2008 Pontiac G6 steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 10 of 14)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: Unfortunately the 2008 Pontiac G6 continues a serious trend of steering problems from the prior model years.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
94,841 miles

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2008 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 14)

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problem #96

May 182012

G6 4-cyl

  • 59,500 miles


The power steering intermittently goes out and makes the car jerk to the side as you are turning and the power steering system turns on and off.

- Franklin, OH, USA

problem #95

Jun 062011

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I purchased my Pontiac brand new with 189 miles. Shortly after while driving my car, I noticed a squeaking noise from the brakes. I had the brakes checked out and they were fine. Was told it was due to dirt in the brakes. In 2011 my indicator light came on telling me to check my fuel cap. I took it to the mechanic, and ended up paying to have something in the fuel system changed. I am still encountering issues with the indicator light to check the fuel cap. The gas mileage is terrible! I have complained to the dealership about this issue and was told that it was due to it being winter. I then waited until summer and still am experiencing fuel issues. A major issue in which I have noted that hundreds of other Pontiac owners are having is with the steering. My steering is making terrible clanking noises. I am afraid that something is going to break on my car. I am self employed and take clients on errands/dr appointments and rely on my car to get us there safely. I will be taking my car to the dealership to complain of this issue. I also will be complaining of severe rust issues on my car. My window also leaked water. My door was improperly aligned. Water leaked into the door of my car and did not release causing water to stay in my door. I truly believe with all of the complaints in regards to the steering that this should be recalled for safety. Not to mention what other problems the steering shaft is causing your vehicle.

- West Union, IA, USA

problem #94

May 092012


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the steering wheel begin to shake and caused the vehicle to jerk from side to side. The contact continued to drive but slowed down and was able to maintain control of the vehicle. The failure stopped but recurred several months later. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and they informed the contact that the cause of the failure was unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,000. The VIN was not available.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #93

Apr 012011


  • 36,000 miles


In the beginning the whinning noise was only when I made a left or right turn. Now whenever I move the steering wheel to the left or right it makes a loud piercing whinning noise like rubber or somthing is about to snap. It is even louder than it was a year ago. It can't be safe to drive. The dealership stated GM had the same problem with the arcadias, but GM has decided to pay for the fix on that vehicle but not design the part to fix the Pontiac G6. They stated that part would not fit my G6. They also stated because G6S are no longer being made, they have no reason to fit the problem. I have seen many complaints about a similar problem. If they know how to fit it on the arcadia's, then they should be fixing it for free on the Pontiac G6S. I think this is such bad customer service and feel they will be losing many customers who have supported GM over the years. Honestly, I feel very uncomfortable driving the car with this noise, because I feel the more I drive, the worse it gets, until the point something in that steering will snap and I lose control of the vehicle. Please help get this issue resolved.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #92

Feb 152012


  • 40,000 miles
My car has developed a popping noise whenever I break or turn the steering wheel to far to the left or to the right. I have done some research and it looks as though alot of 2008 Pontiac G6 owners have similar problems.it might have something to do with the rack and pinion steering or the intermediate steering shaft. I am concerned the steering might give out while driving. Is there going to be a recall by GM for this?

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #91

Feb 112010

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
When I turn the steering wheel it makes a popping noise. It started a few weeks after I bought the car and has gotten more frequent and louder.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #90

May 072012

G6 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


Steering wheel pops when turning at low speeds, obviously a common problem as it is all over the internet.

- Willard, MO, USA

problem #89

Apr 092012

G6 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Problem was with intermediate shaft on steering column.

- Anoka, MN, USA

problem #88

Jun 012009


  • 35,000 miles
The steering pops when you turn the wheel. The steering also seems very lose. It has gotten to the point that the turn signal will not turn off after turning, unless I do it manually.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #87

Jan 022012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the power steering would seize sporadically and without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure, but advised the contact that the defect was associated with the electrical system. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 79,000.

