NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock 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:
28,351 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 brakes problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 172008

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


I leased a 06' Pontiac G6 in June of 06' and I've had nothing but problems with the car since I got it. On 2/16/08 I was on my way to Florida for vacation and I was half way there when I noticed the brakes were grinding. I only have 26,000 miles on my car and this was the first long distance to ever be driven with my car. So when I arrived to Florida on bad brakes I took it to a Pontiac dealership and they told me I just needed brakes and it would cost 210 per brake because all they brakes had went. And I didnt have the money to pay for brakes (which very rarely go all at once or at 26,000 miles.) I had just replaced all 4 tires a week prior. So I took my car to have a second opinion at another place who specialize in brakes only and they found that the calipers in my car had malfunctioned and they wore the brakes down to bare metal. Pontiac refused to pay and told us that brakes aren't in the warranty and that it's normal wear and tear. Which I know first hand its not. My father has a 04' Kia and hes been back and forth to Florida 4 times and has 36,000 miles and hes never replaced his brakes or tires. This is totally ridiculous and I know this is not normal to happen to a car.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
My brakes started making a whining noise the week of 11-12-07. I had it looked at by the dealer on 11-21-07..the service manager advised me that I needed to replace my brake pads and recommended to have the rotors resurfaced. My car first came out in 2005. I've had my car 1.5 years. I do not drive in a lot of traffic. If anything I drive less than what I've ever with any car. I have had several cars leading up to this one and have never had to replace/fix anything with the brakes. I had my brakes fixed 11-26-07 and had to resurface the back rotors down to a 1,000. They will never be able to be resurfaced again. I had to replace all of the brake pads and resurface the front rotors as well. I am very shocked that I had to fix the brakes this soon!

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 282007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,052 miles
Brake lights not functioning properly! brake lights either was on all the time or flickered. The dealer has been great by putting me in alt transportaion, but seemed the problem only existed with me for they did not have the problem with the car while in their possesion, but when I picked up my car the problem was again there. They have replaced the brake light switch, ABS module, and reprogrammed the BCM. But the problem still existed. Very dangerous, no one could tell when stopping, slowing or going or just riding the brakes. This has to be addressed.

- Conover, NC, USA

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