NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 40 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.

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.

2006 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 40 of 48)

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problem #163

Mar 012009


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contac'ts vehicle experienced a loss of power steering four times within two months. The power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times for repair. During the first and second visits, the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. During the third visit, the contact called the manufacturer and they ran several tests. It was concluded that the warning light on the instrument panel was normal and the power steering overheated, which was also normal. The contact was advised to continue driving the vehicle until the power steering failed again. The failure recurred and the vehicle is currently at the dealer for the fourth time. All of the incidents occurred while driving low speeds, such as 10 mph or entering and leaving parking lots. Each time the power steering failed, the contact had to pull the vehicle over and restart it so that the power steering would reset back to normal. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 47,000.

- Pearl City, HI, USA

problem #162

May 192009


  • 64,000 miles
The power steering of my 2006 Pontiac G6 locks up while driving. My car has about 65,000 miles on it. It does it most often when driving in and out of parking lots.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #161

May 292009


  • 32,000 miles
Faulty brakes and steering on 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. Very dangerous! I've had rotors turned at 7000 miles, 14000 miles, 24000, miles and just recently at 32000 miles. They must be poor quality. I've been driving vehicles for many years without brake service for 50000 + miles. Warranty is almost up (in 2 weeks) and I'm nervous. Had steering components replaced because of a popping noise and shimmying front end as well as both tie rod ends (seems a little too soon for all that!). current mileage is 33,500. I don't have money to keep pouring into this lemon after my warranty is out. I am not currently having any problems, but with all of the complaints I've already read, I'm sure more issues are coming! what is wrong with GM! no wonder they are bankrupt. Who wants this kind of "quality" vehicle they claim to make. Unfortunately, there are other GM models with the same steering and brake issues. Someone will be killed and then heaven help GM! lawsuit! issue a recall for god's sake! step up to the plate if you want to restore consumer confidence. Start making real "quality" vehicles like you use to. You can buy back my G6 anytime! all I've ever purchased is GM, but now I'll go buy a Ford.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #160

Jun 012009


  • 16,050 miles


I am registering a complaint regarding the power steering failure of my 2006 Pontiac G6. The problem has been repaired two times; however, neither Pontiac nor the dealership will complete this third repair since the 36,000 mile warranty has expired. The steering column continues to pop with every turn, and now the steering freezes when torque is applied to turn corners whether backing up or driving forward. Therefore, I lose control of the steering ability while driving! this car is unsafe, and I am afraid to drive it; however, this is my only vehicle. I have found hundreds of the same complaints on various websites and would like to know why a recall has not been issued for this problem.

- Fredericktown, OH, USA

problem #159

Jan 012007


  • miles
There is a clunking noise whenever turning to the left. Apparently a lot of G6 owners are experiencing this problem.

- Louisburg, KS, USA

problem #158

Jun 102009


  • 42,000 miles
This complaint is in regards to my 2006 Pontiac G6 sedan. Over the past year and a half, I have had intermittent issues with the power steering on this vehicle. The problem was first noticed in early 2008 (~February) when I attempted to park my car. When turning into the parking place, power steering went out. I turned off the vehicle, restarted it, and the problem was corrected. On my way home from that errand, the power steering again went out. I again restarted the vehicle and everything worked fine. Since that time, I have had similar incidents happen 10-12 times, but the problem was resolved each time when the vehicle restarted. In each instance I was in a parking lot or traveling at a low speed, making my solution plausible. Over the past week, however, the problem has worsened considerably. Whenever turning hard in either direction (particularly when going downhill) I lose power steering. It is an absolute fight to keep the vehicle on the road. Additionally, this is accompanied by a very loud whirring/whining/clunking sound that continues until the car comes to a stop. I will be visiting a dealer tomorrow for repairs, but have noticed how many other people have this problem with 2006 Pontiac G6 vehicles (search google!). I wanted to document this, and request your help in correcting this very bad safety issue before too many people are injured as a result.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #157

May 222009


  • 50,000 miles


2006 Pontiac G6 - power steering locks up also, turning makes a terrible noise occurs periodically.........have to stop car (which can be difficult with no steering), turn if off, and restart it.........then steering works again for awhile very dangerous. Have had several close calls..........being rear-ended and causing pile-ups!

- Vincennes, IN, USA

problem #156

Jun 032009


  • 36,000 miles
My 2006 Pontiac G-6 GT has had a power steering failure six(6) times after reaching 36,000 driven miles. The powering goes out and the dashboard sends an electronic "powering steering failure". the car reverts to manual regular steering mode which is very difficult to control, creating a very unsafe condition while driving.

- Flowery Branch , GA, USA

problem #155

Jun 082006


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact noticed that the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. Shortly after, the steering column locked. The contact had to restart the vehicle in order for it to work properly. An authorized technician stated that the power steering was the cause of the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and current mileage was 93,000.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

problem #154

Jun 012009


  • 37,377 miles
When I turn my wheel to the right then crank it back to the left I hear a "popping" or "knocking" noise. I have not noticed any decrease in my ability to control the car as of yet. I just bought the car as a "certified-used" car so it went through GM's 117-pt inspection. I ran a carfax history report and it was a single owner (lease) and was not involved in any accidents. A lot of other G6S have had similar problems from what I have read.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #153

Jan 012009


  • 87 miles


When making turns from a stop you can hear a clunking noise in the steering. Also, the car has a floating feeling to the steering, as if it isn't in control.

