NHTSA — Suspension 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,145 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

Mar 312016


  • 20 miles


I already fixed my front suspension three times already. It seems that this a factory defect. I never had an issue with this so many times in any previous vehicle. I have been left stranded for this reason. I also have issue with the electronic power steering for this vehicle. It gets really hard making it dangerous while driving because it is almost impossible to turn or steer the vehicle while driving.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 122012

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The car begins shaking violently when turning the car. The car becomes hard to keep under control.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #5

Oct 152009

G6 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Power steering light comes on and I lost power steering to the vehicle. Steering was very hard. Vehicle pulls hard to the left without any reason. I took it to the GM dealer 5 times to do an alignment but failed to fix the problem. Still pulls to the left as before. None of the dealers I went to knows what the problem is. I am concerned. 2005 Pontiac G6 GT 71,000 miles.

- Collegeville, MN, USA

problem #4

Nov 032004


  • 20,998 miles


I purchased a Pontiac G6 from a dealer in palmdale, ca in 2004. Problems have been as follows: 1. won't hold alignment - pulls to left - in shop 12/14/05. 2. new tires @20,998 miles due to alignment problems. 3. won't hold alignment - pulls to left - in shop 3/27/07. 4. won't hold alignment - pulls to left - in shop 11/02/07 5. won't hold alignment - pulls to left - in shop 9/05/08 6. new tires @ 41,753 miles due to alignment problems- 4/24/09 7. new rotors, drums and brakes - 4/24/09 8. alignment - pulls to left - swapped front tires - 8/02/09 8. alignment and new rear brakes - 8/29/09 9. alignment - pulls to left - in shop 9/15/09 the list of parts & labor have been extensive and I am on my 3rd set of tires and currently only have 48K on my car. The tires only lasted for 20K miles!!! I've had a total of 6 alignments and countless rotations and nothing works. I have also been through 2 sets of brakes and rotors in this time period as well. When I blogged about this issue there are a lot of other folks having the same problems with this make and model. I contacted the BBB auto line and they said my complaint is not within their jurisdiction. I contacted Pontiac / GMC and they said they can not help me. The car is dangerous to drive and hopefully it won't take an accident for someone to realize that the car is a lemon and unsafe.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 292009


  • miles
3 incidents of car skidding, sliding and doing a 360 when driving in the snow. 1st time, thought it needed new tires. 2nd time had gotten new tires, but thought it needed a slight alignment. Both incidents occurring while turning. 3rd incident, had gotten tires and alignment and driving slowly down a straight path when slid into the other lane with me having no control, thankfully no cars were coming, but did a complete 360 turn.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 302008


  • miles
2005 Pontiac G6 has problems with the brake lights, brake pads, and rotors. The day after purchasing the vehicle, the consumer had to take it back to get an alignment and have the rotors replaced. In June 2008, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer because the brakes were making a noise. The dealer was unable to duplicate the issue. Two weeks later, the front pads had to be replaced because they were worn. The sunroof had to be repaired due to a rattling noise it was making. After the sunroof was repaired, it began to make a different noise. A technician determined a pipe had ruptured. The brake lights were on when the vehicle was in drive. The consumer then received a recall letter in the mail regarding the defective brake lights after already paying for a sensor that didn't resolve the issue.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 252005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
] this vehicle is a new 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving at 45 mph and up with back rear windows down there was pounding vibration, it was assumed to be air that filled the vehicle. Took vehicle to dealer, who had no remedy for the problem. Dealer contacted the manufacturer and they did not have a remedy either. Dealer duplicated the problem. Also, tested other Pontiac 2005 G6 that had a similar problem, as well as the 2006 model. No repairs were made, but consumer felt this was a safety issue.

- Hilbert, WI, USA

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