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NHTSA — Suspension Problems

2006 Pontiac GTO (Page 1 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,788 miles

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2006 Pontiac GTO suspension problems

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2006 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Jul 152014


  • 41,707 miles


I have a 2006 GTO that was making a loud humming noise between 20 and 50 mph after a 5,600 mile road trip which turned out to be premature tread wear on the inside edge (approx. 2" width) of each tire, with the remaining tread on each tire exhibiting normal wear. These were stock-size, 2 year-old dunlop direzza DZ101 tires on the stock 17" wheels with 18,276 miles on them. After seeing this I checked the tires that came with the car that I kept for originality and they exhibited wear on the inside tread as well; it was just not as noticeable. I bought new tires, had the dealer perform a 4 wheel alignment check and everything was in specification. Since the dealer could not offer a solution I started checking online and noticed that other people have had this same issue. I then emailed GM priority care and they responded by saying the tires were at fault since they were not original to the car and that GM would take no responsibility for this problem, even though I gave supporting documentation from other people, along with evidence of the same wear on the original tires. I then discovered that the suspension on these cars have quite a bit of negative camber built-in and that the camber is not field adjustable, so the only solution is to replace the suspension with aftermarket parts at great expense that allow camber adjustment. Finally, I emailed GM priority care again, explained the negative camber issue to them and asked them which tires I should put on the car to prevent this from happening again (the stock tires are no longer made), but they did not respond. So now I must dismount the tires at every rotation to even-out the wear and hopefully prevent premature failure. As a side note, GM refuses to address the situation with my car in any capacity even though it is still under the extended gmpp major guard warranty until July 2016!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #53

May 072009

GTO 8-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
My tires on my 2006 GTO are wearing on the inside of the tire and blowing out my tire it appears to be rubbing on the struts I have replaced the tires and had alignments done and the new tires are doing the same thing it is a very dangerous situation with a car blowing out a front tire like this I almost caused a sever accident.

- Post Falls , ID, USA

problem #52

Jan 092011

GTO 8-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
I wish to know why NHTSA did not have a recall of Pontiac GTO's for the years 2004, 2005, and 2006..when 200+ complaints were filed about front suspension and extreme tire wear..

- Bartow, FL, USA

problem #51

Aug 162010


  • 24,500 miles


Hello, I would like to send you a complaint concerning the safety of my vehicle. I own a 2006 Pontiac GTO. My car currently has under 25K miles on it and I have already had two sets of tires blow out on me due to inner tire wear. I have owned my car for less then 1.5 years and I have put under 19K miles on it. As far as I know, I am not the GTO owner with these problems. I have been told that the issue which is causing these tire problems has to do with bad suspension. I beg you to help by having GM contact GTO owners and put a recall on these cars. How can GM get away this? the first time my tire blow out I figured the tire was bad B/C the car was a couple of years old even though it only had 5xxx miles on it. The second time I had a blow out, I was with a loved and nearly hit a telephone pole after I avoided hitting an on coming car. My tires are rotated regularly and my alignment is set just as often. This issue is very dangerous and I beg for your support, I do not feel safe in my car and this should not be the case. Thank you for your time and please please help.

- Wyckoff, NJ, USA

problem #50

Mar 312010


  • 14,000 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac GTO with just over 14,000 miles on the odometer. I was getting an oil change done and the car was up on a lift. My mechanic told me that I need to come look at something. He showed me that the inside of my right rear tire was worn to the point that the steel belts were showing through the tire. He also pointed out that the insides of my other tires were showing wear but not near as badly as the right rear tire. He stated to me that the only cause of this was to get an alignment. I had the alignment checked by an alignment shop that tells me that the alignment is in factory specifications. I had to pay for four new tires at discount tire company here in phoenix. I have done searches on the internet and many other GTO owners are having the same issues I am having. Pontiac needs to research this and recall these vehicles if necessary. Something is very wrong here.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #49

