NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 10 of 18)

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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:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,310 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.

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2005 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 18)

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problem #163

Jul 292010

G6 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


In October of 2009 I bought a Pontiac G6 2005 after a month of a owning the vehicle my check engine light started turning on and on the display area it would read power steering this was at the beginning of November 2009 since then the power steering had continued to fail on a regular basis, in order to fix the problem I would put my hazards on and pull over turn the car off and turn it on again, this would allow me to regain my power steering. This problem went on for months it is now Aug 2010 and I have gone and had my power steering column replaced at a GM dealer near me... within the past 10 months the power steering failed on a very regular basis I had to pull over multiple times( 4 5 6 ) in one trip and turn the car off and on again to regain power steering, the power steering would give out at not only under speeds of 20 km but at speeds of 60 km or lower.... I am a single mother who drives around with my 3 year old child everyday I do feel that is an issue in many Pontiac G6 made in 2005 that needs to be addressed for my safety and that of my sons..

- Thunder Bay , 00, USA

problem #162

Aug 062010


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving about 20 mph she turned the steering wheel and she almost crashed into another vehicle. The power steering chime was sounding and the warning light illuminated. She was able to drive the vehicle to her residence. The car was turned off and restarted and the steering wheel worked for a short time and after a second attempt the steering wheel failed to function. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer will be notified. The failure and current mileages were approximately 95,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Fresno , CA, USA

problem #161

Jul 192010

G6 6-cyl

  • 68,213 miles
My power steering light has been coming on in my 2005 G6 with 68,000. I have lost my ability to steer 3 times in the last week. Since there is a recall on the G5 why isn't there a recall for the G6 which has the exact same power steering unit" while I'm at it can GM please recall the tubing for the sun roof that pulls apart and then leaks in the car during every rain" come on people stand behind the product or stop making them.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #160

Sep 242009

G6 6-cyl

  • 64,777 miles


I have a 2005 Pontiac G6 that has been given me power steering problems. I took it to the dealership when the wheel was locked up and they made me an appointment and when I took it back they couldn't get the problem to happen again. I took it back two other times and they perform diagnosis test and could not find the problem. Since then I have parked the car and recently contacted General Motors and the rep told me she could not do anything about this problem. I have done research and seen many others have this same problem and nothing is being done. This steering problem is very dangerous and should be a recall or the company should be required to do something about this. I now have a car that I haven't even had for 2 years that's being parked because I'm scared to drive it with two young kids in the car.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #159

Jul 082010


  • 41,990 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6 GT. While turning into a park lot at 15-20 mph, the power steering failed and became extremely hard. The contact shut off the engine and contacted the dealer who advised that once the vehicle was restarted, the power steering should reset itself. The vehicle resumed normal operation after restarting but recurred before he was able to reach his destination. The dealer advised replacing the power steering column and motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 41,990 and the current mileage was 41,999.

- Pennsauken, NJ, USA

problem #158

Feb 112010


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving at approximately 15 mph and attempting to make a left turn when the power steering failed. The power steering light illuminated and the steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn. The failure would occur intermittently. The power steering warning light would illuminate two months prior to the contact experiencing the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician informed the contact that there was an unknown recall related defect on his year, make and model vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 59,000. Updated 10/01/2010.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #157

Mar 112010

G6 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


Electrical power steering pump locked up as I pulled out onto a main road. Could not turn steering wheel at all!!!! oncoming traffic luckily voided me until I glided onto side of road.!! I was very lucky!!! called toe truck! took to Pontiac dealership... was $670 to has repaired and now since I got back my cruise control does not work. My car had 90,000 miles at the time so the terrain warranty was out! I see that its been under investigation for recall and many complaints for the power steering! and the G4, G5 has recalls for the same this... I don't understand what the hold up is on the recall. There are so many complaints for this! its so dangerous! look at the complaints in auto beef. There are 42 just on that site alone. Thank you.

- Hampstead, NC, USA

problem #156

Jul 092010

G6 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
My power steering light came on July 9,2010 and 2 days later my power steering failed completely.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #155

Jul 072010


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While the contact was driving approximately 10 mph a chime sounded inside of the vehicle, followed by the power steering warning light indicator on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the technician stated that the failure was related to the steering column assembly. The contact had given the technician approval to repair the vehicle when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #154

Jul 072005


  • 81,832 miles
I recently purchase a 2005 G6 I did not know at the time what I know now. I have only had the car 15 days and the power steering is going out and it is not covered under warrenty. I have 3 kids that ride in this car and this is suppose to be my reliable car well I think not!!!! no recall I don't understand.

- Jackson , GA, USA

problem #153

Jul 012010


  • 112,020 miles


2005 Pontiac G6- while driving the power steering will intermittently stop working-total loss of power steering-after restarting the car it is ok until it decides to stop working again. Almost had a head on collision due to this-looks like a common problem with vehicle and manufacturer knows about it but will not act. Very dangerous defect.

