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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2005 G6 has a major defect trend with electronic power-assisted steering failure. The power steering cuts out while driving, making it extremely difficult to steer. G6 owners typically report spending $600 - $1,200+ to fix the problem, replacing either the entire steering column or the power assist motor.

In March 2010, GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles for this exact problem "...after receiving 1,100 complaints of power steering failures." However the 2005 G6 wasn't included in that recall.

In July 2010, GM issued a "Special Coverage Adjustment" — TSB #10183 — covering "certain" (not all) 2005, 2006 & 2008 Pontiac G6's for power steering problems, up to 10 years/100k miles.

As of early 2013 the NHTSA had 300+ steering complaints on file for the 2005 G6, with 12 crashes & 4 injuries. The NHTSA closed their initial investigation in 2007, having determined that losing your power steering going over 15-20 mph isn't a big deal & that most crashes occurred at slow speeds, so not a safety risk. Ridiculous? Yep, we think so too.

The 2005 G6 also has an expensive problem with "popping" or "clunking" noises when turning, & that issue extends to newer model years as well.

Factor in the 2005 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
480,010 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.

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 302005

G6 6-cyl

  • 480,010 miles


I took a lease over of a 2005 G6 less than a year ago. I have had nothing but problems with it from the very beginning. A lot of times it doesn't start just sputters repeatedly. Took it in to get it checked out of course they say they can't find anything wrong. Right after we got the car we had to have the brakes replaced and also there was a clunking noise. Had to have both right and left front struts replaced. Clunking noise still had not gone away, everytime I take it in I complain of the clunking and eachtime they say it is due to something else that needs to be replaced. Have had a pulsation problem when brakes applied. Power steering went on it quite a few times, had it replaced and has done it since. The rearview mirror snapped right off when being adjusted. Visor cover snapped off. Door lock knob snapped off. Most of the work we have had done was covered by warranty. The warranty is now up and the right ball bearing now needs to be replaced which is why I hear clunking is what I was told. How come it is always something different causing the clunking noise? is going to cost around $500 to fix. What a piece of junk. We will never buy another North american made piece of Jun again!!!

- Tilbury, 00, USA

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