2008 Pontiac G6 steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 13 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 13 of 14)

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problem #36

Jun 032010


  • 47,432 miles


I have a 2008 Pontiac G6 it began having a jerking problem with the steering wheel and after taking it to a local mechanic shop was told that it needed a new rack and pinion. After making this repair the car continued to have the same symptoms of the steering wheel jerking left and right while driving as well as while sitting still. This is a major safety hazard as the steering will jerk hard and you have to pay close attention to the steering due to not knowing when it is going to happen. Replacing the rack and pinion cost over $300 to fix. Took the car to the local dealer and they drove the car and stated it needed a eps motor and controller. Then was told that it would be over $600 to fix.

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

problem #35

Jun 152010


  • 36,000 miles
I have a 2008 Pontiac G6, and while driving there is a knocking or sounds like something is loose on the left front suspension. They have replace the steering shaft, sway bar links, still having the problem. Had it to the dealer 3-times. I am afraid something will break and cause me to wreck. Can hear it gook hitting a pot hole in on the pavement or going down a gravel road that has pot holes. If something breaks and causes me to wreck, I will pursue if still available I will sue the dealership for not correcting this. I am tired of spending all my time at the dealership, they are suppose to have certified mechanics, but they don't take enough time to really fix the issue with my car.

- Big Stone Gap, VA, USA

problem #34

Apr 302010


  • 38,000 miles
At 38,500 miles, have had multiple problems with steering, including 2 steering shaft replacements, steering gear replacement. Power steering will fail at various times while turning at low speeds. There is also a loud pop which the dealer diagnosed as the steering shaft, but is never fixed after replacement. Also had to have cv joint replaced at 38,000 miles due to failure. This vehicle has never been wrecked or otherwise damaged. According to the dealer, these are very common problems with G6's and should be recalled.

- Germanton, NC, USA

problem #33

Jun 132010


  • 38,600 miles


2008 Pontiac G6 steering problems. While driving down the road the steering became hard to control and felt like it would lock completely. I took it to the dealership. They said no problems were seen when hooked to the computer. No problems when they drove it. They said there had been problems with earlier models of G6 and cobalts. That's when I realized 2008 G6 should have been included in recall. I have had shake problems and a popping noise, and now the loss of power steering, which scares me to death.

- Hot Springs Village, AR, USA

problem #32

Jun 122010


  • 50,100 miles
I was driving my 2008 Pontiac G6 on highway at 55 mph and all of a sudden my steering jerked to the left. Scared the crap out of me. Has been doing it off and on for the last couple of days, you never know when it will do it again. It is a safety concern for me, had it looked at by a mechanic and he told me to contact Pontiac to see if there was a recall, no recall. This is a safety issue and I hope I'm not injured before its fixed.

- Grampian, PA, USA

problem #31

Jun 082010


  • 66,420 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving 5 mph the steering wheel began shaking and the rpms increased excessively. The steering wheel also continued to move from the left to the right on its own. The dealer agreed to schedule an appointment to diagnose the failure. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 66420 and the current mileage was 66531.

- Jerusalim, AR, USA

problem #30

Jun 022010


  • 63,000 miles


Pontiac 2008 G6 with electrical power steering. Very difficult to drive. Somedays steering wheel moves and jerks, even when car is idling but not moving. When driving, the steering wheel jerks and moves on it own. You have to drive with both hands holding the steering wheel incase it decides to drive itself. Took to GM garage and they said front end steering shaft bad. Think that would have been $1500 repair for nothing. There have been problems with other years with electrical power steering, why not 2008. Please help!

- Harrisonburg, LA, USA

problem #29

May 102010


  • 34,438 miles
My power steering keeps going out and when it does it is impossible to steer the vehicle. There are no events leading up to the failure other than regular light driving. According to the GM dealers representative GM can replace parts but history has shown it is temporary and will not fix the problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #28

Feb 112010


  • 55,806 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while the vehicle was idling, the steering wheel would move back and forth. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. She was also informed that recall 10V073000 (steering:electric power assist system) did not include her vehicle. The failure mileage was 55,806.

- Lytle, TX, USA

problem #27

Apr 152010


  • 51,879 miles
2008 Pontiac G6 - approximately at 51800 miles - powering steering would just disappear and car would move abruptly by itself to the left or right - very hard to control the steering wheel even at minimal speeds - almost impossible on a turn - steering wheel would jerk and shake moderately to severely at most times, even while sitting at a traffic light - stopped driving my 2008 Pontiac G6 until I could get it fixed - didn't want to be killed or injured or cause an accident to kill or injure someone else - took car to Pontiac dealer to have problem diagnosed and fixed - problem was faulty power steering electric motor module - not covered under warranty - my cost $677.76 for repair -

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #26

Feb 212010


  • 45,200 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the power steering failed; the steering mechanism would become stiff and it would be become difficult to control the vehicle. The contact called an authorized dealership and the dealer stated that the vehicle would need to be inspected before a diagnosis could not be given. The current and failure mileages were approximately 45,200.

