NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,667 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 exhaust system problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 242010


  • 75,000 miles


Catalytic converter has went out and part has been on back order since before June 2010.....has still not arrived...there are many complaints on this part and I feel it should be on recall...the whole [xxx] car. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 202010


  • miles
I have experienced power steering failure multiple times in my 2006 Pontiac G6 while driving also after starting the car. I call GM to report the problem and suggested that they issue a recall, I was told to take my vehicle into a Pontiac dealership to have it diagnosed. After having my car in the repair shop for a day, I received a call from the service department and was told that my car coded a problem with the torque sensor; but further testing was needed to pinpoint the exact cause for the power steering failure. A few days later I again received a call from the service specialist saying that they needed to replace my steering column. I asked if that was the cause for the power steering failure, and was told that it was. I have yet to hear from the GM district specialist regarding my vehicle. There have been no crashes, incidents, or injuries but this is a very dangerous problem regarding Pontiac G6's and their loss of power steering.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #1

Nov 012008


  • 80,000 miles
Catalytic converter failure/ check engine light on.

- La Vergne, TN, USA

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