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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.


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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 #2

Nov 112008


  • miles


I own a 2006 Pontiac G6 and my speedometer is not registering in mileages(mph) but in kilometers (khm). I purchased the car with 42,000 and not even a year later it has 92,000 miles or kilometers on it. I've only been out of town once in this vehicle. I read the owner's manual for the car and it stated that in Canada the car's register kilometers. Clearly, I am not in Canada but reside in the United States. Will this afftect my title and registration if and when I decide to trade this car in and what can be done to correct this?

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 272006

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle was purchased October 3rd, 2006, as a demo vehicle with approximately 9,000 miles. Begininning at end of December my heater/air came on itself and running on high. Unit would not shut off while vehicle was running. I took vehicle to dealership & kept approx 3 days and replaced complete heat/air unit. Beginning in January my console lights come off and on on a regular basis. All guages go to zero and all lights in console light up. Vehicle was then taken back to dealership and console was replaced. This did not resolve problem and starting doing again the the very next day. Kept for approximately one week and have taken back to dealership and have been told that two technicians have checked vehicle and they can't resolve the problem. At 18,998 miles vehicle was taken to dealership and determined rotors were failing. They would not replace rotors but turned them and said if that failed before warranty expires they would possibly replace

- Prestonsburg, KY, USA

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