NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 41 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 Owner Comments (Page 41 of 48)

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problem #143

Apr 282009


  • 50,000 miles


2006 Pontiac G6 steering wheel locking up while driving, Pontiac knows about the problem.a sensor in the steering wheel goes bad. Cost of $600 or more to be fixed and Pontiac will not guarantee that this will fix the problem. 30 pages of complaints have been sent to Pontiac.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #142

May 162009


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving 40 mph, the contact noticed that the power steering locked up. A warning indicator illuminated, which stated that the power steering was failing. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over safely. She turned off and restarted the vehicle and the failure did not recur. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they determined that the power steering sensor failed. The repair would cost $700. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 53,000 and current mileage was 53,200.

- Bee Branch, AR, USA

problem #141

Apr 232009


  • 35,000 miles
I've had my 06 G6 for a little over three years and the car has been a nightmare. The car has been into the dealership at least 6 times for the same reason over the last few years only to have nothing done and be charged ridiculous prices. The main issue is a clunking noise in the steering when making a turn in any direction. The 1st time it happened I was told it was the gear box and had that replaced under warranty, and 6mths later the exact noise is back and my vehicle back in the dealership. Well this time it's not the gear box it's the shaft that needs to be replaced and it's not covered. Go figure! my next question to the dealer is how is it that my car is making the same noise it was making 6mths ago from the exact same area and it's something different now and not covered by the warranty" how do I know that you have competent workers and their repairing what really needs to be repaired" otherwise I wouldn't be here in this dealership every 6mths like im on the payroll. Someone needs to correct these issues before this thing turns into something tragic.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #140

Feb 012009


  • 60,000 miles


The power steering on my 2006 Pontiac G6 has stopped working most of the time. I took it to a mechanic and he told me it was a battery issue, and told me to replace the battery and that should fix it. I did that and the problem has not been fixed, in fact it got worse. Before it would start working after a few miles, but now it hasn't started working since I replaced the battery. If the steering goes out in the middle of a turn as I have been told it does, while my wife is driving there will be no doubt an accident. From what I have read GM does not know what the problem is and wants me to pay to replace everything until they can find out what the problem is.

- Hooper , UT, USA

problem #139

May 082009


  • 28,000 miles
I was turning into the parking lot at my child's school and the power steeling failed-again. I nearly lost control of the car with children all around. This is the 2nd time this type of incident has happened with this car. The 1st occurred 10months ago when I was turning onto a highway and the power steering went out. At that time I was nearly hit by oncoming traffic. The car (2006 Pontiac G6) was taken to the dealer and they could not determine what was wrong with the power steering and replaced everything. Now, 10 months and 6000 miles later it happens again. This car only has 34,000 miles on it and is now having the power steering replaced for the second time - now at a cost of over $1,000 to me. Both times people could have been seriously injured. I am now fearful to even drive my car much less let my children get in it. I have researched this model online and have found hundreds of people who have made similar complaints, yet there still has not been a recall of these cars. Will the government wait until there are fatalities in order to step in and do something?

- Clark, NJ, USA

problem #138

May 052009


  • 118,200 miles
The power steering on my Pontiac G6 is constantly acting up. I have had several different shops looked into the problem and still the steering wheel will tighten up while I am driving. Does someone has to die or get hurt before this problem is taken care of. I am not the only one having this problem, there are several with complaints on the internet. Everytime I go drive it seem like I have to wrestle with the steering wheel. What kind of car have powersteering problem, but no power steering pump to fix the problem. I was scared out of my mind last night when I turned on the expressway and my steering wheel tighten up on me. It was all I could do to pull over and restart my car. After I restarted my car, all was fine for the moment. Something is not right with the power steering in these cars. I would hope that no one gets hurt or die from this problem. When it should have been corrected in 07 when it first started.

- Bolivar, TN, USA

problem #137

Jan 082009


  • 42,000 miles


Clunking in steering...unsafe.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #136

Apr 182009


  • 40,500 miles
After driving for a little while my power steering goes completely out causing loss of control of my vehicle. Thank god I have not been in an accident..yet. I've had it in to the dealer once, but they were unable to duplicate the problem. I was instructed that next time it happens to drive immediately to the dealership without turning the car off. Apparently since it's electric steering whenever the car is shut off it resets itself. Last night it happened twice. Of course, the dealership was closed. I'm honestly afraid to be in my car. I have anxiety just waiting for the problem to occur. This morning my hope is to just drive around and wait for the problem to occur, drive to the dealership to prove to them the problem, then try and find a way to work. I hope this will fix the problem. I already had to pay to have a new steering column installed. I'm starting to think that there's a bigger issue going on with G6's.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #135

Apr 242009


  • 53,000 miles
The car was purchased from auction in April of 2006. I have had the car three years now. From the time that I purchased the car I have had problems with it starting. It will turn over but dies immediately after it starts. It usually take three tries before it will start. Today I got in my car and turned the key nothing would come on, no lights no radio no noise nothing. I thought it was the battery. I tried it three times and then on the fourth time it started like normal. I checked the battery and it is fine. I have had it in the service department three times for this issue but because it would no do it at that time they could not determine what is wrong with it, the diagnostic test did not show anything. The service airbag warning also keeps dinging. I have taken it in and they reset it and said it was ok, now it keeps doing the same thing but it is not covered by warranty to have it serviced. I have had trouble with the powersteering also. There are times it will be extremely hard to turn and then in a few seconds it is extremely easy and now in the last few months I have had problems with the brakes. The brake pads were replaced two months ago and about two weeks after they were replaced they have started making a really loud squeaking noise and sometimes a grinding noise. Not sure what needs to be done since the brakes were just maintenance. The car has been very dependable but I am afraid that it will not stay that way for long.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #134

