NHTSA — Electrical System: Battery 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,633 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

problem #3

Sep 152009


  • 4,900 miles


My Pontiac G6 2006 power steering goes out at first I was told my battery wasn't strong enough so, brought a new battery and it still goes out took back to dealership told me the power steering would cost me 1,200 and it wasn't under recall I think GM need to pay for this who wants a car that doesn't have a power steering pump atleast I could see if it needed a belt or fluid this is a mess.

- Newton, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 102007


  • miles
Car will not start. It will shake like its trying to start but nothing happens. It will leave you stranded. I had battery test done on 33342 miles and it stated rating:525 cca marginal battery results:12.77V 507 cca battery may fail to start vehicle below 4 F or under extreme heat conditions **consider replacing your battery before it is exposed to temperature extremes. This is what my battery test results. It left me three times!!!!! only 33342 miles... I guess I will go to GMC Pontiac dealership and get a full test done before my warranty goes. My battery must be replaced.....

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 062005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2006 Pontiac G6 in Sept 05, in Dec 05 I went to go to work on a Monday and the battery was dead. I had not used the car the day before. My son jumpstarted it and I took it to the dealer the next day. They couldn't find anything wrong with it. Two weeks later it happened again and I had the car towed. The dealer said that the battery couldn't hold a charge and they replaced my battery. In Feb 06, the car battery was dead again, I had it towed again. They couldn't find anything wrong and told me that I don't drive the car enough to recharge the battery. I drive my car between 17 to 20 miles a day. They recharged the battery and two weeks later it was dead again. The dealer talked with GM tech support who also agreed with the dealer that I don't drive my car enough. They also checked the electrical system and the parasitic draw and they all are fine. Once again they recharged my battery. One month later in March the battery was dead again. The dealer followed the same procedure as before and told me that GM tech support says there is nothing wrong with my car and no further tests will be done. They agreed to let me come in and have the battery tested every once in a while. Approx two weeks later the battery was tested and it was failing so they replaced my battery again. I continued to have my battery tested until the end of April. I didn't have another problem with it until July 06 when the battery was dead again. I had it jumpstarted and brought it to the dealership the next day. They checked the battery and the electrical system again and found nothing. All was well until Nov 06 when the battery was dead again. I had it towed to the dealer and again they recharged the battery and checked the electrical system. The dealer only keeps the car overnight and has not tried to figure out what is wrong with the car. The car starts normally with no problem and then the next day the battery is completely dead.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

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