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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 7 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

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2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 47)

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problem #819

Sep 132014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles


This vehicle has 3 recalls for everything that shouldn't be transmission power steering and brakes...the power steering just gives out without warning!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #818

Jun 062014


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and was not able to turn without applying force. The failure progressively worsened and the power steering warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact did not confirm if the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #817

Jan 292014

G6 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Power steering went out making car very difficult to steer, if not impossible, causing the driver (my daughter) to be unable to steer and strike a parked car. Airbags deployed. In early June 2014, I received a recall notice from GM (Pontiac) for their recall notice number 14116. However, the vehicle was totaled in the crash, and there was no recourse on my part.

- Sterling, IL, USA

problem #816

Jun 132014


  • 63,000 miles


The electric power steering assist cuts in and out as described in NHTSA action number : PE07023, when the steering:electric power assist system fails, the car is very difficult to steer at low speeds. This vehicle does not show it is covered by the recall.

- East Grand Forks, MN, USA

problem #815

Sep 172014

G6 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have experience some issues with power steering on my vehicle on and off, here in the past couple of weeks it has worsen. It is a very scary situation. The power steering stops working while I am operating the vehicle causing the wheel to become very difficult to operate specifically as I need to make a turn. I usually have to apply a great deal of force just to turn. I feel like my safety and the safety of my family is T risk. Have been in contact with GM who has made contact with a dealer so I can take my car in to be diagnosed. They have stated that my vehicle has a couple of recalls but the power steering issue is not one of them. I have done my research and have found many other 2006 G6 owners with the same problem on different sites. Interesting enough there is a recall for power steering assist lost for Pontiac G6 all of 2005, "some 2006, 2008 and 2009. Doesn't make sense that my car is not part of that recall considering my car is experiencing the exact same problem for which the recall is for. It should not take for some one to get very hurt for this to happen. And for what I have researched it is affordable to repair is in fact very expensive over 1,000 dollars.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #814

Aug 092014


  • miles
I have been waiting for over six weeks for GM to repair three recalls in my power steering - I am unable to drive my car! I am a single girl who lives alone, I had to rent a car for a planned trip, as my power steering stopped working and I was able to drive my car. According to GM - they have not made the parts to even fix my car! what am I to do" I have been without a vehicle for over six weeks. My service request with GM is [xxx]. can you help me" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #813

Apr 012014


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel vibrated and turned independently and the power steering indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact had to use excessive force to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the vehicle could not be repaired for five months because the parts were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #812

Aug 312014


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that after refueling, the steering wheel stopped working. The contact had to shut off and restart the vehicle several times in order to get the steering wheel operating normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the power steering motor and column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #811

Jul 192012

G6 6-cyl

  • 15,333 miles
My car is garage kept and lightly driven with very low miles. My service light came on and I received a recall notice about steering issues so I scheduled service 07/19/2012 @ wright auto group 15090-9303. They replaced the steering column but after a month it began to be hard to turn wheel, especially at a stand still so I made another appointment on 09/26/2012 and they replaced power steering motor and module. It worked fine but as time went on it began to produce a knock. After making a turn, the column knocks when it is winding back left or right turns. I left it go a while but it began to knock more so I made appointment on 07/29/2014. They never even checked the steering and called me telling me my back rotors need sanded, tie rod needs replaced, and they broke my stud of the wheel claiming I needed a new hub. I questioned the steering knock, they said, they start at the brakes and replace any problems then continue checking if problem is not resolved. Also stated the column they replaced per original recall was only warranted 1 year. They already charged labor for inspection and said I would have to pay for them to inspect this part. I have a regular mechanic so I took the car to him. He replaced the tie rod per my request but didn't feel it needed replaced. He welded a stud on saving me from a new hub. He replaced the brakes and rotors. He advised to replace instead of sanding. He thinks the knock is from the column they replaced but since it was a GM problem, he told me a GM dealer needs to check it. My car steered fine with no issues but the light came and I received this recall. It has never been right since and a knock after turning is not normal. With the car sitting in park, turn the wheel right or left, it knocks when you let the wheel go. I fear this could be unsafe and do to a faulty replaced part from a recall.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #810

