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2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 3)

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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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,331 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 1 of 3)

problem #46

Jan 062016


  • 142,000 miles


Low-beam headlight bulb keeps burning out and bulb harness is melting. Have bought at least 5 plus bulbs and installed. It did this once on the left side low-beam and now it's habitually the right side low-beam headlight bulb and harness.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #45

May 012015


  • 123,134 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign numbers: 09V039000 (exterior lighting), 14V252000 (electrical system, exterior lighting, services brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the failure persisted weeks later. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 123,134.

- Freeland, MI, USA

problem #44

Dec 012015


  • 93,760 miles
I have been having an issue with the right rear brake light and signal light on this vehicle for about 3 months. The signal light may or may not blink twice, then goes off. The brake light might come on for as long as 10 seconds when you apply the brake. I changed the bulbs, to no avail. I even purchased a new wiring harness. My mechanic believes it is the brake light control module. I know there is a recall on this vehicle for this. I contacted byford Buick/GMC here in chickasha, okla. To do the recall. This dealer has a history of taking a customers car in for recall, then telling the customer the recall didn't actually fix the problem and running up a huge bill. When I dropped the vehicle off for the brake lamp malfunction recall, I was very specific that they only do the recall, and nothing more. They called two days later and said the car was ready. When we picked it up, the brake lamp was still not working. They said they only fixed the recall, I said that was what the recall notice was for, what did you replace. The service manager tim said he did not know what the repair was, however they could check it out for $112 an hour. I have researched this problem and found out that a lot of people on the internet are having this same issue on this make, model and year car. There is a recall of 550,000 Pontiac G6's for a brake lamp control module. The dealer said their recall was for a retainer clip. This car is dangerous, because of the fact that we never know when the lights are going to work. I need help getting the dealer to actually do the recall on this vehicle

- Chickasha, OK, USA

problem #43

Oct 102015


  • 120,000 miles


When I drive my car, a strong odor of gass fills up my car. It is so strong that it gives me a killer headache. I have a gas leak coming from the back of the car. The shop I take my car to have told me that it is more than likely a fuel pump leakage. They have told me that they have had to fix many, many fuel pump leakages on Pontiac G6S. Also, my tail lights have stopped working for some reason. They both stopped working at the same time. The gas leakage seems to leak durring and after I drive it. The tail lights... I had just gotten off of work when I got into my car and the police officer I work with told me they were not working. That same night I got home and locked my car. I went to get something out of it and they were working fine. After a few days I was pulled over again because they had stopped working again. They currently do not work. The officer also brought up the strong smell of gas she present.I got pulled over on an innercity road.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #42

Oct 162014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Pontiac G6. While vehicle in motion, vehicle lost power and lost power steering. The consumer experienced problems with the brake lamp, the ignition switch and the transmission cable fractured.

- Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA

problem #41

Sep 082014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Lampasas, TX, USA

problem #40

Aug 252014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train); however, the parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain about when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #39

Jul 222014

G6 6-cyl

  • 117,252 miles
Brake lights always stay on while driving, and turn off when pressing the brake pedal. This also causes issues with engaging cruise control. Cruise control never works since the brake lights are always on. Shifting out of park is difficult.

- North Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #38

Jun 012010


  • 60,000 miles
My G6 currently is not covered in the recent recalls for this problem (not manufactured in the right month): My problem is the same as other G6 owners where my brake lights will illuminate while driving, and will not illuminate when my brakes are applied, which also affects my cruise control. Over the last 3 years I have had the dielectric lubricant applied 3 times and after 8-12 months the problem returns.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #37

Feb 102014

G6 6-cyl

  • 169,000 miles
I have had problems with exhaust failure, electrical with the front head lights and turn signal working and not working, and the car not wanting to start up, when car is put in drive wanting to move at fast speed when let foot off brake.

- Utica, KY, USA

problem #36

May 032013

G6 6-cyl

  • 165 miles


Brake lights are on all the time, they don't work properly drivers cannot tell when I'm stopping, when I push the brake the lights go off and when I'm not pushing the brake they go on.. ??