- Monticello, MN, USA

problem #86

Feb 282012

G6 6-cyl

  • 42,300 miles


Tight steering, popping & whining noise that feels like steering is about to lock up.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #85

Mar 232009

G6 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
I have had the same problem on more than one occasion due to a faulty intermediate steering shaft that was put into my vehicle during manufacturing. It is becoming difficult to turn the steering wheel. It's also feels very unsafe when I make a turn. It feels like it is going to get stuck and flip. This is a very common problem with these vehicles as well as several others. I have discovered they made a new intermediate shaft since the original was a bad design. I was just quoted slightly less than $300 to get this new part installed. I would like to know why I have to pay for an extremely common, faulty part when this should clearly be recalled.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #84

Feb 012011


  • 50,000 miles
This is the worst most unsafe car I've ever owned. The power steering goes out from time to time the automatic lockout for the doors don't always work. The rear drivers side door doesn't lock out unlock at all. There are obvious electrical issues the buttons on the drivers side door work when they want to. The drivers side door also operates some sort of switch to kill power to the radio when its opened it is no longer working correctly. Its only a matter of time before this car has a deadly malfunction. The trans mission doesn't shift correctly. We have been told by GM that there is nothing wrong with the transmission and if we want them to check the other issues we will have to pay for diagnosis and repair as they are not known issues, however just google any one of the above mentioned issues and there are plenty of other owners out there with the same problems and no one is forcing GM to take responsibility I'm sorry but I don't think that when you pay $20,000 for a vehicle that there should be this many problems after a few years.

- Smock, PA, USA

problem #83

Jan 192012

G6 6-cyl

  • 56,634 miles
While accelerating, the car jerks wildly to the left, approximately a foot or more. The vehicle has 4 brand new tires, and has recently had a front end alignment. This issue poses a real danger to the occupants of the vehicle, as well as others on the road.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #82

Dec 062011

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
I just bought this car from bobb Suzuki columbus Ohio 12/05/2011. When test drove heard the noise but was not doing it that much. But as time went on it got more frequent when U turn left/right and takeoff/stopping. Has 47K on it dealer will not pay to fix it. I feel I am not liable to pay as I didn't know of the issues that was on these cars. Did research online this is a big issue with others that own these G6 cars. They need to recall them and make it right by the consumers it can become a safety issue. Thank you,

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #81

Nov 072011


  • 70,000 miles
My power steering seems to be going out and it is not a lack of fluid issue and the steering wheel makes squeaking noises every time you turn it. It is very hard to steer at times as well. I noticed previous year Pontiac G6's have a problem and so do G5's so I am filing this in hopes that others are complaining as well and a recall is soon issued.

- Afton, OK, USA

problem #80

Nov 012011


  • 40,500 miles
Car is making noise when turning left or right took to my mechanic he said its the control arms no can dealership where bought car said it wasn't covered my son just had to replace his control arms on his G6 about 2 months ago I have read up on this on this seems to be a major problem on the G6 ithinkit should warrant a recall is people are having so many problem with the control arm.

- Somonauk, IL, USA

problem #79

Oct 122011


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering wheel started to shake and the pwoer steering assist failed. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic, but they were unable to repair the failure. The failure and current mileages were 91,000.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #78

Sep 072011

G6 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Initial issue began while driving at low speed but resolved without issue. Since initial onset the steering problem has become more frequent and sporadic at all speeds. Sometimes while the car is parked the steering wheel will bobble left to right. The problem has become worse and now happens at highway speeds causing the vehicle to be difficult to control, as if the wheel is locking a few degrees left or right. The steering also feels very heavy, the car gives no warning before, during or after regarding this problem. Noticeable motor-like noise coming from steering column while steering wheel is bobbling. Dealer inspected, could not find problem, no bad codes were noted. However, issue continues with control problems.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #77

Aug 272011

G6 4-cyl

  • 63,845 miles
Initial issue began while driving at low speed but resolved without issue. Since inital onset the steering problem has become more frequent and sporatic at all speeds. Sometimes while the car is parked the steering wheel will bobble left to right. The problem has become worse and is now happens at highway speeds causing the vehical to be difficult to control, as if the wheel is locking a few degrees left or right. The steering also feels very heavy, the car gives no warning before, during or after reguarding this problem.

- Los Banos, CA, USA

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