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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 9) Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: Unfortunately the 2008 Pontiac G6 continues a serious trend of steering problems from the prior model years.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,504 miles

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2008 Pontiac G6 electrical problems

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #143

Apr 152015


  • 79,000 miles


My steering wheel keeps locking up on me while I'm driving it also jerks back the other way when I attempt to make a turn while driving which causes me to slam on my brakes in the middle of traffic. I found out my vehicle has three open recalls on it.I took my vehicle up to gregg young Chevrolet they attempted to fix the recalls no cost at all. But I'm still having the same problems with my vehicle steering wheel locking up as I'm driving. It locks up on every time im driving and I don't feel safe what so every driving my vechicle

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #142

Jun 302015


  • 34,700 miles
I was in an accident on my way home from work. Since the accident, when I turn my steering wheel to the right, there is a screeching or squealing sound. The sound is present when turning the wheel to the left but no where near as bad. I told the insurance adjuster when he came out and he told me to tell my mechanic. During the first round of my car going to the shop, my mechanic couldn't recreate the sound and sent the car back. A couple weeks go by and the sound continues to get louder. I called my insurance company and took the car to the mechanic and had him listen to the sound. Prior to dropping off my car back to the mechanic, the car started getting harder to steer, especially at lower speeds. My mechanic and another insurance adjuster couldn't reproduce the sound but my mechanic told the adjuster hat he had heard the sound. The adjuster told my mechanic about the recall and advised that I should make a complaint.

- Pgh, PA, USA

problem #141

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 #140

Jun 072015


  • 57,781 miles


While driving the vehicle at 50mph the front end shook violently the A/C then went from cold to hot and then the car would not allow acceleration and the power steering went out. It continued to happen multiple times in a 10 minute drive to work. Then again on the way home. This can cause a accident if not fixed. I noticed that there was a recall for this but my VIN says no open recalls. Can you assist me with this issue?

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #139

Apr 012015


  • 100,000 miles
Bad connections in headlight melted right off and damaged headlight

- Montgomery, NY, USA

problem #138

May 062015


  • 66,400 miles
The turn signal switch / cancel cam stopped functioning on my original owner 2008 G6. Signals flash but stay on well after a turn is made. This should be another recall as it appears to be a common problem on these cars. Recalls are needed on the faulty headlight wiring harness and the intermediate steering shaft items as well. GM needs to be held accountable today.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #137

May 232015


  • 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 #136

Apr 242015


  • 125,000 miles
The second headlight wiring harness failed leaving us with only one headlight, not because the bulb burned out but the wiring harness itself melted. GM refuses to own up to this problem, but a quick google search found thousands of results of people with the exact same issue. The GM dealer does not have an exact replacement part they just give out a generic wiring harness that the owner must cut and splice together. It is absolutely unacceptable that a wiring harness for such a basic essential element of the car would ever fail, much less so soon. The wires are obviously getting too hot and melting which shows a complete lack of electrical engineering that went into designing the headlight wiring. This is not a wear and tear item. Owners typically don't know that there is a problem for a very long time as the headlight will work intermittently once the wiring starts to degrade. They might notice from time to time that the lights are not as bright as normal especially when traveling over bumpy roads, or speed bumps as the jarring of the wires can force the wires in and out of contact. Make GM fix this now!!!

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #135

Apr 012015


  • 82,000 miles
Passenger occupant sensor, malfunction, I have no air bags enabled or seatbelt locks due to this failing it's 800 for the whole part, plus labor of 400. I have extended warrant which don't cover this issue. States service airbag. Without this properly fixed, the car has no safety equipment, as in airbags or your seatbelts locking in case of a accident.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #134

Oct 012014


  • 95,000 miles
The passenger side low beam headlight bulb has been replaced twice in the last 6 months and is out again after only two months. I have not yet taken the car in again, but will ask for further inspection of problem this time!

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #133

Feb 022015

G6 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Brake lights stay illuminated after foot is removed from brake pedal. Cruise control doesn't work when brake lights stay on. Traction control light illuminates intermitantly. I haven't taken to dealer, however there are recalls and bulletins for these issues. Recall #13036, recall N140115 and bulletin #14118.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #132

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

problem #131

Feb 162015


  • miles
The headlights in my 2008 Pontiac G6 have been replaced several times in the last 16 months. The dealership service person indicates I have a bad connector possibly due to a shortage. I've had several other electrical issues with this vehicle since 2008. Currently the driver side headlight it out. The repair has not been made.

- Mullins, SC, USA

problem #130

Jan 122015


  • 150,000 miles
Left low beam headlight repeatedly stops working, have replaced twice in one month. This is apparently a very common issue. Still need to check wiring for corrosion/damage.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #129

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 #128

Jun 102013

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
Tire sensor does not match the correct tires. Also, the sensor says that one of the tires is at zero even though there is air in all my tires. Because of this, the tire pressure light remains on.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #127

Dec 092014

G6 4-cyl

  • 373,748 miles
Took car in to be serviced for recalls. 14118 electrical power steering assist, 13036 brake lamp malfunction, 12106 shift lever indicator may not display correct.all on Saturday. I asked to see the parts that were removed I was told they belong to GM. I asked how do I know that the services were performed.steering wheel locked up. Fought to get wheel to turn went back to dealership explained what happened. I was told they forgot to calibrate. I was told problem fixed. Power steering light came back on, chime, steering wheel lock hard to turn. I called GM (Pontiac) customer service. Days. Dealership stated they have now replaced parts again. Now they can't turn off light still. I was told hey can run a diagnostic test for $100. I was told I now need steering column replaced for $600.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #126

Dec 042014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. When the contact started the vehicle, it rolled backwards while in drive or reverse. The vehicle was towed to a dealer to be repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #125

Nov 042014


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle progressively failed to start on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who diagnosed that there was a loose terminal connection to the battery. As a result, the technician replaced the terminal cables. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #124

Oct 012013

G6 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My headlights keep going out on both the drivers side and passenger side. The headlights (low beam) stop working. This has happened 3 times on the drivers side and twice on the passenger side in the past year. I keep having to get the harness replaced because the wiring that connects the harness to socket keeps melting. I have owned this vehicle since 2010 and the problem started approximately 1 year ago, with no alterations to anything prior to this problem. I need to know what's causing this asap or there should be a recall, I have read plenty of other same reports for the same vehicle. This is a fire and safety hazard for me.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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