NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 3 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 3 of 4)

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problem #23

Apr 012013

G6 4-cyl

  • miles


My car constantly smells of gas and is very hard to start. I can't park it in my garage because it makes my home smell like gas fumes. My check engine light is also on. I have changed the gas cap several times and this has not helped.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #22

Jul 012014


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that fuel fumes were emitted in and around the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel tank was crack. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Patterson, CA, USA

problem #21

Apr 102013


  • 110,000 miles
Driving 65-70 mph on highway while raining. Lost quite a bit of power and started to stahl. Message flashed across message screen stating "reduced engine power". had to pull of to emergency shoulder lane. Left car on the side of highway for a little over 24 hours. Came back next day and my car started right up with no problems. This happened 3 more times with the same outcome. Around 4 weeks ago, while driving on the highway, no rain this time, I heard the chime and message screen flashed "power steering." My power steering was immediately lost, I managed to merge over to left lane and into the emergency lane. While merging, the screen chimed once again but now displaying "reduced engine power". my car stalled and completely shut off. Once stopped, I pulled out key from ignition. Replaced key in efforts to restart my vehicle. The ignition would not turn over. My vehicle was completely dead at this point. Around 10 hours later, returned to vehicle on highway shoulder, car started right up on the first turn of key. This exact incident happened 4 days later with same outcome. Recently last week and this week, while starting my car, once I place my vehicle in reverse. My message screen will chime and display "power steering" and loose all steering capabilities. I can fix this myself by turning off the engine, removing key, wait about 30 seconds and try again resulting in normal use.

- Bethel , OH, USA

problem #20

Dec 022013


  • 52,585 miles


After returning from a short trip, I noticed the smell of gasoline around the car. After checking under neath the car. Gasoline seepage was observed on the side of the fuel tank. (not filler neck) after dropping the car off at the dealership were it was purchased, the faulty part was determined to be a fuel pump nipple was leaking.the fuel pump assembly was replaced for a mere $998.75. The fuel pump is located at the top of the tank and is totally protected and should not have failed. The car has only 52,000 miles on it.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 152013


  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle began to emit a gasoline odor. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection where the contact was advised that fuel was leaking near the manifold. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 167,000.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #18

Nov 152013


  • 175,000 miles
Fuel pump went out, these parts are supposed to last a lot longer than this. Fuel was leaking from the top right side of the gas tank. Took it to a mechanic and found it was a cheap plastic part on the fuel pump. Unfortunately the plastic part is part of the fuel pump assembly and a totally new fuel pump needed to be replaced. Mechanic reported that this is common with the G6 models.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 062013


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while sitting at a traffic light, she smelled gasoline. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that there was a fuel leak and the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #16

May 132013

G6 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Vehicle started having problems starting this am. On my way to work I noticed a lot of gas was coming out of vehicle. Parked my vehicle went to work and came out. Vehicle had strong smell of gas and under vehicle there was a lot of gas. Took to a mechanic and the plastic part on the fuel pump that connects hose was cracked/broken. There is current, Y a recall for 2007 models and up but I believe that the plastic connectors are the problem and all vehicles with this part should be recalled.

- Round Rock , TX, USA

problem #15

Oct 012012

G6 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Family noticed a very strong odor of fuel coming from the vehicle when the vehicle was sitting in the driveway. Inside the car, the smell was less strong, but still noticeable. In taking it to the dealership, they claimed to have found both a fuel leak and a coolant leak and repaired both. When I took back the vehicle, I could still smell it and the dealership stated that was residual. After a week, the smell was just as strong and I returned it. They washed the undercarriage and said that would do it. It did not solve the problem. I returned it and they dropped out the fuel tank (and forgot to reattach it!), but stated they still could not find the source. They washed it again and said it was the best they could do. I researched the problem on the internet and found multiple complaints about Pontiac's fuel pump. I noticed that this is an issue with multiple year models (recall 09V-419), but not 2006 (yet). According to our research and contact with GM the 2006 G6 has not been added to the current recall 09V-419. I am surprised the dealership did not look for this problem specifically, but apparently, it is a lot of work to get to the fuel pump area. Please add 2006 to the recall!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 122012

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Fuel pump has a crack in the top and is leaking fuel while car is running or not running. Very dangeruos defect.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #13

Dec 042012

G6 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


I have a Pontiac G6 and when the problem started, the dash would say check gas cap. I bought like 3 or 4 new gas caps and the warning continued. While my car is parked, a strong odor of gasoline can be smelled. Seems pretty dangerous. I took it to the dealer and I was told the fuel pump sending unit was malfunctioning and needed to be replaced. When they took it apart they called me and said the fuel pump module was broken also. Apparently this is a common problem with this model.

