NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 30 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

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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 30 of 48)

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problem #363

Apr 122006


  • 63,594 miles


I was stopped at a stop light and had just come down the off ramp from the highway where I was going up to 65mph. As I started to turn right the wheel would not turn and the power steering light came on. Thankfully I was close to home and did not have my 6 year old child in the car because if I would have gotten hit it would have been on the side that she sits on. After looking into fixing the issue and seeing all of the complaints about this very same issue with the Pontiac G6 and learning that GM has done nothing about it...I am wondering how much money they will have to pay when someone sues them because of a fatal accident that was caused by a known issue. This power steering issue was also a problem on the Pontiac G5 according to reports and the G5 has been recalled. Is it going to take multiple fatalities for this car to be recalled" I can only pray that this does not happen to me or anyone else for that matter. It is obvious how dangerous this issue can be when you are driving and the car just does this out of nowhere. Then when you get in the car to show someone else it does not do it. A person can never predict when this might happen as there are no warnings or symptoms before it happens all the time. Dangerous and life threatening. I will not let my child ride in this car anymore because of this problem. I bought this car because it was not foreign and I want to support products made in the usa. Next time I will think twice about that especially if my life will be in danger everytime I get into the car. GM you really need to do right by your consumers and recall this car before multiple lives are taken or changed forever because of permanent injuries due to a malfunctioning of the car. This is one of the scariest feelings ever not knowing when the power steering will go out. Where will I be next time and will I be able to turn the car or get off the road before getting into an accident"

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #362

Apr 122010


  • miles
My wife was driving her 2006 Pontiac G6 that we brought from a GM lot and was GM certified. The car's power steering suddenly locked up and she could not turn the wheel. Luckily she was near our home and made it back ok. When I went out to check out the problem I could not find anything for the power steering (apparently it is electrical). After visiting various websites I found that there have been many complaints about this very same issue and that GM is doing nothing about it. People are taking there cars back to the dealers and are being told that there is nothing they can do about it and they end up paying a bundle to get it fixed, only to have it happen again. I find this completely irresponsible and unbelievable on the part of GM concerning this very serious and dangerous matter. There should definitely be a recall on this car. I am not going to pay for someone else's mistake. This needs to be fixed.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #361

Apr 082010


  • 69,000 miles
Event leading up to failure - normal neighborhood driving as well as freeway driving. The failure - power steering locks up how often - intermittent, at least 4 - 6 times per week the consequences - potentially catastrophic! two young children in car, vehicle is virtually undriveable. Luckily, father was/is driving the vehicle and is able to return vehicle to a safe location before noone was hurt. Service department unable to find problem. Safety of entire family is at risk. Single income family, should not be responsible for repairs/continuing to be obligated to paying for car when so many complaints are lodged over the same exact problem, circumstances and failure are identical, etc. A buyback is in order.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #360

Apr 042010

G6 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


My 2006 Pontiac G6's power steering column is failing, my steering wheel has a mind of its on when its driving down the street, lots of other owners have been having this problem..when will there be a recall"???"

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #359

Apr 022010


  • 45,000 miles
Faulty steering. When your driving it locks up and you have no control of the vehicle. Speed various between time to time when it happens. Has happened on several occasions.if you remove key and restart it goes away then dealer says they cant find problem.but that doesnt help me when my steering locked up and I was going head on a group of kids.dangerous steering!! far worst than the Toyota they recalled.I dont understand why they havent recalled these 2006 Pontiac G6's they are dangerous.I want it fixed! now when I click lock/unlock one of my doors wont work.something electrical.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #358

Mar 252010


  • 69,220 miles
I jut purchased a Pontiac G6 within the last month and when I bought the car I heard a clunk when turning the car and the dealer said it happened because the car had eletric steering. Thje car became very hard to turn the other day in the middle of driving and I became very worried and had to pull over. It stopped but I'm afraid it will happen again. I also noticed many other complaints of this problem from others.

- Struthers, OH, USA

problem #357

Mar 302010


  • 28,000 miles


Power steering failure in 2006 Pontiac

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #356

Jan 102010


  • 63,000 miles
The electric power assist motor failed on my Pontiac G6. There was no warning until it went out, then it was extremely difficult to steer and a "power steering" warning was displayed on radio. After turning the car off and restarting it, it reset, only to happen again and again. The steering went out about two dozen times in the span of a week before I could make it to the dealership. One time on the interstate I it happened and I almost lost control of the car while going around 60 mph. I had to have the electric power assist motor replaced, and then the entire steering column. So far the fix has worked. Just hope GM does the right thing and recalls all faulty vehicles before someone is seriously hurt or injured as a results of loss of steering.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #355

Mar 262010


  • 54,000 miles
I bought a 2006 G6, 23,000M, in May 2006. Within three months I was hearing a clicking when I turned the right wheel. I took the car to the dealer (still under warrenty) and they "fixed" the problem. As soon as the warrenty was out, the same noise was back in both wheels. Recently the steering has become stiff when backing out and turning corners. This morning on the way to work in the pouring rain, I thought I was hydroplaining when I realized it was the steering locking! when I got off the interstate the wheel was whobbling as if it was severely out of alignment. I have known about the push for a 2006 G6 recall because of steering problems but until this morning thought I would let others file complaints. Now I'm afraid of my car. Please don't wait until a death happens to recall. It may be that G6 owners only recourse is to seek a class action suite against GM but hopefully my and all the other complaints will let NHTSA realize this issue is serious and GM has failed to address it!!

