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2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 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 lights problems

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #195

Sep 012016


  • miles


While driving my brake lights come on when I am 'driving' and my brake lights go off when I am braking. I took my car to the dealership for regular maintenance, and asked them about this problem. They said it was a recall and they fixed it. Well ian still driving an unsafe car. And now I am being told I will have to pay for it. This doesn't seem right. It was clearly a recall that was not fixed.

- Deptford, NJ, USA

problem #194

Apr 012016


  • miles
Driver side front low beam light was out and replaced at pep boys in April 2016. Since then the light would work intermittenly. I returned to pep boys and was told it was probably an electrical problem that they see 9 out of 10 times with Pontiac. Went to dealer on 8/22/2016 and was told that the bulb connector had melted, a problem that is very common with this car. I had to pay $212.17 to replace the low beam connector and the new headlamp that I was told could not be re-used. I am now hoping it doesn't burn out again soon or that the right side doesn't burn out too. This is a dangerous problem because I never knew when my headlight would be on or if it would remain on during an outing. Sometimes I would board my car and begin driving with the light on and part way through my trip the light would go off leaving me suddenly in the dark. Luckily I was never stopped and ticketed by the police or, even worse, suffered an accident due to a sudden change in visibility on the road.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #193

Jun 232016


  • 123,000 miles
Driver side headlight could not be replaced because the connector and wiring burnt. The casing broke off two of the wires and when they touched the connector melted behind the bulb. The entire assembly unit has to be replaced. I saw another complaint filed a few days ago with the same issue.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #192

Jun 062016


  • miles


The headlight keeps going out I took it in to get the bulb replaced and it was melted.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #191

Feb 022016


  • 116,000 miles
Several weeks back, I was driving locally (maybe 35mph) on a city street when my break lights appeared to stop working. I was stopped at a light when someone flashed their lights at me. At the next light, (I did not switch lanes or stop abruptly), another vehicle honked and came to an abrupt stop behind me and then flashed their lights at me. Later that day I checked all my lights and they appeared to be working. I checked again a few weeks later and they seemed to be fine. I never took the car to be fixed, and I know my car's VIN is not eligible for recalls. I did not think it was a big issue until I noticed a lot of complaints on this site where other Pontiac have random break light failure.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #190

Dec 022015


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving 60 mph, the exterior and interiorior lighting failed to illuminate. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road and the driver side headlight illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed, but not repaired. In addition, while driving 60 mph, the windshield wiper motor failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was not available.

- Oak Harvor, WA, USA

problem #189

Jan 242016


  • 10 miles


Driving on the fwy and suddenly all of my hazard lights start turning on at once. My car started to lose power and I had to pull off to the side, not even my emergency lights would work. This is the 2nd time this has happened, the last was a few months ago and had the alternator replaced. Could it be the alternator again? I think not, I have also had issues with my power windows. I am not a mechanic but, I believe there is an electrical problem that is causing a shortage.

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #188

Oct 152015


  • 60,000 miles
Continuous melting of headlamp wiring harness / connector causing loss of front illumination. Melting of connector is not specific to either driver or passenger side as it has occurred on both sides. Melting causes complete failure of front illumination until connector is replaced. Replacement of headlamp does not correct problem until connector is also replaced. Failure is not specific to vehicle in motion or stationary.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #187

Dec 292015


  • 87,000 miles
The passenger headlight kept going out, replaced it 3 times in 1 yr. A bump in the road causes it to go off or on. Tonight the driver side is now doing the same thing. The highbeams work but not lowbeams. I have found hundreds of complaints online for the same vehicle. Why is there no recall on this issue if hundreds of 2008 Pontiac G6 headlight assembly parts are "melted and malfunctioning" I should not have to pay out of my pocket to correct an issue that is not a result of my operation of the vehicle. This is a very serious safety issue. Both headlights went out before I got home tonight and I could not see anything, had to pull over in a dark area on the back road (again unsafe), banged on the hood and one came back on. What does it take to have a recall issued on this~~a lawsuit after a vehicle fatality occurs? this is a part/vehicle issue that should be the responsibility of Pontiac to correct--not me.

- Ivor, VA, USA

problem #186

Nov 152015


  • 100,000 miles
Wiring harness connection to low beam headlight melted causing low beam not to work on driver side of vehicle. After finding issue inspected passenger side and it is also showing sides of degradation. Unless you can find a harness at a scrap yard you must completely replace the headlight assembly according to the dealership at a cost of over $300!

- Douglassville, PA, USA

problem #185

Oct 012015


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving 65 mph, the passenger side low beam head lamp failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the low beam wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #184

Nov 152015


  • 0 miles
Passenger side headlight mount shorted out. After doing research, this seems that it is not a localized problem, as numerous online resources show that this is an ongoing problem. This is a gross safety issue that's been prevalent for at least four years, and GMC has failed to do anything about it. One example:"T=9405 second example:"ie=utf8&asin=B003sywzte

- Coralville, IA, USA

problem #183

Nov 102015


  • 58,100 miles
Noticed a popping noise when turning either way sounding like coming from steering colum.

- Baxter, KY, USA

problem #182

Sep 192015


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, it was brought to the contact's attention that the passenger side headlight failed to illuminate and needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the bulb was changed, however the failure recurred. The contact stated that while attempting to replace the bulb, it was witnessed that the headlight connector assembly had melted. The vehicle was not taken for diagnosis and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000. The VIN was not available.

- Waimamalo, HI, USA

problem #181

Nov 102015


  • 17,000 miles
Headlamps go out and come on frequently while driving at night. Vehicle has to pull over and let headlamps cool before resuming

- Dresden, TN, USA

problem #180

Nov 082015


  • 57,890 miles
Started feeling a popping sound when stoped at a light and or tuning, feels like coming from steering colum..

- Baxter, KY, USA

problem #179

Nov 032014


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 35 mph with the headlights activated, the driver side low beam headlight failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two separate occasions where the bulb was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure on both occasions. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #178

Sep 012015


  • 125,000 miles
Passenger low-beam headlight does not stay lit, even after replacing bulbs. Appears to be wiring problem. Problems is in all conditions and regardless of movement.

- Britton, MI, USA

problem #177

Dec 011913


  • 70,000 miles
Left low beam headlight socket melts last only about a week no headlight when this happens this has been happening for almost 2 years.

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #176

Sep 302013


  • 120,000 miles
The headlights are constantly going on and off by themselves. Sometimes if I bang on the headlight cover it will pop back on. This happens when the car is running, in drive, moving or parked. I have replaced the bulbs and even ordered a replacement kit from Pontiac for one side. I still have the issues. I've seen several other G6's with headlights out before I realized it wasn't just my car.

- Grant, MI, USA

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