NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Delivery: Fuel Pump 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,912 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

problem #5

Jun 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


I live in South Florida, owner of a 2006 Pontiac G6, I noticed a fuel smell from the inside of the car, and rear wheel-well, also would not start on first attempt, starts on second attempt. Looked online found a recall on 2007 Pontiac G5 regarding this issue, NHTSA campaign number: 09V41900, in hot weather states with other GM vehicles, obviously this is a common problem and a recall should address it, it is a very dangerous situation. I did some research and seen numerous post and a high failure rate of a plastic fitting on the fuel pump. This needs to be addressed to GM as a possible fire hazard and a recall in place to save lives!! www.carsafetyreference.com/Pontiac-G6-2007/fuel-system/ www.G6ownersclub.com/forum/showthread.php?T=8241 www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2007/Pontiac/G6/fuel+system.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jan 112012

G6 4-cyl

  • 54,559 miles
Strong smell of gas coming from car. Check engine light came on. Notice a leak under car. Took to dealership for repair. Dealership repalced fuel pump. The 2006 Pontiac G6 should be included in the current recall: NHTSA campaign id# : 12V459000 GM campaign #: 12190 expansion of recall 09V-419.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242012

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6. Consumer states problem with fuel assembly the consumer stated the engine light illuminated and she could smell gasoline coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic. An inspection revealed, the fuel pump assembly needed to be replaced, as it was leaking from the top portion of the assembly onto the muffler.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 102007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Engine light came on, stayed on, ran rough-took it to the dealer (27,245 mi) & they replaced the fuel pump module. They said it was a sensor but it was better to replace the entire module.

- Brea, CA, USA

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