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #354

Mar 252010


  • 74,000 miles
Hope no young kids are driving 2006 Pontiac G6 when the power steering decides to go out and you nearly wreck and have to pay nearly $800 to fix it. Obviously this is a very common problem that needs recalled or a class action lawsuit!

- Laclede, MO, USA

problem #353

Feb 032010


  • 6,200 miles


Power steering wheel lock when driving.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #352

Dec 102009

G6 6-cyl

  • 32,900 miles
3rd time same problem....dealer could not fix...steering failure. Doing 70mph on highway on long trip, steering totally went out....I reported this again to dealer and they had no fix. They witnessed clunking and wobbles as well as a groan in steering and could not identify it. I got G.M. involved and they did nothing..even though dangerous and certified used car. Dealer then put me in another 2006 G6-gtp (coupe)for less money then I paid for original and now have same issues with the new one!!!!!!!! I spend more time at dealer then driving car...and now will lose my job due to time off for dealer and so-called band aid repairs.

- N.Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #351

Sep 202009

G6 6-cyl

  • 32,200 miles
Steering failure. Doing 70mph on highway on long trip, steering totally went out and spun the car, I recovered and no accident. I reported this again to dealer and they had no fix. They witnessed clunking and wobbles as well as a groan in steering and could not identify it. I got G.M. involved and they did nothing..even though dangerous and certified used car.

- N.Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #350

Aug 162009


  • 31,000 miles
Steering failure...almost had a major accident but recovered car in time. Reported to dealer.

- North Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #349

Feb 082010


  • 29,000 miles
Steering issues. Steering goes out, erratic and dealer keeps replacing parts. This is my second G6-gtp..the first one had same issues and dealer replaced with this one and same issues..car is very dangerous.

- North Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #348

Jul 102008


  • 80,000 miles
Bought a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT aug1, 2007 with 34,000km on it. Summer of 2008 it started to make a clunking noise when turning the steering wheel at low speeds ie: Pulling in or out of parking. Took it to GM dealer and they said it was the intermittent steering shaft and they said step one was to lubricate it. That worked for approx 1-2 days. Next step was to replace it which was done under warranty by the dealer in the fall of 2008. It is now end of Feb 2010 and iy is back again. This time it progressed quickly so that in less than 1.5 weeks it has gone from occasionally to consistently. However, I will not return to GM for this repair as I have now had 3 other problems with this car and none of them were covered under warranty.

- Calgary, 00, USA

problem #347

Jun 152009


  • 35,000 miles
Power steering failure. Difficult to turn wheel... comes and goes... I thought I needed power steering fluid, but apparently it is electric"? took to Goodyear and they said take it to the dealer... I took it to the dealership 6 months ago and they said that this was normal?" they said at lower speeds the steering is more difficult and this was normal. But it only does it sometimes, how can this be normal. I do not remember exact date I took to dealership.

- Windsor, PA, USA

problem #346

Mar 132010


  • 35,000 miles
As of recently my 2006 Pontiac G6 has been having steering issues. The car was bought early 2007. Either the wheel was extremely tight to turn, or the power steering light came up on the radio display. I took the car into a Chevy dealership (since Pontiac is no more) where upon inspection they stated that my intermediate steering shaft was faulty but 'fixable". the part was taken out, cleaned, lubed up, and placed back into the car according to the technician. I was told that the problem was going to happen again as I was leaving the dealership. Partly due to being in a rush, I didn't question this but brought it up to my boyfriend who then called the dealership for clarification. Turns out there is a class action lawsuit for this particular component in the car. Why isn't this being addressed by the media/to the Pontiac owners"!!? looking online many others have the same issue with the same car/same year! I am fortunate enough to have the issues while driving short distances but what if I was in the car on the highway and this happened"! I'm a tiny 100 lb girl - there would be no chance of me controlling a car like that for a length of time without power steering/properly working vehicle. This is so dangerous and it's actually making me consider purchasing a new car which I so don't need right now but for my safety will find a way to make it happen. I was such a huge fan of GM and now my opinion is changing. It's really sad that they can't notify their drivers of a possible fatal occurrence. Especially with everything going on the car industry, they could remain loyal to their drivers.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #345

Nov 012006


  • miles
The exact same power steering problem leading to the recall of the Pontiac G5 and Chevy cobalt has been happening with the Pontiac G6 for at least the last 4 years!!!! I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 and have had this exact same problem for at least 3 1/2 years. I have had the steering column with torque sensor replaced at a cost of over $800 and still have problems with the power steering on the vehicle. I filed a complaint with the NHTSA when this first happened and spoke to an investigator, who I think recommended that I should lube the intermediate shaft or some ridiculous two-bit fix like that!! I guarantee thousands of drivers are experiencing this same problem with the 2006 Pontiac G6 and that it is a fundamental design flaw in GM's electronic power steering system. I'm not sure what else I can do except continue to make this issue known to the NHTSA in the hopes that lives may not be needlessly lost due to inaction on the Agency's part. It may be that G6 owners only recourse will be to seek a class action suit against GM and hopefully open the books about what the NHTSA has known about this issue and why it has failed to address it!!

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #344

Mar 162010


  • 50 miles
1. driving, typical event 2. the car's steering wheel spontaneously becomes extremely difficult to turn. Once every few weeks, but because this is potential dangerous, I'm afraid to take it anywhere. Consequences, could be fatal while driving on the freeway. No warning. 3. nothing.

- Antioch, TN, USA

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