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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2009 Pontiac G6 (Page 3 of 6) 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,946 miles

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2009 Pontiac G6 electrical problems

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2009 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #77

Aug 012014

G6 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


My passenger side headlight went out so I replaced it only to have it go out again. I realized there were some burnt wires and had it inspected. I was told I needed a new wire harness.

- Grayling, MI, USA

problem #76

Nov 112013


  • miles
The problem is when I turn the knob to defroce it make noise.

- Chicago Ridge, IL, USA

problem #75

Aug 012014


  • 123,000 miles
Headlights on 2009 Pontiac G6 GT constantly going out. The wiring harness has to be replaced because the connection melts and have to replace the wiring harness. Called GM and they said that it is not a concern for them and will not assist in fixing the issue. This will be the 3rd time I have replaced the wiring harness to the headlights. This is extremely dangerous as it could cause a fire with the amount of heat being generated to cause the connectors to melt.. also have to drive with the brights on to avoid being pulled over.

- West Jordan , UT, USA

problem #74

Oct 312013

G6 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


I purchased my used Pontiac G6 in October 2013. Before I brought my car off the lot the dealership had to replace the left low beam headlight. No big deal I thought. We'll we have changed this same headlight 3 times. Today 8/11/2014 it needs replacing again. My husband went to check to see if maybe it was unplugged as we knew the bulb should have been fine. Well when he took the back plastic cover off to check my headlight wiring was smoking. How long this has been going on I do not know. We have unplugged this headlight because I have to drive this vehicle about 60 mile everyday for work. We'll needless to say I am terrified to drive it. What happens if it catches fire while me and my grandchildren are on the road"??? so far I have only received 1 recall notice.# 13036. That alone is enough forms to stop driving it. I have read several of the same complaints all over the internet. Do we have to die before this is fixed???"

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #73

Aug 012014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Pontiac G6. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle headlights problem. Consumer has different vehicle and ODI# complaint in artemis. The consumer stated the driver's side headlight was replaced three times. The dealer wanted to charge $150 to replace the bulb. However, the consumer changed the bulbs himself. The consumer stated it appeared as if the electrical system feeding the headlights had a design problem, which resulted in customers frequently paying hundreds of dollars without the issue being resolved. The consumer believed the low beam headlights frequently failing was due to melted sockets.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #72

Aug 032014

G6 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
See NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 ; GM recall notice 13036 dated July 2014. I've been in two near rear end collisions due to brake light failure; I was pulled over by the police & told that my brake lights were staying lit while driving and then I was pulled over again & told that my brake lights were not lit up when I braking. I was able to show both officers the recall notice I received from GM & I was advised to get the problem fixed immediately as I was putting myself and others at risk of possible accident and injuries. While driving on the highway, the cruise control was enabled and would not disengage when I brake nor disengage when I pressed the on/off button. I had to cycle the key off/on in order to disengage the cruise control. Other times, the cruise will not engage when on/off button is pressed. I am also having issues shifting from park to drive or reverse, also E.S.C. isn't working as it should, nor the panic brake assist features. Lights for E.S.C. tcs randomly flash and flicker. All these are indications are consistent with the GM recall notice 13036. As stated before, I have almost been in two collisions and been pulled over twice. Contacted GM five times - case #[xxx] on file. GM stated that my car must be serviced by local dealership but will not cover costs. The local dealer wants diagnostic fees up front, which I cannot afford. GM hasn't notified dealerships of the recall 13036 to date. Do I need to be involved in an accident, harming myself and others, before this is addressed by GM" does there have to be loss of life to get GM to fix the known issues outlined in recall 13036? how can I rely on safe transportation until this is fixed" in closing, I seek assistance in addressing the blatant disregard of public safety that GM has shown to me and other customers. I would like to get my car fixed at no cost to me. Help!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #71

