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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 45 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:
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.

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 45 of 47)

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problem #59

May 012008


  • 30,000 miles


I recently purchased a 2006 Pontiac G6 in may (approximately 33,000 miles). Shortly after the purchase my husband and I noticed a popping sound coming from the front of the car. We took it in to the dealership and they said that the steering shaft just needed to be lubed. Needless to say the problem never went away. Lately when I turn on my car the info center reads "power steering." My husband and I did the research and found many complaints about this same thing. I read a blog on that said the NHTSA was investigating the power steering failure. So, I am writing to you so that you have at least one more complaint about this faulty in the Pontiac G6. In addition, I would also like to add that when driving this car I no longer feel safe. I appreciate all the effort I know you are putting into this investigation. If you need any additional information or input please feel free to contact me via E-mail.

- Pueblo West, CO, USA

problem #58

Sep 222008


  • 51,700 miles
Steering has failed on my 06 Pontiac G6, the gear & core return was replaced one year ago at 23,000 and now at 51,700 miles it needs to be replaced again! the steering locked after leaving the dealership that was more concerned who was going to pay for the repair then my safety. The steering locked and caused a minor accident. In 30 years of driving I have never had to replace a steering gear or core return, much less two in one year. Update (10/2/08): When the steering locked up I had no control and hit a cart. I have a $1000 dollar deductible and had mentioned that I am struggling a little and have not got estimates as I can't afford to get it fixed. No other vehicle was involved and no accident report was made. When I went to the dealership for the repair on the steering colum, he would not look at it until I agreed to sign the paperwork stating that I would pay the $100 deductible. So, I had to drive away and I am still driving the car in this defective state.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #57

Sep 222008


  • 50,000 miles
Clunk in front end at low speeds when turning. Had repaired but noise is back. Many other G6 owners with same complaint.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #56

Aug 072007


  • 42,000 miles


Mr. Did evasive manuevers at 65 mph to avoid deadly collision with fully loaded senior citizen van by a driver with a cell phone. Steering wheel was very loose, brakes pedals were very easily depressed, none of the front air-bags deployed and car seats did not lock. Mr. Hit median concrete at 60 mph. Ambulance and emergency room dictated, "you all very lucky to have survived." 3rd party administrator(esis) counter claims mr.. that because Mr. Collided with median sideways the air-bags did not deploy. Mr. Argues that front driver portion of car hit median first, air bags should have deployed and seat belts should have locked. 3rd party administrator counters. Because there is no proof we cannot claim such fact. She (3rd party) is insisting on us to sign medical release forms and submit pictures of car. Mr. Has advised that car is repaired and has been sold. Confusion arises when dealer agrees that car has sensors and collision shop did not indicate any sensors. Mr. Is confused whether stabili-trak or some other systems should be in place to have prevented the collision with median and under the tire sensors should have been in place. If any system (stabili-trak or other) were in place, the whole accident could have been prevented. Esis-claim #660283.

- Mercedes, TX, USA

problem #55

Jul 042008


  • 32,300 miles
The power steering went out in my car while backing out of a parking spot, thankfully there was no one behind me or in front. I contacted the dealership regarding this problem and was told it would cost me $1200 to repair the problem.

- South Daytona, FL, USA

problem #54

Oct 062006


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering column made a loud noise when a left turn was made. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and repaired. The failure recurred on a separate occasion. The vehicle has not yet been diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 8,000 and current mileage was 51,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #53

Sep 032008


  • 27,000 miles


Steering failure in Pontiac G6, 2006. Steering can lock up while driving, very difficultto control if the power steering goes out. Also, at other times steering is extremely hard to turn left, very easy to turn right. Can act up at any time. Update (10/06/08): The power steering did go out, as I was traveling about 35-40 mph. I was able to get the car off the road...several times, upon starting the car, the display showed "power steering". very hard to turn. Shut vehicle off, restart, display clears, then you can drive. But, the car was hard to steer to the left, and extremely easy to the right. I'll fax (received) a copy of the invoice. So far, the problem has not occurred again. The invoice shows that the power steering control module was defective.

