NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock: Control Unit/Module 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,100 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 #2

Mar 022009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 65 mph, the driver attempted to apply the brakes, but the brake pedal extended to the floor. The vehicle did not come to a complete stop, but it did slow down gradually. The contact felt that the brakes were not working properly. The dealer found that the brake caliper wore down into the rear driver's side rotor and brake pads and caused a release of brake fluid. The mechanic repaired all the defects on the wheel. Soon after the repairs, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the shop and the mechanic stated that the ABS module unit failed and was beginning to affect the front brakes. The mechanic replaced the module and the failure ceased. The contact believes that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect. The current and failure mileages were 33,000. Updated 04/21/09. The left rear cliper seized. The ABS unit was faulty. Updated 04/21/09.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 292006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,200 miles
I leased a brand new Pontiac G6 in September 2005, on January 29, 2005 the ABS module burnt up and caught on fire, burnt the ABS system and half of the cars electrical wiring in the wiring harness. The fire department had to be called to put the fire out, they stated if I waited any longer the car would have been totaled. The dealership has had the car for a month now, they tell me they can fix the car but parts are and to quote the service department, " the part is on super galactic back order". my 16 year old is now afraid to drive the car, and frankly so am I. GM will not replace the car, or extend the warranty for the life of lease. I am considering contacting the BBB, and a lawyer.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

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