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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2009 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 2)

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2009 is starting to have the same problems as previous model years, including the headlights blowing out due to bad connectors.

The wiring harness connections aren't a big deal to replace, as long as your dealer or mechanic doesn't charge you an arm & a leg to "diagnose" the problem.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,811 miles

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2009 Pontiac G6 drivetrain problems

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2009 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Apr 052016

G6

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the gears were able to shift, but not from the park position. In addition, the vehicle was unable to be driven and was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #25

Mar 302015

G6 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Car started dragging - could not drive no more than 5 miles - transmission went out - would not go in reverse - no indication on computer of engine problem - read about similar recall on Pontiac G6 for transmission problems - this incident happened around the same time recall put out on certain G6 - but not mine because of engine size - I do not understand why my vehicle did not fall under this recall - I spent a lot of money to replace it.....updated 10-27-15

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #24

Jun 202015

G6

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving at 40 mph, the transmission failed to engage in third gear or reverse. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the wave plate fractured and the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #23

Mar 292015

G6 4-cyl

  • 97,756 miles

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

I was driving up an incline on I-287 in NJ when my RPM's skyrocketed and by car's check engine light came on and my traction control light as flashed. My car began losing speed and became hard to control due to a loss of traction. Upon a visit to my mechanic it was found to be my catalytic converter. I have looked online and discovered the G6 from 04-10 have been known to experience this problem but yet GM has failed to make a recall. I would appreciate if you could look further into the situation. I was fortunate to be able to get my 4 way flashers on and avoid an accident narrowly. If my car had stalled like some of the other people I have read about who have had this problem it could have been fatal.

- North Brunswick , NJ, USA

problem #22

Jan 122015

G6

  • 97,000 miles
When I went to put the car in park, all of a sudden there was no resistance in the shift lever, it moved back and forth freely in the casing. Car would not go into park or any other gear. It broke in drive and would not restart. Had to use the emergency brake to keep it from rolling forward, had to have it towed. The dealer said we needed to replace the shift cable, and said the part was a G.M. recall part. However, our car wasn't covered on the recall. I don't understand how a part can be recalled, but not all cars with the part are included in the recall, it just doesn't make any sense at all to me. I had to pay the G.M dealer $306. To have the car fixed. I really want my money back, I work hard for it, and this just isn't right. We did notify G.M. and they told us to notify you. Thank you

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #21

Sep 012014

G6

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, a burning odor emitted inside the vehicle. The contact discovered that the gear console melted. In addition, the shift lever failed to shift into the drive position. In addition, the contact mentioned that the ignition key failed to disengage from the vehicle intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000. The VIN was not available.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #20

Apr 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles

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

Back in April of 2014 my car started acting strange when getting at 30 mph. I noticed the RPM would get between 3 and 4. my automatic nor manual shift would go into second gear. If it did, I would almost get whiplash. I took it to a mechanic who replaced wire harness and two shift solenoids (sw). I then noticed during the summer my driver front head light doesn't work at all even after replacing the bulb. Again, in November of 2014 my car began repeating itself with the transmission problems. I took it to another mechanic and he said it's the solenoids. This is a danger to the driver and passengers because it'll stop going the way speed it needs to. I can't afford to keep putting money into something that keeps breaking down. Please help!! by the way, the driver side wiper sprayer stopped working.

- Kevil, KY, USA

problem #19

Aug 112014

G6

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While idling at a traffic light on a hill, the vehicle began to roll backwards even though the vehicle was in gear. The contact engaged the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the vehicle was performing as designed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #18

Jul 012011

G6

  • miles
I have a 2009 Pontiac G6. When I first bought it I thought it was a GEM after a few months my head lights would burn out a few times a month. After replacing them I noticed the actual wiring was melted. My passenger rear door won't lock or unlock. While driving through a storm my wipers stopped working. My wiper fluid won't come out only makes the sound. My power steering will turn off randomly. Stock radio stopped working. Now my break lights are acting up and won't light. My shifter also has been acting strange. Sometimes it won't shift. Blinkers blew out same time as brake lights. This car is nothing but a hazard.

