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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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,760 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 G6 body / paint problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 192007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


I own a 2005 Pontiac G-6 with about 60,000 miles. Bought the car used and have only put about 10,000 miles on it. It has a panoramic sunroof that was working fine for about 6 months and all of a sudden gets stuck. My first panel is open.. wants to work but looks out of line with the other panels. Took it to the dealership and they say that it is "coming apart" and they have to replace it. I don't have an ext warranty so im quoted $1,400 to replace the whole thing. Went to another place they say that same thing, I have to replace it. I am about to get this thing fixed for about $ 800 or so for a used one. Just recently I spent $700 replacing my steering column due to power steering failure. I have had the car for less than 1 yr and I have had problem after problem with it ! I hate this car and plan on trading it in soon....

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 172005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Too many complaints to write them all up, here are a few: Engine makes metal grinding "whooshing" noise independent from acceleration-dealer cannot replicate, warped rotors-dealer wanted over $1,000 to fix, have had radio replaced 5 times due to disc errors-dealer keeps replacing, had steering rack and water pump replaced at 30,000 miles-dealer covered, sensor that turns on lights went-dealer replaced, power steering problems, hard to turn and rough, but no "lock-ups" like others have had(thankfully)-dealer cannot replicate, had drivers side front panel sunroof drain clog, water soaked front carpet(3 inches of water)-dealer fixed but left me with a moldy carpet!, engine flutters/stutters to a start on random-dealer has no answer for me, trunk lid was scraping rear bumper due to latches being tightened wrong-dealer fixed, headlamp full of condensation-dealer fixed, car ridiculously bad in the rain and snow, stability control makes loud grinding noises and causes the car to buck, replaced tires with snow tires, still bad-dealer has no answer for me, large deep scratch across windshield right in the line of view from Contour oem windshield wipers, dealer said too bad. Those are just a few, I cant remember them all, this car is such a lemon. Im sticking with Toyota from now on! I learned my lesson!

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
2005 Pontiac G6 GT: Within the first year of ownership, we had the vehicle into the dealership twice for a leaking panoramic roof. The second time it leaked, the dash shorted out. Then at about 36,000 miles we started hearing popping noises when steering at low speeds. At around 42,000 miles the popping noises got significantly worse. It was at this point, we decided to take the vehicle back to the dealership for service. The man at the service desk seemed to know right away what was wrong with the vehicle without even diagnosing it. He told us that he had seen this problem in a lot of G6S. I asked him if it was something to worry about and he said no. He told me it would cost $550 to fix it and that the cost would be on me as I was out of warranty on mileage. After I returned home I decided to do some surfing on the internet to see if anyone else was experiencing G6 steering issues. I found page after page of people experiencing similar steering issues. In fact, I noticed that the NHTSA was even investigating GM for G6 power steering failure affecting some 176K vehicles. Frankly, this scared me to death! so much so, that the very next day I went down to the local Honda dealership and traded in the G6 for a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L (5-star rating). I took it in the shorts on the trade-in, but I cannot tell you how happy I am to get rid of this nightmare! parting question: Since when is "power steering failure" not worthy of a recall. Shame on GM!

- Brigham City, UT, USA

problem #1

Jan 052005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
Open rear window or windows at speed of 40 mph and above creates a safety problem as the noise from the rear of the car becomes so intense that you either have to close the window or stop the car. The noise sounds like a rotar on a helicopter and the faster you go over 40 the louder it becomes and your hearing becomes so bad you must stop or put window back up. Ir reported this to GM and they told me its the nature of the beast totally unacceptable answer.

- Macungie, PA, USA

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