Nov 152008


  • 20,000 miles
No abnormal event led to failures; context was normal driving. Failures were front suspension components; prematurely worn (1) strut rod bushings (I.e., radius rod bushings), (2) strut mount bushings, (3) lower control arm bushings, & (4) end link bushings. The consequences of (I.e., symptoms caused by) combination of 1, 2 & 3 were excessive, irregular, out-of-spec movements in, & wandering of, front suspension & steering components & front tires (which are connected to suspension/steering components)--both in camber & castor--as evidenced by (a) excessive negative camber, which caused (A1) premature inner tire wear, (B) excessive movement or vibration in front wheels, which caused (B1) some inner front tire contact with front struts, & (C) significantly reduced control, & increased instability, of car on road. Front tires are secured to car by triangulation of three major suspension components: Front strut (secured to strut tower through strut mount bushing & bearing), strut rod (secured to front of engine cradle through strut rod bushings), & lower control arm (secured to side of engine cradle through lower control arm bushings), each of which experienced failure. Servicing dealer replaced, under manufacturers warranty, strut rod bushings, strut mount bushings, bearings, & hardware, lower control arm bushings (& lower control arms, since comes as an assembly), & end link bushings (have photos of collapsed, crowned strut mount bushings). Not replace tires or pro-rate. However, GM's replacement with oem parts does not correct underlying problem of poor quality/design oem suspension parts. Substantial out-of-spec movements in geometry of front suspension components in 04-06 Gtos serious safety issue not appropriately addressed by GM or ntsb (ntsb action #PE07010). Appropriate solution is safety recall 04-06 Gtos to replace front strut mount bushings & radius rod bushings w/high quality, heavy-duty parts (e.g., $350 part number gtotirerubpack at

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #48

Jun 172008


  • 27,000 miles


2006 Pontiac GTO engine failure at 15,000 miles. Front suspension pulls to the left, with tremendous vibration from the steering wheel at highway speeds, vehicle will not hold an alignment. Braking is harsh with further front end vibrations, occasional squealing and drifting from left to right before coming to a complete stop. Can hear the collapsing noise of the compressed strut towers, along with some inner wheel strut rub. The presence of mechanical knocking and popping noise with the vehicle sitting still and just turning the steering wheel from right to left and left to right. Rear suspension sagging on the passenger side, rolling over uneven road surfaces causes collapsing of right rear shocks and spring to rub the right rear tire. Normal acceleration from a stop with a full tank of fuel, the rear end bottoms out rubbing the right rear tire. Placing the vehicle in gear from a stop, causes the rear end to drop some 2 - 3 inches. Can hear the sound of a blown shock knocking and clanking on certain road surfaces, hard to duplicate for service manager at dealership. Vehicle has been with the dealership for seven days straight, dealership refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem. GM customer service regional manager has been extremely helpful in seeking out a resolution to fix the problem. No accidents as of yet? dealership stands by lead mechanic, stating that the vehicles suspension is within GM specification, and that the fault is with the fitment of aftermarket wheels and tires. I began complaining about the issue at about 18,000 mi, with factory setup still installed. The vehicle know is at 27,000 mi with after market wheels and tires on for 1,200 mi. Dealership is completely aware of this change and when.

- Playa Vista, CA, USA

problem #47

Nov 212008


  • 16,800 miles
The car had been taken to the dealer in March 2008 regarding an issue of the front tires rubbing against the struts. The dealer identified the problem as an alignment issue and made a correction, however the excessive wear on the inside edges of the tires was not addressed. The excessive wear is not a tire defect and is a direct result of strut rub and alignment. Even when within alignment specs the excessive wear on the inside edges of the tires continues. At the time, in March, the front tires were rotated to the rear. In November the right rear tire, previously left front which had rubbed the strut, began to shred while driving 60 mph. The tire did not go flat. The inside edge of the rubber peeled away from the tire in a 1/2 inch wide strip, exposing the steel belt. I am concerned that the other rear tire, previously right front, is about to do the same. I took the car to the dealer again and the dealer acknowledged the problem but said that because the alignment is within specs it is not a warranty issue. The dealer did offer to replace the one shredded tire at the expense of the dealership, but would not replace the other worn tire. The dealer also offered to recheck and adjust the front alignment because the front tires were again showing signs of premature wear on the inside edges. This is not a tire defect and is not normal wear and tear. This is a manufacturing and design issue that needs to be addressed by GM as many people are having the same problem. I want to be able to drive a car that I feel safe in, and this car has an increased risk of blowouts due to this problem. GM not only needs to replace tires, it needs to determine how to solve the alignment/strut rub problem to prevent new tires from excessive and premature wear.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #46

