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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 38 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.

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 38 of 47)

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problem #193

Sep 172009


  • 42,000 miles


Power steering on '06 ponitac G6 gtp is dangerous! steering column stiffens and is at time hard to turn corners. Only 40,000 miles and car in repair shop having to replace power steering pump, reservoir and hoses! why isn't GMC being forced to do a recall? this is not safe!

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #192

May 052009


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that intermittently while driving the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel, then there was a loss of power steering. Difficulty or the inability to steer while driving increased the risk of a vehicle crash. He was in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer to determine the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000. The current mileage was 63,000.

- Posen , IL, USA

problem #191

Apr 212009


  • 50,969 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 4 mph on normal road conditions; a chiming noise sounded inside the vehicle. The "power steering" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel; suddenly, there was a loss of power steering. The driver experienced extreme difficulty maneuvering the steering wheel. The warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The contact was able to turn the vehicle off, restart it, and continue driving with caution. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and the failure was contributed to a faulty power steering assembly module. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunction at the cost of $734.25. In addition, there were failures with the steering column sensor and the front driver side door latch sensor. The vehicle has not been repaired for these malfunctions at this time. The failure mileage was 50,969 and the current mileage was 54,000.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #190

Sep 062006


  • 91,500 miles


Failure of power steering assist while driving on interstate.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #189

Sep 102009


  • 59,894 miles
My wife's 2006 Pontiac G6 steering locks or loss of power steering during driving. Started approx. 2 weeks ago intermittently, turning car off and restarting resolves the issue temporarily. She is now scared to drive it due to when it happens, she is unable to turn the wheel. Research shows this is a common issue on the G6 model, and I am currently working with Pontiac to get it resolved. They have stated that this issue is not currently in their database, but I should get it analyzed and then they will see if it is covered. The car is out of warranty.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #188

Aug 272009


  • miles
I own a Pontiac G6 and my power steering locks up in the car. It happens now every time I drive it. I actually tapped into a car because I couldn't control the steering. Thank goodness it was only tap - it could have been worse. Why isn't this being recalled?

- Netcong, NJ, USA

problem #187

Sep 092009


  • 48,000 miles


1. issues with steering. Very tight wheel when turning right, extremely loose when turning left. Steering wheel suddenly wobbles, like you have a flat tire - this mostly happens when backing out of a parking space, but I have also encountered it when driving normally, down the road. 2. the failure: Power steering warning light came on, and the steering locked up, while I was driving. Thank god I was in a parking lot or I may have caused an accident. I did a little research online, and this is a recurring problem with many 2006 Pontiac G6 owners. 3. taking to dealership - actually trying to work up the nerve to go, as I don't want to cause any accidents.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #186

Sep 092009


  • 40,000 miles
Power steering goes out about 4 to 5 times a week for about 7 months. Does not only go out at slow speeds but at highway speeds also. When steering goes out it is very hard to steer, and it also jerks. My husband is 6'4" and he pulled a muscle in his back when it went out with him driving to work one morning and I have injured both wrist. These cars are hard to steer regardless of speed. I have 2 children 8 months and 3 years old and have had to fight the car to a stop more than once when they were in the car. I bought this G6 car used 1 year ago in Aug.2008. This started as a once an a while problem within a month after I purchased the car. Now it happens on a daily basis. Three different dealerships said that they had not heard of this problem, and will do nothing not even try to diagnose it. But they have to know its all over the internet. This is a very serious problem that needs to be dealt with. Even if GM claims this only happens at slow speeds in parking lots and drive ways what about the people including children around these cars. This is not only a safety risk to the drivers of these cars but other drivers and pedestrians around them. Its like a car in motion with out a driver! drive car as little as possible not even to work as I catch a ride with my mom. I have given you the last date incident has happened as of this complaint below.

- Chapel Hill, TN, USA

problem #185

Feb 252009


  • 41,300 miles
On many occasions will I be driving my 2006 Pontiac G6 when the electric power steering goes out. It is not like your normal "fluid" based power steering failure. It is almost impossible to "man handle". this occurs probably on a daily basis now and the only way to solve the problem is stop the car, power off and restart. Problem being of course stopping the car in mid drive when you suddenly lose control. I have researched this issue and have found many, many other people with the same issues. Many of them have actually been in accidents because of the failure, so far I am lucky knock on wood. I haven't pursued a simple fix at the dealer with this because of seeing how the issue is not being resolved for others with the same problem.

