NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,750 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

problem #4

Sep 062014

G6 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


While driving my ignition shut off. I lost control of the car, having no steering. I had to come to a complete stop on a busy highway and restart the car. It was very alarming and dangerous.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 142011


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, another driver alerted that the brake light illuminated even though the brake pedal was not depressed. Additionally, the ignition key became stuck and released after numerous attempts. The cruise control and traction control were also inoperable. There was a recall related to the failure associated with NHTSA campaign id number 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the body control module was replaced. Three months after the vehicle was repaired the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Richmond , KY, USA

problem #2

Mar 152009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving at approximately 50-55 mph and attempting a turn, the steering began abnormally jerking. The contact would continue to turn the steering wheel in order to correct the failure. In addition, when starting the vehicle she would have to continue to play with the key in the ignition switch before the vehicle would start. When driving at speeds of at least 60 mph, the vehicle would exhibit excessive shaking. The dealer replaced the rooters, tires, brakes and performed a wheel alignment. The dealer was unable to duplicate the steering failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 90,000.

- Ewing, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 062005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
- the contact stated that the steering seizes intermittently on his 2005 Pontiac GT. The failure speed has varied, however, he could tell when the steering wheel was about to seize because the steering wheel would vibrate and shift to the left on its own. The failure mileage was 13,000 miles. The steering light would come on after the failure. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer a total of three times because of the steering problems. The dealer could not find anything wrong with the vehicle. The key became stuck in the ignition, the dealer replaced the ignition. The repair invoice did not state that the ignition was replaced. The vehicle operated without incident for 2-3 months. The contact is now experiencing the same failure. The contact has the repair invoices.

- Woburn, MA, USA

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