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #152

May 222009


  • 48,000 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 48,000. The power steering goes out while driving. They had to replace my steering column at price of $662 I understand that this is happening to a lot of the 2006 Pontiac. This could be very dangerous and Pontiac will not recall the vehicles.

- Keokuk, IA, USA

problem #151

Jun 032009


  • 24,600 miles
Power steering locked up.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #150

Dec 172008


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. When accelerating from a stop, the contact heard clunking noises coming from the steering. The vehicle has not been diagnosed and the noises have gotten worse. Through research, the contact discovered that the vehicle had recurring steering issues. The lack of grease in the steering column caused the noises and the vehicle would have to have it greased every so often. The contact will repair and grease the vehicle himself. The failure mileage was 36,000 and current mileage was 38,000.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #149

Jun 022009


  • 53,000 miles
During the normal course of driving on a surface street at 45mph my electronic power steering failed on my 2006 Pontiac G6 3.5 liter coupe. This almost caused a life threatening accident and danger to other motorist. I am having it towed to dealer. After this arrogance I have noticed a great number of similar complaints on line some with very different outcomes. Will this be investigated" what course of action is appropriate"

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #148

Feb 012009


  • 52,000 miles
My car has serious problems with it's power steering. I noticed that when I would take a turn my steering wheel would lock up and my car felt like it wanted to stall on me. I would have to stop the car, shut it off and then turn it back on in order to get the steering wheel to work again. This would happen at least 2 times a week. I brought my car to a few places and nobody could detect the problem. Finally I had the power steering rack replaced because I was told that seemed to be the problem and for a few months it worked fine until the other day, the steering started to act up again. I could tell recently my steering wheel was pulling left to right when I would be driving, it would shake a lot so and then as I was turning into my driveway the steering wheel locked up on me again and my car started to stall. I've done a little research on line and current owners of this vehicle seem to be having the same problem and too have stated that nobody can seem to detect or fix the problem. Not only am I in the vehicle but I have a 2 year old child that has to travel with me in this vehicle and it is becoming more and more unsafe.

- Ansonia, CT, USA

problem #147

Jan 012007


  • 15,000 miles
2006 Pontiac G6 - steering column noise & "thump" -- feels like steering wheel is going to stick + you can feel it in the brakes. Before warranty was up, they replaced the steering shaft. Problem went away temporarily. Just as my warranty was up, it happened again. I had to fight for them to replace it again. Another dealer was willing, and replaced the steering shaft again. It only took one month before the problem occurred again. Now I just live with it. I would swear my car steering is eventually going to lock or break and kill someone, but Pontiac swears it's totally fine. You want an incident date, but I can't give you a specific date because there are too many. This is constant. I am not the only one. They recalled this issue on the GM line of trucks as a safety problem, but not on the cars. Now I think I've read that there might finally be a proper replacement part, but I don't feel like it is my responsibility to pay for it. GM should recall this problem. It's ridiculous to have a popping, sticking, clunking sound & feeling every time you turn your steering wheel right or left.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #146

Jan 142008


  • 41,465 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. When the contact turned the steering wheel, he heard a loud clunking noise. The noise is only heard when the steering wheel is turned. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer approximately three times and they stated that they could not hear anything. The vehicle was inspected and the dealer heard the noise and claimed to have repaired the gear assembly power steering. When the contact retrieved the vehicle, the noise was worse than before the repair. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they repaired the steering shaft. The vehicle operated normally, but the noise recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer a third time and they replaced the intermediate steering. The noise returned one year later. The vehicle will be taken back to the dealer on May 30, 2009 for a diagnosis. All of the repairs were performed under warranty, but the fourth repair will be at the contact's expense. The failure mileage was 41,465 and current mileage was 64,103.

- Gardenia, CA, USA

problem #145

May 042009


  • 43,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While attempting to drive out of the garage, the power steering locked up. Immediately after the failure, the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The steering wheel became stiff and the vehicle could not be moved. The contact had to maneuver the wheel several times and turn off the vehicle occasionally to get it to unlock. The failure occurred approximately twenty times. She took the vehicle to a repair shop and the power steering module was repaired. She spoke with the dealer when she brought in the vehicle, but they only turned off the light. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 44,000 and failure mileage was approximately 43,700.

- Rutherfordton, NC, USA

problem #144

Dec 012008


  • 50,000 miles
I own a Pontiac G6 and recently I have noticed a metal scraping sound, a loud roaring and took it in to have it examined. I was told that the front tire rod was falling apart, the passenger side hub bearing was loose, the driver side cv boot was leaking, overall that it is not safe to drive and the power steering was to go out at anytime. This is good to know info, seeing how I have kids in the backseat. I read that there has been numerous complaints in regards to the power steering on this model. So why has there been no recall" I do not have a couple of grand laying around to repair this problem, just like the rest of the us citizens in this rough economical time. Again, this is a serious safety concern, so why no recall? the investigation was initiated back in 2007, what's the hold up? am I suppose to wait until serious damage occurs and file a lawsuit" this is utterly absurd and should not be apparent in a vehicle that is less than 3 years old. Please let me know the status of the investigation.

- New Albany, OH, USA

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