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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 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:
38 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,277 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 1 of 47)

problem #926

Sep 012016


  • 150,000 miles


I was driving down the road and went to turn left and my power steering completely went out. I was lucky enough to make it to a safe spot to park it.

- Bulan, KY, USA

problem #925

Aug 242016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. After turning the engine off and restarting the vehicle, the power steering operated normally. The contact indicated that the steering column was previously replaced in 2010. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #924

Aug 152016


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel shook and the power steering light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacture was not notified. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #923

Jun 072016


  • 98,512 miles


Power steering eic light goes off at the time the power steering goes out. Looked up recalls for Pontiac and there are numerous recalla for 06 pontian G6. So I call Pontiac and they say my VIN # is not included in the recall. How can that be? my 2oo6 Pontiac G6 is doing the exact thing that the other 2oo6 Pontiac G6 are doing, yet not covered. On christmas eve of 2O15, our steering wheel locked up when my husband, 9 year old son and I were driving home.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #922

Jul 022016


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving 35 mph, the engine and power steering warning lights illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The contact had to use force to turn the steering wheel. In addition, the doors unlocked and locked repeatedly. The contact felt that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The dealer was notified, but no repairs were made. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #921

Jun 302016


  • 98,500 miles
In 2014 I recieved a recall for power steering, I brought the car in and they "fixed" it. Charged it under warranty instead of recall. 2 years later, same issue, steering goes out, I had no crash or accident but cant steer. Turn the car on and off, comes back on. Call everyone listed on the recall websites and they tell me no recall" so I dont know what the heck is going on, they "fixed" power steering yet the part lasts only 2 years and I am right back where I started with a bad power steering problem. So if they fix it under the recall, lable it under warranty, goes out 2 years later, than what happens" I hate this car!

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #920

Jun 182016


  • 96,000 miles


Looses power steering and all gages go to zero and rapidly fluctuate, then vehicle stalls

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #919

May 032016


  • miles
The steering wheel sometimes gets hard, when im driving 30 mph makes noises also when I turn

- East Chicago, IN, USA

problem #918

May 212016

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the lights on instrument panel flickered and the steering wheel seized. The contact stated that the ignition was turned off and back on and the vehicle operated as intended. The contact stated that the failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.....updated 07/05/16 the consumer stated while driving, the steering wheel suddenly became stiff. Consequently, the consumer was unable control the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. The consumer was injured. Updated 07/11/16.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #917

Apr 072016


  • 74,000 miles
The vehicle entered the on ramp to I-5 from the shasta dam blvd, shasta lake city, ca. As my grandson approached the 90 degree curve to merge, the steering locked up and could not turn the vehicle, went off the pavement with brakes engaged and stopped in the gravel median. Called GM Pontiac, they arranged to have the car towed to dealership and have it repaired as it was a recall item. Part #22837369. After the diagnostic was done, GM declined to repair it, because this item had been replaced on 3/18/2015 with a 12 mo. Or 12,000 mile warranty. Mind you this car had traveled from Hawaii to the state's to a dealer. A couple weeks ago my daughter purchased the car. At 3 weeks of owning this car the steering went out. There had only been around 4,000 miles on it with the new part. She had purchased the car just 7 days after the 12 month warranty, apparently it's whatever comes first the 12,000 miles or 12 month. This is not right. My grandson could have been injured or worse. This steering issue recall is a recurring event with this part. I researched and the same thing is happening to other owners as well with the new recall part. This part needs to stay on the recall list #14772. This number has changed from the original recall #14416 electric power assist that GM gave me. GM replacement part #22837369. GM needs to honor the replacement of this part.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #916

Apr 072016


  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electric power steering failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel seized and almost caused an accident after the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #915

Mar 292016


  • miles
Just bought the car a few weeks ago, started getting a clunking noise from front end/ steering wheel. Went back to dealer where I purchased car and they did not fix issue. Went then to GM dealer and had their service center check it out, seems the steering shaft is not working correctly. This is a known recall from GM but apparently my VIN # is not included in this recall but is included in some other recalls. My car fall within the parameter's of all the other recalls (manufacturer dates, year, models) so I believe this car should also be included in any/all recalls.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

problem #914

Apr 042016


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving 15 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired for a previous recall for the steering; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 144,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #913

Mar 312016


  • 130,700 miles
The high pressure power steering line had a hole melted into it by the exhaust and the line burst spraying power steering fluid on the exhaust and almost catching the car on fire.

- Friendsville, MD, USA

problem #912

Jul 152011


  • miles
Driving through the neighborhood when the powersteering on the car went completely out. I was unable to slow the car down to bring it to a safe park on the side of road. Instead I hit an embankment. The witness and police were not sure why my car did not flip over in other words I lost steering and brake power and the car was deemed as totaled.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #911

Mar 072016


  • 149,879 miles
This car has been nothing, but a dangerous headache. I was pulling out of my driveway and the brake fell off.. glad no traffic was coming. Could not stop.. the a week later I am driving and the tire blew. Last weekend driving and lost all power. Not only did we get locked inside the car the serpentine belt was shriveled in pieces. It was horrible. Tell the dealer cause I'm making payments and they act as if the could careless.. the car has never been inspected. I had it looked at and was told the back accel is going to crash in and the electrical is bad it can cause a fire. Scare to drive it.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #910

Feb 132016


  • 139,500 miles
Power steering in my 2006 Pontiac G6 stops working while driving. This issue is described in tsb 10183A, which states that the issue will be fixed at no charge under a 10year/150,000 mile warranty. While I have the issue of loss of power steering described in the tsb, GM will not honor the warranty for my vehicle. My vehicle is approximately 9.5 years old and 140,000 miles. There appears to be safety issues with the power steering in some 2006 Pontiac G6 vehicles that GM does cover the repairs for.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #909

Feb 092016


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became inoperable without warning. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,000. The VIN was not available.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #908

Oct 112014


  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While making a left turn at approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was serviced under an unknown NHTSA campaign number related to the steering; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 149,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #907

Jan 262016


  • 123,688 miles
I am coming to you because I had my car serviced 04/23/2015 to have two recalls fixed and it was ok for a couple of months when again the power steering started to malfunction again now its worst than before as soon as I start the car the steering wheel gets so hard I can`T move it I even hit my other car while backing out of the drive way because I lost all control of the steering wheel. GM is sendind me to the same dealer to get a diagnostic but I was informed that it has to be paid out of my pocket wich I find it unfair because they are the same problems I was experiencing before now I have stopped driving my car because I am afraid to have a worst accident. The campaign id number for the recall is 14V153

- Eloy, AZ, USA

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