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NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 2) Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: Unfortunately the 2008 Pontiac G6 continues a serious trend of steering problems from the prior model years.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,978 miles

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Dec 192014


  • 56,000 miles


I own a 4 door sedan G6 with power door locks - the left rear power door lock has quit causing me to have to reach across the seat to lock / unlock the door = not ideal in case of an accident. My intermediate steering shaft is clicking and grinding inside the column and the headlight wiring harness continues to melt causing the headlight to go dim = all of these safety and fire hazards need recall.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #22

Jan 042013


  • miles
Rear passenger door does not lock/unlock when using the remote. Have to manually lock/unlock door. Also, the remote lock button does not work correctly. I have to push the button several times for it to work or sometimes I just give up and lock doors from inside the car.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #21

Jul 032014

G6 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The rear passenger door locks fail to unlock the door. The door can not be opened from the inside or the outside at all. I verified that it is affecting both the right rear and the left rear door lock mechanisms. This is a serious issue, as in a crash, the rear passengers will not be able to exit the vehicle, nor will they be able to be rescued/removed.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 012010

G6 4-cyl

  • miles


Door locks stopped opening back doors or on occasion wouldn't lock or unlock. If I am in a situation and someone is in backseat the doors would remain locked. I would have to roll down windows to unlock the backseat doors, before I could get an infant passenger and remove from car seat. Lord forbid I'm on train tracks.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #19

Apr 052013


  • 60,000 miles
The low beam headlamps on this car keeps going out. The harness connectors are melted and replaced numerous times. We have received numerous tickets for a headlight out. The rear doors will not lock with the power locks.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #18

Mar 042013

G6 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
This is a 4-door vehicle designed with only one exterior keyed door lock at the drivers door, has electric door actuators that are operated individually at each door with a master control at the drivers door for "all doors unlocked or locked" + manual lock knobs on each door. Both rear doors are locking/unlocking erratically from the driver seat master control. Sometimes the passenger door won't unlock or lock and other times the drivers side door won't work. The result is you can't unlock the back seat door(s) and would need to roll down the window for the locked door from the drivers seat master window control and reach in from the exterior to unlock/lock the interior door lock knob manually from the outside or crawl into the back seat to operate the lock knob manually. If the window control goes bad the only option would be crawling into the back seat to manually operate lock knob. Doesn't sound that bad until you consider drivers new to this problem, an elderly, invalid or baby in the back seat/car seat can't be accessed without a delays. Since the back doors don't lock consistently you have to go to each door if it doesn't lock and lock it manually at the lock knob which means it probably won't unlock later without using the manual knob through the window from the exterior or crawling into the back seat, I'm not a safety expert but it seems like its always been a good practice to shut and then lock all the doors when driving, doesn't that add a safety function to the lock mechanism? the mechanism isn't reliable on this vehicle, doesn't function as designed or have a backup keyed lock at each door for emergencies. I also found an '08 Chevy equinox owner that has the same problem. On the internet the problem seems to be a common problem with even a highly technical U-tube video on how to make the repair. And no end to suppliers of the door lock actuator parts.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #17

Oct 012013


  • 80,000 miles


2008 G6 sedan. Rear driver side power lock inoperable. The lock must be manually locked and unlocked by the 2nd row passenger. This is very unsafe with a small child or disabled person in the back seat whom cannot unlock the door in case of an emergency. The lock is positioned too far rearward for front seat passengers to unlock without climbing into the back seat. More than anything, the position of the lock is what makes the failure mode so potentially unsafe.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #16

Jun 272013

G6 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the driver and passenger's side rear doors could not be locked or unlocked from the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the door actuators in both doors would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Halifax, VA, USA

problem #15

Nov 052012


  • 63,000 miles
Both the right and left rear electric door lock solenoids operate erratically most often not locking the doors.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #14

Jul 242008

G6 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Rear door locks stopped working with remote entry, then eventually stopped working with front drivers/passenger side locking mechanisms. Took to dealer who replaced lock actuator (?) under factory warranty (after multiple break-ins because rear doors weren't properly locked!)

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Jul 012012


  • 65,000 miles


The back doors of my vehicle won't lock or unlock automatically with the keyless entry button or manually inside the car.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #12

Jun 012012


  • 59,000 miles
The driver side back door lock started intermittently working, using the remote or driver's lock button, and within 2 months completely stopped working. It can be operated manually, however, considering where the lock is located, it is extremely difficult and inconvenient to get to. Looking online, this seems to be a very common issue with this automobile. There should be a recall on this.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #11

Mar 072012


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the head and tail lights would fail sporadically and without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle would shake violently and a loud noise was heard from the steering wheel. In addition, the door latches failed to lock. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 52,565.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #10

Jun 182011

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
First the rear door actuator worked 50% of time.then 0%. cruise worked intermittent. Brake lights on while driving.hence stuck on. Passenger side airbag module faulty. Inopt. In that order. Al have to be related and its a known problem in Pontiac. And GM wants 730 to replace module 232 for door actuator.its B.S recall 2008 G6. They have recalled G8 for similar problems.

- Lewiston, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 042012

G6 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Can not lock rear doors from front drivers side control. Kids can open door at will, even when driving at any speed.

- Baldwin, MD, USA

problem #8

May 012012

G6 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Electric door lock fails to fully lock/unlock rear drivers side door, requires manual operation. This is a safety issue for prevention of intruders after entry into the vehicle.

- Royse City, TX, USA

problem #7

Nov 012011


  • 48,000 miles
Rear lock mechanism does not engage presenting safety issue for those in rear seat.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #6

May 302010

G6 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
There's several issues with this car. First, the front right suspension is bad causing the car to shake. Second, I suddenly lost control of the car on the highway almost causing a severe accident while driving approximately 55-60 mph. It felt like the steering power was no longer working. Last, both back door locks stopped working a couple of months after I purchased the car. I always have to let down the window in order to manually unlock the doors. Most of these issues occurred at 46,000 miles.

- Bedford Heights, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 012010


  • miles
I have a Pontiac G6 2008 and have a lock problem with the back passenger door. Sometimes it unlocks, other times it does not. Have to unlock manually or crawl over from the drivers side to unlock. Not very happy about this problem. Took it to the dealers to look at and unfortunately it worked perfectly - murray law.

- Woodlawn, 00, USA

problem #4

Sep 012010


  • miles
I have a 2008 G6 that only has 50,000 miles. The rear door lock has stopped working. When looking online this seems to be a huge problem with this car. We now can not use this door as it will only unlock by hand and unless you go through the other passenger door you can not reach the lock. There should be a recall to fix this problem as it looks like almost all these cars have this same issue.

- Grimes, IA, USA

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