NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 47 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 47 of 48)

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problem #23

Apr 252008


  • 31,000 miles


Upon exiting an intersection and turning right my car (2006 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L with electric power assist system) displayed a warning light indicating a power steering malfunction. At this point the steering lock in the right turned position and continued forward until the car stuck the curb causing damage to the right front wheel, fender and misaligning the front end, we were unable to turn the steering until we turned the ignition off and on this seem to reset the system and the steering seem to be working properly again. This vehicle has sense been at the GM service center were they been unable to find any problem and claim they are unaware of any steering problems involving the electric power assist system.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #22

Apr 142008

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The power steering pulls to the left although no vehicle damage has occurred. It has also locked up when pulling and backing out. It would not turn in either direction.

- Athens, WV, USA

problem #21

Apr 042008

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,453 miles
I heard thumbing /noise coming from the front end when ever I was turning right. I took the car in on 10/4/07, and the dealer replaced the steering gear and set toe and recalibrate steering. That was at 27,453 miles.. on 4/4/08, I took the car back in because when ever I turned left this time, I heard thumbing and noise from the front end. The dealer removed the intermediate steering shaft and lubed... I was told it shouldn't happen a gain, miles on car now is 33,197.... I want the steering and all parts given a warranty..... this could be a major problem with the G-6, mine is a 2006.

- Eastlake, OH, USA

problem #20

Mar 152008

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


I own a 2006 Pontiac G6. It has a little over 30K miles. About 2 months ago, the steering started to feel a little jerky. Eventually, the power steering went completely out of it. When I would turn the car off and back on, it generally would fix. Then some time later, it would happen again. Generally it would happen when coming out of my driveway, so it was not at fast speeds, but a few times it happened while driving. I am blessed that it has not caused my family or myself to be in an accident. It is unsafe. I took it to the dealer once, and they could not find any problems. The night I brought it back home, it went out again. The next day it also went out, and I drove it with no power steering to the dealership(as instructed). They replaced the power steering motor (electric). It lasted less than a week and went out again. This time, the dealer tells me that it is just a problem GM knows about, but that they cannot do anything about it. My car is unsafe for my family and GM knows about this? I called GM customer assistance (an additional cost adding to the now three times I have had to make multiple trips to the dealership), and they contacted the dealer. A "regional specialist" is supposed to contact me within 24 hours. This car is not even 2 years old... and I cannot put my family in it for safety reasons. I will see how they address it. According to much research, this is a very common problem with 2006 and 2007 G6sedans, and has caused several accidents. The rep from GM asked me a suitable resolution and I stated that either they needed to fix my car back to the safety standard that I bought, or buy it back so I could purchase a safe care. I also told them something needed to be done on a large scale so others did not wind up suffering because of the obvious defect.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #19

Feb 182008

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,597 miles
Power steering fails all the time....I was trying to make a right turn when my steering locked up and me and my son (5 yrs old ) almost went straight into a very deep ditch....... my car has been in dealership 5 times for this problem and its still not fixed...... I was told today by port lavaca GM dealership that they can not get the parts to fix my car because these parts are not manufactured by GM because they just do not go out ( ECM and the fuse box under the hood) so my car is still there ( has been for two weeks now and counting) I got the car 1-26-2008 and have only had it in my possession about 3 weeks. The rest of the time its been at the dealership getting fixed. I'm really scared to drive this car... its not a good feeling when the steering locks up and you have no control over the car...

- Port Lavaca, TX, USA

problem #18

Dec 012006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving 45-50 mph, the vehicle vibrates. The dealer replaced the rotors, tires, and performed a wheel alignment; however, the failure persists. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 15,700 and failure mileage was 20.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #17

Dec 122006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


We own a 2006 Pontiac G6, and the steering has been acting up on a regular basis really bad, it has almost caused us to wreak twice now. It gets really hard almost impossible to turn the wheel. Update: No repairs were made'since reporting this incident that was the last time it acted up!

- Inez, KY, USA

problem #16

Nov 012007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac G6. It is to my knowledge that since May 2007 Pontiac has been under investigation for loss of power steering in the 2005-2006 models of the G6 which includes an estimated 170,000 vehicles. My complaint is why has there been no recall? my vehicle began having this power steering problem when it hit 45000 miles. The dealership will not pay for the problem. Even though my car is over warranty, this is Pontiac's problem. It is there responsibility. My power steering has gone out while I have been driving on the interstate. The local dealer explained that I needed a new steering column because the sensor alone could not be fixed. They stated that this would cost my around 800-1000 dollars out of pocket. This needs to be fixed and looked upon very closely!!!! someone is going to end up with a severe injury or death. If it is me, be ready to be sued immediately.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #15

Jun 082007

G6 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact noticed that the air bag warning light sporadically illuminated on the instrument control panel. She took her vehicle to the dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. Two weeks later, the air bag light illuminated again more consistently. She took the vehicle back to the dealer and they replaced the module on the side air bag inflater. A few months later, the air bag warning light illuminated again. The dealer replaced the entire air bag system because it was inoperative. The contact has pictures of the failed component. She also filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 14,000 and current mileage was 12,000. Updated 03/13/08. The consumer stated after the rack was replace, the vehicle still pulled to the right. The dealer adjusted the alignment. The sun visor kept falling down. Updated

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #14

Feb 132008

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,251 miles
Purchased my G6 in February 2007, have never had any issues. Yesterday when I ws leaving work to go home, my steering locked up. I was backing out of the parking space, and then nothing....I put my car back into drive, and moved back into the parking space, and I had steering again. I had my car towed to the dealership, and was told that it would cost $1,260 to fix it. I have 45000 miles on my G6, but if this is an ongoing problem, and it looks like it is, I feel that GM should do something about it. I don't have that kind of money to be spending.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #13

Jan 192008

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles


My 2006 Pontiac G6 has been pulling to the left for almost a year now. The steering has completely locked up twice. If I turn the wheel to the right, it will automatically turn all the way back to the left. While driving, it pulls to the left continuously and is difficult to turn right in curves.

