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CarComplaints.com Notes: We are rating the 2009 Pontiac G6 as "Pretty Good", but very tentatively because of the serious problems that prior model years have.

The only real problem showing up so far with the 2009 G6 is headlights blow out more frequently than normal. The blown headlight problem seems to be 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:
8 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,138 miles

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2009 Pontiac G6 steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #68

Feb 022015


  • miles


Letter from congressman barletta on behalf of constituent re 2009 Pontiac G6 lost power brakes and steering while driving on four separate occasions.

- Mount Carmel, PA, USA

problem #67

Feb 052015


  • 48,900 miles
There was a chime and "power steering" displayed on the dash, noticed an occasional loss of power steering. I called wickstrom Chevrolet in roselle and I provided my VIN number. They said it wasn't covered by the recall. I have relatively low mileage on my car and I'm experiencing a similar problem that the recall describes. I afraid this could lead to an accident while driving.

- Elk Grove Village., IL, USA

problem #66

May 282014


  • miles
I bought this car from drive time auto and after a month I heard a screeching noise in the steering as I turn the car.this has been going on now for 9 months and one month after I bought it. It is very annoying.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #65

Feb 032015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn in the appropriate direction and the power steering light illuminated. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #64

Jan 212015


  • 128,000 miles
Power steering went out on my car while at a stop sign. The steering wheel just started shacking and I wasn't in driving motion. This is a know issue all over the internet regarding power steering failure with ponitac G6 2009. However there is no recall to fix this issue. I don't understand if GM is aware of the issue why won't they do a recall. GM produced unsafe cars!! because there's no recall I will have to have the car fixed on my own. I should expect a refund whenever GM decides to do a recall.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #63

Jan 192015


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle, the power steering would suddenly malfunction causing the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The contact mentioned that the power steering sensor light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #62

Sep 012014


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while making a left turn, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to use excessive force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. In addition, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The dealer diagnosed that the power steering torque needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 82,000.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #61

Dec 312014


  • 138,000 miles
My power steering just stopped working. The warning message came on and the chimes sounded. I now only have manual steering and it is extremely hard to turn. I know that there is a recall(s) out for this problem on other vehicles but for some reason not mine. It is very dangerous to drive but I have no choice. The dealer I bought the car from new said my car was not covered for this defect. I do not understand that.

- Goodman, MO, USA

problem #60

Dec 012014


  • 155,000 miles
There is a recall on the steering column on Pontiac G6's due to loss of power steering while I am driving. The recall number is #140115. I called a GM dealer to schedule to have it fixed and they are saying they don't have a recall for this but it is clearly recalled. I also see on the recall website that a lot of people are having the same problem. My car power steering goes out while driving and almost caused an accident. The wheel shakes bad while driving and makes a noise. It is clear that these part is defective and Pontiac/GM dealers need to replace it not make me pay for a faulty part that they put in the car.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #59

Jan 072014


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Colonia, NJ, USA

problem #58

Dec 282014


  • 102,800 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle steering wheel seized and became unresponsive. The contact mentioned that an unknown warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,800.

- Goliad, TX, USA

problem #57

Dec 272014


  • 116,920 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, there was a sudden loss of power steering assist and the check engine light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was experiencing the same failure listed in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering).the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,920.

- Colorado City, TX, USA

problem #56

Dec 292014


  • 168,750 miles
I was driving home from work on the highway and went to change lanes and my vehicle was difficult to steer. I had to pull over and have my car hauled home. I had a mechanic look at it and he informed me about a recall for the electronic power steering assist. I contacted dealership where I purchased it and they said it wasn't part of the recall for this defective part even though it matches the year, make, and model.

- Cooper, TX, USA

problem #55

Nov 042014


  • 138,000 miles
I was pulling into a parking spot and my power steering went out. Restarted the car seemed to resolve it for a day or two. Now it happens several times. When contacted dealer about a recall, I was told mine was not covered under recall and they could fix it for $800. When it or if it becomes a recall I could be reimbursed. At this point I have no choice but to deal with it. It's my only car and don't have money for repair.

