NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 14 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

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2005 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 14 of 18)

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problem #83

Oct 062009


  • 61,000 miles


2005 Pontiac G6. I was turning in the middle of a busy intersection when my electrical power steering went out in the middle of the intersection unable to control my car almost getting hit head on and by several other cars as I was jus sitting in the middle of the intersection. This car need to be recalled as I read so many stories about people having the same problem and some which caused accidents. In my case it didn't cause an accident thank god that other drivers were paying attention and somehow avoided my car. How this hasn't been recalled yet blows my mind!!!!! needs to be recalled asap. On top of that the dealership said my steering can go out at anytime. Im driving a car that can loose steering at any time without any warning which endangers anybody around me.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #82

Oct 062009


  • 61,000 miles
I was diving my 2005 Pontiac G6 when I was turning into a busy intersection my power steering locked up and the light on the dash lit up, almost causing a head on collision by cars doing 50 mph. I was just sitting in the intersection because I could not control my car after that happened almost getting hit by another 2 cars. I turned my car off and back on and the power steering worked again. Took it to the dealership they replaced the power steering motor because it was under warranty. The steering wheel column needed to be replaced but wasn't under warrant so they did not replace it. They said it works for now but it could go out anytime im driving, which can cause an accident. I couldn't believe what happened thought it was a fluke just my luck, only to see so many people having the say problem in the same year, in the same car with the same mileage. The power steering went out with no warning. These cars need to be recalled asap somebody will get hurt or even killed by this. I was only doing around 20mph and almost got hit three times head on and from the back imagine if I was on the expressway or even turning down a side street and loosing the steering and running up a curb endangering innocent bystanders. Since these are newer cars there are so many of these cars out there that haven't experienced this yet but will. Not only people driving these cars are in danger at anytime but other people are to. I almost got hit head on by a Ford truck his life wasin danger just as much as mine. How these cars are not recalled yet blows my mind"????" so many people lives are in danger im driving a car that they said that there is a possibility that it could happen again. Are they just going to wait until people get killed by this if not already or come up with a solution before more people lives are at risk. These cars need to be looked at and recalled asap. I heard something about an extended warranty but they don't make extended lives. Recall asap recall asap.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #81

Oct 012009


  • 108,000 miles
I was dropping my 2 kids off at school this morning when I heard the warning signal come on and I looked and seen "power steering" in the information window on the stereo and a little car on the dash. I noticed that I was not able to turn the steering wheel. I was able to drive the car to be looked at and when they looked at it they did not see anything wrong with the car. So I had them change the oil and check all of the fluids and as they took it for a test drive it did the samething to him. They took it back to the shop and put it on a machine and could not find anything wrong with car but they know that something was wrong. The person at the front desk did some research and found that there are a lot of people who have the same issue. I would like to know when they are going to put a recall out on this problem or are we going to have to wait until someone gets killed before anyone takes action. I am just thankful that my children were not in the car and I did not hit someone and get hurt or hurt someone else. Please do some research and see all the complaints on this issue.

- Maxwell, NM, USA

problem #80

Sep 282009


  • miles


I purchased a 2005 G6 about 1 yr ago. I am experiencing trouble with the power steering. It gets very stiff and hard to turn the wheel, then the power steering warning appeared on the console info screen. I thought it needed fluid so when I went looking for the place to put it and there wasn't one. What can I do to get this fixed?

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #79

Sep 112009


  • 80,000 miles
I have a Pontiac G6 and I am having the steering lock up and makes several popping sounds when turning I have had it in the shop several times and they always tell me there is nothing wrong with the car. It locks up seems like all the time and it is very scary to drive don't know where else to turn so I am asking for your help thank you

- Harrisonville, MO, USA

problem #78

Sep 022009


  • 60,000 miles
Lost power steering to 2005 Pontiac G6, while driving.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #77

Apr 202009


  • 26,000 miles


Power steering light comes on intermittently. When initially reported to dealer, the light could not be reproduced. Vehicle has less than 35,000 miles on it. Another problem is moisture buildup in the headlights.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #76

Oct 282008


  • 75,000 miles
I own a 2005 Pontiac G6 V6. Every time I turn on my A/C, my power steering goes out. If I turn off my vehicle and restart it, my power steering is restored until I try to use my air again. This is an ongoing problem I have had for over a year now. I have hit a guard rail because as I turned into the curve, my power steering went and the wheel yoked to the left causing me to hit the guard rail. This is a problem GM is aware of as they fixed the problem in the newer 07 model. Many people have paid to fix this problem only to have it happen again because it is the 05 parts. How about a recall"???"

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #75

Jul 312009


  • 59,500 miles
We have a 2005 Pontiac G6, the power steering fails while driving the vehicle. Power steering will reset if the car is turned off then will fail again after only a few seconds of driving, what needs to be done to have a recall issued as this could cause serious injury or death.

