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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2009 Pontiac G6 (Page 7 of 7) 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,573 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2009 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #16

Jun 042012

G6 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


I noticed that the driver side low-beam headlight was out. Went to replace bulb and noticed that the headlight connector itself was melted. The fuse for the light did not fail.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #15

Aug 102012

G6 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
On 12/31/2011 I was pulled over for a burnt out headlight. Upon replacing the bulb I noticed that the socket where the bulb plugs in was melted. I put a new bulb in and it worked for 3 months. When that went out in March of 2012 I replaced it again. Now in August of 2012 that bulb burnt out. There is a connection to the melted harness as the bulb that burnt out was melted slightly where it made a connection to the socket. This is obviously an issue that goes well beyond my vehicle as a search on the internet shows other owners with the same issues. When the light bulb burns out at night it puts everyone at a safety risk which is not acceptable. GM needs to do something about this.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 252012


  • 87,000 miles
The drivers side head lamp went out. I took it to my mechanic they changed the bulb and that didn't work they said the plug for the bulb had burnt up. I had them replace it. About a month later my passenger side head lamp went out and again plug looked like it had burnt up.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #13

Mar 142012

G6 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


We had no rear tail lights coming down a dark street. And almost got rear ended. Have been pulled over by the cops because no rear lights. Now the front lights go in and out. Have to keep replacing the bulbs. There's no warning when lights are out.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #12

Sep 122011


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the driver side head light was replaced seven times within an eight month period. The contact started was unsure if the failure was caused by the bulb or the connection. The contact removed the light bulb from the driver's side and installed it on the passenger side with no failures. The contact consulted with their personal mechanic and was advised that the pig tail for the driver side head light was causing the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #11

May 022012


  • miles
My driver side headlight was out. I replace the bulb from 2 different auto store and still not working. Then my dad look at the connector look and seen that 1 of the wires was burned out. So I was told to take it to GMC and see if they can fix it since I had extended warranty. After telling service dept my issue and what I thought was wrong; I get hit with a $89 diagnose it fee that I had already had told them what was going on. They called and let me know that my connector was burned out and need to replace them in order the light to work and it wasn't covered thru my extended warranty so I had to pay $290 to get fix. After google this issue looks like this a on going issue for this vehicle that I think should be a recall before something else get shortage due to burned out wiring. I don't have the VIN# and mileage left paper work at home.

- N Chesterfield , VA, USA

problem #10

Apr 062012

G6 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The headlight (H11) on the passenger side of my G6 would randomly stop working. We had changed the bulb once already and with further investigation we discovered the H11 wiring harness connector appeared to be melted. We then went to purchase a replacement the local auto parts stores were unable to assist us. We then went to our local GM service and the technician informed us that this H11 connector was a recall item on the arcadia and he had some on hand and sold us one. Since this item is already a recall item on a different model he stated to hold on to the receipt incase it becomes a recall on our car. I paid nearly $40 to fix the passenger side to ensure if the drivers side goes out I will have time to fix that to prevent no headlights at all. Please consider making this a recall to ensure safe driving, I enjoy driving my G6.

- Three Rivers, MI, USA

problem #9

Apr 122012

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
My brake lights stick or remain on even when they are not being pressed making it appear that im riding my brakes. I have been pulled over by the police once already. I have replaced the brake light switch twice and it works for a couple of days only. I have seen a recall in the 2005 and 2006 models but it is still occuring in the newer models. I have seen hundreds of blogs about this problem in this particular model of car. This is just an accident waiting to happen when your brake lights arent working correctly. As well as the car getting stuck in park.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 012010

G6 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
In 2010 I purchaced a 2009 Pontiac G6. I had it for a couple weeks and my head lights burned out. I then got a new one and it burned out again then the other side did the same thing over and over again. When replacing it I see the socket was burned and melted. To this day I have to replace the bulbs every couple weeks and they go out on my way to work and I work midnigh, so its very dangerous. I also have been online and seen hundreds of people who are having this problem and they chatch on fire. The car is a 2009 Pontiac G6 sadan here is the link to see all the other people having problems. I have also seen many new G6 cars on the road with one head light out and there brand new.I would hate to see them catch on fire or someone get in to a accident because they can't see at night. I also have received a ticket for it which I had to pay because Pontiac didnt build it right. I click up above because the socket was melted which tells me there was a fire.there are over 100 websites with people having the same problem.

- River Rouge, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 242011


  • 50,000 miles
Low beam bulb housing keeps burnning up. I have elected to remove the fuse and not drive at night.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 012011

G6 6-cyl

  • 55,100 miles


Driver side low-beam burned out.. I changed it.. two (2) days later the light was out again.. I changed the bulb again and noticed the plug-in where the bulb gets plugged into looked like it shorted out there.. it was burned.. I put the new bulb in and two to three days later, it was out again.. both times the bulbs did not look like the burned out... I am tired of taking the headlight off of the car to change the bulbs.. I'm gonna have to do it again though, so we don't get a ticket for having a light out..something needs to done about this, because I know I'm not the only one with this problem... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Milan, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 012011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving 65 mph he noticed that the low beam headlight on the driver's side was not functioning. Upon changing the light bulb, the contact noticed the bulb's housing was burned. The failure recurred twice since replacing the bulb. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer to have the failure diagnosed. The contact replaced the bulbs himself after each failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Milan, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 042011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated the front passenger side headlight would fail intermittently. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told there was a short in the wiring. The dealer advised that the headlight harness would need to be replaced. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 152011

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Was stopped by the police stating I had no taillights. Took the car to the dealer and they stated that the fuse was blown and replaced. Within about 3 weeks the fuse blew again. Had it in twice since and they still cannot find the problem. Keep it a few days and resend the car out. I have checked it out and it seems that when it blows it is in auto mode and when auto lights come on. They said no connection and leave it again. This is a safety issue for my family if we lose taillights at night we could be rear ended. Also I am on my third set of headlights. Keep blowing out. And second set of tires.

- Marianna, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 012011


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the bulb in the headlights continued to blow out because the harness for headlights had melted. The dealer advised the contact that there were no open recalls. The manufacturer did not offer any assistance nor was the vehicle repaired due to the repair cost. The current mileage was 58,000 and the failure mileage was 56,000.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #1

Nov 262010

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
I drive a 2009 Pontiac G6/GT sedan, I have replace the low beams bulbs for each light 6 times. Now no accident has occurred, but the bulbs only last about a month. The retailers suggest that it is not their problem. I also decided to try different retailers and brand name bulbs. This is dangerous while driving at night, when your light go out.

- Houston, TX, USA

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