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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 3)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: Unfortunately the 2008 Pontiac G6 continues a serious trend of steering problems from the prior model years.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,719 miles

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2008 Pontiac G6 drivetrain problems

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #58

Oct 272016

G6

  • 91,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While the vehicle was parked with the emergency brake applied, the vehicle rolled away and crashed into a tree stump. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the gear shifter was replaced five times; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #57

Aug 082016

G6

  • 97,000 miles
We are having trouble getting the key out of the ignition. I done some research and there is potentially an issue with the shift cable. Of the car is not in park when shut off then the key will not come out. Unfortunately the potential.issue with the shift cable is it may look.like the car is in park but may not be. Leading to the car possibly rolling away and cause damage or injury. I have had many issues with this car and recalls fixed.this needs to be another recall for these cars.

- Northampton, PA, USA

problem #56

Jul 252016

G6

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while in park with the gear shifter shifted into the park position, the vehicle rolled away in reverse. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the gear shifter was loose and that the shift cable had detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who attached a clip to the shift cable as a temporary remedy and advised that the vehicle be taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #55

Jul 142016

G6

  • 125,179 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While at a stop sign, the vehicle started to roll backwards without warning. The contact applied the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The contact pulled to the side of the road and called her brother for help. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 125,179.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #54

May 092016

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. When the gear shifter stick was placed in the park position, the vehicle independently lunged forward and crashed into a parked vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. In addition, the ignition key required force to be removed. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #53

Mar 072016

G6

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While starting the vehicle, the key failed to operate in the ignition switch. In addition, the gear shifter moved independently without the vehicle being started. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission shift cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) on July 24, 2014. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Mars, PA, USA

problem #52

Jan 212016

G6

  • 101,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. When attempting to place the vehicle in reverse, the gear shifter kept sliding up and down and would not secure in any gear. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic, but not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000.

- Bonita, CA, USA

problem #51

Sep 232014

G6

  • 113,384 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the gear cable fractured and the gear lever failed to shift from park to the drive position. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. In 2014, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) however, the remedy was insufficient and the failure recurred. The vehicle was currently being diagnosed for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the second failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,384.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #50

Dec 282015

G6

  • 114,530 miles
I was driving my Pontiac G6gt and came to a stop sign. I stepped on the gas and the car revved at high RPM's. I could not go forward I was able to go in reverse, I have a 4 speed auto transmission. I was able to shift to M1, M2, M3, M4 then switch over to drive and go. When I stopped at stop sign I had to use start with the M1 auto stick. I called onstar they ran an diagnostic an told me I have a N P0523 error with oil pressure.

- Murrysville, PA, USA

problem #49

Sep 302015

G6

  • miles
During routine oil change visit after long trip, was notified of extensive wear & damage to 3 of 4 tires. One had strip of rubber wrap around the axel, bust the boot & brakes & bent the axel. Another had @ 5X4 inch piece of rubber missing, steel belts were shining. Third tire had areas of separation all around the tire, more steel belts visible. Luckily they held pressure & didn't blow out. Have always kept them rotated & balanced. It'd been 6 months since they'd been rotated/balanced -- and only 6000 miles. One service guy mentioned "outer edge wear" on them, but the service manager, after looking at the remaining warranty/miles left, said that the tires were supposed to wear like they were. The tires were 4 yrs old & had @ 60,000mi. On them.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #48

Sep 082015

G6 6-cyl

  • 134,567 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I arrived home, the car has been driving fine, I got out, went inside my home for approx. 15 min, got back in the car and it will not go out of park, the shifter is extremely loose and just slides from park to low, I know there is a recall about the cable being broke and it possibly being stuck in another gear and I didn't know if this fell into that category before I spent money on a mechanic, I have not received a recall about the cable, the only recall I have received is about the brake lamp. Please contact me asap. Thank you

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #47

Sep 152010

G6

  • 30,491 miles
On accelerating from 0 to 20 mph the transmission will not shift into 2nd gear, when letting off of the accelerator, the transmission will not shift, when re-accelerating the transmission will not engage and the engine races to 7000 RPM, then the transmission engages at about 5000 RPM and causes the vehicle to jerk forward. I have taken the vehicle into the dealership on 10/30/12, 3/5/13, 8/19/13, 9/12/13. Diagnosis cannot find any problem and the technician tells me I am "tricking" the transmission when I de-accelerate and accelerate again. This has been a constant problem from 30,000 miles to current mileage of 47,000 miles. Recently, I was approaching a red light at about 25mph and the light turned green. I accelerated and the transmission did not engage and the engine raced to 7000 RPM. I was almost hit from the rear. I am fearful to drive the vehicle with the transmission operating in this erratic manner. I do not believe transmissions are engineered to allow a driver to "trick" the transmission. I have read comments from other owners of the same type vehicle that a similar problem exists with their transmissions. I have concluded that there is a manufacture defect with this transmission and the vehicle could be a danger to myself and others should an accident occur.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #46

