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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 12 of 14) 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:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
94,730 miles

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2008 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 12 of 14)

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problem #54

Jan 242011

G6 6-cyl

  • miles


Turning the steering wheel creates a recognizable clunking sound and produces some vibration in the vehicle at speeds above 40mph. Left turn clunk, right turn clunk. I am afraid to drive this car with my children in it due to the fact that the steering is obviously faulty, proven by the number of complaints listed on this sight.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #53

Sep 152010


  • 65,000 miles
I was turning a corner and heard and felt a clunk in the steering

- Clay Springs, AZ, USA

problem #52

Dec 202008

G6 6-cyl

  • 49,900 miles
My 2008 Pontiac G6 is having severe steering wheel shaking. The steering wheel becomes stiff and starts shaking severely at about 30 miles per hour. It just turned to 50,000 miles.

- Carencro, LA, USA

problem #51

Sep 152010


  • 65,000 miles


Hearing and feeling clunking/thump in steering when turning

- Clay Springs, AZ, USA

problem #50

Dec 012009

G6 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The steering wheel rotates left and right on its own. It moves at a rapid speed for a brief moment and then stops after about 10-20 seconds. This only happens when the car is first started but will continue even while the vehicle is in motion. The problem occurs about once every month or two.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #49

Nov 062010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the steering wheel began to shake abnormally before becoming very stiff. The contact stated that various unknown service warning lights were illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was pulled over and shut off. Upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal. Approximately one month later the failure recurred, resulting in a crash. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle was operating as designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #48

Oct 132010

G6 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Loss of steering = loss of control. Power steering will stop working, steering wheel becomes very difficult to control, steering wheel sometimes will turn itself hard left sending the car into on coming traffic, or hard right sending the car off the road, steering wheel will turn left and right by itself with no driver input. This issue is well known to GM. When will the NHTSA demand that GM fix these unsafe cars? this problem occurs intermittently, with no warning. Pontiac dealer says 2008 G6 is too new to be covered under the previous recall, they want $1500 to fix it and I want the recall expanded to include the 2008 models.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #47

Jun 302010


  • 54,000 miles
I own an 2008 Pontiac G6 2.4L I have not had my 2008 Pontiac G6 for a full year yet and the faulty steering issues started showing up in June. Steering to the left is very loose while steering to the right is very tight. While making a left turn I felt I lost some control over the steering. Too much play on the steering and I was not sure how much I needed to turn the steering wheel to make my turn safely. I became very focused on the steering performance after that and noticed that left turns were loose and the steering wheel moved loosely while on right turns the steering wheel was rigid and could not be moved and required more force in making the turn. I had the intermediate shaft assembly replaced in July.and the issues are still there. I have taken to the GM dealer and they stated this is how the electronic power steering should work how can intermittent and unpredictable loss of control of your vehicle due to mechanical malfunction not warrant a recall?!!!

- Daleville, VA, USA

problem #46

May 102010


  • 47,675 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 45-50 mph the steering wheel began to shake and jerk. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The dealer replaced the power steering control motor. The failure happened 8 to 10 times with different family members. The contact stated that when the failure occurred and the vehicle was being driven by another driver, the power steering light illuminated on the dashboard. She called the manufacturer and was advised that her vehicle was not part of a recall. The failure mileage was 47,675 and the current mileage was 52,000.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #45

Aug 092010


  • 50,100 miles
2008 Pontiac G6 - steering problems, steering heel, jerks and twitches left and right, . took it to a mechanic and was told nothing was wrong. The car moves left to right while driving, its jerks and just moves, on its own. I use my care for work everyday and it's a safety issues that needs to be address.

- Lauderdale Lakes, FL, USA

problem #44

Aug 152010


  • 34,000 miles


For the past two months, my automatic 2008 Pontiac G6 has had power steering problems. The steering goes from fine to extremely bad several times a day. It is an intermittent problem that the mechanic at the Pontiac dealership could not replicate, so he sent me away, to keep driving in unsafe conditions. The steering wheel shakes uncontrollably at times. It binds. It steers in segments, making it difficult to drive in a straight line. This is absolutely a safety hazard!

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #43

Aug 162010


  • 59,720 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact started the vehicle and the steering wheel began to abnormally jerk before the shifting into gear. Later while driving 55 mph, the steering wheel began to abnormally pull to the right while jerking. The dealer advised that the vehicle was not under recall. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 59,720 and the current mileage was 59,740.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #42

Oct 012009


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated the brake warning light would illuminate each time the brakes were applied and pressure was lifted from the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer five times yet they were unable to diagnose the failure the first 4 times. On the fifth occurrence of the failure, the vehicle was repaired under an unknown technical service bulletin. The failure did not recur. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became extremely stiff and the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact then began pulling on the steering wheel until the vehicle began to operate as normal. The vehicle was not examined for the cause of failure nor repaired. The failure mileage was 23,000 and the current mileage was 44,000.

