NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 2)

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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:
55,977 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 1 of 2)

problem #27

Jun 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,517 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and a fuel odor was present. The contact discovered a fuel leak. The dealer stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,517. Updated 11/21/14 updated 12/11/14

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #26

Dec 022013

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Gas smell coming for the car, obvious gas leak around fuel tank. There has been a recall for the 2007 and newer models but not the 2006. This is very dangerous.

- Potwin, KS, USA

problem #25

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 #24

May 012012

G6 6-cyl

  • miles


Gas smell at tank. Started notice 2-3 years ago. Do not notice a drip. Very noticeable after start and after parking @ 40000 miles. Confident it is the crack in fuel pump line. Hesitant to start first try but will start second try.

- Malvern, AR, USA

problem #23

May 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Fuel pump assembly is cracked and leaking gasoline regardless of speed. Gasoline runs down tank near exhaust system. Pump is not in an area of the car where normal wear and tear is expected.

- Ladson, SC, USA

problem #22

Apr 062014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
Car smells like gas is leaking at all times. Even when parked. Can't park in the garage because it makes my home smell like gas.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #21

Feb 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


Has strong odor of raw fuel, hooked to tech2 no error codes, replaced gas cap-issue not fixed, after further inspection visible gas leak from top of the gas tank. GM has recalled 2007 G5's for same problem...they need to address this issue as I've seen many complaints online. No one wants a bomb on wheels on the road.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #20

Apr 272013

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
My car begin to smell like gas. Once the smell was noticed fuel was seen by a mechanic friend slowly dripping from the area of the fuel tank when the car was off. When cranking my car the drip speed increased. After dropping and looking at the fuel tank it was found that the housing around the fuel pump is cracked.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #19

May 012013

G6 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I am smelling a gasoline smell all the time. When it is running or when it is parked and has not been started all day.

- Potwin, KS, USA

problem #18

Apr 042013

G6 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
We first started noticing a strong gasoline smell after adding gas to the G6 back in April. At first we thought it was just residual fumes from having recently adding gas. After this we noticed the smell all the time whether we were adding gas or not. We know that the gas is leaking out because we can put gas in the car, the message will show 100 miles to empty, drive 2-3 miles and it drops down to 75 miles to empty. This issue has steadily gotten worse and we are concerned for our safety when in the vehicle. We called our local dealership and they state that there is a recall for a leaking fuel pump on the G5 model, the 2007 G6, and several other models but not the 2006 G6. In our internet search we have found a significant number of other 2006 G6 owners with this same issue and receiving the same answer from the dealership. A vehicle that is leaking gas is a disaster waiting to happen. GM needs to include the 2006 G6 in the recall to prevent loss of life.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 132013

G6 6-cyl

  • 78,854 miles


I was driving and pulling up to the turning lane to make a left turn when all of a sudden the car lost power steering and I nearly crashed into the fence of a corner house. Also has a problem a strong smell if gas after the car is shutoff and have been told it has a crack in the lines that run on top of the fuel tank and the smell is from gas leaking out of the crack an spraying the top if the tank. I have read online that many people have experienced both of these problems with their 2006 Pontiac G6.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #16

Jun 282013

G6 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there was a strong gasoline fuel odor emitting from the vehicle. The contact also noticed fuel leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000 and the current mileage was 117,324.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #15

May 012013

G6 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
My car has a very bad smell of gasoline. It sometimes leave a small puddle of gasoline, but only when parked on an incline nose first. It was suggested to me that it may be a plastic connection from the fule tank to the fuel line. I also understand that GM has recalled certain cars for the same problem, but not the G-6. it would cost approx, $800 for repair.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #14

Oct 092011


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the plastic tube that connected to the fuel pump was cracked and leaking. The dealer was notified who advised replacing the fuel pump. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who replaced the fuel pump. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised the contact to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for inspection and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 144,000.