- Orrum, NC, USA

problem #54

Nov 032014


  • 83,350 miles
Multiple instances of loss of power steering. In all cases vehicle was driven out of the traffic lanes, parked and engine shut off. Power steering was eventually restored on restart. There was no obvious pattern to the loss of power steering. Vehicle was taken to authorized GM service center for repair. Diagnostics trouble code C0545 steering wheel torque input resulted in replacement of a faulty steering column, reprogramming and setup at a cost of $741. Similar power steering issues are mentioned in NHTSA campaign id number 14V153000 but the VIN of my vehicle is not included in that recall.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #53

Dec 172014


  • 97,000 miles
Faulty steering torque sensor. Recall on year, make, model but doesnt include my VIN NHTSA recall # 14V-153, GM bulletin 14116. While my wife was driving the car it made an alarm noise, then the steering became almost impossible to turn. She was able to bring my car to a stop on the shoulder without hitting anything. After staring and stopping the car multiple times, around 10 minutes later, the steering returned. I contacted GM and they opened a case # 71-1412256808. They said to bring to the dealer and have it diagnosed. After paying $93 they said it was the steering torque sensor, which was a recalled item on a 2009 G6, but not my particular car. The dealer wanted over $750 to fix the problem. I disputed this to the dealer and they contacted GM who agreed to lower the cost to $250 which I disputed. Now the car has no power steering at all. After trying to discuss this further with GM directly, the senior adviser told me my case was closed. I was told I agreed to the cost assistance which I didn't. I am waiting to hear back from a higher level GM adviser to solve this problem. After reading the NHTSA complaints about other 2009 G6 non recalled steering problems which are exactly the same problem as the recalled ones I feel this problem should be recalled and fixed before someone get hurt.

- Weare, NH, USA

problem #52

Dec 032014


  • 112,788 miles
I became the recent owner of the above vehicle. There is a noise from the steering column and the power steering is slightly hard to turn. There are two recalls for power steering problems with this vehicle however Chevrolet customer service says that there are no active recalls for the steering problems on this car. They gave me a reference #71-1410099624 for my call. This car is driven by college student daughter and I would not care for her to get stranded due to the steering power problem. I do not mind sending the car to a private mechanic, but I would rather take the car to a GM dealer if it qualifies for a recall.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #51

Dec 032014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph and attempting to make a right turn, the steering wheel seized. The contact slammed the brakes to avoid hitting a child which caused her to hit her head on the steering wheel. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Clinton, MI, USA

problem #50

Oct 172014


  • 148,780 miles
I was in a drive thru line at a local restaurant, when I attempted to move forward in line the power steering was not working and a power steering failure light appeared in the radio display screen. I had to turn off the ignition and restart the vehicle to clear the condition. This same problem occurred while pulling into a gas station. As I exited the highway and entered a gas station I lost power steering. On this occasion I was traveling at approximately 5 to 7 mph. I again had to shut off the ignition and restart to clear this condition. This problem has occurred on approximately 3 additional occasions.

- Capac, MI, USA

problem #49

Nov 142014


  • 105,400 miles
I turned into the parking lot where I worked. Alarm sounded, power steering went out, difficult to steer the car. Radio displayed: Power steering light. After work shift was done, power steering functioned. Carefully drove home. On route turned right onto to street, power steering went out & power steering light came on again. Swerved into turning lane: Steering was to difficult. Fortunate no one was in the lane. Carefully drove home. Power steering came back in. Next day, called dealer ship & GM. GM told me that there are three companies who made the electric power steering assist part for my model of G6 and that only one has been recalled. Even though I am having the same dangerous problem with my power steering, my VIN has not been included in the recall because my part came from one of the other two manufacturers. GM will not pay to have the part replaced. I'm driving my car, only when absolutely necessary, for very short distance to work, being very careful not to turn wheel too tightly, because the power steering assist has failed during turns. My concern is safety, the high cost of the repair and that other G6S & cars that are not under the recall, also have the defective electric power steering assist. The car is almost impossible to steer, even at low speeds, when the assist turns off. If this had happened to me while at a higher speed, I am sure I would have run into another car or off the road. I know I can't be the only 2009 G6 owner, not under the recall, having this power steering failure. I live alone. This is my only means of transportation. We are in a winter storm watch. GM has opened a case # 71-1392684238 and reported it to the dealership. I am supposed to call for an appointment. They will charge $55 just to "diagnose" the problem. I understand it is expensive to repair. GM will not pay for the repair.

- Grandville, MI, USA

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