Jun 132015

G6

  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. After the vehicle had been parked on a hill for three hours, it rolled backwards once the vehicle was started and the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission cable detached and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was repaired previously under NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was informed that the part for the recall repair was good for only twelve months. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #45

Jun 102015

G6

  • 105,000 miles
My wife and daughter had just come out of a restaurant. My wife started the car, put it into reverse, and backed up to exit the lot. When she put the car into 'drive', the shift indicator was correctly positioned on the console but the car remained in reverse. My wife tried to put the car into park, but was unable because the car would not come out of reverse. She ended up shutting off the car and with the help of a couple of strangers, they were able to push it into an empty space. Because the car was stuck in reverse, it would not restart when she tried. She decided to leave the car in the lot overnight and have it towed the next morning. When the tow truck driver arrived the next day, my wife explained the situation to him. He opened the hood, reached down and adjusted a plastic mounting snap and then had my wife try to start the car. She was able to put it into 'park' and it started right up. The tow truck driver knew exactly what was wrong and told her that G6's were prone to this problem and he indicated that there was a recall item out for it (GM recall 14152). My wife took the car to flow GM auto service of winston-salem and they had the bracket and cable in stock and indicated further that there was, indeed, a recall for that same issue on 2008 Pontiac G6's but the VIN of our car was not in the list, so the recall would not be in effect. In other words, we would have to payfor it ourselves. The mechanical failure of our car matches the fault for 2008 Pontiac G6 as outlined in the recall. Had my wife been backing out at a faster speed, or into traffic, this could have been catastrophic. Please tell me what I have to do to get reimbursed.

- Niles, OH, USA

problem #44

Jun 012015

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Pontiac G6. Consumer writes in regards to several recall notices and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated he should have been informed of the recalls on the vehicle. The consumer sent in recall numbers 14V252000 and 14V224000. Also, the lower control arms were replaced.

- Amityville, NY, USA

problem #43

May 232015

G6

  • 98,141 miles
Gears stopped working and car rolled and stopped on the curb, dealer will not fix recalled gear cable because the owner before me had it fixed but it has broke again

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #42

Mar 282015

G6

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and rolled out of park into drive or reverse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated that the transmission cable fractured and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #41

Jan 052015

G6

  • 75,601 miles
My car started to lag and shudder when accelerating with a load put on such as going uphill. It has only gotten worse and it won't alert mechanics what is wrong with it and has cost me hundreds of dollars for them to tell me they cant find anything wrong with it.

- Moscow Mills, MO, USA

problem #40

Feb 022015

G6 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 4/6/15 updated 6/25/2015

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #39

Nov 142014

G6 6-cyl

  • 57,345 miles
November 6 2014 I purchased a 2008 Pontiac G6 I had a scheduled visit to repair a cracked gauge cluster, a seat repair and repair of my adjustable pedals while on the way to the dealer for repairs I noticed a hesitation in my transmission when shifting from 1st to 2nd. I notified the service writer of that happening and she said they would look into it. I was given a 3 month 3000 mile warranty that said nothing about who would pay for any repairs. It was in service at least a week. They call and say it.S ready and I pick it up it drives fine for 8 days and the electronics stop working all the warning lights are on ABS, traction control the odometer read the word error and my transmission wouldn't shift right. I drove it right back and they took it in for repair. This time they have it for 2 weeks ( I have the paperwork to prove this ). they finally call and tell me it's ready I pick it up no charge again and it drives fine for 4 days.same electronic problem happens again.and now it won't start. I have it towed in they have it for another 6 day. They call say it's fixed I pick it up it drives fine for a couple days and it again all warning lights on won't shift right traction control not working and the odometer reads error again. This time I don't shut it off and drive it right there I could not afford another tow charge I'm on a fixed income. They have it for another 10 days. They call me tell me it's fixed for the 5th time I go pick it up 6 days later the transmission is slipping I bring it in they tell me it needs a rebuild far $2357 and because it is a different problem I have to pay half of the price. I was told by a sae certified master mechanic that multiple computer failures may have prematurely cause the internal hard parts of the transmission to fail it has 60,820 miles on it well under GM mileage warranty. Called GM they side with the dealer

- Flint, MI, USA

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