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Can't Check The Fluid Level 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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
71,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2006 Pontiac G6 transmission problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 152010

G6 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles


I have noticed that my car is going a little higher on the rpm before it shifts and I felt a little jerk every now and then. I thought...hey...check the fluid under the hood....yeah right. Couldn't find a transmission fluid dip stick. I though...omg...guess I will look in the manual....well this particular car has no need for transmission dip sticks because the only time you would need to add fluid is if you have a leak. The other issue is that there is a plastic tray under the whole engine so even if you have a leak you won't see it on the ground because it gets caught in the plastic under the car. I am having it checked out .....along with several other issues that I have bitched about in other sections of the car.

- , North Little Rock, AR, USA

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