Dec 182013

G6 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I checked my VIN on my 2006 Pontiac G6 to see what recalls popped up. My vehicle does not fall under any of the recalls for power steering, air bags, or seat belts but I have had many issues. My power steering quits working randomly. I have to pull over, shut the car off, then turn it back on and it will work agian. Just yesterday the warning light came on and said service air bags. Also the sensor for the seat belts will sometimes not work. The bell will continuously ding to alert you that the seat belt is not buckled and it actually is. Funny thing is, my car has had none of the problems that it is under recall for and all of the problems it's not under recall for. I have three children and this is my only transportation. I am afraid to put them in this car and drive anywhere with them.

- Sterling, MI, USA

problem #809

Feb 032014


  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle would jerk forward violently and accelerate independently while at a complete stop. The contact had to apply excessive force to the brake pedal to ensure that the vehicle would stop. In addition, the service engine sensor illuminated multiple times and was cleared twice by an independent repair shop; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to an independent mechanic who changed the oil and reset the code twice, but did not diagnose the code displaying from the sensor. The contact also mentioned that the power steering sensor illuminated intermittently and the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #808

Aug 222014


  • miles
My mother-in-law has received 3 recall notices this year pertaining to this vehicle &, so far, GM has not provided the parts to fix the problems. The pertinent NHTSA campaign #'s are 14V153000 & 14V224000. My daughter is considering buying this vehicle, so I am, understandably, concerned about these problems being fixed. Anything you can do to alleviate this will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #807

Apr 032011


  • 110,135 miles
Driving my power steering and exterior lighting goes out all the time. Also my passenger air bag says service air bag all the time. My car has also just shut down on me on numerous occasions on the highway etc.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #806

Aug 172014

G6 4-cyl

  • 133,547 miles
Scariest incident in my life, lost steering of the car as I turned into oncoming traffic (45 mph). I had to use full muscle and weight to turn the car out of the path of oncoming traffic. Someone with less muscle would have resulted in head on collision. This incident is related to GM's number for this recall is N140115. I do not think GM is taking this seriously.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #805

Jul 092014

G6 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
My son was driving and he couldn't turn the wheel back as he came out of a curve. This resulted in the vehicle being wrecked and totaled.

- Wilmer, AL, USA

problem #804

Jun 132014


  • 193,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering) and 14V224000 (transmission shift cable). The dealer and manufacturer stated that the parts were not available to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the power steering and brakes failed intermittently while driving various speeds. The failure mileage was 193,000.

- Liberty , KY, USA

problem #803

Aug 112014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
Steering wheel locks up while driving, interior electric have glitches.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #802

May 142014


  • 144,000 miles
Out getting lunch and the steering wheel lock on me as I was driving.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #801

Jul 012014


  • miles
I have received 2 separate recalls for my vehicle regarding the power steering, one in 2012 and one in June of 2014. Both recalls claimed that there are no parts available, and have not been for 2 years now. I have just received in July of 2014 (2) more recalls on my vehicle, regarding the body control module, and transmission shift cable, again stating that no parts are available. My fiance drives this vehicle and it frightened me to thing that her transmission cable could go, so I contacted GM about the issue to attempt to find out how long until the parts are available, since I worry about her safety. I was told to wait until the parts become available, one of which I have been waiting over 2 years, and to ignore the recall letters, that they don't mean much and they are "forced" to send them out. I was told to continue to wait like everybody else for the parts to become available, and not to worry unless I receive more letters. I have never seen such a blatant disregard for customer safety. I have already attempted to contact GM about this issue at no luck. Please help.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #800

Feb 082013

G6 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Lost power steering. Why isnt this a recall for this VIN #" how did they seperate what VIN # were ok and what ones needed to be recalled"

- Alger, MI, USA

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