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2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 2)

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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:
34,532 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 (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Apr 282006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle shook violently while braking from 70 mph down to a complete stop. The shaking began in the steering wheel and continued until the entire vehicle vibrated. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where it was determined that the front rotors were very warped. The dealer machined and resurfaced the rotors, but the problems persisted.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 282005


  • 3,476 miles
Consumer Pontiac G6 made a rattling noise in the front suspension. ***** the vehicle was taken to the dealer who insulated the fuel filler tube. The rattle was decreased but still noticeable. The dealer then suggested the consumer have the steering rack replaced. The rack was replaced on 7/6/05. The noise continued and this time the dealer replaced the power steering gear assembly and steering column assembly. The noise returned and the dealer resurfaced both front rotors, completed the lateral runout check and installed brake alignment shims behind both front rotors. Four months later the noise returned. This time the dealer resurfaced the rotors and replaced the pads. The consumer is concerned about all the repairs.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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