NHTSA — Suspension: Front Problems

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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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,073 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.

2005 Pontiac G6 suspension problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 202011


  • 85,000 miles


We own a 05 Pontiac G6. This vehicle has a chronic issue with the brake pedal sensor. When the sensor is having issues, it is extremely hard to get the car to go from park to drive. More importantly though is then the sensor causes the brake light to work in reverse. When you apply the brakes, the lights go off, when the pedal is not depressed, the light stays on. We have had several sensors replaced and now have been told the "fix" is the electrical lubricant. This electrical lubricant is only good for a few months. Obviously, it is a half[xxx] "fix". we have been to several "former" Pontiac dealers only to have been told we are "out of luck". this is an extremely dangerous situation. While driving at night, if you depress your brakes and no lights come on it could lead to a rear-end collision.thankfully this last time my husband was warned of this event by a gal who was driving behind him. My husband has been pulled over by the police because they thought he was drinking. He was told that a characteristic of a drunk driver is that they "ride their brakes". GM needs to get this corrected!! it is not safe. We purchased this vehicle for my husband who drives 50 miles round trip to work everyday. This is an accident waiting to happen. We are seriously contemplating trading in the vehicle for another one because of this and other issues with the G6. It has been a lemon since we got it between this brake issue, a "clunking" noise when turning (which we were told is "nothing" from our former Pontiac dealers) and the panoramic sunroof leaking and noise issues, which as well we were told nothing can be done about. (we had standing water in the vehicle w/ the leaks) this brake issue needs to be looked at!!!! we will not buy another GM vehicle because of this crappy service and lack of care in getting this vehicle recalled. What is it going to take"?" I have seen other complaints addressing this same thing. I would implore NHTSA to see what can be done about this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Indiana, IN, USA

problem #6

Feb 132009


  • miles
I have a 2005 Pontiac G6 and everytime I turn my wheel there is a loud clunking noise from the front of the car. A lot of these problems could be linked to the electric power assist steering. I have heard some people have lost all steering while driving. The steering is very loose and feels like you are all over the road.

- Grover Hill, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 212008


  • 64,000 miles
After 64,000 miles on a 2005 Pontiac G6, I started hearing a clunk noise after turning steering wheel and while driving on expressway over 50 mph, my steering wheel vibrates. It feels as though the steering wheel is loose and something is about to come apart on my car. I went to a mechanic to get new brake pads and he stated that the vibration and steering noise was because my ball joints were bad. I handle this car extremely well and can not understand why ball joints would be bad so soon. He also stated that after trying to find parts, only the dealer sold them and they were a whopping $215 for each side of car. My warranty expired and this is going to be an out of pocket cost. It also seems that I have to keep replacing the brakes and rotors often. Additionally my power steering light comes on sporadically making it hard for me to turn the wheel.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 172008


  • 25,000 miles


I own a 2005 Pontiac G6 which I purchased from a dealer after it had been leased for 1 year. The vehicle had 12000 miles on it when purchase. Numerous problems have occurred with this vehicle after purchase. Starting with a noise, clunk in the steering. This has been in the repair shop for upwards to 7-8 times, each time new repairs done on different parts. This problem has never been resolved. Now at 64500 miles the noise is still there after repairs only 4000 miles ago. Starting in October of 2007 I began having problems with the brake lights and cruise control. Brake lights working only sporadically as well as the cruise control. There has been documented repairs on the is of 7-8 times as well. This problem also has never been resolved. On September 17, 2008 my car was involved in a rear-end automobile accident in most part and no doubt due to faulty brake light system. Many other problems have occurred with this vehicle as well including poor sunvisor manufacturing, leaky map lights in overhead console, rapid wear of brake pads and rotors, rapid tire wear, starting drags when starting, occasionally the car will not shift out of park when the car is running and brake pedal is applied.

- Waupaca, WI, USA

problem #3

Dec 202006


  • 4,000 miles
Recurring issues with the front end and steering on a 2005 Pontiac G6. Problem first occurred at 4000 miles within 6 months of purchase. Issues are locking of the steering, drifts and wanders, shoots uncontrollability to the side of road when hitting larger bumps without movement of the steering wheel, 'loose' noises, popping and general sounds like front is going to come out from under it. Started a 4K miles, now has 23K miles with same issues and 6 trips to 3 different dealers. They don't have a clue what the problem is and tell me it's 'normal'. no injuries yet but it's just a matter of time.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #2

Jul 302005

G6 6-cyl

  • 480,010 miles
I took a lease over of a 2005 G6 less than a year ago. I have had nothing but problems with it from the very beginning. A lot of times it doesn't start just sputters repeatedly. Took it in to get it checked out of course they say they can't find anything wrong. Right after we got the car we had to have the brakes replaced and also there was a clunking noise. Had to have both right and left front struts replaced. Clunking noise still had not gone away, everytime I take it in I complain of the clunking and eachtime they say it is due to something else that needs to be replaced. Have had a pulsation problem when brakes applied. Power steering went on it quite a few times, had it replaced and has done it since. The rearview mirror snapped right off when being adjusted. Visor cover snapped off. Door lock knob snapped off. Most of the work we have had done was covered by warranty. The warranty is now up and the right ball bearing now needs to be replaced which is why I hear clunking is what I was told. How come it is always something different causing the clunking noise? is going to cost around $500 to fix. What a piece of junk. We will never buy another North american made piece of Jun again!!!

- Tilbury, 00, USA

problem #1

Jun 282005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Dash rattle, at about 500 miles began to experience a rattle coming from driver's side of dash when on a rough road, a few mile latter the passenger side began same thing. Vehicles had made numerous trips to dealer, which proceded to replace struts(also very noisey, dealer said is normal)do'nt agree.after calling Pontiac about the rattle problem dealer made more of effort to find problem. Although car doe's seem to be fixed(rattle in dash) still have aproblem with noise in struts and loose feeling in front end when both wheels encounter a rough road, again I am told that is normal, I drove a rental-(06 G-6)no noise what so every handled well on rough road!

- Pgh, PA, USA

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