Ac Compressor Went Bad Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague Notes: The 2006 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2006 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 2006 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 this power steering issue, up to 10 years/100k miles. However a large number of 2006 G6 owners have reported they were not covered by this campaign, based on VIN#.

As of late 2013 the NHTSA had well over 700 steering complaints on file for the 2006 G6, with 21 crashes & 12 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 2006 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 2006 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
85,512 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced compressor (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2006 Pontiac G6 AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 172016

G6 GM 3500 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 183,136 miles


My pontaic g6 2006 air compressor goes in and out when its really hot outside it don't work so well.

- , Whiteville, USA

problem #2

Aug 122009

G6 GT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,400 miles

Well first of all this car belongs to my daughter. The air conditioner pump got a pin hole and it leaked all of the freon out. Now this car is only 4 years old and the leak seems to be right on the seam or weld what ever you want to call it. Now most of my family are G.M.A.C. buyers. I took it to the dealer and because the warrenty was up ther was nothing they could do but charge us an arm and a leg. Because we don't have the money to fix this problem my daughter is driving around in a hot car during the summer. She goes to college and work. Now I am not an expert on this type of problem but it sure seems to me that it is a manufacture defect but thats only me. I was thinking of writing a letter to the corporation but don't know if that would do any good.Thanks for letting me vent.

- , Colton, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Air conditioner stopped working in the middle of summer, turned out to be a faulty pump. The technician at the dealership said it looked like someone dropped it at the factory and put in my car anyway. There is a small plastic plug molded to the pump and it fell out, you can't buy just the plug, you have to buy the entire thing. This cost me 100 dollars on my extended warranty. The pump cost is around 650.

- , Hillsdale, MI, USA

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