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NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,250 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.

2005 Pontiac GTO steering problems

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2005 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 172015


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac GTO. While driving 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and was very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle began to leak oil and was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power fluid line fractured and the rocking pinion nut needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 022013

GTO 8-cyl

  • 12,001 miles
When I put my key into the ignition, it froze. I couldn't turn the key. I couldn't move the car. The ignition was locked up. I tried just replacing the ignition cylinder, but that did not work. I had to have the entire steering column replaced. It cost $1371.67 to get this car fixed due to no fault of my own. I have researched this issue and it seems that on the week my vehicle was in the shop, 3 other Pontiac were in the same shop, for the exact same issue. Upon doing more research online, I have found that numerous people are experiencing this exact issue. Due to no fault of my own and due to insufficient faulty parts in the ignition, I had to have this repaired. I had to have my car towed because you can not move this car or put it in neutral to get the vehicle to move otherwise. Funny how it failed 2 months after my warranty expired! how is this fair that their part failed and yet they are taking to responsibility for this? this was a very expensive fix! please recall the Pontiac ignitions! so I am out almost $1500. Bad call GM!

- Fort Riley, KS, USA

problem #2

Oct 202010

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac GTO. While driving approximately 62 mph, the vehicle unexpectedly swerved towards the right and crashed into another vehicle. The contact and the driver of the other vehicle suffered personal injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired; however, the contact stated the failure was related to the steering. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 01/12/11 updated 01/14/11 pictures received 01/27/11 prior to the accident, the rear differential failed internally, and the power steering hose was leaking. Updated 04/15/11

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 282010

GTO 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
This is a daily problem with the 2005 Pontiac GTO having its both front tires rub against the inside shocks during driving. The tire installed ni the car are exactly what is recommended. I am not the only one facing this issue. All the other owners have the same issue. This could result in an accident as the tire rub increases during a turn or braking. Constant rub could lead to tire damage and burat during highway driving. I have all the tires aligned rotated and balanced also. The problem does not get resolve, Pontiac serviceman say it is a fault in the car..

- Columbus, OH, USA

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