NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 9 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 9 of 9)

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problem #8

Aug 212006

G6 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 that I am leasing since 11/1/2005 and since August 2006 I have been having numerous problems with the battery and engine on and off. Then finally on August 21, 2006 I went to go start it and it was totally dead. It was towed to the nearest dealer and they had to replace the battery which started leaking battery acid into the engine. About a month later in mid September 2006, I was running errands and went to start my car to go home and it was dead. I was at a store and had to get it towed again to a nearest dealer. There they found it was a wiring harness chafe around the starter motor and also concerning the air conditioning lines and that caused a few fuses to blow. As of today November 28, 2006 I am still having issues with starting the car and the dealer cant find whats wrong. The car just turned one year and shouldn't have these issues. I had to go out and buy a portable jump starter becasue this car is so unpredictable. It has been back and forth to the dealer 3 times in 2 months and I am tired of it.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 032006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles
The car was parked in my yard. A typical Florida storm quickly blew through. Lightning struck near-by setting off the horn, which would not stop. Smoke started coming from the car. I called the fire department who then extinguished the fire in the electrical system and a report was made. My dash was melted and the interior is ruined my insurance company has done an investigation and said it was a faulty electrical system. My children and I could have been killed, we could have lost our home. It is still under investigation between my insurance and GMC.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 232006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Radio and display does not always come on when vehicle is started; display is dim sometimes to the point you can barely read it then it comes back bright all of a sudden, time and temp changes; these events are occurring at least once a week if not 2 -3 times a week; unsure of the exact date it started. Date given is the first recorded date.

- Thibodaux, LA, USA

problem #5

Jun 292006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,375 miles


I bought this car on 4/12/2006. The electrical system has a problem so when the passenger rolls down the power window the driver can not put it back up. On 6/29/2006 I took it in for this and they put grease on my windows and they replaced the drivers side window switch. It worked for 2 days and then it stopped working again only this time the passenger seat belt warning stopped working as well, so on 7/8/2006 I took it back and they replaced the drivers side window switch again and repaired the wires to the warning for seat belt. Now here we are it is 7/17 and it quit again on Friday the 7/14/2006 so I called and this time they told me they are keeping it indefinitely and the lady who made my appt. Said I should consider renting a car. I argued that for as much money as I spent on this car I should not have to, so they agreed to pay the rental. My concern is this; things keep happening with the electrical system what if it causes a fire or worse an accident with me and my 3 kids in it.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #4

Apr 212006

G6 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,253 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was parked for a period of several days, but after turning the ignition, there was the strong odor of something burning. Further examination revealed grayish black smoke erupting from the center console near the floorboard. The contact pulled up the panel which revealed no obvious fire, but more smoke. After the removal of foam insulation block from the console, flames were visible. The fire department was contacted to extinguish the fire. The emergency operator instructed the contact to the turn off the ignition. While doing as instructed, the flames touched the contact's arm resulting in minor injuries. Meanwhile the flames engulfed the vehicle which was deemed a complete loss, there was extensive fire damage. Police were on the scene and a report was taken. Afterwards, the fire inspector determined the fire was electrical in nature.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 092006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles
When driving check engine light and traction control light will come on, driver information center will show message "reduced engine power" and car will slow down significantly and not go over 45 mph. Additionally cruise control will not work. If turned off remote start will not work and vehicle restarts with check engine light on and runs rough. Usually next restart check engine light will be off and will run better. Vehicle will have burnt smell when parked in garage after incident. Computer is storing error codes but dealer can not diagnose problem. Dealer indicates "software error" prevents them from getting information about vehicle at time when error codes were recorded. In shop 3 times and they can not figure out, wanted me to use a data recorder but when they tried to show me how to work it the recorded did not work. This has happened 3 times, 2/9/2006 on I95, 2/20/2006 during in town driving(only disabled remote start and burning smell), and 3/4/2006 on a country road.

- Topton, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006

G6 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 200 miles
Grinding noise when changing gears on 6 speed manual transmission. Clicking or popping noises from transmission when taking foot off of gas. Transmission has a very poor feel generally and generally feels disconnected from the vehicle. Grinding is more apparent with low speed shifts or when turning. The second complaint is that the fog light button and the seat heater switch get noticeably hot while driving with the lights on. The third complaint is that the dash lights do not go on when you put the lights on manually during the day.

- Chesapeake Beach, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 212005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
Vehicle was purchased in August and have had no problems since. When temperature is cold, below 30 degrees F, stabilitrak does not work and message is displayed in message center. When temp is above 30, stabilitrak works fine. Without traction system, vehicle slides over the road, losing traction very easily.

- Livonia, MI, USA

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