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2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 4 of 5)

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,074 miles

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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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 brakes problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #22

Jun 172012

G6 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


First noticed that I was unable to shift from park. My cruise control would not engage or would shut off on its own while using. Realized my brake lights would stay on while driving and pedal was not depressed. Once I got the lights to turn off would not light up when pedal was depressed. First noticed this last summer but was not consistent. Started to act up again in the last few days.

- Rothschild , WI, USA

problem #21

Dec 202012

G6 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I work the night shift so I drive primarily at night when it's dark. My brake lights will light up when I take my foot off the brake, and then when I press the brake, the lights would not light up. At the same time all of this is happening my cruise control stopped working and when I would put my car in park it would sometimes be stuck and wouldn't come out of park.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #20

Oct 012011

G6 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The mileage is a rough estimate because I don't remember exactly what it was but this all started in the fall of 2011. My brake lights are working in reverse. When the brake pedal is pressed my lights go off and when I'm not pushing the brake pedal the lights are on. The dealership did the recommended service by putting the lubricant on the brake module. It worked fine for about 4 months by then my car was no longer under warranty so I was not going to pay the dealership to do the service. My dad replaced the whole module and again it worked fine for another 6 months. When it happened again my dad put lubricant on it again, worked fine up till this past May. My dad is going to take a look at it again. I'm scared to drive in this car for fear of being rear ended due the lights no working.

- Fombell, PA, USA

problem #19

Jun 112013

G6 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


Brake lights come on when the pedal is not being depressed.

- Edgewater, MD, USA

problem #18

Jun 012013

G6 6-cyl

  • 67,580 miles
Transmission feels as though it enter overdrive- brakes feel unresponsive and if responsive only slightly, and continues to accelerate with the transmission stuck. Car will eventually stop when emergency brake is pulled, and then the transmission will not shift out of drive. Steering wheel will become locked as well. After multiple attempts of turning the vehicle off and on, it will eventually unlock the transmission and will allow to be shifted into park. Vehicle is an automatic.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #17

Oct 302012

G6 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was attending my aunts funeral in hackensack, NJ. I reside in Maryland, so its about a 5 hour drive for me. Half way there, my sister called me and asked why was I riding my brakes. I told her, I was not riding my breaks. She informs me that my brake lights flash all the time. I could not believe her. Coming home from the funeral, we witnessed the same thing. Then several days later, I could not get the car out of park. I had to sit at foodlion for about twenty minutes, before I was able to get the car in gear. I called GM 800-620-7668 and tried to issue a complaint. I was told there was no recall. But I happen to see this issue all over the internet. My issue is still occurring, again I called GM and I was brushed off. I feel this issue should be corrected by GM and not my bank account.

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #16

May 162013

G6 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


I was on my way to a softball game, was going 65 on the fast lane, and all of sudden I read power steering on the radio, the car was still on but the gas didn't want to go and my wheel was tensed, there was a lot of traffic but I managed to get it to the left shoulder without causing an accident. The car was towed and has been parked ever since.

- Robstown , TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 032011

G6 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Same complaint as others with Pontiac G6 and brake lights. While I am driving or in park my brake lights remain on. While braking, my brake lights go out. Fortunately, I have had no accident related to this problem, but other drivers have stopped to tell me this is occurring. I have had a couple of close calls while driving in work time traffic where vehicles tend to be almost bumper to bumper and the other drivers do not know that I am braking because my brake lights are out. Additionally, the cruise control works sporadically. I have reported this to my local dealership and called the customer service department at Pontiac and neither acknowledge this known problem. When this first started a couple of years ago, the brake lights would work sporadically. The dealership said they could not replicate the problem therefore they could not repair it.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #14

Mar 302013

G6 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Brakes lights will of the sudden come on, deactivating cruise control and brake lights will stay on continously. Brake lights will go off with the tap of the pedal but will then come back on.