- Cameron, NC, USA

problem #74

Jun 262009


  • 56,000 miles
My power steering warning light comes on and my power steering is tight and makes a clunking warning when I turn. Have not had a wreck yet but am afraid that it might happen, needs to be corrected as a recall. Thank you 2005 Pontiac

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #73

Jul 272009


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving 50 mph, the power steering locked up and the corresponding warning light illuminated. The steering became so loose that the contact lost steering ability and veered into oncoming traffic. She was able to safely maneuver the vehicle into a parking area. She turned off the vehicle and waited approximately five minutes. When she restarted the vehicle, it returned to normal. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer to determine the cause of the failure. She will also notify the manufacturer. Upon further investigation, the contact discovered that the power steering failure was produced by a failed sensor. The entire steering column would have to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

- Archbold, OH, USA

problem #72

Jun 012009


  • 52,000 miles
The steering column in my 2005 G6 GT is making a horrible clunking noise when the wheel is turned either left or right, this is an ongoing problem with the Pontiac G6 and it seems to be getting worse by the day, I began noticing this clunking about a month ago (June 2009) was sitting at a stop light turning wheel left and right when I noticed this noise. Nothing has been done yet to fix it and I haven't had any accidents yet, but this car has been nothing but a headache since day 1, not to mention very expensive to repair, I currently have 56,700 miles on it. I feel that this should be taken very seriously, if this part of the steering locks up at random driving it or not, who is to say someone won't be badly injured or killed.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #71

Jul 232009


  • 38,950 miles
1.) steering on 2005 G6 GT pulls car to left and right intermittently, seemingly without any cause, nearly causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Had car professionally aligned and care still pulls and appears to be getting worse. 2.) it seems to occur every 1/4 to 1/2 mile. 3.) had car aligned as described above but did not help. Previously, had received notice from Pontiac in early ownership of car that power steering had a problem. Contact dealer in 2005 regarding notice and was told not all cars were effected and if problem had not presented I didn't need to do anything about it. Will contact Pontiac dealership to see if they still have remedy. See others have had issues on blogs without resolution.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #70

Jul 152009


  • 64,000 miles
2005 Pontiac G6 lost power steering without notice. Indicator light came on dash after this occurred and stated power steering on the information screen but no warning. Because the vehicle was unable to be controlled the vehicle went into the oncoming lane in traffic on a curve, narrowly missing oncoming vehicles. This is dangerous!!!!! GM Pontiac has not issued a recall for this even though they state they have offered a courtesy gesture to extend the warranty to 7 years / 70,000 miles for the power steering component. This is serious and must be considered for recall. GM has admitted there is a problem--obviously if they have issues a courtesy bulletin--yet no owners have been notified--we do currently receive any recall notices but nothing in this regard. This could have caused serious injury or death and needs to be investigated immediately.

- West Baldwin, ME, USA

problem #69

Jul 122009


  • 79,383 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving at a low speed, the power steering light illuminated, followed by a loss of power steering. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle in order to regain power steering ability; however, the power steering light remained illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer and they stated that the steering column needed to be replaced. The contact did not notice any failures beforehand. The current and failure mileages were 79,383.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #68

Jun 132009


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving in reverse at 5 mph, the contact lost control of the power steering. The vehicle struck a pole. He turned off and restarted the vehicle. He continued driving, but the power steering was inoperative. Two days later, he took the vehicle to the dealer after calling the GM manufacturer. The dealer replaced the power steering module, which was an internal failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #67

Jun 172009


  • 81,000 miles
Power steering failure.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #66

Jun 162009


  • 89,500 miles
My power steering light had been coming on intermittently for the past few days. Yesterday while leaving a parking garage the power steering light came on. I continued driving and as I went to turn the wheel, the power steering went out while making a left turn (5-8mph). I nearly ran into a pillar in the parking garage. I turned the car off and back on and the problem went away, but the power steering light stayed illuminated. After searching the internet for some time, I came across hundreds of similar problems. A few of the same problems occurred while people where driving on the interstate which could have been deadly if someone would have been going around a turn or just switching lanes. I just don't understand why there hasn't been a recall to fix this problem. The car industry want us to stick behind american made products but are unwilling to fix potentially deadly problems until the inevitable occurs and someone losses their life because of a problem they know about. Maybe that's why many are buying quality made foreign made products. Over the five years I had the car I have had numerous problems this car has been a money pit. The hood latch broke, the power window motor went. The rotors have to be replaced more often than I change the oil ( that's ridiculous), the bearings went bad, the six disc factory cd player stops working and sticks constantly, the blower for the heater and ac only works on high, the panoramic sunroof leaks which has caused water to accumulate in the trunk and now their is a mildew smell ect.........

- Wexford , PA, USA

problem #65

Jun 122009


  • 73,000 miles
Owner of a Pontiac 2005 G6. I have had it in to the dealership in the past to work on a knocking noise in the steering column. During hotter months the knocking noise is more active. I have had it in at least twice to the dealer to deal with this. The last time it was serviced they claimed it was the I shaft. It was lubed and repositioned. There was also noise from steering gear. The gear was replaced and set toe in. As of this last Friday, June 12th, I was driving home from out of town and the "power steering" message showed up on my console. I figured there must be something wrong with the fluid and had my son get the booklet out of the glove box. The power steering was drastically tightening up. This startled me since it involved navigating traffic and getting it off the road especially since I also had my son with me. We pulled off the road and could not locate a specific area for putting in power steering fluid. The car was taken to the Pontiac dealership. We were told this was a computer issue with the car - there is no hydraulics - and that the steering column must be replaced for $750. I, too, am filing my complaint with NHTSA today for the safety of families when in transportation. This has been a huge inconvenience to us especially when the car has been in for service for the same similar reasons that others are filing their complaint! when I read that others as well lost power to others, this highly concerns me! I am also not satisfied that without a recall, only a replacement part my be used to fix the problem until an actual recall is ordered and the actual problem is fixed. This means I will still have to worry about driving my vehicle and be cautious of the problem happening again. This is not a suitable alternative for the consumers who have purchased these vehicles!

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #64

Jun 032009


  • 78,000 miles
I've been having problems with my power steering in my 2005 Pontiac G6 GT and I have read and seen hundreds of other people having the same problem and many having accidents due to this issue. This should be a number 1 concern where it can lead to accidents. I had it go on me while making a left hand turn, im so glad the car coming in opposite directing realized I was having trouble.

- Ottawa, 00, USA

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