NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock: Control Unit/Module 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.


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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 #1

Sep 152006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


I purchased my Pontiac G6 GT in September of 2006. Shortly thereafter, I had to return it to the dealership because the horn would not work properly. It was replaced. 6-8 weeks later, it was back at the dealership for another horn replacement. Then, the starter sounded like it was hanging up, like it would not disengage after the motor started. So, I took it to another dealership, but they could not duplicate the problem and simply reset the computer and returned the vehicle to me. 2 months ago, I noticed that the cruise control was not working. A couple of weeks later I discovered that my brake lights were staying on. I took it to the dealership and a module was replaced regarding the brake lights and cruise control. The next week it was back at the dealership for the same problems. 2 weeks after the return, guess what! it was back at the dealership for the brake lights staying on and the cruise control not working. I got the car back last week, and over this past weekend, I noticed that the cruise was not working yet again. Not only the brakes/cruise, but the starter started hanging again and now the drivers' side heated seat comes on and cannot be turned off!!! my car has been at the dealership since Tuesday and Pontiac says that they will not offer a buy back because the problems are electrical and not mechanical! I guess I will just wait on it to catch fire!

- Monroe, LA, USA

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