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #35

Sep 182012

G6 6-cyl

  • 76,854 miles
The brake lights will stay on after I remove my foot from the brake pedal, there are also times they do not illuminate when I have my foot on the brake. I also have problems shifting out of park. I have to push the brake pedal very hard for my car to shift. I have also had problems with my cruise control not engaging when I tried to turn it on. I hit the button for cruise & the light just flashes back off instead of staying on like it should.

- Minersville, PA, USA

problem #34

Oct 062013

G6 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights would remain illuminated when the brakes were not being depressed and would shut off when the brakes were being depressed. The contact also mentioned that the cruise control failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic stated that the brake pedal sensor had to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 62,000. Updated 11/18/13 updated 11/29/2013

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #33

Mar 042013


  • 85,000 miles
The brake lights on my 2005 Pontiac G6 do not work properly. At times, they will turn on when I press the gas pedal and they will also just come on randomly. Nine times out of ten when I press the brake pedal they don't come on at all. After taking my car to the dealership, they told me it was my brake sensor. They replaced it, I paid my extremely high bill and then the next day I got pulled over by a police officer because my brake lights were not working. I called the dealership and they said to bring my car back in. I took my car back and they said there was corrosion in the brake lines. They fixed that, I paid my extremely high bill and left. A few days later, my brake lights still did not work. I even took my G6 in for the recall about the brake lights. That didn't work for long either! I tried to put dielectric grease where Pontiac is claiming there is corrosion causing the brakes to seldom work. They worked for about 2 months and just recently my brake lights stopped working again. I have had my car looked at by three different mechanics and no one can give me an answer or a solution. I've been pulled over four times in the past few months due to this dangerous issue. Without brake lights working properly, my car is an accident waiting to happen. At this point, I'm not sure what else to do!

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #32

Feb 082013

G6 6-cyl

  • 75,680 miles
At the time of purchase, I noticed that the cruise control worked intermittently. I brought this to the attention of the sales staff and was told that, due to the price I was paying, there was "no room left to repair something not safety related". this was agreeable to me, so I left it at that. I drove the car for several months with no other apparent issues. Some time later I followed my wife in our other vehicle while she drove the Pontiac. I witnessed the brake lights stay on during times when the lights should not be on. Pulling up to a stop, I witnessed the brake lights go out. Basically, the brake lights stay on when the brake pedal is not being applied, and go out when the pedal is being applied. I contacted the dealership I bought the car from and was told that this is not a warranty issue, but a recall issue. After contacting GM, I was told this is not part of their very limited recall as "the recall is VIN specific".

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #31

May 012013

G6 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the brake lamps illuminated when the brake pedal was not being depressed. In addition, the brake lights would not illuminate when the brake pedal was being depressed. The cruise control also did not engage and abrupt force was required to shift the vehicle out of park. The vehicle was scheduled to be diagnosed by a dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting) but was informed that the VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 119,000. Updated 10/31/13

- Cornell, WI, USA

problem #30

Jul 232013

G6 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Gear shift will not shift from park to drive without excessive force on the brakes, brake lamps stuck on/off when brake is not depressed, and/or on when it is depressed.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #29

Jul 072008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired under NHTSA campaign number 09V036000 (exterior lighting) but the failure recurred multiple times. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 136,000.

- Maryville, CA, USA

problem #28

Jul 102012

G6 6-cyl

  • 90,567 miles
I was driving my car on the highway, I had my cruise control set, and all of a sudden my cars cruise control disengaged, and could not be set again. When I got home I walked around my car with the car running and noticed my brake lights were illuminated with no driver present in the car. I have read online about many Pontiac G6 having this issue, even a recall was sent out but it doesn't effect my car. I also have noticed many G6 driving down the road doing the same thing as mine, brake lights writing on their own or not working at all. It also triggers the car maintenance light to turn on as well.

- Crete, IL, USA

problem #27

Mar 082010


  • 30,815 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, she was alerted that the brake lights were illuminated despite the brake pedal not being depressed. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact inspected the fuse box and noticed that one of the fuses was covered in what looked like soot. In addition, a portion of the fuse box was melted. The dealer was notified and arrangements were made to have the failure diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 30,815.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

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