NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 7 of 9)

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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:
4 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,853 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 electrical problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 9)

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problem #48

Feb 032010


  • 110,000 miles


I own a Pontiac G6 2006 its the worst car I have ever owned I have put 4000-6000$ in to this car and still continue to have problems on a daily basis from the power steering catalytic converters brakes tire rod ends wheel bearings and numerous other problems I have paid more on fixing the problems on the car than I have paid on the car there are currently no recalls to my knowledge but I strongly believe the entire car should be recalled and GM should pay back what the car was purchased for!

- Andover, IA, USA

problem #47

Aug 062011

G6 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The brake lights on the vehicle come on randomly while driving. This causes the lights to be inoperable while depressing the brake pedal. I have been in several close calls for rear end accidents. Stopped by the police on 2 separate occasions. Also this is the exact problem that GM has in the 2005-06 Pontiac G6 brake light recall notice. I have had the vehicle serviced under recall 2 times now. The fix lasts approximately 3 to 4 months, then the exact same, extremely dangerous, brake light and cruise control issue returns. When the problem occurs the cruise control disengages at random also. This has caused many nerve racking situations when cruise control disengages in traffic while traveling up a hill. GM's fix of applying dielectric grease to the connector is a band aid type fix and is not a remedy for this extremely dangerous recall issue. The newer model G6 vehicles do not have this issue, making it obvious that GM saw a need to fix the problem in house. This problem has been occurring for 4 years at minimum. The car currently has 89K miles and I am the original owner since new. I keep the car in immaculate mechanical condition. This defect needs to be fixed in the correct manner before somebody loses a life.

- Allen, MI, USA

problem #46

Jun 202011

G6 6-cyl

  • 55,010 miles
Cruise stopped working, brake lights came on when pedal not depressed, and off when depressed exactly as described in recall #09V036000.

- Ocilla, GA, USA

problem #45

May 202011

G6 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


My 2006 G6's brake lights stay on while driving. When the brakes are tapped, they will go off for about 10 seconds before turning back on. When the brakes are pressed to stop, they do not illuminate. When the brake lights are malfunctioning, the cruise control will not engage. This appears to be an issue many G6 owners are experiencing yet GM dealers call it a "no fix." (whatever that means).

- Greenwood, MO, USA

problem #44

May 252011

G6 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Rear brake lights fail to turn off even when you are not using the breaks. The rear brake lights stay on even after you turn the car off. The only way to get them to turn off is to pump the brake until they turn off. People driving behind you do not know if you are stopping.

- Angola, NY, USA

problem #43

Dec 072010


  • 30,000 miles
My current problem with my 2006 Pontiac G6 sounds the same as the recall for the 2009 Pontiac G6. Today (12-8-10) I had to bring in my car in to the dealer after putting my car in park, which then proceeded to roll. The wiring system did not seem to recognize park or disconnected from the transmission. I later tried to turn the ignition and the car would not turn on at all. 4 months ago I brought it in for the key getting stuck in the ignition because the car didn't recognize it as being in park. Three other times I had issues with the brake/foot peddles. I would have to break to accelerate and drive to slow down or it would not accelerate at all until it reached 30mph. It would automatically drive in traction control and read decreased engine power on the panel. In addition, I have recently had a fountain of water pouring into my car surrounding the sunroof on either side of panels btwn the front and rear windows, resulting in severe interior damage and subsequent mold spores growing. Instead of the filter surrounding the sunroof filtering water out, it is filtering water in.

- Audubon, NJ, USA

problem #42

Dec 042010


  • miles


Brake lamps won't operate properly brake lamps may not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed. In addition, the cruise control may not engage, and greater brake pedal force may be required to shift the vehicle out of park and illuminate bake lights.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #41

Nov 292010


  • 70,200 miles
In the past few weeks, the steering wheel has been shaking to the left and right while the vehicle is stop. I did not think anything of it until I stop at a traffic light. The steering wheel lock up and could not move left or right. The information center on the radio displayed a power steering warning. I was stuck in the middle of the road until minutes later I turned on the car again and regain control of the steering wheel.

- Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #40

Nov 112010

G6 6-cyl

  • 88,995 miles
While driving, suddenly the power steering indicator lights comes on and the steering wheel is impossible to control. This is the fourth time this issue has occurred but every time I shut the car off and turn it back on the problem goes away. Every mechanic I have brought the car to says there is no problem when they do a diagnostic check.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #39

Nov 192010


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving at various speeds with the radio in activation and unexpectedly the radio failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated that the radio system would need to be replaced. Also, the technician informed that the radio defect was a common problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Griffith, IN, USA

problem #38

Oct 242010


  • 220,000 miles


The power steering has gone out on my 2006 Pontiac G6 without warning. There are several complaints prior to mine some involving wrecks. My vehicle is all I have to Transport me back & forth to work & I'm terrified. This vehicle has several other issues including the camshaft sensor, blown struts but none as dangerous as the power steering going out. There need to be a recall of this car before someone gets hurt.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #37

