NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 4 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 4 of 18)

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problem #283

Jun 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • 76,777 miles


My vehicle began making a noise and the steering was sluggish/labored. The mechanic I use test drove and stated it was probably the electronic power steering assist motor. He then went on the say there was a GM recall on this problem and my vehicle should be included. How do I know if and when I should be notified about the recall? thank you

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #282

May 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 147,320 miles
My car wheel kinda felt a little loose but I thought nothing of it. Got to a stop sign nd heard the chime with power steering message in message display area, went to turn the wheel nd had little to no control of steering. Went to O'reilly nd bought some steering fluid nd asked for assistance with putting it in. Was told I had to have the oil changed to fill it. Started the car nd the power steering was back. Drove to walmart (3 miles) with no problem nd had car serviced. They told me the power steering was electric nd couldn't be filled. My dad drove the car nd had the same problem but once engine was turned off it came back. I don't know the exact date of that incident though.

- Brazoria , TX, USA

problem #281

Jun 012013

G6 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
My Pontiac G6 is reportedly recalled for a faulty power steering system. This system has been faulty for at least a year with a warning sign displaying on my control section of my car. I also experienced a power steering loss last November 2013 on my way to work and I could not turn the car without using lots of physical force which terrified me, at the time. I did not know of the G6 problems at the time and I took it into my auto mechanic after work but the problem was not showing when he examined it. It does not appear all the time and I only lost power on the one occasion. I contacted a Pontiac representative over a month ago and completed the questions he asked. They were supposed to notify me when the replacement parts arrived to fix my vehicle. I have not heard from them and I worry every time I drive my vehicle that it will lock up again.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #280

Aug 292013


  • 135,000 miles


You turn the steering wheel and the column makes noises and going down the road the wheel on passenger side feels like it is shaking...I took it the shop and he said it would do no good to change the column because it would go bad in a few months these cars are known for that...and sometimes when I turn my key to start the car it is like it stays on like I'm trying to start it and I'm not touching the key then it goes off.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #279

Jan 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
GM has stated that there is a recall on all G6's from 2005, however I have contacted GM and they say my car is not under the recall. My power steering has had issues since about a month or two after purchasing it from a dealership that told me it had been safety inspected. I want to have my car fixed, but it costs about $700 and GM wont fix it. What do I do?? in Michigan winters, the power steering is the last thing you want to have problems with, especially when transporting my two year old son.

- Hesperia, MI, USA

problem #278

May 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While driving my steering wheel got stiff and the power steering light came on in the radio screen. So I just turned around and parked car at home.

- Page, AZ, USA

problem #277

Apr 282014

G6 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles


I was coming to a stop at a stop sign and heard 3 dings and then lost my power steering. A message also popped up on my radio screen stating power steering. I am thankful that this happened while only going maybe 5mph if that, if I had been going any faster this could have been a terrible accident.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #276

Apr 222014

G6 6-cyl

  • 38,992 miles
When wife was turning into parking lot, the power steering went out, and she was unable to steer. She had to pull over and leave car.

- Clarkston, WA, USA

problem #275

Mar 122014

G6 6-cyl

  • 117,012 miles
I was driving the vehicle, and the power steering just quit. I had to pull it off into a parking lot and wait for my father to come look it over. He found nothing wrong and started the car, and it worked like normal. This is the 2nd time this has happened in the last 2 months.

- Springfield , MO, USA

problem #274

Apr 102014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the maintenance light illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #273

Apr 102014

G6 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


While I was driving on hillsdale blvd, (citrus heights.ca) preparing to turn left to enter a parking lot designed for sacramento works-one stop career center, suddenly, my steering wheel locked up, exactly: Became in less than a second, very tide and unexpectedly hard to turn like I was trying to turn a metal round bar/pipe or metal object weighting about 200-300 lbs. I was frightened and shocked and I pulled the brake pedal (thank god I did not have any driver behind my vehicle ) yield to vehicle from the opposite side incoming traffic, pulled hard to enter that parking lot and after I left the busy boulevard(thank god was not a traffic time as between 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M/) and slowly but hardly parking the car. Thank you for considering my concern here !

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #272

Jun 232012

G6 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I was driving from philadelphia pa to baltimore Maryland. Upon stopping at a light before entering the highway, my steering wheel locked and I could not steer the car. As per ( April, 2014) this is still happening today. I called General Motors, they told me there was no recall on the car and should be taken in for diagnostic testing (that I have to pay for). This car has been nothing but trouble, it's dangerous and continues to lock as I am driving.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #271

Mar 132014


  • 473,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the power steering assist failed as the steering wheel became hard to turn. The vehicle was shut off and restarted without failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 473,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #270

Mar 032014


  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the power steering warning light illuminated as the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 154,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #269

Feb 202014

G6 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
At random times the check engine light comes on and I lose all power steering. The car must be restarted to restore power steering. It did this while turning around I am scared for my wife to drive this cars for fear it will fail while on the express way.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #268

Feb 012013


  • 101,000 miles
We put new tires had alignment done within days started having issues where it feels like the tires loose grip from the road. Problem still continues went an had them rotated the next day after taking off from a stop when it shifts from 2nd to 3rd gear the steering jerks to the left. Took it back garage checked everything cant find anything. Also have seat belt light on even when seat belt is on had fuel leak at neck of spout.

- Greensburg, KY, USA

problem #267

Jan 202013

G6 6-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
My problem first started when trying to park, the steering was very hard. Then the next time I was at a stop sign and was unable to turn. Then yesterday I was driving around 45 mph and lost control of the steering. I almost had an accident. I had the steering replaced about 3 weeks again at the cost of over a thousand dollars. Could you tell me if there are any recalls or lead me in the right direction on where to go from here. Thank you in advance,

- Ashland, VA, USA

problem #266

Feb 102014

G6 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
"power steering" flashed on the radio with a chime then the power steering failed and could not turn the steering wheel. My wife almost hit the neighbors daughter on a bicycle just coming out of the driveway to turn onto the street. Due to mileage on the vehicle (159,000), GM states that it does not fall within the parameters of the warranty therefore not covering the cost of repair. This situation should be a full recall, regardless of mileage!!! the electric pump never should have been built inside this car!

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #265

Feb 072014

G6 6-cyl

  • 99,634 miles
I was driving home from work on the interstate and the power steering light came on the dash. The steering wheel locked up and I could not steer my vehicle. Thank god there was no accident. I had to stop in the middle of the interstate with cars going as fast as 80mph. I turned it off and when I restarted it I had to turn the steering wheel very hard and pull my vehicle to the side of the road.I see tons of complaints online. Why isn't this being recalled? this car is unsafe. Thank god my child was not with me.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #264

Jan 172014


  • 159,000 miles
Power steering went suddenly out today while turning across an intersection. Could of been hit. Very scary and dangerous. Never received any notices!!!!!!!!!

- Stantonville, TN, USA

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