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2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 7)

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,315 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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #137

Nov 052016


  • 110,385 miles


Re: Pontiac 2006 -G6 GT elect. System, elect. Stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control --- this car was recalled for above problems in 2014. At that time I brought car to dealer to be fixed, although the car was not in need of repair because no problems had existed, dealer stated he fixed all recall problems at that time. Now two years later I am experiencing all the listed problems above. I took car to mechanic where he did replace parts but still experiencing problem. It must go back to dealer so problem can be alleviated. Brake lights do not go on when braking also when applying gas they sometimes go on. Cruise control is also not working. What's to say that this problem was never fixed in 2014 when the car was recalled due to the fact that I wasn't having any issues at that time. Had do I know the work was ever done the first time around since I was not in the service area and I had no problems with the car. What's to say I was handed an itemized list of all corrected parts and indeed it was never fixed. I called Pontiac and was told since it was replaced with recall I have to now pay out of pocket. According to NHTSA -they have been working to reduce deaths and injuries on the roadways to make it safer for the public. They also need to be on the customers side and not the side of the dealer.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #136

Dec 012015


  • 100,000 miles
I purchased this car from a previous owner about a year ago and I have replace the low beam bulbs 3 times and it only last a few days. I can bang on the headlight and it will come back on for a day or so but then turns off again. It is usually the drivers side but sometimes the passenger side as well. After searching for answers I have heard others complain of the same issue. I am worried that there is a severe electrical issue with these cars that could cause them to go up in flames.

- South Shore, KY, USA

problem #135

Sep 132016


  • 150,000 miles
My brake lights are not working properly. They stay on and turn off when I press the brakes and randomly turn on and off as I drive down the road or even just sitting still. I have had my car serviced and every time it is an issue with BCM. When I was notified of the recall on that issue, I took my car to the dealership, but what they did did not fix the issue. It did, but only temporarily.

- Dolgeville, NY, USA

problem #134

Aug 192016


  • 170,388 miles


I had the recalls all fixed as soon as I was aware of them. A few months later my brake lights started flashing as I was driving. I took it to a dealer and $300 later it was fixed. They said I had to pay since the recall had already been taken care of. A few months later and here I am again with the airbag reporting problems as working and not working. Also now my brake lights are staying on as I am driving and turning off for a few seconds when I tap the brake. As I am stopped the brake lights are not turning on unless I forcefully hold the pedal down. I know when I take it into the dealer that it is going to be the same thing, lots of money for a temporary fix that all extend from the "fixed" recall. I also had a new brake control sensor put in, but it made no difference. This is causing a dangerous condition and since it is my car, I don't know what I am suppose to do here. The recall repair is not fixing the problem, other than temporarily, and this is putting my life and others at risk.

- Fresno, OH, USA

problem #133

Jan 032012


  • 65,000 miles
Takata recall first noticed problem January 2012. I had to press on brake pedal really hard to shift out of park and brake pedal would make a noise when I first pushed on it. Cruise control would disengage while in use or would not work at all. Not sure if brake lights were improperly working at this time or not. Took car to GM dealership 3 times before it seemed to be fixed. Forward to October of 2015 and issue is back. The same symptoms but the only reason I discovered the brake lights constantly being on is I was at gas station and got out of my car as it was idle and in park to throw something away and noticed during the day my tail lights were on and very bright. Took it to a mechanic immediately and as I pushed on the brake pedal, my brake lights went off. The shop put in a new brake light switch and that did not fix the issue. Can.of drive the car as it is too dangerous.

- Grand Haven, MI, USA

problem #132

Jan 312016


  • 86,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving 25 mph, the driver side low bean headlight and daytime running lamp failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the driver side low beam wiring harness burned out and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,400.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #131

Oct 142015


  • miles


My brake lights come on while I'm driving and stay on. Then when I apply the brakes the brake lights go off. I have had the brake pedal positioning sensor replaced numerous times after being told that it was the problem and it still keeps happening. I then received a recall notice for this brake issue and had the BCM and bpps and harness replaced (recall 13036) as well as the transmission shift cable (recall 14152). It has now been less than a year and I am having the same issue again. The dealership is telling me that it is the bpps again and is refusing to cover the cost. I feel scared every time I drive my car because I never know if my brake lights are working or not even after I'm told that they have been fixed.

