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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:
107,333 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 #3

Mar 052015


  • 168,000 miles


I randomly started smelling gas was driving one day and breaks stopped working and car randomly dies while turning a corner

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 062011

G6 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
My vehicle has a panoramic sunroof that has 5 options (0-closed, 4 completely open). Periodically the sunroof would not close to the correct numbered option, but would go to the correct spot after another try. Now, it will not close past the second option. Now, my sunroof is stuck open and the replacement part is $1500! I don't want to pay that much money for a sunroof so my mechanic is going to try to shut it and disable the mechanism. All the used parts my mechanic tried looking into are reporting to have the same problem.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 202010

G6 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
2005 Pontiac G6 electric power steering locks up while driving.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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