Oct 302007

G6 6-cyl

  • 38,900 miles
1. a few months after the warranty ran out I noticed a cracking in the paint on the hood only. The car is washed and waxed regularly with no unusual products. Paint has continued to deteriorate on the hood only (rest of the car is fine) and is now chipping through the clear coat entirely and to color underneath. I expect this will soon be flaking right off! 2. around same time paint problem started, cd player stopped working. 3. have experienced intermittent electrical shorts/problems with the console and have had to reset the clock and temp many times in addition to faulty "service airbag soon" warning that comes on then and disappears for months at a time. 4. within last few months, have begun smelling strong odor of gasoline outside the car even several hours after it has been turned off...fuel fill ups don't increase or dissipate this. Smell seems to be getting worse (intensifying) over time, however, although I cannot detect a leak or any noticeable change in the fuel economy. 5. several months after warranty ended began having difficulty starting car on "hot starts"...car cranks but doesn't ignite (same in hot and cold weather). This became more frequent until suddenly it completely reversed itself. Now "hot" starts are generally fine, cranking and non ignition typically happens on "cold" starts (same in hot and cold weather). For a car purchased with 29K miles and is now only at 66K I say this is deplorable! all these things occurred after 36K warranty ended but within the first 20-30K miles put on car. Ridiculous! my last car was a Plymouth and ran fine well over 100K (only major job was replacing timing belt @ 100K)...I don't think I can anticipate the same kind of longevity from this car. Considering the other serious problems raised concerning steering and everything else, I don't know what to do with it.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #36

Jul 012010


  • 89,000 miles
Brake light malfunction that occurs constantly. Brake illuminates when driving and turn off when the brakes are applied. Vehicle has the same symptoms described in recall id# 28422 but according to Pontiac my vehicle is not covered in the recall.

- Sellersburg, IN, USA

problem #35

May 102010


  • 63,750 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac G6, while driving the veh all the dash board lights will begin to flash on and off of the veh to include the security, temp and battery lights. The battery light will however stay on, also at this time the message display will begin to display nearly every message that is possible, then while the car is in motion regardless of speed the power steering will go out and stay out for various periods of time. This originally occurred 1 time, we took the veh to the dealership who diagnosed that the alternator would shut down after reaching a certain temp so they replaced it, it was fine about 1 month before beginning to do the same thing this time on a very frequently almost to the point it does it now every time the vehicle is started. I have done alot of research on this issue and have found that there have been quite a few complaints for the same exact issues made to Pontiac/GM by owners of this vehicle and GM seems to be ignoring the problem. I would like this issue addressed before someone dies on the roadway, because if it is not as soon as the incident makes the news you can be assured alot of people will be going to the news saying that this problem has been brought to the attention of GM and the NHTSA.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #34

Mar 312010


  • 71,500 miles
The brake lights on my car only work properly on an intermittent basis. The brake lights come on when the brake pedal is not engaged and the brake lights will stay on at times when the brake pedal is no longer engaged. The cruise control will also just disengage while driving down the road or fail to set a speed when trying to set. There is a current recall on this exact problem with cars like mine. However, GM claims that my vehicle is not included in this recall as the defective part/issue is not on my vehicle according to the VIN number issued.

- Murphysboro, IL, USA

problem #33

Jan 142010


  • 108,500 miles
I have recently did a tune up on my 2006 Pontiac G6 just plugs and plug wires. When my wife told me the car locked it steering wheel upon a quick take off I then drove the car again and also had two lock ups with me. After that happen to us we never really do any fast takeoffs with the car. This happen 3 times in the month of January. This only happens with a takeoff and all the panel lights act like they turn off with all gauges drop in off position, but the car still running. Im not sure if this is part of the defect, but for the past 9 months this car has been real hard to start up and no lights display for a check engine. I have taken this car in for a computer diagnostics test and nothing was found to be wrong with the car. The dealership told me to get a new key and I did and it didn't help.

- Rockdale, TX, USA

problem #32

Jan 052010


  • 47,000 miles
I have a G6 and it has a major power steering problem and it has gotten to the point I wont even drive the car anymore. You can be driving and it will pull you off the road or into oncoming traffic I almost went into the creek and that is when I parked it. I just wonder how many ppl has to be hurt before they recall these cars. Im basically making a payment on something I cant even drive. I have had to replace the seatbelt sensor and the idle arm and I cant plug in the cell phone charger because it blows the fuses every time I do. And there has been times that when I went to put the car in park I would not go I would have to turn off the key, restart the car and then put it in park. I would advise ppl not to buy these cars. They are a hazard and not safe at all. They are just a money pit and an accident waiting to happen.

- Chapmanville, WV, USA

problem #31

Nov 112009


  • 97,000 miles
I was preparing to make a left turn and my steering wheel locked up and I was unable to complete the turn. I was making a left onto the interstate, thankfully no cars were behind me, so I turned my car off and back on and the problem corrected. Upon making another left turn into my parking lot at work the steering failed again, this time with vehicles behind me. I was able to maneuver away from the flow of traffic and turn the engine off and back on. This vehicle has done this almost every morning without fail. It only does it when I make a left turn and I notice there's a "scraping" or "scrubbing" sound when I begin to make a left turn. This is ridiculous and General Motors needs to do a recall asap. I know they don't want a lawsuit which could result if this isn't resolved if, god forbid, someone is involved in a serious accident because of this. It's dangerous because you never know when the power steering will fail or where you're at when it fails. The government or GM needs to step in and do something soon!

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #30

Oct 012009


  • 51,000 miles
Electric steering shorts out and you lose the power steering. It works fine and all of a sudden it is gone.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #29

Oct 312009


  • 113,585 miles
I was driving my 2006 Pontiac G6 on 31 October 2009, I turn off the interstate and the power steering locked. Power steering lit on the radio and the wheel was hard to turn. I finally got to autozone and brought some fluid, but found out that there is no where to put it. I did some research and found out that this is electrical problem. I think GM need to do recall on this problem before some seriously get hurt.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

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