- Marion, IN, USA

problem #130

Sep 172015


  • 114,000 miles
Passenger side headlight low beam bulb socket melted at out going wire. Casues headblight to go out.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #129

Aug 142015


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving at 45 mph, the brake warning light illuminated when releasing the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the brakes were repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Lawndale, NC, USA

problem #128

Sep 022014


  • 79,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. After starting the vehicle and depressing the brake pedal, the brake lights would activate intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was previously repaired under the NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (exterior lighting), but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 79,400. MA 10/15/2015

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #127

Aug 312015


  • miles


Having issues with the front lights. This evening I was driving down a back road and suddenly both low beam headlights went out simultaneously. I put on my high beams and 15 seconds later, both low beams came back on. This happened every few hundred feet for my entire drive home. There is definitely an electrical issue and as I'm looking online I see many others are also having lighting issues. If this is a frequent and known problem, GM should be responsible for fixing it. It was really scary having both headlights go out and I'm very thankful I did not crash! this car has been nothing but problems and recalls! as a long time GM customer, I'm extremely disappointed in this vehicle!

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #126

Jun 012009


  • miles
The brake lights are illuminated while the brake pedal is not compressed! this problem has been on going since June 2009, the vehicle has had the recalls preformed and the problem with the brake light has not been resolved!!!! this is a safety issue!!!

- Titusville , FL, USA

problem #125

Feb 112015


  • miles
I took my vehicle to be inspected by a exxon mechanic and he informed me of one of the recalls on my vehicle (electrical power steering). I contacted the nearest GM dealership in my area requesting information on the recall process. A member of the service team informed me of 3 open recalls on my car. I asked her what are my options. She said the recall parts can be replaced free of charge at their dealership. I asked her if replacing the car or being reimbursement was an option. She said she never heard of that. After her denying if that was even an option she later informed me that getting reimbursed was a lengthy process. I asked her to point me in the right direction. I was given General Motors recall number. I contacted GM and was given the run around after explaining my story to several agents. Finally an agent contacted roadside assistance and the vehicle towed to a dealership. That occurred around 11am. I didn't hear anything from GM or the dealership until 3 pm the next day. When I called the dealership the service guy had no idea what the car was there for. My car was at the dealership for over 24 hours with know contact info or service request. I called [xxx] at GM and they had no idea where my car was. The car was originally supposed to be sent to criswell Chevy dealership. I informed him it was at king Buick GMC. We further discussed what I wanted to come out of this and I let him know I felt unsafe driving the car with power steering and transmission issues. He repeatedly asked if I was sure I wanted to be done with the car. He also said he would try his best to resolve the issue but first I needed to give permission to replace the recall parts when we speak with the dealership in the am. I spoke with the dealership the next morning requesting a loaner vehicle and was told I can not get one because my car is out of warranty. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #124

Jan 102015

G6 4WD 8-cyl

  • 110,400 miles
Pulled into grocery store gentleman came over to me and said something is wrong with either my taillights or brake lights, they disappear when stepping on brake. Then on Jan. 13th, rec'd phone call from sheriff's dept. Someone turned in my plate number so they could inform me my tail lights or bake lights are not working. Took the car in and it couldn't be worked on that next day. Anyway I did have some recalls, and when parts available took to the dealer and all 3 recalls were supposedly fixed. One recall I know was regarding something with rear lighting. Had no problems and no complaints before took it in for service. All I know is the two good citizens were worried about me getting rear ended because of this problem. And I am driving around in an unsafe vehicle because the dealer can't fit me in until wed. The Jan 21, and it might be a problem they didn't fix and got paid for. I tried to see exactly what the problem is, and it appeared after I stepped on the brake, my tail light faded out for awhile and gradually came back on. So it appears I have no tail lights. One recall was power steering and that is just fine, but the other two I don't exactly recall what they were. My main concern, is I was told by the dealer that all 3 recalls were taken care of.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #123

Jan 232013

G6 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Drivers side headlight is dim even after replacing the bulb, also the license plate light does not work at all even after replacing that light as well.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #122

Jul 262014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6 the brake lights stayed on and drained the battery. The dealer replaced the brake light switch and battery.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #121

Jun 232014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6. Consumer writes in regards to GM recall #13036 and repair reimbursement.* ld the consumer stated the dealership would not honor the no charge provision.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #120

Oct 072014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The parts needed were not available. The dealer did not provide a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #119

Sep 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac G6. Consumer writes in regards to recall repairs. The consumer stated after receiving two recall letters, the parts finally came in. When the consumer arrived home, her husband reviewed the invoice, and discovered the parts, that were installed in the vehicle, were re-manufactured and not new. The dealer denied, the parts were re-manufactured.

- Perry, MI, USA

problem #118

Aug 042014


  • 135,000 miles
Headlight wiring harness connections that plug into headlights shorted out and corroded on both headlights. Dims and brights.

- Luxemburg, WI, USA

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