NHTSA — Other 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,375 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

problem #4

Jul 042007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2006 four door car that has no child safety locks on the back door and my son has fallen out of the car from being able to unlock door while the car is moving.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 272006

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle was purchased October 3rd, 2006, as a demo vehicle with approximately 9,000 miles. Begininning at end of December my heater/air came on itself and running on high. Unit would not shut off while vehicle was running. I took vehicle to dealership & kept approx 3 days and replaced complete heat/air unit. Beginning in January my console lights come off and on on a regular basis. All guages go to zero and all lights in console light up. Vehicle was then taken back to dealership and console was replaced. This did not resolve problem and starting doing again the the very next day. Kept for approximately one week and have taken back to dealership and have been told that two technicians have checked vehicle and they can't resolve the problem. At 18,998 miles vehicle was taken to dealership and determined rotors were failing. They would not replace rotors but turned them and said if that failed before warranty expires they would possibly replace

- Prestonsburg, KY, USA

problem #2

Feb 232006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
(1) high speed driving (50 miles ph) and car wash (2) lot of air noise through sun roof and water leakage in through sun roof in car wash (3) dealer mentioned lot of complaints received from other customer. When they contact the manufacturer (GM) they request to contact the company that designed it. The company's phone goes to the answering mc and no resolution to the issue. Nothing is done.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #1

Feb 252006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving the vehicle going 5 mph the plastic piece of the console that is next to the accelerator pedal dropped down. This in turn caused the accelerator pedal to stick causing the vehicle to accelerate. The vehicle came to rest on a snow bank. There is damage to the vehicle, the manufacturer has been alerted. The consumer stated his foot became caught in the console cover. Updated 03/17/06.

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

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