- Anderson, MO, USA

problem #13

May 202011

G6 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The problem first appeared in may of 2011. I usually leave my car outside. I had family visiting from out of town and my family was givin one of our vehicles to drive. My car was then put in the garage for a short time and this intense smell appeared. We first thought something was spilled in the garage.... we searched and found nothing. After our visitors left, it wasn't until mid August that the car ended up in the garage; again the intense smell of fuel was present in a very short period of time.... it was at that time that we discovered it was the car. I took it to the dealer and ironically, the man ahead of me ( with a Pontiac G6 ) was bringing his car in for and intense fuel smell coming from his car. I left the car with the dealer and checked online for any service bulletins on the vehicle. I discovered that there was. In fact, a service bulletin issued in the Pontiac G6 for cracked fuel pumps, and this was confirmed by the dealer. In the end, I had to pay $291.01 to repair the fuel pump on a car with only 41000 miles - ( GM says they split the bill 50/50 in good faith. ) I will tell you that this will end up being a recall in the coming year because someone will be injured or killed by ignoring this problem... I would still be driving around with this crack fuel pump had my car never been put in a garage. I have been a loyal GM customer for more than 25 years and have had every one of them leave me stranded at least 4 times - replaced a transmission on my 98 Blazer at 70,000 miles - and don't get me started on the 1986 Chevy Z24. I have put up with a lot with all the GM vehicles I have owned - and I almost bought a new Buick regal that was on the lot while waiting for my car the be checked in.. but I think it's about time to check out what Toyota or Honda has to offer.... just had enough.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #12

Mar 242011

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
Raw fuel smell coming from 2006 Pontiac G6 and lose of power. I have read in some online forums and this seems to be a problem with others G6's also. Most have stated that this could be a possible crack in fuel line.

- Rockvale, CO, USA

problem #11

Sep 012010

G6 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I bought my G6 gtp when it first came out in 2006. Since then I've had numerous problems with my vehicle. First there was a problem with the paint on the car, it looked like water spots. I took it in to the dealer 2weeks after I bought it. After many attempts they were able to get the spots off but they have slowly came back. Second my speakers blew after 1 month of having my car. They were replaced. Third, my two front lights must of had tiny holes because they would get really foggy after taking my car to the carwash. They had to be replaced also. Fourth time I received a letter for a recall due to a bad mounting of the sunroof hose. It stained my headliner and had to be replaced. I had to take my car back like 3 times because after replacing the headliner they apparently didn't put things back how they should therefore on rainy days the water would come inside my car through various places. Finally they got it right and it was rain free inside my vehicle. Fifth, my transmission gave out on me twice. Six, when I turn my wheel it makes this horrible popping noise, very irritating. Seventh, my about a month now my car had been smelling alot like gas, not to mention I have a 2yr old and a 7month old that are always in the car. I regret buying this vehicle and I'm very concerned for my family and myself! there should definitely be a recall on this gas problem. If anyone can help me please all of us that own these Pontiac G6 please do!

- Perris , CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 302007

G6 6-cyl

  • 38,900 miles
1. a few months after the warranty ran out I noticed a cracking in the paint on the hood only. The car is washed and waxed regularly with no unusual products. Paint has continued to deteriorate on the hood only (rest of the car is fine) and is now chipping through the clear coat entirely and to color underneath. I expect this will soon be flaking right off! 2. around same time paint problem started, cd player stopped working. 3. have experienced intermittent electrical shorts/problems with the console and have had to reset the clock and temp many times in addition to faulty "service airbag soon" warning that comes on then and disappears for months at a time. 4. within last few months, have begun smelling strong odor of gasoline outside the car even several hours after it has been turned off...fuel fill ups don't increase or dissipate this. Smell seems to be getting worse (intensifying) over time, however, although I cannot detect a leak or any noticeable change in the fuel economy. 5. several months after warranty ended began having difficulty starting car on "hot starts"...car cranks but doesn't ignite (same in hot and cold weather). This became more frequent until suddenly it completely reversed itself. Now "hot" starts are generally fine, cranking and non ignition typically happens on "cold" starts (same in hot and cold weather). For a car purchased with 29K miles and is now only at 66K I say this is deplorable! all these things occurred after 36K warranty ended but within the first 20-30K miles put on car. Ridiculous! my last car was a Plymouth and ran fine well over 100K (only major job was replacing timing belt @ 100K)...I don't think I can anticipate the same kind of longevity from this car. Considering the other serious problems raised concerning steering and everything else, I don't know what to do with it.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 012010


  • 115,000 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac G6. For the last few months it has been smelling like gas. I cannot find any leaking under the hood or the car. The odor is continuously getting stronger and the car is hesitating to start. There are way too many complaints regarding this issue and someone is bound to get hurt (vapors/fire).

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 152010


  • 64,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the fuel pump leaked over the engine and on the ground which could potentially cause a fire. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed of a fuel pump recall (not in NHTSA database). The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the recall only affected G5 models. The failure mileage was approximately 64,700.

- Scotsdale, AZ, USA

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