NHTSA — Visibility: Sun Roof Assembly Problems

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CarComplaints.com 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,216 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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 312015


  • 56,300 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the panoramic sun roof was not functioning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the pin needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 56,300.

- Escamaba, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 162014

G6 6-cyl

  • 1,650 miles
I have owned my Pontiac G6 since I got it in 2006, I have had many issues with this car right off the bat stating with power windows failing taking it in multiply times to get it corrected, second the panoramic sun roof will not open and is stuck [xxx] but not sealed completely closed, had taken it to many GM dealerships over the past few years and everyone has say it is impossible to fix. My first thought is how on earth can a company put out a product that nobody can fix. Now I have a leaky sunroof when it rains, and my most recent problem is my power steering. Driving 65 on the freeway and my power steering shutting off. I got this fixed in December of 2013 and it now November of 2014 and I have no power steering, and ever dealership and the GM headquarters are telling me there is nothing the can do for me and I have to pay everything out of pocket for them not fixing my car properly. I am tired of having issues with this car does it take me to get injured or die in an accent for them to take this matter seriously. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Spring Valley , CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 082014

G6 6-cyl

  • 144,094 miles
Service engine soon light illuminated, clunk, knock or rattle noise from front of vehicle when turning steering wheel regardless if the car is parked or driving on curves, turning, or going over bumps at both low and high speeds. Car pulls to the left and has a constant vibration/shake which can sometimes be very violent throughout the entire car and completely disable it! a constant loud squeaking noise when applying brakes or when driving at low speed can be heard. A ticking or knocking type noise coming from the engine or transmission area may subside in hot temperature. Panoramic sunroof leakes a wind rush noise. Intermittent long crank or no crank with a delayed start. Headlamp and backlighting have low visibility or inoperative. Gearshift indicator light occasionally comes on or flickers. When doors are locked the locking mechanism may not release by key or remote and I have to crawl inside from the trunk in order to unlock the car. The climate control does not engage/ push air on setting 3 but works on 1 2 and 4. the famous "monsoon" radio has horrible sounding speakers as if blown however they are not. I have seen more than 1 certified mechanic for these problems. I have paid a lot of money repairing steering, brakes, rotors, alignment, tires balanced etc. However problems are still occurring in my very recent purchased G6. Now I see recalls have been issued but according to GM website my VIN# is not listed as being recalled. Well apparently it does and should be recalled for replacement repair and reimbursement since Pontiac/GM are completely aware of these issues and recalling cars with "certain VIN numbers". I have bought non-american cars until now with no problems other than standard maintenance. This is my first Pontiac/GM and sadly I am beginning to wonder if I made a mistake by not staying with non-american made cars.

- Walker, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 102007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,970 miles


Purchased my ga sedan in April 2006 as a new car with 7 miles. At approx. 15K miles, noticed a popping noise coming from the front when making turns or accelerating after a hard stop. Took it to the dealer, was advised that a bolt used to correct this service issue was on backorder. While waiting for that part, approx. 2 weeks later, noticed that the ABS and traction control warning lights came on while driving, then later when starting the car. Came on sometimes and sometimes not. Returned the car to the dealer, reminded them about the popping noise in the steering, and waiting now for them to call me to say they have repaired the vehicle. Last issue which I have not addressed yet is the panoramic sunroof.it creaks when temps are cold, and sometimes will malfunction when opened, if you have it open in the first position, then try to close it, it will open to the fourth position. Had to turn it to another position, then return it to the closed position for it to close.

- Maplewood, NJ, USA

problem #3

Aug 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
New vehicle! leaks on left passenger side above & around seat belt during rain or washing. Both floor and seat become saturated. Told by the dealer that it is problem with sunroof's drain hose.

- Winifrede, WV, USA

problem #2

Jul 012006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's sunroof had not been child proofed and could cause serious bodily injuries or worse. The dealer examined the vehicle and determined that the manufacturer did not put child safety locks. No further repairs were performed. The vehicle was not included in any recall due to the VIN.

- Cache, OK, USA

problem #1

Jul 212006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph the sunroof glass blew outward. This incident occurred without warning. The dealer determined the cause of this incident to be heat and recommended the sunroof be replaced.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

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