NHTSA — Equipment: Electrical: Radio/Tape Deck/Cd Etc. 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,200 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.

2006 Pontiac G6 accessories - interior problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 292006

G6 6-cyl

  • 20 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. While driving the vehicle off the dealer lot at approximately 2 mph, there was an electrical failure with the power windows. In addition, the cell phone charger fuse continued to blow out. The dealer stated that they would make repairs under warranty. There was bubbling in the paint job that was also repaired under warranty. Whenever the vehicle is started, the stereo changes from xm fm to am. The screen for the xm radio is blank, the clock is always behind, and the fuel gauge never works properly. It is difficult to tell exactly how much fuel is in the vehicle. The engine ticks periodically and it sometimes stalls upon starting. The nuts in the door loosen every two weeks and make a loud clunking sound when they are coming loose. There is also something wrong with the power steering. The failure mileage was 20 and current mileage was 18,000. Update 09/10/08 the power steering failed and was replaced, but it still was not right. The drive shaft began to unusual noises. Updated 09/10/08.

- Allmogordo, NM, USA

problem #1

Dec 022007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,380 miles
I have a 06 Pontiac G6 w/ 20K miles. At 4K miles it went to the dealership for a cd player problem. Now I have more problems. 3 weeks ago we went to use the vehicle and the battery was dead. It was towed to dealership and batt. Found to be bad. Last Monday 29th we found the battery to be dead again so it was towed back to te dealership again. Once again battery was bad and replaced. Then we had been noticing problems with the fuel range, mileage and low fuel light. You would be driving and the gas gauge would say you had 1/4 tank left and 39 miles to empty. You drive a mile and the gauge is on empty and it says low fuel!!! the dealership says " no problem found, working as manf. Built" then it would say you have X amount of miles to empty then the number would jump up and down. Took to dealership who said. " no problem found, working as manf. Built". I picked it up from the dealership and it said 206 miles to empty, I drove a half mile and it said 180 miles to empty. Then drove a quarter mile and it said 193 miles to empty. This was under normal speeds and acceleration. My dealership finally refused to work on the vehicle so I took it to another dealership who said "cannot duplicate the problem" so I dropped it off to have the oil changed. Come back 15 hours later and the battery was dead. Towed to the dealership again. They replaced the battery again. I picked it up once again and the fuel mileage said 142 I drove a half mile and it went to 130 I drove a quarter mile and it said 126 miles and then I drove 700 feet and it said 116 miles. I drove it back to the dealership and when I stopped I had 131 miles to empty. This car has been in the shop every day since Monday the 29th.

- Pocomoke, MD, USA

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