- Pulaski, VA, USA

problem #184

Aug 212009


  • 41,000 miles
2006 Pontiac G6.power steering went out almost causing an accident.took vehicle to shop and steering column and electronic power steering assist motor have to be replaced. Cost $1200. Garage made statement they are repairing many G6's with the same issues.there are also complaints all over the internet. Very dangerous and there should be a recall.vehicle only had 41,000 miles.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #183

Jul 282009


  • 63,395 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. When the contact started the vehicle, the power steering would not function properly. The steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 63395.

- Maffillon, OH, USA

problem #182

Aug 252007


  • 37,000 miles
Power steering went completely out as a was turning a corner and has not came back on repair shop now waiting on estimate of repair cost.

- Hobart, IN, USA

problem #181

Jul 242009


  • 27,000 miles
Power steering problems with 2006 pontac G6. It difficult for a mechanic to detect because once the car is turned off the steering reset. I was driving down the highway an my steering locked. I could have caused a major accident. I freaked out.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #180

Apr 012009


  • 34,000 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 and the powersteering stops working sometimes. It just locks up and you cant move it at all. This usually happens at lower speeds but if it happened on the freeway or something it would not be so easy to control. You can not move the wheel at all when this happens. This needs to be recalled, I can not believe that GM has not gotten sued over this. I have seen hundreds of people on forums that have had the same problem as me. How many people are going to have to die for a recall to go into effect.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #179

Aug 072009


  • 47,000 miles
My Pontiac G6 power steering signal was coming own for repair. I took it to the dealership for repair and found that I needed a new motor pump. The motor got replaced, but that same night I got the same message on my dash about power steering. I took my car back to dealer for another look at the car and they found that my steering column needs repair. I couldn't believe that my steering wheel needs repair considering my car is only 3 years old. My warranty did not cover this specific problem, so I called GM to report the problem and they told me they couldn't do anything. This is a factory problem due to the fact that the car has only 47,000 miles and that its not common for these type of problems early in the mileage. My car is not drivable due to accident concerns, this could really cause death because it pops on out of nowhere and locks your steering wheel. Imagine being on the highway and everyone is going 50-60 mph and you loose control of your car al of a sudden. This really needs to be recalled, and I see a lot of people has had this same problem early in there mileage on Pontiac G6 models (2006). This has to be taken serious or someone could loose there life and things could get real bad for GM.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #178

Aug 152006


  • 52,500 miles
Like a ton of other complaints I have been experiencing intermittent power steering failure with my 2006 Pontiac G6 GT at 50-53K miles. It usually occurs when backing out of the my garage or after making a few turns. Power steering is displayed on the computer and assisted power steering goes completely out. Similar to other I would shut the car off for a 10-15 minutes and it would go away. Within the last week the power steering is going out daily and now is occasionally happening while driving. I have talked to a few mechanics and they have told me they have seen this many times on the 2005 and 2006 Pontiac G6's because this was Pontiac's first attempt at electronic power steering vs. Pump.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #177

Aug 122009


  • 52,000 miles
Steering 50000 miles ball joints are shot are you kidding never heard of this maybe 100000 plus miles on any car.need watch dogs on these foreign parts these front steering parts made in piilpplies"??? we put on these GM cars buy american buy Hyundai 10yr 100000 miles warranty im trading mine in might get clunker price this lost will be cheaper in long run than paying out of my pocket to keep this Pontiac G6 safe. All these complaints on steering problems no one cares??"

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #176

Sep 252007


  • 16,000 miles
I purchased my 2006 Pontiac G6 in July of 2006. When I received it had 300 miles on it and have loved it ever since. I would say I noticed a slight popping noise and I felt it as well when I make turns. Shortly after that my brakes began to sputter and cause my front end to shake when I applied my brakes every so often. For about a year now I have noticed that they shake every single time I apply my brakes and it gets worse and worse each day. One last item of concern is regarding the steering of my car on roads and highways/ freeways. My car is uncontrollable when driving causing it to shift to the left and right quickly making it hard to keep on the road which is hazardous to my safety and to the safety of my passengers. I have read up on these issues and it came to my attention that numerous owners of this vehicle have had the exact same problems so I know that it has nothing to do with the way I drive my car. I am satisfied with my car otherwise, but am extremely disappointed in the issues I am facing today on a car that is only three years old with 33,000 miles on it.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #175

Aug 052009


  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6 I just started noticing that my car at low speeds made a clunking noise. And it is driving me crazy its not so bad at higher speeds but today when I was backing up out of my driveway my steering locked up I had to shut it off and restart the car. I am truly afraid to drive this car now.

- Nokomis, FL, USA

problem #174

Jul 222009


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving in reverse at a low speed, the power steering light illuminated and the power steering completely failed. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle to allow it to reset itself. The failure occurred at least three times. The contact will schedule an appointment with the dealer for further inspection. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Monticello, IL, USA

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