Ball Joints Went Bad Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
33,233 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pay $1000 out of pocket that gm won't reimburse (2 reports)
  2. gm covered cost of parts (1 reports)
2005 Pontiac G6 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 232008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


I bought the car in March 2008 with 31,000. My cousin is my mechanic, and when I got it serviced for the first time (at about 32,000 miles), he noticed it needed new ball joints. Since I had only had it three months, he called GM and got them to cover the cost of the parts, so I only had to pay labor.

- , Milford, IA, USA

problem #2

Jun 162009

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

I thought my struts were going out. Instead it was my ball joints and control arms. I love this car, I get to sink all sorts of money into it and its not even custom. I will be trading it in asap. This is the worst car I have ever owned. If I buy american again it will be a Ford.

- , Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 142008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,700 miles

Both ball joints went bad and wrecked the front tires car only had 18,700 miles but past the 3 year warranty, no help from GM

- , Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

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