NHTSA — Structure Problems

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,362 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 #5

Sep 202014

G6 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles


Both sides of the panoramic sun roof has come unattached and leaked in my floor on multiple occasions and is very distracting getting dripped on and will eventually cause a wreck. Worst car ever!!!!! also the brakes are terrible. I've done so much work myself to my brakes and had shops do some too because I cannot afford to replace the [xxx] through a shop ever 6 mo. My passenger side rotor locked up for no reason 2 diff. Shops couldn't find a reason. The bleeding process is ridiculous and the brakes do not last more than 4-6 mo tops no matter how you brake on them. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wabash, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 012010

G6 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
2005 Pontiac G6 - water pours from the interior lights splashing the inside of the car and driver which is as unexpected as a child running in front of a vehicle. The sudden downpour may cause the driver to loose control of the vehicle when they look up to see where the water is coming from.. nobody was injured in my incident however, the water is coming from the drain tubes from the top of the car which have a tendancy to become disconnected. I am told this is not considered a safety hazard but a driver does not expect to be suddenly soaked by water when driving a car and can cause the driver to become reckless which may cause damage or injury to a vehicle or a person if it has not already. This is a common problem and needs to seriously considered as a safety hazard. Other than the safety hazard that it is, it also causes the interior of the car to be completely destroyed from mold and/or mildew needing complete replacement. The dealers are very much aware of the problem but yet I have taken my car in twice and because it wasn't leaking at the time, the could not see a problem. Mind you the back floorboard and seat were completely soaked from 8 gallons of water which had been sucked out of the car prior to driving it to the dealership.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 102010


  • 75,800 miles
Both the driver & rear passenger have water damage due to a faulty mfgd sunroof. It leaks when it rains and when I contacted GM they said that they cannot cover the diagnostic charge for the vehicle inspection.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Sep 302005


  • miles
On our 2005 Pontiac GT 6, during most daylight driving conditions, the instrument panel is so difficult to read that, at times, it is impossible to tell how fast one is traveling. Sometimes, it takes a second or more to make it out. Rarely, it is easily readable. We think that the extra time needed to discern one's speed, if it can be determined at all, could easily lead to an accident. The gas gauge and coolant temperature gauges are even more difficult to make out, but that does not represent as serious a problem as failing to be able to read one's speed. If the ability existed to turn on the instrument panel lighting, the problem would be eliminated.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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