- Canal Winchester , OH, USA

problem #52

Jun 122006


  • miles
Rented this G6 2006 from enterprise rental co. My wife was driving this car while hers was in the shop for repairs. She was driving on a winding road and the steering went out. She lost control of the car while trying to turn through a curve. The car flipped into the air and rolled 3 times before landing in a ditch. As a result she had 2 collapsed lungs 20 broken ribs, both scapules were shattered and broke collar bone from the seat belt and a snapped right arm. Due to the lack of information on the so called black box the cause was blamed on my wife's driving. This issue needs to be addressed before someone is killed, as I almost lost my wife. Update: The car was getting faster going downhill. She tried to turn the steering wheel as hard as she could but couldn't. the car is being held. The steering wheel was acting up the night before the crash.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #51

Aug 282008


  • miles
Tie rods on a Pontiac 2006 G6 also the power steering pump has been replaced twice. Some middle rod in the steering wheel. All of this has been replaced.

- Grandview, TX, USA

problem #50

Aug 122008


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving between 25-60 mph, the power steering warning light illuminates on the instrument panel. Afterwards, the power steering shuts off. As a result, the contact cannot steer the vehicle. The failure has occurred twice. During the first incident, he managed to drive the vehicle to the dealer without any power steering. The dealer found no failures. They restarted the vehicle, which allowed the power steering to reset itself and it began to work normally. The failure recurred within ten minutes of leaving the dealer. He took the vehicle to another dealer and, after some diagnostic tests were performed, he was informed that the failure was in the power steering module. The power steering module was replaced and the repair lasted for approximately two weeks. The vehicle is currently at the contact's residence and the failure still persists. The failure mileage was 56,000 and current mileage was 58,000.

- Hyde Park, MA, USA

problem #49

Jul 092008


  • 40,000 miles


2006 Pontiac G6 power steering locking up, power steering comes across the radio when it locks. After restarting car it seems to clear for a few days and then starts all over again. Had the power disconnected and reconnected and fixed for a few weeks. Started all over again and is getting worse. Taking it back in to a mechanic 8/15/2008 for another repair to see if they can diagnose the problem.

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #48

Jul 092008


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The vehicle made a popping noise in the steering while driving 40 mph. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that there was internal gear failure. The steering gear was replaced. The service manager stated that it was a common failure with that make and model vehicle; however, there was no resolution. The dealer repaired the vehicle, but it only lasted approximately one month before recurring. The dealer informed the contact that she had no choice but to bring the vehicle back to be repaired again. The failure mileage was 15,000 and current mileage was 25,390.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #47

Aug 182006


  • 2,071 miles
I have been having steering/suspension problems starting two months after the vehicle was purchased. The first incident started in August of 2006. I took the car in because of a rattle in the front end when vehicle was warmed up. Service dept. Replaced the engine stabilizer/snubber. Second incident happened in February of 2008. I took the car in because there was a rattle in the front end over bumps and when turning. The service dept. Replaced the left hand strut upper mount and lubed the intermediate shaft and reset the collar on the rack and pinion. The third incident happened in July of 2008. I took the car in because I felt a knocking noise in the steering and it worsened when I was stopping. The service dept. Then replaced the right lower control arm. My car is now making more noises in the front end and I have an appointment to get it serviced on August 8th (14 days after last incident). This car has only 26,000 miles on it. I should not be having all these problems with the front end. I feel their needs to be a recall on the suspension on these G6's. they are terrible and dangerous. I went on a trip this past weekend and drove some windy roads and thought either my front end was going to shake to pieces or I would not be able to stop. Someone is going to get seriously hurt.

