NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 4)

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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:
84,361 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 fuel system problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #43

Nov 302013


  • 70,893 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact smelled fuel inside the vehicle. The failure recurred on several occasions while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was inspected and failed due to a fuel leak. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,893.

- Lake Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #42

Jan 202014


  • 14,881 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was informed that there was an odor coming from the vehicle and that there was fuel leaking. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was confirmed that there was fuel leaking from the vehicle. It was unable to be determined where the leak initially started. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,881.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #41

Nov 172013


  • 75,000 miles
After driving approximately 20 miles and parking, both car interior and trunk smelled strongly of gas. Checked pavement under car for leaking gas, but did not see any. This continued to happen on subsequent drives with the smell detected while driving. I am now afraid to drive the car because the gas smell is so strong and I am afraid of a fire or explosion. I have researched online and found other Pontiac G6 owners who have identified similar problems that have been traced to a hard plastic fuel line that comes out of the fuel pump at the gas tank. The car is now parked until I can afford to have it diagnosed and repaired...too risky to drive. All of this combined with the car's history of electrical problems and anti-theft system issues are just way too much. I cannot rely on the car for transportation at all, and it is apparently worthless as a trade-in.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #40

Jul 102015


  • 160,035 miles


My daughter was driving the car and was stopped by a police officer because fluid was coming from the vehicle. It turns out that a fitting on the gas tank broke and fuel was being pumped out of the vehicle at a high rate. This is a very hazardous situation and defective plastic fittings should not be allowed on vehicles.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #39

Jun 102015


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there was a strong odor of fuel emitting from outside and inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Lake Havasu City , AZ, USA

problem #38

Feb 162015

G6 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
We purchased a 2006 G6 and when driving and while the car is turned of sitting it has a heavy smell of gas...I read online it was a recall in some but wasn't sure on ours...I was told it is dangerous and needs to be fixed asap...I have also been told that people believe 2007 and newer are recalled but not 2006 but a bunch of people have complained you would think they would make a recall for 2006!!!

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #37

Oct 092014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles


I've noticed a strong gasoline smell coming from the rear of my car. I went to get an oil change and the technician showed me where gas is leaking from somewhere on the driver side of the actual tank. The gas is running down the side of the tank causing it to drip from the fuel tank cover. I have to get an assessment to find out where the problem actually lies and how much time and money it'll cost me to repair it. From the looks of the other posts, I'm not the only G6 owner with this issue. The issue is endangering the lives of drivers and their families/passengers. I would like for GM to issue a recall immediately to repair these issues.

- Wrightsville, GA, USA

problem #36

Jun 012008

G6 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
June of 2008, the service airbag light kept coming on. I took it back to the dealership where I bought the car from and they said it was the passenger side seat sensor that needed to be replace and since it was still under warranty at the time I didn't have to pay for it. After getting it fixed it hasn't come back on until about two years ago and it is now no longer under warranty and I was told if I don't get it fixed then when it comes back on then the airbags won't deploy. February of 2011, the check engine light came on and I had to replace all four of my O2 sensors and then the brain in order for the check engine light to go off. But every winter the check engine light comes back on when the temperature is 35degrees or lower and then I am unable to remote start my car. I have had it checked and code that keeps coming up is that I have bad O2 sensors but when they are checked they are still good. Both of these are a real pain. Can you please check to see if there are any other complaints. Thank you.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #35

Nov 282014


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted into the vehicle. The dealer discovered that there was a fuel leak; however, the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #34

Oct 012014


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted in and around the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the fuel pump was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Coral Springs, GA, USA

problem #33

Oct 302014


  • 119,000 miles


The Pontiac G6 2006 fuel pump is faulty and there's alot of complaint on the internet about this part.the strange thing about this issue is GM knows about this issue but for some very strange reason recall the vehicles from 2007-2010 and left off the 2006 model which seem to suffer most from this fuel pump defect from the plastic made part on their pump.the dealership after charging me $134 just to diagnose the problem which they knew from before wanted an additional $1200 to replace their own defective pump which they recalled on the 2007 model and many other vehicle....its a major rip off and a damn shame ! this issue is a major issue, gas is leaking on the exhaust and its a fire hazard.there are over 300 complaint on this on the internet from the 2006 G6 model and I am only one of them...GM should do right and recall these vehicles for the proper repairs...like they did for the 2007...

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #32

Oct 012014


  • 90,000 miles
My car has been smelling like a gas station my husband has looked into this and it seems to be leaking near the fill neck. After looking at forums it seems that this is a common problem and you have a possible recall on the G5 I now cannot drive my car it is so bad and it is just sitting in my driveway I guess we will be waiting on yet another recall on my car.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #31

Oct 012014


  • 127,766 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnosis. The technician stated that the fuel filter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the odor persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that the VIN was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 13E043000 (equipment, fuel system, gasoline). The approximate failure mileage was 127,766.

- Dixon, MO, USA

problem #30

Nov 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 96,155 miles
Vehicle was taken in for oil change and put on lift. Technician said, there was a strong odor of fuel(gasoline) coming from the rear of the vehicle. The tech showed me the location of a wet spot and we both touched the area and our fingers smelled like fuel. They want to charge me $850.27 for parts and labor. My choices are clear, get the thing fixed, or burn in an explosion. I strongly believe that many other motorist with this make and model have the same problem.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #29

Nov 302013


  • 131,650 miles
Fuel pump line cracked at pump had bad smell all the time and mileage was much lower so dropped fuel tank and noticed top of tank very wet and spotted leak at fuel outlet line, touched fitting and pulled off with very little effort.

- Union, MO, USA

problem #28

Oct 312014

G6 6-cyl

  • 95,500 miles
Hairline crack discovered in fuel pump unit, causing fuel leak onto exhaust pipe, resulting in fire risk, especially in enclosed areas.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #27

Oct 202014

G6 6-cyl

  • 49,262 miles
When vehicle was parked, raw fuel smell from rear of vehicle, took my insp mirror and found leak on the tank top.also fuel seeping down on the tank shield (bottom).GM dealer dropped tank and found fuel feed pipe cracked from fuel pump module.this line is plastic.

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #26

Oct 062014


  • 140,000 miles
There was a smell of fuel from the vehicle. No appearing leek from under the hood. When parked, noticed a leek under the car.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #25

Sep 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Hey my car was leaking gas and after driving a ticking time bomb for two weeks actually learned what the issue was the gas cable connected to the fuel pump had a leak from wear and tear and gas was coming out. If someone threw anything lit behind my car it would have blown up this fuel pump issue should be a recall I was charged a hefty repair bill as well im really starting to regret this Pontiac G6 GT coupe the car itself should be recalled if it isnt the steering its something else.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #24

Sep 272014


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that fuel fumes entered the vehicle and fuel was discovered on the ground were the vehicle was parked. The dealer stated that the fuel pump was cracked and needed to be replaced. The failure was remedied. The manufacturer was informed of the failure, but no remedy was offered. The failure mileage was 22,000....updated 03-11-15

- Vista, CA, USA

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