NHTSA — Visibility: Power Window Devices And Controls Problems

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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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,254 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 windows / windshield problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 012015

G6 4-cyl

  • 138,500 miles


The power window went down but would not go back up. Has happened before but I did not report it until now.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 162014

G6 6-cyl

  • 1,650 miles
I have owned my Pontiac G6 since I got it in 2006, I have had many issues with this car right off the bat stating with power windows failing taking it in multiply times to get it corrected, second the panoramic sun roof will not open and is stuck [xxx] but not sealed completely closed, had taken it to many GM dealerships over the past few years and everyone has say it is impossible to fix. My first thought is how on earth can a company put out a product that nobody can fix. Now I have a leaky sunroof when it rains, and my most recent problem is my power steering. Driving 65 on the freeway and my power steering shutting off. I got this fixed in December of 2013 and it now November of 2014 and I have no power steering, and ever dealership and the GM headquarters are telling me there is nothing the can do for me and I have to pay everything out of pocket for them not fixing my car properly. I am tired of having issues with this car does it take me to get injured or die in an accent for them to take this matter seriously. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Spring Valley , CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 102005


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. She states that since she purchased her vehicle her window would not roll down. Occasionally it would roll down then sometimes it wouldn't. she believes that the window regulator is broken. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated they could not repair the failure because they could not duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 6000 and current mileage was 60000.

- Magnolia, DE, USA

problem #3

Aug 102006


  • miles


The paint on the interior's buttons are chipping off. I.e. the door lock/unlock, the buttons to raise/lower the windows, the radio buttons. The exterior paint job is awful. Anything that rubs against the car including my nail will scratch the paint.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 142006

G6 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
When below 32 degrees the side windows will freeze in the up position allowing the doors to open but not shut completely until the windows have warmed up and/or I run a credit card along the window and seal to lower them. The above is worse when snow/ice is present.

- Henderson, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 292006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,375 miles
I bought this car on 4/12/2006. The electrical system has a problem so when the passenger rolls down the power window the driver can not put it back up. On 6/29/2006 I took it in for this and they put grease on my windows and they replaced the drivers side window switch. It worked for 2 days and then it stopped working again only this time the passenger seat belt warning stopped working as well, so on 7/8/2006 I took it back and they replaced the drivers side window switch again and repaired the wires to the warning for seat belt. Now here we are it is 7/17 and it quit again on Friday the 7/14/2006 so I called and this time they told me they are keeping it indefinitely and the lady who made my appt. Said I should consider renting a car. I argued that for as much money as I spent on this car I should not have to, so they agreed to pay the rental. My concern is this; things keep happening with the electrical system what if it causes a fire or worse an accident with me and my 3 kids in it.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

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