- Athens, WV, USA

problem #12

Jan 102008

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Several weeks after purchasing this vehicle, I was slowing down to make left hand turn when, without warning my power steering cut out. It was all I could do to keep the car under control until I stopped it. After turning it off and starting it back up, it was fine. My wife had it happen to her driving straight down the highway. I do not think she would be able to make a turn with it. She has to drive this car to work every day and that plays heavy on my mind. After hearing it happened to her again today, I took it down to the local Pontiac dealer and they said they would repair it Friday morning. I do not think I should have to pay for a obvious flaw in the steering system, but this car is going to kill one of us eventually.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #11

Dec 242007

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,888 miles
Failure of power steering in Pontiac G6 indicated by "power steering" sensor. Intermediate shaft and the power steering light sensor needs to be replaced. Repair being done at sudbay motors, gloucester, MA. Friends owning the same model & year had same problem and repair completed this year under warranty, my car is over the miles limit for warranty.

- Rockport, MA, USA

problem #10

Oct 052006

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
I own Pontiac G6 2006, and I have been having power steering problems!!my steering wheel completely blocks after few attempts to park, I took the car to the dealership twice they keep telling me that S normal!!I have to restart the engine to be able to move!!!I M scared that something might happen while driving!they cant fix the car because "everything is normal". I called GM and see that I M not the only person has power steering problems!! thank you

- Atlantic City, NJ, USA

problem #9

Oct 222007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The steering on my 2006 Pontiac G6 makes a thumping noise when the steering wheel is turned back and forth. The noise sounds as though something is loose in the steering assembly. The dealer had to replace a steering gear for the third time.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #8

Oct 102007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,970 miles
Purchased my ga sedan in April 2006 as a new car with 7 miles. At approx. 15K miles, noticed a popping noise coming from the front when making turns or accelerating after a hard stop. Took it to the dealer, was advised that a bolt used to correct this service issue was on backorder. While waiting for that part, approx. 2 weeks later, noticed that the ABS and traction control warning lights came on while driving, then later when starting the car. Came on sometimes and sometimes not. Returned the car to the dealer, reminded them about the popping noise in the steering, and waiting now for them to call me to say they have repaired the vehicle. Last issue which I have not addressed yet is the panoramic sunroof.it creaks when temps are cold, and sometimes will malfunction when opened, if you have it open in the first position, then try to close it, it will open to the fourth position. Had to turn it to another position, then return it to the closed position for it to close.

- Maplewood, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 012006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Popping noise in steering when turning the steering wheel. First occurrence was in June of 2006. Dealer repaired by lubricating the steering shaft. Returned to dealer in August of 06 with the same problem - dealer stated service bulletin was out and repaired steering noise again. Returned to dealer in Nov 2006 for the same problem, this time the dealer replaced another part in the steering shaft. I was able to drive the car for 7 months and the same noise returned. I returned to the dealer in August 07 made another repair/replacement to the car. I was. I will monitor to see how long this fix lasts. I was assured the problem was take care of. I drove the car for approximately 4 weeks and the noise returned, I brought the car to the dealer on 10/10/07, this time they lubricated the shaft again. 5 times for the same problem in just over a year is unacceptable - Pontiac needs to figure out why my car continually has had this issue. I will monitor my car again, but I told my dealer I will be returning if I have this problem again.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 282007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
We bought our G6 in Jan. '07 and we began experiencing a popping sound in may '07. We took the vehicle in and was told that it was the humidity and was sent on our way. The problem continued and we had someone else look at it. We took it back to the dealership and requested that they take a closer look. They repositioned a part. This did not correct the problem. We took it back in August and they replaced the tire rods. Problem was still not corrected. We had to take it back in this month and they replaced the steering gear. I picked the car up two days ago and it is still making the popping noise and another creaking noise. I am thankful that we have not been involved in a wreck, but I feel as if we are sitting ducks every time we drive our vehicle. We have tried to trade it, but we can not get a fair trade because of the popping and creaking noise. I do not feel safe driving the car. We have a 2 year old daughter and I pray every time that she is in the car that nothing will go wrong. I feel that this is a serious issue and that this should be looked into in a timely manner. Many consumers drive this car on a daily basis and we are not the only ones that could be affected if something were to go wrong. The people on the road may also be affected. We should all feel safe when driving and we are on the road. As a parent, I feel that this is a very dangerous situation with all of the G6's on the road.

- Trenton, TN, USA

problem #5

Aug 012007

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that he heard a grinding noise when he started the vehicle. While driving 40-50 mph, the steering wheel veered from left to right on its own. As of September 13, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 46,699. Updated 11/15/07

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 142007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,300 miles
My electrical system in my Pontiac G6 GT has been having trouble. The first sign of trouble was my window switch quit working, which was replaced, but after researching I found that this is a common problem. The second incident happened a month ago, my power steering failed as I was turning a corner. This then proceeded to happen numerous times, when I was going between 0-40 mph. I had to shut off the car, then it was okay (no "power steering light" came on). The electrical chip was replaced. Third incident, power steering light starting coming on and steering was harder to control (but not locking up). I am very concerned that this is going to be an ongoing problem with the electrical system in the G6, and I am even more concerned for my safety and when the warranty is finished. Pontiac needs to look into these failures and take the steps to ensure the consumers safety.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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