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2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 3 of 10) 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:
1 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,955 miles

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 10)

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problem #155

Nov 242014


  • 142,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, both headlights failed intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 142,000.

- Manchester , GA, USA

problem #154

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 #153

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 #152

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

problem #151

Nov 252014

G6 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
This is the second time the headlamp assembly wiring harness and connector has melted. A year or so ago the passenger side harness melted and now, the drivers side has melted. I am concerned about this being a potential fire hazard, if parts are being melted. I have done an internet search and have found that many other people around the county are experiencing the same problem.

- Wayne, MI, USA

problem #150

Oct 182012

G6 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Passenger side low-beam headlight burned out. Replaced bulb. Two years later, driver side low-beam headlight burned out. Replaced with new bulb. Tech said harness was melted and no guarantee how long the new bulb would last. Three weeks later, new bulb burned out. Tech said harnesses on both driver side and passenger side were grounded out and melted. Commented that it was surprising no fire was ignited. Tech said harness design left opening, allowing water and moisture to enter light receptacles, causing corrosion, resulting in friction that allowed overheating.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #149

Oct 152014


  • 91,027 miles


Small amount of smoke and burning smell coming from front grill of car. Front passenger headlight was out. Wire harness to headlight has caught fire/melted. Bulb is not burned out.

- Heber City, UT, USA

problem #148

Oct 142014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The parts needed were not available to perform the recall repairs. The dealer was unable to provide an estimated timeframe for when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified and contacted the dealer so the contact could schedule an appointment. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #147

Oct 022014


  • 72,000 miles
The first incident occurred in 07/2013 with approximately 60,000 miles on the car. The ground connector on the low beam headlight socket on the drivers side was melted and the light would not work. The connection was cleaned and the bulb was replaced. The headlight again went out around 10/2014 with the low beam headlight socket having additional melting at the bulb connector and corrosion on the wires. The headlight socket was replaced. It stopped working less than 1 week later. The headlight socket has been melted and both the socket/bulb need to be replaced again.

- Steep Falls, ME, USA

problem #146

May 182013


  • 101,000 miles
Headlight and tail light bulbs are melting at electrical contacts causing frequent bulb failure. The last time this happened with the drivers side headlight, not only was there damage to the bulb's electrical contacts, but the wiring harness itself had melted. After complaining to the local GM dealer, they informed me that they no longer made the part and I would have to "splice" in the harness from the GMC arcadia. I do not find this as an acceptable solution as the spliced points will eventually fail also. Furthermore, what normal car owner can or should do this themselves?

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #145

Oct 032014


  • 98,000 miles


Bought a used 2008 Pontiac G6 one week ago. It had an open recall--13036. This was a brake lamp malfunction which could also affect the electronic stability control and traction control (disabling them). Also possible problems were brake lights coming on when accelerating and going off when braking. This also affects the cruise control and the shifter. Had the recall work done today, October 3, 2014. By the time I got home, brake lights were continuously on, cruise control did not work, and traction control and ESC were disabled. This after GM's recall.

- Crown City, OH, USA

problem #144

Sep 092014

G6 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Replaced blown passenger headlight (lowbeam), then noticed that the wiring to the light was melted with a burning smell. Also several error codes for airbag, engine, tire pressure monitor illuminate on dash. Do not buy this vehicle.

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #143

Sep 132012

G6 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Rear passenger door will not lock/unlock. Loud, rubbing noise coming from steering column when making turns. Low beam headlights work intermittently (got stopped by a policeman and warned of a citation the next time I would get stopped). I changed the bulb twice. Low beam headlight will stop working, but the bulb is not actually burned out. As a result, I had driver side bulb wiring replaced by dealer, due to charring that was present on the wiring harness. Then, it started working again. A month or so later the other one went out. Now the passenger side wiring is charred, but the bulb is fine.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #142

Mar 042014

G6 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
When I was driving my car all of a sudden the headlights started to flash/turn on and off uncontrollably. I took it in for service and the dealership concluded that my wires has melted and fused together. He told me that I was lucky that there was not a fire that started, that is how bad they were melted. I had to replace wiring harness and get new bulbs, which cost me $400. There are many complaints about this issue in online forums and I am scared that something like this could happen again. I believe that it is related to the May 14, 2014 recall regarding the electrical system, electronic stability control, vehicle speed control. This is terribly dangerous and needs to be addressed by GM before more innocent people get hurt, please help!

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #141

Jul 142014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed for the repair were unavailable. The dealer stated that the manufacturer did not have an estimated date as to when the parts would become available. The contact had been waiting on the parts since July of 2014. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #140

Nov 222012

G6 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Replaced both front headlight bulbs on multiple occasions. Replaced entire headlight unit to driver side and passenger side. Both headlight bulbs were out- new bulbs- wiring harness melted, along with other electrical issues associated with vehicle such as hot faceplate to radio; interior door handles; and shifter box. Recently the traction control message appears on the radio message area. Additional issue about a year ago wherein another driver informed me that I had no working rear brake lights.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #139

Jul 282014

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Low beam headlights kept going out after having the car for 3 years. Then noticed connector on passenger side low beam headlight had melted due to arching.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #138

Jul 232014

G6 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
My highlights no longer worked even after changing bulbs and low beams would go on and off. Connections were melted on the headlight wiring ends. I replaced entire headlight units. There are many complaints about this on auto forums. I feared that this faulty wiring in my headlight assemblies may cause a fire.

- Buras, LA, USA

problem #137

Jun 052014

G6 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
After exiting highway, driver behind me flagged me down to tell me my brake lights were on the entire time he drove behind me. Brake lights were checked by myself and family members and they continue to illuminate on.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #136

Jun 072013

G6 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I replaced my driver and passenger low beam bulbs on two different occasions within the past year. Well low and behold my passenger low beam bulb blew out again! as I disconnected the headlight, I noticed the wire harness had melted!!!! luckily, I am alive to tell about it! upon reading all of the other individuals' reports on this matter, it is alarming that there was no recalls for this damage by GM! GM needs to make this right! I trusted GM...... only to be betrayed! faulty wiring!!!! this is B.S. an unsatisfied GM customer, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hudson, FL, USA

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