- Iowa Falls, IA, USA

problem #13

Feb 012013


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the brake light switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the remedy failed to correct the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic and the technician stated that the body control module was defective. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #12

Feb 262013


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the when depressing the brake pedal, the brake light failed. The contact also stated that when she took her foot off the brake pedal, the light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Beloyt, WI, USA

problem #11

Feb 182013

G6 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The air bag light has illuminated and I see there was a recall for other G6 2206 but not for my VIN number. I have the same problem as the others that were recalled. Also I am having an extremely difficult time getting my car out of park. I have to push the brake with a tremendous amount of force and hope that is comes out of park. Again G6 2006 was recalled and my vehicle does not fall into those VIN numbers. It is extremely frustrating to know that safety and faulty pieces are not covered under a recall that same year model and make were covered. Please let me know what I can do besides contacting an attorney to have these items fixed under the recalls that were issued for G6 2006 Pontiac. Thank you

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #10

Feb 062013

G6 6-cyl

  • 106,990 miles
As many owners of this vehicle are experiencing..trouble getting the vehicle in gear from park, have to step on the brakes to the floor. Brake lights work in the reverse direction and 3rd brake light stays on when foot is not on the brakes..help please..this is a matter of safety and may cause injury or death..my VIN number was not listed on the GM recall. My VIN number was about 1,000 cars after the recall.I am going to a GM dealer and I have been told a new brake pedal comes with the brake sensor..I do not want to throw a ton of money not knowing the exact problem.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #9

Dec 262012

G6 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
My 2006 Pontiac G6 steering wheel moves back and forth by its self. When I'm driving the power steering stops working and becomes very hard to steer.

- Cameron, WV, USA

problem #8

Sep 142012

G6 4-cyl

  • 75,900 miles
Brake lights are defective. Working in reverse order! lights are illuminated when not pressing brake. And are off when pressing brakes. It is hazardous!

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #7

Oct 052012

G6 6-cyl

  • 69,912 miles
Report from driver behind us at traffic light indicated that the brake lights were on when moving down the highway but went off when stopping at traffic light. Close call at traffic light a couple of days before when nearly hit from behind. Driver missed us by driving off of the road onto burm.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #6

Sep 032012

G6 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Brake lights not working properly, have to press brake pedal extremely hard to get out of park, and cruise control not functioning properly as well. Brake lights illuminate whenever they want to. Brake lights may or may not work when brake pedal pressed. Also the brake lights come on at random times while driving witch, could result in a fatality...... G.M. is saying my car should not be affected due to my VIN #. if that's the case why is my car having the exact stated problems in the recall. NHTSA # is 09V036000.. thanks for any help you can send my way....

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 012012


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake warning light was illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic replaced the brake stop switch, cruise control switch and the turn signal switch. Also, the connectors were cleaned and the failure was resolved. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and the contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights); however the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 87,000. The current mileage was 90,288.

- Vestaburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012009

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
The first instance that I was made aware of this issue was when a police officer pulled me over to question the brake lights issue of them not coming on while I was stopped. It appeared that they were just not working, however the issue initially went away and I was not made aware of the brake lights working intermittently for a year after that. Occasionally other drivers have signaled that there is something amiss with the brake lights. However, it appears that now that the car is at 100,000+ miles, the issue with the brake lights is now constant. The issue does not disappear and reappear. We have now had another driver follow the car to test the brake lights, and it is exactly that the lights are on continuously while driving and occasionally turn off and then when the brakes are pressed, the lights turn off, and so on. It appears that the contact is incorrect between the brake pedal and the brake lighting. It appears that the exact issue that I am experiencing is described by: NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 however, my car's VIN is not included in the stated impacted population, however the manufacturer does state that the issue could afflict more cars, but that the primary period in which this manufacturing issue occurred was addressed. I would argue that point as it appears that this car is impacted by this without any recourse.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake light remained illuminated and caused the cruise control to fail. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the internal shifter assembly was replaced however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and denied assistance with the repair because the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 159,000.

- Dry Ridge , KY, USA

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