Feb 202009


  • 31,000 miles
I own a Pontiac G6 V6 with serious power steering problems when backing my vehicle and a thumping noise under the left hood. The power steering goes out daily. The dealership has informed me that GM has put out a service bulletin on this vehicle.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #133

Apr 162009


  • 61,000 miles


The steering on my Pontiac G6 failed while turning left into a parking spot. It has approximately 60,000 miles on it and has been taken in twice before for noises in the front end, neither time was anything found. It is also jerking intermittently. After researching this issue and seeing all of the other incidents, I felt it important to report my own problem.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #132

Mar 192009


  • 48,000 miles
Periodically - has happened 4 times in 2 years my 2006 G6 will loose its power steering. I have had my garage check the car they said the fluid is good no problems. When it happened last time I stopped, turned the car off and let it sit for a minute then turned the car back on and the power steering resumed. I'm hoping I don't loose the steering at 65 mph on the thruway. Not safe have had problems since I bought the car. I will never buy a Pontiac again!

- Adams Center, NY, USA

problem #131

Oct 292008


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 20 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a loud clunking noise outside of the vehicle. The power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that the rack and pinion failed. The vehicle was repaired for free. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer on three separate occasions for the same failure, but there were no resolutions. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 71,800.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #130

Nov 202008


  • 45,000 miles
Power steering warning light would come on intermittently. Car would become difficult to steer. Over time, power steering is out 80% of time. Has been to dealer several times with no resolution. This time they say they can't find problem and car is out of warranty now. Problem will eventually cause somebody major accident or even fatality.

- Friendship, NY, USA

problem #129

Jul 252007


  • 25,000 miles
Continued steering/front end problems causing popping, clicking, unsteady steering/drifting and premature wearing on tires resulting in frequent replacement. - known factory/manufacturer defect with no replacement parts by manufacturer;GM admits to defect with no remedy-no recall. First report 7-25-07 without remedy. - - vehicle unsafe - - should not be available for resale. Has been returned to freedom Pontiac in odessa Texas due to unsafe condition.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #128

Apr 032009


  • 51,000 miles
The power steering went out while driving my 2006 Pontiac G6. Car is at 51,000 miles. I noticed there is 7 year/70,000 miles extended coverage on the 2005 Pontiac G6's for the same issue. Trying to work things out with GM but am constantly being told that my VIN doesn't fall under this category - which I understand. The point is, the dealer confirmed this is the same issue as the bulletin states with the my 2005. This is a huge safety issue!! someone will get seriously hurt if the issue isn't addressed soon!! poor customer service, outsourced to the phillipines, will sway me from ever purchasing from GM again.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #127

Mar 312009


  • 41,000 miles
Just talked with the dealer about the return of the clunking noise in my Pontiac G6. Had my car at the dealer two years ago and they repaired the problem known as the steering intermediate shaft. Unfortunately, for me they only warranted the replacement for one year. Probably for their own benefit as GM obviously knows about this problem and has done nothing to fix it. The service manager's reply to why I had to replace this again cars do break down. What kind of response is that" now I can't afford to replace this again, and could potentially wreck my car if I don't, but have no choice. This is a major safety issue and the manufacturer has not corrected the known problem for years. As a consumer, this is not right and they should recall this problem. I mean how many times to I have to have this fixed before it becomes a recall"

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #126

Feb 012009


  • 43,000 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac G-6. within the last few months I have had problems with my steering. At random times at least daily, it will become tough to manage my wheel and steer. This is usually because the wheel begins to shake uncontrollably. There does not seem to be any pattern to when it occurs. It can happen when I just turn the car on or when I am out on the freeway. Nor does there seem to be any one thing that makes it stop. When I took it to the dealer they could find nothing wrong and informed me the car is piloting a new electronic steering system. They claim a little shaking as the wheel finds its "reference center" are normal. The stiff wheel and shaking I experience do not seem normal although it the system appears to be working correctly. I find it especially troublesome when it randomly happens as I am traveling 60 mph down a freeway in the pouring rain and it becomes hard to control my wheel. The dealer did try to reset my electronic system and zero out the wheel. This was to no avail. However, they claimed they have seen an increasing number of issues with the G-6 electronic steering system. Although I have not had an accident yet I am afraid of what might happen in the future if my strength is unable to overcome the car's steering tendency that makes it shake and resistant to control. I do not see how it is acceptable for cars just over three years old to be having steering issues of this magnitude.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #125

Mar 022007


  • 33,000 miles
Front end clucking noise dealer said steering assembly was faulty, no recall just a service bulletin for the repair. Many Pontiac are having this problem. When turning from a stop or going over bumps I hear a loud noise coming from the front of the car, both right and left side.

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #124

Mar 222009


  • 59,700 miles
I have had numerous issues with my 2006 Pontiac G6 power steering. I have had it into the dealer who says repeatedly they cannot replicate the problem. It was initially occurring when turning into a parking spot slowly but now has increased to just a turn on the road. I have to pull over to the side of the road/highway and restart my car which then resets the power steering. In atlanta traffic, this can be very dangerous. I have researched this issue and it seems there are thousands of owners with the same issue. Initial recall action was being considered back in 2007 but nothing has been formally done. I was planning on my son using the car when he turns 16 but this is a major issue that GM should be correcting for its consumers! thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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