Power Steering Is Faulty

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 9)

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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
72,750 miles
Total Complaints:
172 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (98 reports)
  2. turn car off then back on (21 reports)
  3. replace power assist motor (14 reports)
  4. replace steering column (12 reports)
  5. replace all steering parts (7 reports)
  6. replace rack (7 reports)
2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #172

Jun 012019

G6 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,867 miles


Just wanted to say that for an issue this serious - the power steering stops working while driving - you would think that GM would fix it. They know about the problem but they had a "time limit" as to when they would fix. Since I bought the car last year it is out of the time limit. This isn't safe. It's going to cost more to fix than the car is worth!

- Anthony W., Windsor, ON, Canada

problem #171

Dec 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 171,000 miles

First off, if you are a Lawyer, or have/find a Lawyer that will take on GM over power steering issues beyond the recall I want in!

My 2006 G6 has lost steering 3 times that I can prove. I think there is another time that I cannot locate paperwork on. The first time was under Warranty and the steering column was replaced. The second time was under the recall and the torque sensors were replaced. The third time, Gm tells me it's been too long since the recall fix and too far out of Warranty to repair so I am on my own with a $1250 repair bill in my future.

I have owned this car since new! The first time the steering went out was at 14,000 miles. You would think that having a vehicle out there with your badge on it just waiting to kill someone due to a parts failure you could have prevented would be enough to spur you in to action, but the original cost estimate put the steering assist recall at 1.5 Billion, no wonder they want to push us to the side!

I'll also point out that the current estimate to repair the steering issue was about $1250.00 and that was replacing the torque sensors and steering motor, but the repair under warranty which replaced the steering column was only $286, although the labor rate wasn't included, this is still probably much cheaper than they are asking for the repair now since the Technician stated the motor alone was $500.

The biggest thing that irks me about this is the fact that GM sent me 2 letters, one extending the warranty coverage of the steering to 100,000 miles or 10 years from the date the car was put in to service, the second went on to extend coverage to 150,000 miles or 10 years. I made 2 calls, one to GM, and one to the number indicated for Pontiac. During both of these call they flatly denied any such letter was sent out and no warranty extension was granted due to this problem, even though I read them the letters. Because they didn't have some kind of number on them they claimed they didn't exist. I have also found in researching this on the web that GM has extended warranty coverage of steering issues for the life of certain vehicles while ignoring other models. What makes some better than others?

I have made several inquiries about a Lawsuit and heard nothing back. Today i talked with one lawyer who stated they did not handle vehicles older than 2012. I know the car is almost 11 years old, but I have taken care of it since new, shouldn't i be allowed to expect proper service out a vehicle that I put the proper care in to?

If anyone reads this and has suggestions, or answers, I'd really love to hear what you have to say.......

- Ed M., Paris, KY, US

problem #170

Apr 082017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Bought a Pontiac G6 for our college age daughter. She was driving on an expressway when the power steering failed. Looked up recalls on the car and found there was a recall for the electric power steering motor. Called GM, was told the prior owner replaced the power steering motor under a recall 2 years ago and they would not replace again under the recall.

If it failed for the prior owner and there is a recall why won't GM fix again under their recall? How does someone named "Chris" at a call center know how the car was repaired the first time around?

Are there any legal proceedings that require an auto maker to fix a vehicle a second time under a recall notice?

Thank you,

- northcoast2056, Grand Island, US

problem #169

Jul 012015

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles


Pontiac should be ashamed to take hard working peoples money for a car with so much wrong. Worst car I ever have paid for.

- cwinski3, Colliers, WV, US

problem #168

Feb 022016

G6 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,041 miles

I have owned this car for just over a month and I notice whenever there is really cold weather the car starts developing a mind of its own.

About every 5th time I start the car and back out of my driveway I will get a ding on the center console and a power steering warning shows up .

Usually when I turn off then restart the car its fine. However, today was the first time it locked up on me while I was actually driving (60 km/h) the wheel was stiff and I COULD NOT PULL MY CAR OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. What happens when I'm told by GM that the vin number does not match the vehicles recalled and I'm essentially s.o.l .

This is the most dangerous car I have ever owned and GM should take enough pride in their product to ensure the safety of its consumer.

