NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 8 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 8 of 18)

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problem #203

Nov 012010


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving, the contact stated that the power steering failed. The dealer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairing the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Webb City, MO, USA

problem #202

Aug 022011

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Pontiac G6 electric power assist motor. My power steering assist motor has failed intermittently and without warning repeatedly, locking my steering wheel while in motion and also while stopped.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #201

Jun 132011

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,100 miles
Today while stopped at a traffic light my power steering failed. A message appeared on the dic and then the power steering went out. I managed to turn the car into a parking lot. I shut off the car, and re-started and the power steering began working again. This was the first time for the failure, but I have read numerous complaints from other drivers about the same problem. The 2005 Pontiac G6 GT has the electric power assist power steering.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #200

May 312011

G6 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


I have experienced nearly a dozen near accidents as the power steering on my 2005 Pontiac G6 GT fails randomly while driving. When driving, the wheel locks up and becomes difficult to turn. It happens approximately once every other week and has done so for the life of the vehicle. When bringing in the car to a dealership, the dealer cannot find anything wrong with the car because turning off the engine resets the issue, and the power steering works again. I have been ignored by Pontiac since I bought the car new in January 2005. No dealer I have taken it to has been able come up with a solution.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #199

Oct 262010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving various speeds the power steering malfunctioned causing the steering wheel to lock when making a partial turn. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised her to lube the power steering assembly. The vehicle was repaired by lubing the power steering assembly. Within three months the power steering began to lock again. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Arlington , TX, USA

problem #198

May 132011

G6 6-cyl

  • 100,560 miles
Three days ago, I was driving home from indianapolis, 350 miles from home, returning from training for my new job. It was raining and all of the sudden, it felt as if my car was on ice, I couldn't control it at all. There was no warning at all. When I pulled over, I noticed that my front tires were bald, I bought them brand new two weeks prior. After driving carefully home, I took it into service. Comes to find out that my whole steering column needs to be replaced, along with my 2 front tires. According to the mechanic, my steering gear box and everything was cracked or broken in half"?? I apologize this isn't verbatim. I have read all these comments and complaints, but it doesn't seem that anyone is doing anything about it. Does someone really have to die before the problem is taken care of" also, I never received anything from GM about any problems about this and there also seems to be no recalls for this. I also just rolled 100K miles, so if there were to be anything that GM were to do about it, it seems that it is too late now. This repair is going to cost me approximately $900. Subsequently, it was Friday the 13th.... I certainly pray that no one loses their life over the steering problems with these vehicles, especially since Pontiac is no longer and GM took the bailout money. Glad they can do that and pay their bills. This repair means my family doesn't get real food for a bit....

- Manton, MI, USA

problem #197

Feb 012011


  • miles


Constant clunking in steering column. There's also plenty of "play" and drifting while driving. Other owners have experienced this and have claimed no matter what they do to try and fix the problem it consistently comes back. Bought this car to make 1000 mile trips but am now to scared to take it far from home or on the interstate. If I had known about these issues I would not have bought this car.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #196

Apr 252011

G6 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
The power steering locks up while driving. Car is over 70,000 and is out of extended warranty. I've heard many people have this problem, and I've called around to other mechanics to have this looked at and no one seems to be able to pin point the problem.

- Ga, GA, USA

problem #195

Apr 292011

G6 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
First problem, the exterior rear tail brake lights do not function well. I did find the recall and did take it in for repair. The problem still exist even after changing out the defected part. This is very scary and can lead to a serious accident. Second problem, the power steering light comes on and service light, when this happens the steering wheel becomes very hard and difficult to steer. After turning the car off the steering wheel returns to "normal". I have seen on different forum of complaint that have been made about this problem. I think this is very dangerous and can lead to an accident and deaths. This problem exist and not only in my vehicle but in many other of the same make. This is serious safety issue because the problem with the steering wheel becoming difficult to steer makes it impossible to control the vehicle. I am very angry because ever since I got the car I have been having a lot of safety issues with it, and as a student attending college it is extremely an inconvenience. I have three years paying the car and have one year to go, this so unfortunate because as far as all the reviews the problem is never taken care of which would mean I would have to purchase another car.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #194

May 272006


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there were multiple failures experienced in the vehicle with the power steering. The contact stated that the intermediate steering shaft was previously replaced and the dealer advised that the part would potentially need to be replaced every twelve months due to the quality. In addition, the contact stated that the bushings also needed replacing. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The VIN was unavailanle. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 134,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #193

Apr 222010


  • 49,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the check engine light illuminated, a power steering chime would sound and the steering wheel locked. The contact struggled with the steering wheel for five minutes and then it turned but had no power steering capability. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the electronic power steering assist needed to be replaced along with some sensors near the steering column. The contact received a letter from the manufacturer stating that there was an issue with the steering and to take it in to the dealer for a free repair; however, the dealer stated that he had to pay for the repairs as the title was branded. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 66,000. The failure mileage was approximately 49,000.

