NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 21 of 48)

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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:
42 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,179 miles

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2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 21 of 48)

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problem #543

Jun 052011

G6 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


Just bought this car and realized during first driving after purchase, that it has a click or clank in steering while turning. Then a message came on the message center that reads "power steering". I then came home and started searching online about this problem, as I found there is no power steering reservoir, so I need assistance now. The first results online I found was a site full of complaints about this issue. As I understand it, now the car will at some point lose power steering while driving. Either intermittently or permanently. This is clearly a safety issue.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #542

Jan 072011


  • 60,152 miles
Power steering keeps going out and have to keep restarting my car but still hard to turn wheel sometimes happens almost everyday its the power steering assist motor.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #541

May 032011


  • 69,000 miles
2006 Pontiac G6 my power steering cuts out when I'm driving. It will not come back on till I shut car off and restart. Sometimes it takes maybe 6 or 7 restarts to free up powersteering. It is hard to pull over and get out of traffic to do this. This is very dangerous.

- Rochester , NY, USA

problem #540

May 202011

G6 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


I have my Pontiac G6 for a little over 2 years now. Nothing but steering problems. There is a load clunking sound that happens when your turning, braking, or just driving. There has been many times I have almost be in accidents due 2 the steering. I got a letter say the recalled the power steering pump, but that's not the problem. This car is very unsafe. People are going to get hurt or killed if the steering problems are not fixed. It seem that's what got to happen first in order to get something done. Please have the GM company fix there cars....before its to late.

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #539

May 302011

G6 6-cyl

  • 81,665 miles
On May 30, 2011 I ([xxx]) was driving West bound on interstate 90 / U.S. 20, between the I-39 South exit and the South alpine exit. At approximately 17:30hrs. My 2006 Pontiac G6 lost it's power steering. I had very little control of the vehicle at this time. So I immediately exited at the S alpine exit wondering if the vehicle could make it. I was able to pull into the phillips 66 gas station upon my exit from the highway. There I waited for a tow. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cherry Valley, IL, USA

problem #538

May 142011

G6 6-cyl

  • 64,260 miles
Mild clunking when steering at low speed. Can be felt in the steering wheel. Had suspension checked and tie rod ends. All are not the source of the noise. Suspect steering rack but car only has 64K. This seems to be a common complaint as well as NHTSA has a tsb listed from 03/01/2008 #060232007 as well as a possible loss of power steering problems which I have not experienced yet.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #537

May 132011


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated while driving 30 mph, he lost power steering. He was able to restart the vehicle and drive normally. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic; however, he was unable to duplicate the failure. The dealer advised the contact that there were no related recalls. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was approximately 68,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #536

Apr 112011


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while attempting to park the vehicle, the steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel locked abnormally. The contact applied extreme force in order to maneuver the steering wheel. The engine was turned off and the power steering was reset to normal when the vehicle was restarted. The failure was experienced numerous times. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the steering failure had an extended warranty for 120,000 miles, but the contacts vehicle would not be covered under the warranty because it was over the mileage. The manufacturer recommended having the failure diagnosed by an authorized dealer and possibly repaired at the contacts expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and the failure mileage was 122,000.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #535

May 022011


  • 140,865 miles
About a week ago, I was driving at about 50 mph when my steering wheel locked up and I could not move it at all. I managed to pull over. The radio screen flashed and dinged "power steering" I called my husband who came and saw there was no power steering reservoir. Turns out its electric. After turning the car on, it seemed to be back to normal. This happened a few times since then, now my car is stuck permanently. As soon as I turn it on, it says "power steering" and will not resolve no matter how many times I turn it on and off. Horrible car!!

- Pearsall, TX, USA

problem #534

Apr 102011


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph, when she made a turn and noise emitted from the front driver's side of the vehicle. The contact continued to drive; however, recently, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure was consistent. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and they stated the power steering column would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #533

Oct 202010


  • 85,000 miles


I have a 2006 pointiac G6, I had a letter about the steering but I have miss placed it. It stated that if my steering went out have it checked. Well I was on the highway with my granddaughter and I went into the other lane infront of a truck and guess what the steering would not move. I called a dealership in mn and they said until my car stops all together they could not fix it; I have my grandchildren with me quite frequently I guess they want to fix it when something happens to my grandchild or myself I don't think so; please tell me what to do before someone gets hurt and I don't want it to be anybody. Also, I have replaced the rotors, brakes all four tires in the fall of 2010 in the beginning of 2011 I had to have them fixed. Well I have to go and have them fixed again I have never had a car like this in my life, I am a 65 year old single woman and I hate that this car is so badly constructed no wonder people do not buy american cars. Please tell me what to do about my brakes, thank you.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #532

Mar 252010


  • 55,000 miles
Electric steering assist kicks in and out. Steering wheel turned hard to the left on its own while I was going down the highway at 65mph. It took both hands to take back control. Power steering light blinked on the radio. When I stopped the wheel was making clicking sounds and turning violently to the left and right. After restarting the car the steering temporarily went back to normal. I have been have similar problems with the steering for the past year. Took to the dealar showing them bulletin # 10183 describing the exact problem for 2005 and 2006 G6's but they did nothing stating my VIN # was not in the affected range. This is extremely dangerous and will kill someone.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #531

Apr 182011


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 10 mph and attempting a turn, the contact heard a clunking noise. The noise was heard intermittently when the steering wheel was turned in either direction. The dealer was contacted and advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #530

Mar 272011


  • 69,000 miles
Power steering on Pontiac 2006 G6 goes out...then might return after sitting.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #529

Feb 102011

G6 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My 2006 Pontiac G6 came out with a power steering problem, says in the radio screen also, and caused my car losing control on express way from New Hampshire to Massachusetts and crashed into ramp. My car was damaged in shape and tire, wheel support bar. Replacement caused me a huge amount. Very very dangerous issue!!!

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #528

Aug 112010

G6 6-cyl

  • 37,560 miles
My power steering light keeps coming on and there is a clunking in my steering whenever I turn, and when I hit a bump my car sways a bit. As well as once in a while I lose my power steering which I almost crashed but maintained my composure.

- Seven Hills, OH, USA

problem #527

Mar 252011


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6 SE. The contact stated that the power steering warning light was illuminated with the loss of power steering assist. The contact had to utilize extreme bodily force in order to maneuver the steering wheel. The failure recurred several times and the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the power steering module. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer would not assist with the repairs. The failure and current mileage was 115,000.

- Ada , OH, USA

problem #526

Feb 102009


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving 35 mph when the power steering light illuminated causing the steering to fail. The vehicle was turned on and off but the light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the power steering system. Two months later, the power steering failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they replaced the electronic module within the system. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least three times in regards to the power steering failure, at the contacts expense. The vehicle was not under warranty. The manufacturer was contacted who stated they will contact him in regards to the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Lancaster, KY, USA

problem #525

Jan 112011


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 20 mph and attempting a turn, the contact experienced a loss of power steering for five to ten seconds. The vehicle continued to operate normally and the failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Grosse Point, MI, USA

problem #524

Mar 292011

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the failure occurred because the steering column was shaking. The dealer did not state what was causing the steering column to shake, but the contact stated that she could feel a shimmy when driving the vehicle. The steering shaft was replaced by the dealer previously on 6/30/2008. The manufacturer stated that the part was no longer covered by the warranty and not under recall. The failure and current mileages were 139,000. Updated 5/24/11

- Cushing, OK, USA

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