- swindy88, Oshawa, ON, Canada

problem #167

Dec 192015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles


- Virginia L., Fresno, OH, US

problem #166

Jan 292015

G6 GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles


I bought this car in June of 2012. First problem was the starter, replaced it with a brand new one after spending 180 to do so.. Guess what happens next. It goes out again Thankfully my 180 starter had a warranty so I had it replaced again.

Next issue.. shifter cable goes out. Had to spend 300 in the shop for that repair. Next, A/C quitd working, along with the horn, interior lights, and brake light. (those still don't work) Next problem.. Popping noise in steering column when I turn the wheel.. along with the clanking that sounds like the bottom will fall completely off my car!!!!!!

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TO PUT THE CHERRY ON THE TOP OF THE CAKE My power steering goes out YESTERDAY! Find out there's a recall and guess what.. "oh it only covers for a sensor to be replaced, not a power steering pump"...really... so lets add it all up.. ALL those repairs ON TOP of a 300 car payment monthly at 22% interest rate.. I GOT SCREWED ROYALLY!!!! I'M OVER IT!! People do not ever buy a Pontiac I'm telling you, you will regret it with every breath!

- Kayla P., Bladenboro, NC, US

problem #165

Sep 292014

G6 ES 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,987 miles

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Because of Pontiac's "wonderful power steering" i hit a ditch doing 70mph because i lost power steering around a curve! i will never own a Pontiac again! Almost lost my life because of the power steering in this car.

- Austin S., Gadsden, TN, US

problem #164

Nov 192014

G6 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

This morning as I was traveling to Atlanta, Ga from Alabama, I stopped along the way to grab breakfast. As I was pulling into the parking lot and all the sudden "powering steering" popped up on my info display. At the same time, the power steering went out. It took all I had to turn into the parking lot and get off of the main road. This has happened before, many times. I have to stop, turn my car off and then back on. I knew I would eventually need to get it looked at, but with receiving notifications of 2 recent recalls on my car, I decided to research this. Found MANY MANY complaints with the same issue!

- Emily D., Millbrook, AL, US

problem #163

May 202014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

On May 20th 2014, I was at a complete stop and waiting to make a left turn. As I started to turn my power steering completely locked up after the wheel jerked out of my hands. Luckily there were no cars coming. I had to turn the car off and back on for the steering to work again. This has happened many times in the past. From now on each time it happens, I will list it on this site. I have contacted GM numerous times regarding this and I get the run around and talked down to like I'm an idiot. Apparently my VIN is not included in any recalls. I have completely stopped driving my car all together and this is a HUGE inconvenience. Each and every recall this GM has issued for this make and model, I have encountered, yet according to the idiots at GM, my car isn't affected. I do not know where to go from here. The car is a death trap. I live in a very busy metroplex and this is unacceptable. I want to lend my car to the CEO of GM for a week and have him drive his family around in it, and THEN he can tell me my car isn't having the problems due to its VIN. I know, I am supposed to mention the problems with this car separately and I will from now on, but I've experienced everything from brake lights not working to air bag issues as well.

- Amanda N., Fort Worth, TX, US

problem #162

Mar 202014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 230,000 miles


needing the parts on the recall of this. It has been over 4 months and I can't drive my car.

- Billy G., Stringtown, OK, US

problem #161

May 152014

G6 GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

I was driving around running errands and after one of my stops I tried to back out of my parking spot and couldn't turn the wheel. I had NO power steering at all. I turned the car on and off several times and still no power steering. I had to use every bit of strength I had to get my G6 home. I informed my dad of the problem, so he could help me get the car to the dealer and the next day he sent me articles regarding the recall on the G6's power steering. However, when we called the dealer they said my car/vin was not listed under the GM recall. So I have a G6 with no power steering and there is a recall for that EXACT problem, but my car isn't covered? WHAT?? I still haven't gotten it fixed, because I have been hoping GM will update the vin #'s to include my car. I am currently borrowing a car and cant wait on GM much longer. Frustrating!

- Cheryl S., Rochester Hills, MI, US

problem #160

Feb 112014

G6 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,652 miles

My daughter bought this car used and 5 days later her steering went as she was turning into an intersection.

She took it back to the dealer we bought from and they said that it would need to be turned off and on again to reset the computer. I feel this is a safety issue and heaven forbid that this happens on highway etc.

