2009 Pontiac G5 drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,158 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Pontiac G5 drivetrain problems

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2009 Pontiac G5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 192016


  • 90,000 miles


For the last couple months the check air bag light comes on and won't go off. I took to dealership and they said that they have no recall information on it. Not sure where to go after that. Also I had a recall for transmission and they said its not the recall. My transmission went out. So that cost a lot of money out of my pocket. Just wondering where to go from here?

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 132014


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that the gear selector failed to correctly display the current gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the shift lever needed to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09V073000 (power train) but the dealer indicated that this was not a safety issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- North Olmstead, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 012011

G5 4-cyl

  • 59,474 miles
I was presented with the unsafe condition of being unable to turn the key in my ignition to shut off the vehicle. I attempted turning the key to the off position and it would not move. I repeatedly shifted the car from park to drive and turned the steering wheel in an attempt to loosen the key. My attempts also included enlisting the help of my wife to make sure I was trying to shut the car off correctly. After 30 minutes of idling in the driveway, I pulled the fuel pump relay to starve the vehicle of fuel and it shut off with the key still stuck in the run position. I then disconnected the battery to shut off the lights. I had a spare set of keys so I locked the car doors in my driveway with the keys still in the ignition. The following morning, I called my employer and notified them I would be unable to get to work. I then unlocked the doors with my spare keys, reconnected the battery, and took my car to martin Chevrolet in saginaw, Michigan. Upon arriving I was again unable to shut the vehicle off and it idled while I was checked in. She informed me that this was a common problem with the Chevrolet cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles. Faced with no other option but to have my vehicle fixed, I paid the dealership to replace the cylinder (02188-pck) and provide me with a new key. The unsafe condition of being unable to shut off a running vehicle is unacceptable. I have done several searches online and this appears to be a common problem with Chevy cobalts and Pontiac G5 vehicles. GM has also released a technical service bulletin (#09-02-35-005B) reporting this problem for vehicles produced before April 2009. They have also released a newly designed ignition lock cylinder to eliminate this problem and I believe it should be fixed under their powertrain warranty or a recall.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

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