Sep 102008


  • 11,500 miles
2006 Pontiac GTO with 11,500 miles. The inside tread was worn to the belts on all four tires. The rest of the tread looked in good shape. If it weren't for a flat the wear would not have been noticed and I would have run the tires until there was a blowout. These tires had been rotated twice by the dealer without a comment on the tread wear.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #45

Sep 102008


  • 30,000 miles
2006 Pontiac GTO tires worn down to chord on inbard sides - despite alignment and regular tire rotation. Suspension bushings the consistencies of "gummy bears" were replaced with aftermarket replacements along with new tires. Radius rod bushings have not been replaced at this time. This allows the tires to vary alignment during braking. Bushings and one pair of tires are available.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #44

Jul 312007


  • 16,000 miles


Pontiac GTO 2006. 1st incident happened with approx 4,950 miles on car. Front passenger tire blew out when I had just got off interstate (thank god). That was "fixed" by dealership after my car was parked in my driveway for approx 3 weeks while dealership got the specs from GM to re-align the front of my car. 2nd incident happened at over 16,000 miles. Pulled over after hearing a noise. Back passenger tire was severed and a long piece had hit my fender wheel alerting me to the fact before the tire blew out completely. After looking at the other back tire - I found it had similar wear pattern. Both were warn on the inside of the tire. Dealership told me this was caused from a alignment problem that had been there since the beginning. I am now scared to drive my car! who knows what will happen in another 16,000 miles.

- Stamping Ground, KY, USA

problem #43

Mar 132008

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
2 time tire failure on my 2006 Pontiac GTO, for the second time within the 1st 36,000 miles my Pontiac GTO has front tires shredding. These are the manufacture tires. Last time GM bought me 4 new tires but did not fix the problem causing them to shred. My warranty is almost up and I don't want to have to deal with this problem for safety reasons and also because of the expense of buying new tires everytime they are cut by they suspension. Please help with this, I know that there are numerous complaints out there about this problem. I've seen several stories about this issue.

- Bryceville, FL, USA

problem #42

Nov 222007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
While driving down the freeway the inside edge of the right front tire was sliced off by the strut which rubs against the tire. Almost lost control on the freeway. The tire was sliced down to the metal cords. The other tires also show the same unusual wear pattern. It is hard to notice this unique tire wear because it is on the hidden inside edge. I found out after this happened, it is a common problem on the 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO. Someone is going to get killed by this defect someday.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #41

Apr 212007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,186 miles
2006 Pontiac GTO blown right-front strut (at approx. 3180 miles) flatbed towed to dealership burns Pontiac -GMC truck, Inc. 500 w rte 70 marlton, NJ 08053 phone: 856-983-6060 fax: 856-983-4770.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #40

Jan 012007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
Tire rubbing on front strut - had to replace tires and strut and get front end alignment.

- Leonard, MI, USA

problem #39

Oct 092006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 570 miles
Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac GTO passenger side radius rod bushing failed after less than 600 miles. Only noticed due to oil leaking from the bushing. I believe the drivers side bushing failed as well, but could not prove it. General condition of the two bushings was the same with indication the oil had already leaked out, but did not see the oil leak.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #38

Feb 212007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18 miles
Worn tire tread with only 20,000 miles, had to pay for alignment and parts. Was told these cars needed to have an alignment every 6 months.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #37

Dec 262006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,257 miles
2006 Pontiac GTO - right front (passenger side) tire making contact with strut. There is a groove being worn into the tire. Car has factory 17" tires, car has 1,200 miles. This is a problem that has been well documented to GM. This can cause a tire failure and potential injury/death.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #36

Sep 102006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 875 miles
Both front struts leaking oil on 06 GTO at 875 miles. Due to concern of leaking oil contaminating front brake pads and concern for safe operation, said vehicle has been parked/taken out of service until further instructions from dealer. No replacement parts available as of this date.

- Westford, MA, USA

problem #35

Aug 102006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,426 miles
Drivers side front strut leaking oil. Front sway bar end link bushings assembled on drivers side wrong. Washer on lower bushing was installed on top of bushing instead of below allowing bushing to fall away from sway bar.

- Tigard, OR, USA

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