- Swansea, IL, USA

problem #46

Mar 312007


  • 3,000 miles
Pontiac G6 2006 power steering went out. Vehicle bought in Dec 06 third time into dealer for this problem. Took vehicle in for repair soon after bought, couldn't find the problem. Steering went out again few months later; dealer fixed something in steering column. Power steering out again currently in with dealer.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #45

Aug 102007


  • 34,000 miles
I was driving my Pontiac G6 it is a 2006. The power steering just went out and we only had the car for just about 6 months. It went out when I went to turn and has not worked right since. It is a used car. But, it should of not went out that quickly. It is a dangerous vehicle and I am scared to even drive or ride in it. Update (10/6/08):not repaired yet. He (the mechanic) said he had to tear apart the center dash to get to the computer chip that was in there.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #44

Jul 262008


  • miles
As I was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 the power steering light came on. I looked for the reservoir but could not find it. I was told it was electric. On my way to get it checked out, the steering completely went out. Update (10/4/08): When the steering went out, I was able to steer the car still, but it was very difficult. After restarting the car it did seem to fix the problem. I was able to get it to the dealer to have it looked at. The dealer told me that they would have to reset the computer and drive it a couple of days before they could be sure of what the problem was. On return of the car the dealer informed me that they could not get the car to reproduce the problem, and that they couldn't do anything until it did. I have since been driving the car without any problems. Hopefully that luck continues.

- Hays, KS, USA

problem #43

Dec 292006

G6 6-cyl

  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. While driving the vehicle off the dealer lot at approximately 2 mph, there was an electrical failure with the power windows. In addition, the cell phone charger fuse continued to blow out. The dealer stated that they would make repairs under warranty. There was bubbling in the paint job that was also repaired under warranty. Whenever the vehicle is started, the stereo changes from xm fm to am. The screen for the xm radio is blank, the clock is always behind, and the fuel gauge never works properly. It is difficult to tell exactly how much fuel is in the vehicle. The engine ticks periodically and it sometimes stalls upon starting. The nuts in the door loosen every two weeks and make a loud clunking sound when they are coming loose. There is also something wrong with the power steering. The failure mileage was 20 and current mileage was 18,000. Update 09/10/08 the power steering failed and was replaced, but it still was not right. The drive shaft began to unusual noises. Updated 09/10/08.

- Allmogordo, NM, USA

problem #42

Jul 182007


  • 6,000 miles
It all started about 6,000 miles the power steering light did appear along with a dinging noise. The power steering went out. Dealer said to shut car off and restart and it would reset. Continued to have same problem, turning car off and resetting the steering. At 35,791 miles dealer (nassief) replaced the steering module and told me everything was ok. At 35,855 miles power steering went out again. Took car back to dealer and they said they recalibrated steering and said everything's ok. Problem continued. Friday 7/11/08 friend (doreen costello) was driving car and went to back out of parking space at work and steering got very tight, she thought the car had stalled. Upon checking found car still running but no power steering and power steering light was on and binging noise warning of problem. Friend attempted restart and the steering did reset but within seconds steering went out again light came on and binging noise. Third attempt to start car after a few seconds without touching steering wheel steering wheel jerked slightly, steering warning light and binging resumed. Friend was able to turn steering wheel 360 degrees around with feeling there was no contact at all as opposed to hard steer usually felt. It appeared there was no steering at all as opposed to hard steering as was the usual problem. I felt you should know about this problem. Dealer continues to say the car is fine. Update: The dealership told me there was nothing wrong with the car. Because the car did not lose the steering while in their lot they determined there was nothing wrong with it. The car loses it's steering only sporadically. I still have the car.

- Pierpont, OH, USA

problem #41

Jun 122008


  • 43,000 miles
Power steering failure. Update (10/16/08): The steering wheel locks up (extremely difficult to turn) many times and feels loose and tight. Restarting the car and power steering will usually return. The dealer said the torque sensor was bad but the whole steering column had to be replaced.

- Homer Glen, IL, USA

problem #40

Jul 192008


  • 34,890 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac G6 and I have been having an issue with the power steering constantly going out on me. I almost had a serious accident on the highway when the power steering light came on and the dinging sound as well. I have a monthly car payment for 5 years to pay on this lemon and from what I understand from numerous online complaints it is something can not be determined and can not be fixed this has been going for at least 1 year since purchasing the car and the dealership would not fix the car since it did not appear to be an issue the would cause the car not to run....what am I to do when I can not drive the car to get back and forth to work but make sure the car payment is made to the finance company they got the loan through. This is not fair. Update: No money to fix the problem.

- Holyoke, MA, USA

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