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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:
74,600 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

body / paint problem

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 142008


  • 74,600 miles


The seal on my panoramic roof leaked during a torrential downpour. I did not drive the car for a few days because of having surgery. 2 days after the rain storm when I opened my car I found an inch of water covering the floor and mold covering most of the interior. Mold was also located inside the air conditioning system when turned on. The heated seats were ruined as were any electrical devices inside the car. All personal items and infant seat were also ruined. I am still waiting to hear what is going to be done. They are trying to convince me it can be cleaned, but with the amount of mold and my existing asthma it is a detriment to my health to be inside the vehicle. I also have an infant which cannot come into the vehicle at all because of said mold. I still don't know after contacting GM if they will fix the problem or if I need to scrap the car. This is the second problem I have had, however the first involved the brake rotors grinding too quickly and causing the car to shake violently when braking at any speed. I have had to have the brakes done at least every 3 months to correct the problem for the past 2 and a half years.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

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