USA

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