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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 5 of 14)

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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:
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 5 of 14)

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problem #194

Jun 022014

G6

  • 51,832 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving 5 mph and making a turn, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The dealer stated that the steering gear needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 51,832.

- Adams , MA, USA

problem #193

Aug 152014

G6

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and veered to the left. As a result, the vehicle crashed into mailbox, tree and a metal fence. A police report was filed. The driver sustained a burn to the left arm from the air bag and chest pain but no medical attention was required. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and believed it may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Winona, MS, USA

problem #192

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 #191

Aug 222014

G6

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering) and stated that the parts needed were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #190

Aug 202014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving the power steering suddenly gave out. It was very difficult to drive and nearly caused an accident. There was lots of smoke as well. After having it looked at by a mechanic we were told that the power steering hose is too close to the manifold and burned a hole through it. He said it is an unsafe design.

- Maine, NY, USA

problem #189

May 072014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
Started about 3months ago when I'm driving the wheel would start to shake back& forward then as time went on the power steering light came on the wheel begin to shake at low speed and when car not moving. So I took to a few mechanic shops said it was a electrical problem with steering it was on recall. I took to dealer had a diagnostic check said needed a power steering control module and not on recall I called Pontiac they said same thing too, but when checking online it say is recall for that part.

- Shore View , MN, USA

problem #188

Mar 032014

G6

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and the contact heard an abnormal noise when the vehicle made left or right turns. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and stated that the part was not available. The contact was not able to schedule a repair appointment. The dealer did not give a specific date as to when the part would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Dorchester, NC, USA

problem #187

Aug 022014

G6 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Driving car steering wheel began to jerk to the left and right. Felt like there were detents in the feel of the steering wheel. Steering wheel began to feel like it was shaking to the left and to the right. Later stopped and parked at home and while car was at rest the steering wheel would move to the left and to the right by it's self. Drove car on 8/7/14 for a short distance and it was hard to control due to the wheel jerking.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

problem #186

May 202014

G6 6-cyl

  • 96,205 miles
I was traveling on U.S. 30 to greensburg, pa and I went on to the off ramp on to West pittsburgh street and the traction control, stability lights lit up. I look down at the dashboard to see what going on. Then, my car jerked suddenly backwards I hit my head two or three times off the head rest. I hit the on star button to report what has happened to verify the codes and told them the situation. The on star people didn't even ask me if I needed medical attention. So, I drove to the hospital that was 1/4 mile away. I was diagnosed with a head injury and received treatment for neck and back injuries.

- Murrysville, PA, USA

problem #185

May 092014

G6 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Had the electric power steering module fail. Had the car fixed. Called Pontiac to inquire about the recalls issued earlier in 2014 pertaining to other 2008 Pontiac G6S recalled for this problem and was told that my car was not included in the recall. Cars produced before and after ours were included in the recall, but not ours. Made Pontiac aware of the situation and was given a case number of 71-1341653151. Not sure was to why our particular vehicle was not included in the recall. Any help that could be provided would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- Hertford, NC, USA

problem #184

Jul 072014

G6 4-cyl

  • 86,735 miles

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

I was heading to work down the expressway. My steering wheel suddenly started to shake, I lost some power steering making it hard to keep my car straight. I almost hit the car next to me.the wheel would slow me to forcefully turn left or right. It was very hard to keep my car straight! for a couple of minutes I was swearving until my car regained full power steering.it goes I'm and out every 30 minutes of driving.turning the car off and on doesnt work in attempt to fix the problem.at stop lights and signs, my steering wheel will shake and turn by itselfand make a horrible noise.almost like it's grinding.I took the car in and the mechanic told me it was my power steering assist.I called a local kenny kent, ran my VIN number but no matches.I called Pontiac and itold them my on going problem.there was nothing they could do.this car is not safe.this problem is being recalled in other G6 2008, and I am experiencing the same problem!!! this part has never been fixed.

- Chandler, IN, USA

problem #183

Apr 012014

G6 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I have electronic power steering and the make, model and year are listed in GM's recall for the electronic power steering, however Pontiac customer assistance tells me my VIN is not listed in the recall but I am having the same issues (and they are documented at the dealership) as the vehicles that are to be recalled. GM needs to recall every vehicle that has malfunctioning electronic power steering for the years listed not just by certain dates they were built.

- Gerrardstown, WV, USA

problem #182

Apr 012014

G6

  • 101,000 miles
I have been reading about other peoples problems with the G6 and I am having the same with my 2008 Pontiac G6/GT. I have a 2008 Pontiac G6 and I am having problems with: Tie rods, wheel hubs, control arms, and lastly my car light in the front keeps going out, not the high beams but the low beams. Every time I replace the bulb it goes out in a matter of weeks.