- Forest City, PA, USA

problem #17

Apr 032014

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that after turning the engine off and shifting into park, the vehicle rolled away. Additionally, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to start while in park however, was able to start when in neutral. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact notified the manufacturer of the failure and stated that vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign id number: 124V60000(power train). The failure mileage was 118,000. Updated 8/12/14 updated 08/22/2014

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #16

Aug 012012

G6

  • 20,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the key erroneously became dislodged from the ignition switch causing the vehicle to shut off. The contact also stated that in a separate incident, she was able to remove the key from the ignition while the transmission was in neutral and the vehicle began to roll away in reverse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign number 12V460000 (power train). The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #15

Jul 122013

G6

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle exhibited a loud and abnormal popping noise. The vehicle then veered to the right and traveled over a curb. The contact sustained injuries to the head and back. A police report was not filed. The contact soon discovered that passenger's side rear tire had failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the transmission, transmission pin, cv joint, wheel alignment and axle had to be replaced. The vehicle was also leaking transmission fluid. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #14

May 022013

G6

  • 35,000 miles
Intermittent very hard up shifts (including changes from park-drive etc), cruise flys off and stops working while going down road, speedometer stops working and flickers randomly, car flashes "power steering" on radio panel and "error" on odometer read, hard turning, car loses power as it revs to realize it needs to shift (automatic transmission) initially, restarting car would help for awhile, but now the problem is consistent. GM dealership could not diagnose problem and thought it was loose wiring. After not being able to trace the communication errors the dealership simply gave it back with no fix or answers. Major issue considering the car has only 36500 miles to date with an issue clearly other Pontiac G6 owners have had to deal with as well. The inconsistent issue has contributed to a recent car accident.

- Falcon, CO, USA

problem #13

Aug 012013

G6

  • 84,600 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that she was unable to shift out of reverse. The vehicle was taken to dealer where it was determined that the shift cable had failed. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number 12V460000 (power train) but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 84,600.

- Oklahoma City , OK, USA

problem #12

Jun 102013

G6

  • 85,000 miles
Tail lights continue to stay on. The traction control says it needs to be serviced. The cruise control does not work. Same as earlier model G6's. same as #08-05-22-009A.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #11

Jul 152009

G6 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, there was a loud ticking noise coming from the engine. The failure also occurred while idling. Additionally, the vehicle decelerated suddenly while driving at different speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- South Field, MI, USA

problem #10

May 192013

G6

  • 57,400 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train). The vehicle was taken to a dealer for repair and a retainer was installed over the cable end. Three months after the repair, the contact parked and exited the vehicle when it rolled away and into a neighboring yard. The vehicle was secured in park prior to the failure. The contact was able to chase after the vehicle, jump inside and apply the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The dealer was notified but would not repair the vehicle under the recall a second time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileage was 57,400.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #9

Jun 152012

G6 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
G6 began to shift gears on its own in the middle of the highway leading to near accidents due to sudden stops or slow downs. Cars transmission locked in park and won't reverse. Car begins to reverse on its own in park but ends up catching itself back in park. Transmission seems to be set on park and won't change to go in reverse. Also the power steering high pressure hose burst at random while driving straight, caused severe melting of various wires around it. Nearly lit the car on fire after causing the starter to catch fire from the power steering fluid getting inside of it.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 032012

G6

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12V460000 (power train:automatic transmission:gear position indication (prndl)) and contacted the dealer however, the contact was advised that the part needed to complete the recall repairs was not yet available. The contact stated that the remedy should have already been finalized due to the fact that the recall notices had been distributed to those consumers affected by the defect. The manufacturer was not contacted about the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Crestwood, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 052011

G6

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately15 mph in a parking lot, the brake pedal was engaged and when the accelerator pedal was depressed the transmission failed to respond. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the transmission shift cable was replaced. On November 16, 2012, the similar failure recurred. There was a recall associated with NHTSA 09V073000 (power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Column shift); however the VIN was not included. The vehicle was repaired under the manufacturer's warranty for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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