Jun 302010

G6 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


Headlamps & taillights burn out every few months. Technician at GM dealership said it is occurring in numerous GM vehicles. It is an electrical issue that causes the bulbs to burn out. Since it is an electrical issue that sends too much power and causes burning wires, I am afraid this will eventually start a fire. I should not have to switch these bulbs out constantly. I am also surprised I have not been pulled over or in an accident yet due to non functioning tail lights or headlamps. Nor should I have to pay to get this fixed when it is clearly an issue with the construction of the car. I am currently at 45,000 miles and I am no longer under warranty. I sent an email to GM (which I can forward you if need be) and a week later I saw that a recall was issued about headlamps/tail lights. A GM dealer searched my VIN number and my car did not come up under said recall. I tried to call GM today and waited for 20 minutes on hold and then was disconnected. I refuse to do this again.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #70

Jul 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I get in my car put the key in the ignition and start my car, I then put the car in drive and get going about 35/40 and the door locks start going up and down by them self. Later that day I open my door and get in my car without the key in the ignition and the door locks start to go up and down again on there own. I have contacted the dealership I purchased the car from and they tell me my VIN has no recalls. Really "?" this has been going on for a while with the back doors and now they all do it., I think GM needs to fix this and they need to check all pontac G6's for all the recalls they have on these cars.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #69

May 152014

G6 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I was driving down the road being followed by my wife who informed me that as I was driving down the road my brake lights were on but when I hit the brakes my brake lights went off. As days went by it continued to do the brake lighting fault when I noticed that attempting to set cruise control was quite difficult. I'm not sure about you but faulty brake lighting is a serious safety issue. To this day, June 30th 2014 the brake lights are still malfunctioning.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #68

Dec 012011


  • 20,000 miles
When you are driving either one headlight will go out and then come back on. Then the opposite headlight will go out and then comeback on. Then sometimes both headlights will go out at the same time. I've had people flash their lights at me thinking I am high beaming them when one of my headlights turn back on. I also had a spun bearing in the bottom end of the engine which caused the vehicle to stall while turning at an intersection and almost got rear ended. I also had my vehicle stall for no reason at all. Had my mechanic look at it he came to the conclusion that maybe it was the battery and replaced it. I have also had issues with the door ajar light to where it causes the interior light to come on and stay on. I've had the door sensors replaced numerous times and have not had any issue with the door ajar for a little while now. I've also had an issue with bearings locking up in the air conditioning unit that caused a severe burning smell and caused the car to not want to start. Therefore I believe there is a major electrical problem with the car causing all of these issues.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #67

May 312014


  • 74,000 miles


The rear passenger door lock fails to open at times. Some days it will unlock, others it will not. Upon calling a few dealers I was told that it is the door lock actuator. As this is a safety feature, I feel it is a safety issue when it does not operate properly. I was also told it would cost ~$350 to fix. Again, I feel that this is a safety issue that GM should be made aware of. The only way to unlock that door is to get in the car and reach across and pull the lock up, pulling on the door handle does not pop the lock.

- Dexter, MI, USA

problem #66

May 272014

G6 6-cyl

  • 56,730 miles
I started the car to leave work and my security light would not shut off. I made a stop at a store and when I restarted the car the light went off. A few days later, my car would not start. All the lights and the radio etc came on but the car would not turn over. I was told shut everything off in my car and put the key in the ignition and turn it but don't actually start it, let is sit like that for 20 minutes and start. I did that and it worked, but I've had to do that a couple time with both of my keys. (I was told I may just have a bad key). I am concerned that this is part of the ignition switch recall for GM. I took it to stykemain in defiance oh on 6/4/14 and was told they cannot find anything wrong.

