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NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,500 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.

2008 Pontiac G8 steering problems

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2008 Pontiac G8 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 092016


  • 54,500 miles


My automatic locks on my 2008 Pontiac G6 quit working on the back doors. My hazard light button will go on but will not shut off when you shut it off. And most importantly, my power steering light on my radio comes on. It has flashed off once and then the other day, it came on and stayed on until I shut my car off. I hear a squeal also that is getting worse. And the other day I went to go up a hill coming out of town and it made a weird noise; I left off the gas and it quit. It only has 54,500 miles or so on it.

- Brookville, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 182014


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G8. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and the contact lost control of the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into the median strip and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V540000 (electrical system), but the part was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012014


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G8. While driving approximately 50 mph around a curve, the steering wheel seized and caused the vehicle to crash into a tree. The air bags deployed. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained a cut around the left eye which required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Sidon , MS, USA

problem #4

Sep 012013


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle jerked from left to right. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that there was a shortage in the steering wheel. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Greenbay, WI, USA

problem #3

Apr 192011


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G8. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, he heard a clanking noise in the steering column. The contact also stated that whenever the brakes were applied, the vehicle would pull toward the left or right. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to an authorized dealer to have the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to a dealer. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 232010

G8 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I first noticed this last year when I went to NY for thanksgiving. Everytime I turned to the left my car would shimmy and shake, I was told I was missing a weight on my rim so I didn't think anything of it. As the year went on it would only happen every so often and at times would do it at all. It started to act up again but wouldn't stop and even stepping on my brakes would cause it. I brought it to a local shop and they advised that my ball joints were shot and to bring it to a dealer. So I did this and then the dealership then tells me that my ball joints are shot, which then ruined my rotors (brakes are fine) and that my hub bearings could also be ruined. With that being said they said I needed 3 more tires...I've already went through 9 of them. When I talked to the guy at the first shop he said that I only need one tire and the rest are fine so not sure why the dealership would tell me this. It was over $1,000 to fix everything not including my tires so I brought it to the local shop whom said they could order the parts and have the job done for less than $600 (no including the one tire which is $170). I contacted GM about this due to seeing bulletin's posted on here for the same issues with this car but they wouldn't help or give me an inch and basically left it in my lap and said you have to take care of it. I have also found out that the parts for my car are getting low and that when GM runs out of them they will not be making anymore. Not all of this car has after market parts. As of right now just the rotors do and the windshield wipers have to be ordered as well. I was disappointed in GM service because the first guy I talked to said it was a faulty part then the next guy who took over the case said it wasn't.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #1

May 312011

G8 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Vehicle was making a crunch like noise while driving over the least little bump. I was on my way to a doc appointment 45 minutes from home and immediately called the dealer where I purchased the vehicle. I dropped the vehicle off the same evening for service the next day. The service department called to tell me I had bad ball joints and they did not have them in stock so I would have to wait another day for the repairs. I asked if I could pick the car up until they got the parts and they told me it was dangerous to drive it. The car had only 42,000 and the ball joints were not covered under warranty. I phoned GM to tell them about my problem and they informed me that this was not a big enough issue for a recall. So perhaps if I hadn't acted immediately the outcome could have been life threatening and maybe then it would have been a big enough issue. I ended up paying $778 for the repair. Please do not let someone die before GM has to recall this problem.

- Elkton, MD, USA

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