2008 Pontiac G6 lights NHTSA complaints: Exterior Lighting

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2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 7 of 10)

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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,062 miles

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 10)

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problem #79

Jun 082013

G6 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


Replaced the H11 bulb (drivers side) due to it no longer working. Installed new bulb and with a little wiggling of the connector got it to work. Thru the week the light would work and then not work. If ya banged the housing it would come on. Today (June 15, 2013) I went to replace the H11 bulb and found the connector melted on one side. The wire was exposed and shorted out. Replaced the connector and installed a new H11 bulb. Seems to be working fine. This is the second time this has happened to me. The passenger side H11 bulb had the same exact issue a few months ago. High beam wiring seems to be intact with no issues.

- Park Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #78

Jun 092013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated the brake lights illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. When the brake pedal was depressed, the brake lights would not illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Gloucster Point, VA, USA

problem #77

May 172013

G6 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I was changing my front passenger daytime running lamp and headlight and realized there is massive corrosion in both light sockets. The replacement bulb did not initially illuminate and it took several minutes of working it into the socket for it to finally light. Several days later my dash information counsel illuminated and read "auto lights off" indicating that my running lamps were no longer on.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #76

May 242012

G6 4-cyl

  • miles


My vehicle has experienced the issue that when I press the brake pedal, the brake lights go off and when the brake pedal is not being pressed the brake lights go back on again. It has cause many people to almost rear-end me in intercity driving and many pass me on the highway because they assume I am "riding my brakes." I've gone as far as to put dialectic grease on the body computer to prevent any corrosion, but this is only a temporary fix. We found that if we periodically unplug and re-plug the same computer it will "reset" the brakes for a temporary amount of time. I've tried contacting Pontiac about this issue but end up being repeatedly told that "there is no recall for my VIN on this issue." They didn't seem to care as much that I was calling out of courtesy to let them know so they can prevent any issues or fatalities. I was urged to go pay a GM dealer $$ to "diagnose" the problem so they could find out that way.......wow, thanks Pontiac, that's exactly what I want to do....pay money to help you expand your recall.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #75

May 262013


  • 46,295 miles
I was almost rear ended at a stop light. The driver behind me told me that my tail lights weren't working. I investigated further and noticed they did not illuminate until my foot was off the brake. They did not light if my foot was on the brake.

- Louisville , KY, USA

problem #74

May 252013

G6 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
2008 Pontiac G6, brake lights work opposite of what they are supposed to. Brake lights are on when the brake pedal is not pressed. Once the brake pedal is pressed, the lights go out. Cruise control won't engage every time (works intermittently).

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #73

May 062013

G6 4-cyl

  • 75,548 miles


I was driving and trying to set the cruise control and the cruise would not set. I was also being followed by my wife at the time. When we arrived at our destination, she asked me if I was riding the brakes. I told her I was not and she informed me that my brake lights were on all the time, except for after making a stop & restarting they would go out briefly and come back on and stay on. Since that day this has happened intermittently several times and this concerns me very much as I have a 16 year old son who drives this vehicle to work and you never know if the lights are stuck on unless you try to engage the cruise control.

- Argenta, IL, USA

problem #72

Sep 032012

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Brake lights illuminate when brakes are not applied and go off when brakes are applied. Problem temporarily fixed by applying dielectric grease to control module contacts but problem recurs without warning.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #71

May 062013

G6 6-cyl

  • 33,600 miles
Brake lights self-illuminate, canceling cruise control functions as a result. General Motors has issued a technical service bulletin on this issue (#08-05-22-009: Intermittently brake lights (stop lamp) do not function correctly, extended travel to shift out of park, cruise control inoperative, dtc C0161/C0277 set (perform repair as outlined) - (Dec 4, 2008) ), enough vehicles are affected by this issue to warrant a safety recall.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #70

Mar 182013

G6 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
The brake light works intermittently. This started about a month ago and even though we have replaced the bulb and checked the electrical system, it still persists. It is a safety hazard.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #69

Mar 272013

G6 4-cyl

  • 17,500 miles


Passenger headlamp socket keeps burning out. This happened on my other 2008 G6. There needs to be a recall.

- Watseka, IL, USA

problem #68

Mar 292013


  • miles
My brake lights will come on and stay on until I shut the car off. It appears I am riding my brakes which I am not. Please look into this and potentially recall the defect. It can cause accidents to happen.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #67

Apr 302010

G6 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
My brake lights are staying on even when the brake isn't being pressed. This is also linked to my cruise control issue of turning off while engaged automatically and then not turning back on.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #66

Apr 122013


  • 86,000 miles
My brake lights are staying on even when the brake isn't being pressed. This is also linked to my cruise control issue of turning off while engaged automatically and then not turning back on.

- Ada, OK, USA

problem #65

Feb 012012


  • 70,000 miles
Low beam headlight isn't working again. I took the car to the dealer because it used to work at least sometimes. This is after replacing both headlights earlier this year. When speakin with the dealer they told me without even looking at anything it was the wiring harness for the headlight and almost all the G6 cars have had some problem with this. Looking on the G6 forum I'm starting to believe him! this shoudl be a recall!!

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #64

Dec 012012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that he was informed that the brake lights would illuminate when the contact was accelerating. The light would independently shut off once the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that the body control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance to the contact. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000. The current mileage was approximately 114,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #63

Jun 132012

G6 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The low beam headlamp sockets melt due to ground issues causing the headlamp bulbs to burn out. Replaced headlamp sockets (pigtails) for the lights work for less than a week. Passenger (right) side occurs more often than driver (left). Second time malfunction occurred was while driving at night on a freeway. High beams were still usable but it took a few seconds to regain light.

- Cascade, WI, USA

problem #62

Aug 012012

G6 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Cruise control disengages and brake lights illuminate without pressing brake pedal and turn off when the brake pedal is pressed. I have researched and found reports of the same problems on the Saturn aura and Chevy Malibu of the same year, and the Pontiac G6 of 2005.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #61

May 052012

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The brake lights come on when the pedal is not depressed and go off when it is depressed. This condition also affects the cruise control. This only happens occasionally, but it seems to be happening more since the first occurrence. This a very dangerous situation and there is no way of knowing when it is occurring.

- Decatur, IN, USA

problem #60

Feb 272012

G6 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, it was noticed that the brake lights illuminated although the brakes were not depressed. The contact also stated that the brake lights failed to illuminate while decelerating. In addition, the contact attempted to activate the cruise control but it failed to engage and it also activated independently. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 78,294 updated 5/7/13

- Alvin, TX, USA

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