NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,036 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 #4

Dec 012008

G6 65-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph the vehicle lost power steering. She mentioned that this was the second time the failure happened. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the power steering and module failed. The manufacturer was notified and refused to provide any assistance since they had done so once before. The failure mileage was 91,000 and current mileage was 148,000. Updated 03/24/11 the consumer stated the engine and rotors had to be replaced.

- Beacon , NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 242006

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,900 miles
The brakes on my 2005 Pontiac G6 pulse when applied, especially going down hill. The car was taken in for service July 2006 with only 7,900 miles on it. Both the rear and front rotors were machined and pulsing stopped. The pulsing began again around may of 2007. The car was then inspected in August 2007 and the rear brakes failed to pass inspection at 11,400 miles. The rear brake pads and rotors both needed replaced. Shortly after those were replaced the brakes began pulsing again and the front rotors had to be machined again in December 2007 with only 12,000 miles on the car. There seems to be a problem with the rotors rusting and I have had to put $600 into brakes for this car with less than 13,000 miles on it.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 232007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car has had numerous problems from not starting to having the brakes replaced every 3,000 miles. Dealer has been good about taking care of repairs and maintenance but I feel that this car has been nothing but a problem from the day I picked it up. I am at 27,000 miles and on at least my 9th set of brakes/rotors. It also has what I now refer to as the GM sputter start. If it does start it sometimes doesn't start on the first try and sometimes catches and sputters before it starts. Hate this car.

- Camden, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 172006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,245 miles
: the contact stated while depressing the brake pedal the vehicle vibrates violently. The rotors and pads have been replaced six times in one year. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who determined the rotors are warping. The brakes and rotors were first replaced under warranty 5-25-05. The brakes and rotors were recently changed three weeks ago. The vehicle is currently at the dealership awaiting the repairs again.

- Blowing Rock, NC, USA

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