NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 35 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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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 Owner Comments (Page 35 of 48)

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problem #263

Jan 042010

G6 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


2006 Pontiac G6 3.5 V-6 52,000 miles. Electric power steering motor suddenly went bad, hard to steer vehicle, loss of control without serious effort. 2005 G6 were provided with extended warrant on this issue. Still a problem in 2006 model with no assistance from GM. Had a certified GM warranty that does not do anything in area of steering coverage. Spent $556 out of pocket to replace electric motor. I could not drive it as it was.

- Port Sanilac, MI, USA

problem #262

Oct 122009


  • 65,000 miles
The Pontiac G6 power steering will inadvertently shut down when pulling into oncoming traffic.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #261

Jan 062010


  • 66,000 miles
Power steering on 2006 Pontiac G6 is faulty. When making a 90 degree turn, the power steering will fail and turn off. Since it is electric power steering, you need to turn off the vehicle and re-start it to get the power steering to re-engage. Also, when driving the steering feels very loose when turning left and very tight when turning right to the point that it is sometimes hard to control when traveling on the highway. To my knowledge, this is a known issue with Pontiac/GM and nothing has been done to correct it.

- Rockton, IL, USA

problem #260

Dec 142009


  • 29,000 miles


Steering wheel started shaking badly in my hands making it difficult to maintain direction. Took it in to dealer and he replaced the power steering motor. Car had slightly more than 29,000 miles on it. Cost of repair: Just over $500.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #259

Dec 232009


  • 58,800 miles
On December 23, 2009 the power steering light flashed on the information center. Not long after, the power steering failed to work. The power steering failed as we were making a turn, and it caused us to nearly hit another vehicle and cause an accident. We pulled into the nearest parking lot, turned the engine off, and then restarted the car. When we restarted the car, the power steering began to work again; however, the power steering light came on another two times that day. Since then, we have parked our vehicle, and have not drove it since. We researched this problem on the internet and have found numerous complaints of the same problem, and some of those complaints reported the power steering loss to cause accidents. It would be a shame to have one or multiple deaths over this issue, and it is a problem that needs to be remedied as soon as possible. Upon researching your website, we found a NHTSA action number PE07023 for a defect investigation pertaining to this problem due to an insufficient crimp in the steering column, but it only covered the 2005 model, not the 2006. About the beginning of 2009, the rack and pinion was replaced, and later a lubrication unit was added soon after that repair. However, since the power steering became faulty, we have not made an current repairs.

- Brimley, MI, USA

problem #258

Dec 282009


  • 77,109 miles
2006 Pontiac G6 power steering becomes hard to turn. It is hard to control and happens at almost anytime. What happens if it locks up while going 65 with my two kids in the car. Warranty has expired and GM wouldn't fix it anyway. Also a loud clunking noise has started in the front of the car.

- Stillman Valley, IL, USA

problem #257

Dec 272009

G6 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


2006 Pontiac G6, V6 engine. 73,000 miles. Power steering problems. I was backing out of the driveway and the power steering went out, a light came on the dash that said "power steering". I pulled back into the driveway, turned off my car, restarted it, then it worked. The next time I used my car I was traveling on the highway, at a stop light, my steering wheel started to shake, then the power steering went out, again the light on the dash said "power steering". I turned off my car and restarted it, it was fine, I made it to the next stop light and the same thing happened. This happened a total of four times before I made it to a pep boys auto store, turned off my car, looked at the drivers manual where it showed a picture of the power steering cap and another picture of where it was located under the hood. I went inside purchased a bottle of power steering fluid, came back out, lifted the hood of my 2006 Pontiac G6 and couldn't find the power steering fluid reservoir. I asked for help, the gentleman who help me looked for this power steering reservoir, couldn't find it and advised that I take it to the dealer.

- Mendota Heights, MN, USA

problem #256

Dec 262006


  • 79,000 miles
2006 Pontiac G6 makes a clicking noise coming from steering column when turning. Power steering light then flashes and locks up, causing total loss of control in steering the vehicle in the snow.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #255

Dec 202009


  • 52,000 miles
Power steering locks up. It occurs almost everytime I start my car. I have to restart my car multiple times. Nothing has been done to correct the problem. Car only has 52,000 miles on it.

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #254

Dec 202009


  • 56,500 miles
During the last 2 days my power steering on my 2006 Pontiac G6 has had intermittent failure. During operation at moderate speeds, (35-45mph) the power steering has failed. In each event I have been able to reintiate the power steering by turning off the ignition and restarting the car. I will be taking it to be repaired as soon as possible, but have doubts that I will be able to get it fixed due to the intermittent failure.