- Tulare, CA, USA

problem #12

Feb 112013

G6 4-cyl

  • 77,133 miles
Started noticing a very strong odor of fuel coming from the vehicle after the vehicle was turned off. After a while the smell became stronger and we could smell it a day after we had even driven the car and the car started taking longer and longer to start. Apparently there is an issue with the fuel pump module and it is actually leaking gasoline at the top of the fuel pump. We have taken care of this car religiously since it was purchased new. We did some research and noticed that this is an issue with this year model and other year models. According to our research and contact with GM the 2006 G6 has not been added to the current recall 09V-419 which is unacceptable as this is a manufacturer defect and occurs just from driving the vehicle.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 132012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there was a smell of fuel inside and outside of the vehicle. In addition, when driving various speeds the engine warning indicator illuminated three different times with the fuel odor emitting inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the engine solenoid was replaced. The fuel odor continued after the repair was performed. The vehicle was not repaired for the second time. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bedford, CT, USA

problem #10

Jan 042013

G6 6-cyl

  • 74,700 miles
2006 Pontiac G6 started emitting a strong odor of fuel regardless of fuel level or if the car was running or not. First visual inspection revealed that there was not a steady leak of fuel on the ground under the car. The fuel odor progressively intensified and upon the second more thorough inspection there is a leak from the fuel pump assembly directly on top of the fuel tank and above the exhaust system.

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

problem #9

Jan 292013


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that she noticed a strong gasoline odor while the vehicle was parked in a garage. The odor was also noticeable in the cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, who advised the contact that the fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised her that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was approximately 89,000. The current mileage was approximately 89,568.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #8

Nov 272012

G6 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
2 days in a row I have been pulling into parking spaces when all of a sudden my power steering stops working, the power steering light comes on, and a alert chime sounds. Pontiac has recalled other makes/models for this exact problem, but the 2006 G6 was not included in this recall. My car is becoming dangerous to drive because of this defect. There are plenty of reports of this online. Why is Pontiac not being required to recall these faulty cars" 2 months ago I contacted Pontiac because my car was leaking fuel from the gas line. This was happening because of a faulty plastic part in the fuel pump. Again, Pontiac had a partial recall for this exact same part, and the exact same problem on other models, but no recall for the 2006 G6. Since leaking fuel is a hazard to my family I was forced to get this fixed, and Pontiac did not reimburse or help with the cost. Again, why is Pontiac not being required to recall these faulty cars that are dangerous to the families who are driving them"

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 162012

G6 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
In April I started to notice a faint smell of gasoline emanating from the rear of my vehicle. Thinking nothing of it I paid little mind. As the months have gone by I have noticed the smell has gotten worse and now fuel drips from the back of the fuel tank in small quantities after being driven for even a small amount of time. Researching on forums I have found much talk of this same problem as shown: www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2006/Pontiac/G6/fuel+system www.G6ownersclub.com/forum/showthread.php?T=2647 this seems to the average observer to be directly linked to the current expansion campaign 12V459000 which originally addressed in recall 09V-419 a quick glance over of the parts shows that they have differing model numbers, however have an design in the area in which the breakage is occurring. My primary concern as a consumer is that this is a non moving part that is not in an area that could be exposed to "normal wear and tear" as such it can be deduced that this incident is tied to a faulty design and not user error. This is a safety hazard caused by a design flaw that the company has already recognized is in error in multiple other vehicles and as such the recall should be expanded to cover the 2006 Pontiac G6.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 052012

G6 6-cyl

  • 86,036 miles
Plastic return on fuel pump module cracked leaking fuel on ground and near exhaust. This apears to be related to recall number 12190 that was announced 9/30/2012. When I took vehicle in for repair, the dealer could find no active recall. I took pictures of the defective fuel pump module at the dealer garage.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 272012

G6 4-cyl

  • 31,052 miles
The car started smelling like gas and took it to the dealer and found out the fuel pump was leaking. It cost me $911.53 to replace the fuel pump with 19179818 w-module kit. I called the GM recall claim department, but they said there is no recall for my car. I asked them to review this problem and it is the same problem they are having with the other similar car.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Sep 102012

G6 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Started smelling strong gas smell outside the vehicle--- upon inspection found out that a gas leak was leaking from the car.

- Somerset, KY, USA

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