NHTSA — Fuel System, Other: Storage: Fuel Gauge 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,579 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 #1

Jun 222006

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,579 miles


The fuel gauge in my 2006 Pontiac G6 does not accurately register the amount of fuel in the vehicle once the gauge reaches the fourth of a tank mark. The was one incident when the vehicle registered empty when my car was full of gas. The dealership has made 3 attempts to fix this problem. To date the vehicle is still giving a false reading with the fuel gauge when it reaches one fourth of a tank. The gauge moves sporadically from 1/4 to 1/8 to empty, and back to 1/4 and so on. The service department has verified that the Pontiac G6 has replicated this problem with 2 other vehicles in their service department, but claims this is a common feature for the Pontiac G6. I spoke to an engineer affiliated with the prototype Pontiac G6, and he stated that the vehicle should not be doing this. He suggested that there was a problem with the electrical or software maintenance. I have requested a re-purchase be done on my vehicle, but this has been refused. I am being stone walled by two individuals, and all I requested is that a Pontiac engineer be contacted to verify whether this is a problem that needs to be addressed.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

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