- Madison, OH, USA

problem #41

Aug 092010


  • 38,564 miles
2008 Pontiac G6 sedan - steering problems. Steering wheel jerking or twitching right and left while car stopped and idling. Rubbing or slight grinding noise from area of steering column. Intermediate shaft replaced by dealer. Ratcheting effect felt in steering when turning, steering wheel tightening significantly while turning, some kickback felt, as if car was resisting turning. Returned to dealer, who could not find source of problem. Problem occurs randomly, intermittently, and without warning. Significant tightening feel and hard to turn returned days later. Problem recurred, dealer replaced torque sensor and steering column. Again, problems returned within days. Took car to independent mechanic, who tried to get problem to reoccur. After testing and driving extensively, this mechanic had problem occur with him while driving, finding steering wheel very hard to turn. Described trouble as "inexcusable" and "extremely intimidating." Said car should be returned to dealer and replaced, or satisfactory remedy provided for apparent engineering problem, and said car unsafe to drive in this condition. Car now back at dealer, who finally experienced less pronounced problem with steering, and is now replacing the rack and pinion unit. Search online for "2008 Pontiac G6 steering problems" returned large number of complaints of same problems experienced with this car. Considering the number of these complaints and the previous recall of 2006 models for similar issues, this appears to be an engineering defect or manufacturing flaw which poses substantial, significant, and unpredictable risk to life and safety. Note: Mileage and date of reported "failure" is for latest incident. First occurrence in June 2010 and under 36000 miles.

- Grafton, WI, USA

problem #40

Jul 102010


  • 68,030 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the power steering would continuously fail without warning and cause the steering wheel to become extremely difficult to maneuver. The vehicle would veer in either direction while driving at a speed as low as 25 mph. In addition, the vehicle would vibrate excessively. The dealer advised that the power steering motor had failed and would need to be replaced at the contact's expense. There was not a recall for the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not accepted. The failure and current mileages were 68,030.

- Bearstown, IL, USA

problem #39

Apr 202010


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact was attempting a turn at 15 mph when the power steering warning light illuminated. The steering wheel then became abnormally stiff and began to shake excessively. After a few moments, the power steering returned. The vehicle was not taken for repairs of a diagnosis of the failure. The failure persisted and became progressively worse over time. The failure would occur each time the vehicle was driven. The failure mileage was 49,000 and the current mileage was 52,000.

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

problem #38

Jun 022010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated when driving at various speeds, the power steering would fail and the vehicle would independently veer from left to right. The contact stated the steering wheel would become extremely difficult to maneuver. The dealer test drove the vehicle and was able to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 57,005.

- Eastn, PA, USA

problem #37

Jul 082010


  • 50,000 miles
I drive a 2008 Pontiac G6. I purchased it new. I have always heard noises that seemed to come from my steering column. I was told it was nothing from lots of people even mechanics. When I took my car in at 40,000 to the dealership for an oil change I ask for them to investigate. They come back saying I needed to replace my brakes. I stated it wasn't my brakes. Now at 50,000 miles and coming home from vacation in myrtle beach I notice my steering not cooperating. So going 80mph down the interstate I begin worrying. I took it back to my dealership and after an hour of investigation $88 from the mechanic they decided my power steering motor needs replacing at $467. Now I find online that this has been a long term problem with Pontiac G6S. I am still driving my car. What else can I do?? 2 week wait on replacement.

- Eubank, KY, USA

problem #36

Jun 032010


  • 47,432 miles
I have a 2008 Pontiac G6 it began having a jerking problem with the steering wheel and after taking it to a local mechanic shop was told that it needed a new rack and pinion. After making this repair the car continued to have the same symptoms of the steering wheel jerking left and right while driving as well as while sitting still. This is a major safety hazard as the steering will jerk hard and you have to pay close attention to the steering due to not knowing when it is going to happen. Replacing the rack and pinion cost over $300 to fix. Took the car to the local dealer and they drove the car and stated it needed a eps motor and controller. Then was told that it would be over $600 to fix.

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

problem #35

Jun 152010


  • 36,000 miles
I have a 2008 Pontiac G6, and while driving there is a knocking or sounds like something is loose on the left front suspension. They have replace the steering shaft, sway bar links, still having the problem. Had it to the dealer 3-times. I am afraid something will break and cause me to wreck. Can hear it gook hitting a pot hole in on the pavement or going down a gravel road that has pot holes. If something breaks and causes me to wreck, I will pursue if still available I will sue the dealership for not correcting this. I am tired of spending all my time at the dealership, they are suppose to have certified mechanics, but they don't take enough time to really fix the issue with my car.

- Big Stone Gap, VA, USA

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