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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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,083 miles

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2009 Pontiac G6 steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 222013


  • 61,100 miles


The power steering just stopped working the light came on that said power steering esc. This is very very dangerous. Called GM and they said that the there was not a recall on 2009 GS6. I told them there were recalls for this in previous years and it appears that they have not gotten it corrected.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #9

Aug 172013


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed while exiting a highway. The steering wheel seized with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The contact was able to park by turning the steering wheel with extreme force. The steering wheel returned to normal function for a brief moment. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the steering failure however, the dealer advised the contact that steering system was operating as designed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 45,000.

- Jersey City , NJ, USA

problem #8

May 022013


  • 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 #7

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 #6

Oct 012012

G6 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
While driving the vehicle on a city street ( where speeds are slow) the power steering indicator flashed on the dashboard and power steering failed to work. It was incredibly hard to turn the steering wheel and I almost turned the vehicle into oncoming traffic. The car has low mileage on it. When I took the car to the dealer, he said I needed to replace the power steering motor and the column had to be replaced with it. This appears to be a manufacture defect in the vehicle but again I had to pay out of pocket for the repairs. It was a costly repair.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 152013

G6 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Started car and power steering warning light came on and a chime sound and power steering was gone. When I researched found that many G6 models have been recalled with same problem. Repair will be for part in electrical model for power steering and part in steering column. When researched found many items regarding recall on G6 models up to 2008 with exactly the same problems. Repair cost will run over $12000. My car is a 2009 with only 55,000 miles. I do not believe I should be having this problem with this low mileage.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 292012

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


When turning at slower speeds and tighter cornering a squeaking noise is heard from the steering column. Also when pushing and pulling on the steering wheel the squeaking noise is heard. Had similar issue on 2003 Pontiac. Seems they would have corrected it in 6 years.told by dealership on 2003 Pontiac that it was grease pack issue and needed replacing. Very expensive to fix.

- Linden, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 302012

G6 4-cyl

  • 51,727 miles
I was stopped at a red light waiting to make a right turn, when I went to turn the power steering was gone. Took to a garage, code C0545 was found, garage re-calibrated the system. Then on 2/4/2012 the power steering went out completely again while attempting to turn around. The wheel is extremely difficult to turn, and vibrates when attempting to turn the steering wheel. The steering wheel on straight road has play in it also once the power steering is gone. This is an extremely scary situation, and my 16 year old daughter drives this car periodically.

- South Vienna, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 262011

G6 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Power steering fails when making a sharp turn, like in a drive through or driveway. Since October there has been 3 separate times this has happened.

- Charlotte , NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 122009


  • 6 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering would continuously fail sporadically and when first starting the vehicle, there was an abnormal noise from the engine area. The dealer replaced the threading in the steering column twice to no avail and the dealer never gave the contact a reason for the failure. The dealer also attempted to detect the engine noise but was unable to diagnose what was causing the noise. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 6 and the current mileage was 44,000.

- Wappinguis Fals, NY, USA

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