- Paulding, OH, USA

problem #65

Jun 092014

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the contact was informed by another motorist that the brake lights on the vehicle were constantly illuminated. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The part for the repair was unavailable. The dealer was notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 08/11/14

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #64

Apr 192014

G6 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving, the gas gage and mph needles dropped to zero and the car could not drive forward. There was also an "error" notice flashing on the dashboard. It lasted for a fraction of second but kept doing it about every 20-30 seconds. I realized the theft protection light stayed on after startng the vehicle but when I went out yesterday the theft protection light was not on after starting the car. It came on suddenly while driving and I was unable to get the gas gage to work. It is lasting longer now also. I also noticed the traction control words showed up on the dash board this last time. Conditions were clear and dry. I did read the manual and checked the fuse as recommended. The fuse looks fine and for one whole day after removing and replacing the fuse I did not have the problem but the next time I drove, it was much worse as I mentioned above.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #63

May 082014

G6 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
In early may my 2009 Pontiac G6 shut off unexpectedly while reversing in a parking spot. I tested the car in drive also and realized the ignition could be switched off while in gear. I have tried to get GM to repair the faulty ignition but since it has not yet been added to their growing list of recalls, they wont even look at it without leaving the car for a $150 inspection. This is absurd since the part should take 30 minutes to install and costs them next to nothing. I'm sure there are many other vehicles not under the recall that also have the issue. I am disgusted with GM for continuing to neglect responsibility for an obvious problem! I'm not sure what else to do at this point but to seek the help of an attorney.

- Tiburon, CA, USA

problem #62

Mar 052014

G6 4-cyl

  • 114,560 miles
As I was coming around a turn at my house, I lost all electrical it was like my car shut off. I was close to hitting a stop sign and a house on my street. I did go up the curb. I lost power steering so my steering wheel was harder to turn. Once I got the car stopped my vehicle came back on automatically. At 116,000 miles I drove to ripley and parked my car at work. When I went out to lunch my car would start, but wouldn't move forward. It would only go in reverse and roll backwards. I ended up replacing the transmission and some wires. I don't know if this could be a defect, but it only had 116,000 miles and they are supposed to last at least until 200,000.

- Ravenswood, WV, USA

problem #61

Jul 012011


  • 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 #60

Nov 012013

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
For approximately 6-8 months my headlights have been constantly going out. I have replaced headlights once a month since it began. This is extremely hazardous since my headlights will go out randomly while I am driving. I figured since the brake recall was electrical, this applies to the whole car, but GM says it does not affect the whole car. I was told that the corvettes are having this same issue and I would need to pay $100 diagnostic fee to be able to move forward. I think electrical issues affect the whole car, but with all the recalls GM is trying to avoid what it can. I'm not a mechanic though. Hopefully if enough people are having this issue GM will be forced to recall.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #59

Dec 112013


  • 77,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact diagnosed that the starter and the batteries needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but remedy failed to repair the problem. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 77,000.

- Iron, MN, USA

problem #58

Apr 162014

G6 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The car has had significant electrical problems since its purchase. To summarize: I had an ignition fuse repaired in 2009 when the car turned off suddenly while I was driving. Replaced a faulty headlight socket that was melted to the inside housing, have replaced an excessive number of light bulbs in the car, and have also had the power door locks fail. Most recently, remote ignition was not working, but was later fixed after a major repair last month to the power steering. I was driving the car when my power steering failed. Had it towed to a local GM dealership, who said my power steering control module had to be replaced at a cost of $750 dollars. Was aware of a recall for 2009 G-6's for power steering, but dealership seemed to have no information regarding recall. Was told that my VIN was not included in any recalls. Contacted GM, who told us to wait for a new round of recall letters to be distributed. In the meantime, it takes 6 days for the repairs, and only after significant questioning did the dealer admit that parts were hard to find due to the recall. We asked the dealership to let us have the faulty part to pursue action from GM. Dealer told us they had thrown parts away, despite this being against GM protocol. They located our part after we pushed them to investigate (car had been repaired that very morning, parts had not been thrown away), and assessed a $100 core charge. Have been bounced back and forth between GM and dealer since, with no responsibility taken by either party. Most recently, GM said they will not pay for reimbursement, and dealer said the parts they repaired were not recalled so they are not responsible either. As these parts are unlikely to break without cause, and don't need frequent servicing, it's clear that they are faulty. This is a major safety issue. GM needs to reexamine their recall.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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