- Griffith, IN, USA

problem #25

Mar 062010


  • 47,100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 7 mph, the contact heard a loud wind sound in the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the steering wheel shaft and the struts required replacement. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunction. The identical failure continued after the repair was performed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic on a separate occasion where the mechanic stated that the steering wheel defect could not be repaired. The steering wheel components were lubricated to prevent the wind sound which there was no resolution. The contact was waiting on a response from the manufacturer regarding the defect. The failure mileage was 47,100. The current mileage was 47,300.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #24

Dec 152009


  • 42,000 miles
The steering wheel tightens up when driving. The wheel will move back and forth like a vibration. The car is difficult to drive when the steering problem occurs. The issue began in December 2009 and has progressively gotten worse, meaning more consistent and regular. I refuse to pay for an adjustment to the vehicle when Pontiac should take responsibility. I am not the only consumer having this problem. I regularly commute on the interstate and feel unsafe in my vehicle because of the defect. An accident has not occurred, but Pontiac should recall the 2008 Pontiac G6 to prevent a possible future accident.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #23

Mar 012010


  • miles
I own a 2008 Pontiac G6. The car have an electric power steering system. The steering is uncontrollable, the steering wheel moves back and forth and is very loose. I also experience that power steering is loss and become hard to control. Sometimes the display reads power steering. I took it to the dealer and they replaced the electric power steering motor. The cost was $780. The recent cobalt and G5 recall should have included the G6. I should not have to pay to have a new eps motor installed which is what the recall covers. I am very dissatisfied with Pontiac and will never buy another Pontiac.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #22

Oct 302009


  • 55,000 miles
In October my 2008 Pontiac G6 started having issues with the power steering. My power steering warning light came on and it was hard to keep my car in one lane. This problem has been ongoing since then. The power steering problem comes and goes but it is always difficult to steer (like driving an older model car without power steering). I drive 90 miles roundtrip to work and travel on a busy highway. It is very difficult for me to keep my car in one lane. My steering wheel pops. When I stop my steering wheel moves back and forth rapidly on its own. I took my car to the dealership last week and they told me it would cost around $550 to repair. I told them I would not pay for something that was a defect. If Pontiac has recalled the G5 and the G8 shouldn't they recall the G6. This is ridiculous. My car has been doing this for over 5 months. Pontiac should repair all cars with this issue before someone gets killed.

- Killen, AL, USA

problem #21

Oct 122009


  • 51,426 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately between 10-15 mph on normal road conditions; proceeding to make a turn. The steering wheel became extremely loose and uncontrollable which resulted in difficulty to control the steering wheel. The driver continued with caution. The failure occurred whenever making a turn, encountering a bump and rough road surfaces. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction at this time. The failure mileage was 51,426.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 052008


  • 45,293 miles
I took the car into city Chevrolet in Nov 09 to have the intermediate shaft replaced under warranty due to having steering problems, it fixed the problem for 2 days and had to take it back in and the dealership told us that they forgot to tighten the shaft. Now the same problem is occurring again but much worse, the steering wheel after a turn comes back to the resting position in a jerky fashion and continues going left until it finally rests, the steering wheel vibrates when driving and all speeds. The vehicle makes noise when turning the steering wheel. The vehicle is a 2008 Pontiac G6 with 45000 miles on it. The vehicle feels unsafe when driving, it feels as if the vehicle doesn't want to turn when directed to do so.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #19

Oct 202009


  • 59,440 miles
The contact owns a used 2008 Pontiac G6. He stated that the vehicle became difficult to steer. While driving straight, it would become difficult to keep the vehicle inside his lane and the steering wheel would feel hard, as if it would possibly lock. The failure mileage was approximately 25 mph. The failure became progressively worse over time and there were never any warning lights that would illuminate to indicate a possible failure. The dealer was contacted and the power steering assist module was replaced at the owner's expense. The manufacturer did not assist. There were no further failures following the repairs. The failure mileage was 59,440 and the current mileage was under 61,284.

- Matoaca, VA, USA

problem #18

Feb 102010


  • 45,500 miles
I have a 2008 Pontiac G6 that is having power steering issues. I believe this is the same issue the Pontiac G5 is having. I took it to a nearby dealership and they said the charge would be over $600. Although my car is over 40,000 miles, I believe that GM should be responsible enough to fix the same problem in a same type of model auto. Power steering keeps coming up on the message board. This has been happening for about 3 weeks.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #17

Feb 012009


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. While driving 40 mph on the highway he heard a noise in his steering wheel and the vehicle began to shake. The failure was repaired in February of 2009 and in February of 2010. The contact also stated that the failure has caused the tires to fail as well. The failure occurred consistently whenever he drove more than 40 mph. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 31,000. The current mileage was 56,000. Updated 04/12/10

- Lewiston, MN, USA

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