- Fayetteville , NC, USA

problem #253

Nov 302008


  • 35,000 miles


Steering on my 2006 Pontiac G6 pulls to the left and needs constant correction while driving. Took my vehicle to my mechanic who aligned the vehicle, and advised me that this is a defect in the electronic steering. The pull is even more pronounced when I apply the brakes. The steering wheel spins all the way to the left if I am not holding it while brakes are being applied. I have not taken this to the GM dealership for repairs, because of the mileage it is now out of warranty. This defect became noticeable approximately 1 year ago.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #252

Nov 012009


  • miles
Power steering failure occurs regularly. Steering will surge while driving and the power steering will not initiate upon starting the vehicle. No accident yet, but I am concerned that it will disengage while I am driving.

- Lantana, TX, USA

problem #251

Nov 012009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The power steering warning light would illuminate upon starting the vehicle and would continue to illuminate until the vehicle was restarted. When she would attempt to make a left turn, the warning light would re-illuminate. On a separate occasion, while traveling at speeds of 70 mph, the power steering locked and she could not move the steering column. She was able to stop the vehicle safely. No repairs were made. The failure and current mileages were under 75,000.

- Nathas, TX, USA

problem #250

Dec 152009


  • 60,000 miles
The power steering in my Pontiac G6 does not work consistently. After I reverse out of the driveway and then try to turn the wheel it is often very tight. The power steering light comes on and the car locks up completely. Restarting it helps but constantly restarting a car in the middle of turning is a safety hazard. More recently instead of locking up the power steering of my car has been so loose that I feel I do not have control over it. From one day to the next I do not know how my car will handle, and I am concerned for my safety, especially with snow coming. When I brought the car into the shop, I was told, "there is one of three things wrong with the steering and to fix it would be expensive. Our suggestion would be to drive it until it gets even worse and then bring it back to be fixed. This is a common problem with the 2006, G6's." I don't understand why this has not been recalled. It is dangerous. I was really excited about getting this car. I love the features and don't want to get rid of it, but I no longer feel that I have control every day. The power steering varies too much.

- Georgetown, NY, USA

problem #249

Nov 242009


  • 93,000 miles
I have posted numerous complaints on this site relating to my 2006 Pontiac G6. To date I have not driven that vehicle since 11-25-09 due to faulty power steering. It became very unsafe to drive. The steering would go out every time I made a left turn and I drive a little over 30 miles to work one way daily so I was constantly having to turn the vehicle off and back sometimes to no avail. I think it is an awful shame because I still have to pay a note on this car and I cant drive it. GM has done a terrible job on two fronts; first, they made this faulty vehicle and now they wont stand behind their error and recall it.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #248

Dec 012009


  • 58,000 miles
Power steering module in 2006 Pontiac G6 4 door sedan stops working while vehicle is in motion. Makes wheel almost impossible to turn in order to control vehicle. This happens at least once per day.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #247

Dec 112009


  • 110,000 miles
This morning as I was driving my son to school in my 2006 Pontiac G6. I stopped at a stop sign and I heard a 'ding ding'. I looked at my radio and it said "power steering failure". my steering wheel was locked up. I turned off my vehicle and restarted it, and it worked fine. I have 110,000 miles on my car. Is there any coverage for this component failing, or any recalls?

- Oblong, IL, USA

problem #246

Dec 032009


  • 113,430 miles
Front end shakes when putting on brakes and clunking noise in frontend when turning in both directions, sometimes feels like frontend or both front tires going to fall off. Dealer says the intermediate steering shaft needs replaced again. Serious frontend problems with 2006 Pontiac G. 35942 mi replaced steering gear, 60318 mi replaced intermediate steering shaft, 77538 mi catalytic converter replaced, 79660 mi after 5th time to dealership for squeaking noise installed tensioner and belt for air cond. Took them 5 trips before they could hear the noise, 83442 mi replaced both front hubs, 103865 mi replaced power steering motor and module, 113158 mi replaced rt front hub assembly again because dealership left my front hub bearing excessively loose when they changed my hubs at 83442 miles, 113430 mi dealership states I need intermittent shaft(they told me this was the same part I changed at 60318 miles). All this work has been done at the same dealership(randy marion in huntersville in nc). I seriously think we need a steering recall on all 2006 Pontiac G6. I have a case number with GM, but they say there is nothing they can do for me. No more GM's for me.

- Denver, NC, USA

problem #245

Dec 082009


  • miles
Power steering failure on the electric motor, resulted in loss of ability to steer vehicle safely. Steering becomes nearly impossible.

- Collins, MS, USA

problem #244

Jun 012009


  • 57,000 miles
Pontiac G6 2006 power steering fails randomly and could easily cause a wreck. Especially with the snow starting to fall here in Utah it can be quite dangerous. The power steering fails when you turn to the left. I haven't had it happen when I turn right but always happens when turning left. It used to happen less frequently but occurs more often now. When the powering steering goes out it is very hard to turn. If you turn the car off and restart the powering steering comes back. Until you turn left again, then you are again driving with no powering steering. It kicks out anywhere during a turn and I feel in danger when driving because it's hard to turn it without power help. I feel even more in danger with snow on the road because quick movements with the steering could cause an easy slide out.

- West Haven, UT, USA

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