- Linden, NJ, USA

problem #181

Nov 282013

G6 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I was driving down the road and all of a sudden my car jerked to the right and put me and my kids into the ditch. This has happened twice. The second time it did it in the same direction(right) but when I hit the ditch smoke was coming into the heat vents while my kids were in the car. Brought it to the dealership they told me that my power steering line was broke and also I had a major oil leak and that it was a fire hazard. They then told me the price of how much to fix it. It is no longer under warranty. I don't feel I should have to pay for something that seems to be factory mistake. I've also had an incident of my car shutting off while driving. The ignition turned off while driving only going around a corner. I only had three keys on my ring at this time. This car has been the most dangerous car I've ever owned. The brakes and oil light constantly come on. The air bag light has been on since for over several thousand miles. Also the tire psi sensors are always going bad. The hazard switch hasn't worked in over two years as well. But every time I brought the car in even with a warranty they never fixed any of these problems. What's it have to take for this company to make this car safe?? dos to make my to fix their mistakes seems like someone's going to have to get in a fatal accident for something to be done. Also my back left seatbelt locked up on my son squeezing him and it wouldn't release. The belt had to be cut to get him out.

- South Pekin, IL, USA

problem #180

Jul 092014

G6

  • 107,253 miles
As I was pulling out of a parking space on my way to work this morning. I backed up to then go forward and turn to head out of my residence and the steering wheel would just turn, but the tires would not turn. I am leasing this car at drivetime. They're warranty will not cover this part, which is very upsetting as I have only had the car since may, 2014. I'm glad this happened in a safe area. I fear what would've happened if I were driving on the interstate as I always Transport back/forth to work/home. My life would've been in grave danger.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #179

Jun 232014

G6

  • 97,100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle was veering to the left and the steering was extremely difficult to maneuver. Also, the contact mentioned that there was a loud noise coming from the steering wheel. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was to be inspected, diagnosed and repaired by an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,100.

- Mascoutah, IL, USA

problem #178

Apr 122011

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
Steering wheel continues to shake and is hard to control, especially for a smaller woman. This has been going on now for over two years and is getting worse. At first the light only came on, then it shook here and there or it would shake until the power steering warning light came on then the shaking would stop. Now it is shaking uncontrollable and like I have mentioned it is hard for me to handle. It has jerked so hard several times to were I'm off the road or in the other lane. Until I can fix the issue myself I had to switch cars with my boyfriend especially since I have to take my son to daycare on a daily basis. I bought this car from a dealership around 46,000 miles on it and it probably started no more than 75,000 miles. I am aware there are recalls but I have called and entered the VIN myself and it shows no recalls. I have also checked to see if it would be covered under the extended warranty GM issued, which is within 10 years of the date your vehicle was originally placed in service or 150,000 miles (240,000 km), whichever occurs first, the condition will be repaired for you at no charge. Once again, I've been told by two dealerships my car does not qualify. The car displays the same issues that other GM cars have been recalled on but yet it does not qualify. I assume it takes more complaints and unfortunately more injuries and deaths for it to qualify.

- Manchester , MD, USA

problem #177

Jun 252014

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact received NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the part to become available. The manufacturer was notified and they informed that the remedy part had not been produced. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 8/11/14

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #176

May 132014

G6 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Vehicle battery was drained overnight from consumer electronics (dvd charging, gps) to the point when attempting to start near zero voltage with inside lights shutting off. Charged with 10 amp battery charger to full battery. Afterwards key fobs would not work. Did not think much of it. After a few days of driving noticed the tire pressure info was all -- (not posting). Tire pressure system monitoring was completely off with no notification to driver. Found several sites that say a G6 can lose it's tire sensor/key fob memory from a slowly draining battery and must be taken to a dealer to fix it. Took it to a GMC (formerly Pontiac) dealership, $95 later only got the tires working again. Newer vehicles have a procedure for owners to initiate this setup themselves and reprogram the tires and key fobs, but not 2008. The lack of tire pressure sensors when they were there prior should trigger at minimum a warning on every start. It can tell me I need an oil change every day. For this to happen because of a low voltage event is terrible circuit design / bad programming. If an owner charges his kid's dvd player and it kills the battery the next day the mandatory tmps system may not work, and not work without warning. Hopefully the day the dvd player needs a charge isn't the same day they develop a medium leak driving down the mountains of Utah, because the driver won't be notified the system forgot the sensor id's and doesn't care about those pressure readings anymore, even the falling pressure on the tire holding the car in the correct lane at a 8% grade, downhill. #1 fix the safety issue. #2 don't charge me to re-program something that is not safe and was corrected on newer vehicles.

- Jackson, WI, USA

problem #175

May 072014

G6

  • 50,000 miles
Replaced the power steering unit and intermediate shaft per GM dealer recommendation. Cost $1200.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

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