NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 4 of 4)

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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:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,951 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 electrical problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #7

Aug 102007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


My wife was almost killed yesterday when the steering locked up at 50mph+ while driving down the road. She has complained of steering issues/noises/control in the past, but never had it lock up completely. The car was still running, was difficult to stop, and she was almost hit by two different vehicles. This is the last of double digit issues with this vehicle. I will not take it back from the dealership. When the tow truck showed up the steering light went off and worked again.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jan 152007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic start on vehicle failed to work. Took car to dealership, they stated they needed to order a part. When the part was in, returned to dealership to have it installed. Left the location, the automatic start turned on the car. When I returned home that evening and was ready to go out again, the automatic start turned on the car but failed to remain on for more than 5 minutes. Later on in the same evening, the automatic start failed to turn on the vehicle, but did turn on the lock lights. Returned to the dealership where they stated the car started with no problem. Left dealership and car refused to start by automatic start. Returned again to dealership where mechanic witnessed the automatic start failure. They again tested it, and once again, the vehicle turned on for only a few minutes. The dealership said they spoke with technical support, and technical support advised it was probably cell phone interference. I'm apparently stuck with it working that way, however, I turned off my cell phone to start the vehicle w/ automatic start and it still failed to do so.

- Montgomery, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 052006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


Sometime when vehicle is started the engine drags and is slow to turn over.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

Jul 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
When turning the ignition to start the vehicle, the vehicle does not start right away. It sounds like it does not want to start, or won't turn over, following which it does eventually start. It has not failed to start the vehicle as of yet, however it has done this several dozen times (probably at least once a week)since I have had the vehicle in the past year. I have mentioned the problem to the dealer, but they are never able to recreate the problem, so nothing has been done to fix this problem.

- Standish, MI, USA

problem #2

May 012005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Electrical. The information/radio/temp reading malfunctions and resets itself. The temperature reading will stay at 77 degrees for hours (when temp is other than that). While listening to a cd, and hitting the eject button - display reads "no disc". radio will reset all stations and time. Radio display will flash lines or not even come on at times. Occasionally, in warm weather, on initial start up, RPM and engine will rev close to 2000 RPM. Back lighting for comfort controls have changed from red light to orange. ** the electrical problems, in my opinion, go further than radio information, but apparently to the function of temperature control while starting the car - as stated in warm weather 85 degrees, it start as if temp is 20 degrees out. This has been in for service 3 times. Two times the radio with the information display was replaced and another occasion the temp sensor was replaced. Problem continues.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 202005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
My 2005 Pontiac G6's driver's side sun visor had an electrical short which caused smoke to come from the headliner area. The dealership has had my vehicle since then and have been waiting for a part to come in. The dealer suspects that this is not an isolated incident due to them not being able to find a replacement part. I suspect that this incident could have started a serious fire.

- Lyndhurst, OH, USA

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