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #192

Feb 102011


  • 126,000 miles
My wife's 2005 Pontiac G6 has some very bad steering problems. The power steering is going out and the cost is unreal to fix. I think this should be a recall due to there poor design. I just don't want my wife and little girl getting hurt or even killed over a bad design on a car that she really loves.

- Royalton, KY, USA

problem #191

Mar 122011


  • 80,000 miles
I was backing out of my driveway and my steering went out, I had no more power steering, I turned off my car and on again then it worked ok, later it went out again about a 10 mile stretch it took forever to work again, I am still having this problem, I hear their are more incidents related to mine. I feel that this is a recall but Pontiac says it is not! so why are their so many complaints about this particular car? I heard that the 2007 models went back to a hydraulic system, not like the previous years that have electric steering.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #190

Sep 162010

G6 4WD 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
I have a 2005 Pontiac G6 GT. Since purchase, I have had to replace the intermediate steering shaft four or five times. I recently replaced the whole column (about 4 months ago) and it is again making clunking noises. A car expert friend who drove the car yesterday noted that it seems to both drag and have too much 'play'. the car should be recalled. It is no longer under warranty at 110,000 miles and should be replaced by GM.

- Cresskill, NJ, USA

problem #189

Mar 152011

G6 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Power steering fails. I have to turn the car off and back on (sometimes several times) before the power steering comes back. The steering wheel is sometimes "jerky". the dealership tells me there is nothing wrong. The problems come and go.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #188

Jan 072010

G6 6-cyl

  • 147,384 miles
Complete steering failure, it was like driving my dads old 53 international pickup. I was scared, it wounldn't turn properly and was jerky. I'm just thankful I wasn't on a curvey road. I don't know if I would of made it!

- Athol, MA, USA

problem #187

Jul 132010

G6 6-cyl

  • 160,539 miles
Steering gear was loose in my 2005 Pontiac G6 which cause a lot of steering noise and concern. Brought to dealer and found it to be loose and they grease and tighened the gear shaft, note this is the third time.

- Athol, MA, USA

problem #186

Jan 212011

G6 6-cyl

  • 114,900 miles
Steering defects; electric power assist system. Loss of steering while driving vehicle. Vehicle warning lights appeared on in (O3) separate incidents that there appears to be a steering malfunction. (52 year old experience driver - horrific driving experience. Vehicle was recently purchased-used, and this happen within 7 days of the sale. Returned the vehicle to the dealership with no explanation, of defects" I do not know what if any was done by the dealership to correct this problem. What I do know is that I returned this vehicle to the GMC-Pontiac dealer, which I explained that this vehicle should be crushed and destroyed from the driving public to prevent a near future fatality to the public. This vehicle needs to be located by the ntsb and the brains checked, because if it is sold and put back on the road surely a fatal accident is to come, from the defect not the driver. Warning this is not Toyota, unfortunately it's one of our on. American name {Pontiac G-6 2005 est. Mileage at time of incident 114,800}. the local dealership stated prior to the sale that this vehicle was certified" upon return to the dealership personnel were reluctant to discuss this defect and it's findings. End.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #185

Nov 012010


  • 108,000 miles
Power steering started to get really hard to turn into parking spots or when you would try to turn then it started to just freeze up. I have taken my car into the shop and they informed me that there was a tps bulletin on the part, they repaired the part but I am not sure if it is completely repaired B/C it has started doing it again but not as badly as before. I have two small children with me constantly and I have come very close to colliding with other vehicles.

- Arkansas, AR, USA

problem #184

Jan 282011


  • 101,000 miles
Electronic power steering goes out while driving and upon starting the vehicle. It is nearly impossible to steer or turn, and extremely dangerous. The exact same eps system was recalled on the G5's but GM has not recalled on the G6's. the repair is not minor - upwards of $1000.

- Marion, IA, USA

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