I have seen a previous comment with a Transport Canada recall and to take back to the dealer.

If I had known this about the car, we certainly would've thought twice before buying.

- Karen B., Brantford, ON, canada

problem #159

Oct 182011

G6 V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I purchased this car brand new and I'm a cautious driver. I believe in preventative maintenance. I love the car, except...

1. My car's power steering has completely failed me at least 4 different times. All random. No particular reason. Fortunately, all times I was in a parking lot. I could not steer for anything...it just shut down. I went to my mechanic and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. My power steering light also came on all those times. Again, the mechanic could not find a reason why.

2. I have other issues with this car that are worse! It stalls out on me often. Mostly when I come to the first stop light on my trip to work and stop; it stalls! I took it to my mechanic and they couldn't find any reason. My battery was fine and all that jazz.

3. I've had to have my breaks changed at least every other year and it doesn't make any sense to the mechanic. I have poured so much money into this NEW like car. I've been the only driver!

HELP! I called the dealership and they said there are no recalls on my pontiac G6, but I see them all over the news and online.

- Andrea C., Bergenfield, NJ, US

problem #158

Jun 232014

G6 GT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Power steering systems the use a regular power steering pump and rack n pinion worked just fine. Now it's this crap that's unaffordable for a lot of people to repair. With all of the complaints with the power steering system on the Pontiac G6 it would seem like GM would expand the recall to cover more than just a sensor. Now $900.00 later I'm able drive my vehicle.

- jameskinney, Champaign, IL, US

problem #157

Jun 152014

G6 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles

Cannot even drive the car, the steering keeps locking up, it sometimes will not turn at all. So I find out there is a recall so I called my local dealer and they tell me that the recall parts have not even been shipped to any dealers so I kept looking online and see when GM has known about this issue. The dealer tells me to stand-in-line.

Who will pay for the repair if the car gets wrecked or people get hurt? GM needs to get this problem fixed quick. The recall came out in late March and now it is the middle of June and they still do not have the parts for this recall?

- Kenneth T., Durham, NC, US

problem #156

Apr 032014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 171,291 miles

My husband found out yesterday that GM is having a recall on my 2006 Pontiac G6 for Power Steering and Ignition Switch defects. Ironically, this morning, my Power Steering went out completely! The rest of my drive to work was very scarey, but I made it. Now, I'm stuck here.... waiting for GM to get their individual VIN list to my local GM dealership! The Dealership GM, was very accommodating and commended me for calling the GM Customer Service Office in Detroit first thing this morning - wherein, they gave me a case #, but said it could be the end of the month before they had a complete list of VINs for the recall. Aaaargh!!!!! :( In the mean time I have to pray the Dealership works with me on repairs and a rental car so I can get to work!!! Funny that US Domestic Car Dealership SCREAM for Americans to stop buying foreign cars... WELL HELL... DUH! This is a NO BRAINER! Why would we voluntarily subject ourselves to GET SCREWED?????

- Teresa F., Dahlonega, GA, US

problem #155

Jan 142014

G6 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

My vehicle exhibited power steering failure. The dealer replaced the sensor in the steering column for $800. There is a TSB and recall on other VIN numbers in the 2006 model year, but not on my vin. GM maintains that this is not faulty. Customer Service did not do anything except lip service on this HUGE SAFETY PROBLEM. I'm not going to let this one go.

- Kevin E., Covington, LA, US

problem #154

Jan 012014

G6 GT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Owned this car since September 2006.

Original major steering problem (lost steering power while turning and while driving) was fixed by GM in 2009. They replaced the steering column. Then September 2013, different steering problem (clunking when turning), dealer fixed - replaced steering gear - cost $780.00.

Now (March 2014) the steering loses power usually when I first start and move the car. After the steering engages, it is working okay. So far.

Why is it always the steering? Otherwise, I really like the car. Only have 68,000+ miles on it. It's a GT with all the extra accessories (love the remote ignition and heated seats). HELP!

- serenstl, Ballwin, MO, US

problem #153

Feb 132014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I'm having problems with the steering on my car and there is no recall, this is unsafe to drive... you can fix the problem by turning off the car and turning it back on but when you are driving you have to pull over...

- jm0439690, Seymour, MO, US

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