- Fairless Hills, PA, USA

problem #152

Jun 302010

G6 6-cyl

  • 106,986 miles
I own a 2005 Pontiac G6 GT with a 3.5 L V6 I was backing out of my driveway and the steering locked up as we all know this cant be safe for anyone I have two young sons that ride in this car.

- Dixon Il, IL, USA

problem #151

May 082009

G6 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2005 Pontiac G6 for the last 10 months the power steering goes out I need to pull off the road shut the car off and restart it looking to see if there's a recall because its dangerous.

- Branchville, NJ, USA

problem #150

Jun 212010


  • 80,000 miles
2005 Pontiac G6, started car in parking lot started to drive out, and power steering message came on radian and car light came on in dash, had no power steering and very difficult to steer. This is an intermittent problem that happens very sporadically and has happened in turns and scares the bejeezes out of you!

- Columbus, WI, USA

problem #149

May 102010


  • 90,000 miles
While entering the expressway on ramp the power steering locked up and I was unable to steer the vehicle for around 3 seconds which caused me to veer into the next lane uncontrollably. Steering shaft has been tightened twice prior and replaced once already and feels like it is loosening again. The failure is now happening around once a week and will cause an accident if not corrected. The car now has 93,000 miles, but the steering shaft problems happened before around 45,000 and then again around 55,000.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #148

May 282010


  • 48,860 miles
Urgent:my wife got into the car and started it. Let the car warm up. She was taking our son to summer school. She put the car in reverse and then the chiming started. She looked down at the message indicator and it read power steering. On the dashboard, it had the maintenance indicator on. She turned the car off and then back on. The light and the message was gone. She felt like this might be a computer problem. She went and took him to school with no problems. Today she got in the car, started it and began to drive the vehicle. Once she got to the stop light and then began to go, the message and the maintenance indicator came back on. She pulled over and turned the car off and back on again. The message and the indicator was off. She started to come back home and it happened again. We only have 48,800 miles on this vehicle. We were never sent a recall notice or what to do in case this happened. So my question is...what do we do now" I heard about how GM had a recall on this vehicle. I am currently deployed overseas and this is the only vehicle that she has to drive currently. No one has ever contacted us about any recalls or anything else. Being over in another country, I can not afford to be worrying about my wife and child in this car. What does she need to do" urgent

- Fort Leonard Wood, MO, USA

problem #147

May 222010

G6 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Power steering warning light keeps coming on and off. When driving power steering locks up and sometimes locks up upon starting the car. I have to turn car off and back on to reset it. GM issued an extended warranty for the power steering a couple years ago but it was only good for this problem until your car reached 70,000 miles and now that my car is over that they refuse to fix it even though the problem exists on most 2005 models.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #146

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 #145

May 092010


  • 96,700 miles
Just recently my driver info center has been coming on intermittently saying that I have a power steering problem (electric). I've taken it to my mechanic and he had to call to find out what had to be done to correct the problem. He was told that a computer and module needed to be replaced in the steering column the cost being around $1000. As of yet I haven't had it corrected but if it continues I will have to have it taken care of for safety sake.

- Monroe Twp, NJ, USA

problem #144

Feb 172010

G6 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
There have been several occurrences I have had with the steering on my 2005 Pontiac G6: Steering issue #1: my steering wheel was easy to turn to the left but not right. Shortly after it would begin it would correct itself: Dealership resolution was to replace the control arms because they were binding up. Steering issue #2 - after initial repairs, the problem was not corrected. Upon return to the dealership they identified additional repairs that were necessary due to symptoms reported. Dealership resolution was to replace the rack (4 times so far). Steering issue #3: I had no steering power at all while trying to turn into a parking lot with no warning. I ended up having the car towed to the closest dealership. Dealership resolution was replace the steering column and steering coil as it had snapped thus causing the sudden loss of steering. Steering issue #4: my radio sounded a message that said "power steering" and I could not turn my wheel in either direction. This happened once while I was driving down the road and almost caused me to wreck into oncoming traffic and a second time leaving a parking lot. Dealership resolution was to replace the steering column and electrical box to the tune of $1,000 which I cannot afford. My only saving grace is that this piece of junk is paid off in three more months which will not come soon enough. Miles at time of last incident was 106,000 and 109,000 miles, current mileage is 114,000 miles. (2005 Pontiac G6 purchased in July of 2006) I was disappointed to find out that Pontiac recently recalled the G5 series of their vehicles for electronic steering issues and are aware of the steering issues on their G6 models. If this is the case, then why are they not recalling all models with known similar issues or atleast making the public aware of the issue. This problem deserves further scrutiny. Did no one learn a lesson from Toyota"?" shame on you!

- Kenosha, WI, USA

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