2008 Pontiac G6 steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 6 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.

10.0

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 6 of 14)

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problem #176

May 132014

G6 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle battery was drained overnight from consumer electronics (dvd charging, gps) to the point when attempting to start near zero voltage with inside lights shutting off. Charged with 10 amp battery charger to full battery. Afterwards key fobs would not work. Did not think much of it. After a few days of driving noticed the tire pressure info was all -- (not posting). Tire pressure system monitoring was completely off with no notification to driver. Found several sites that say a G6 can lose it's tire sensor/key fob memory from a slowly draining battery and must be taken to a dealer to fix it. Took it to a GMC (formerly Pontiac) dealership, $95 later only got the tires working again. Newer vehicles have a procedure for owners to initiate this setup themselves and reprogram the tires and key fobs, but not 2008. The lack of tire pressure sensors when they were there prior should trigger at minimum a warning on every start. It can tell me I need an oil change every day. For this to happen because of a low voltage event is terrible circuit design / bad programming. If an owner charges his kid's dvd player and it kills the battery the next day the mandatory tmps system may not work, and not work without warning. Hopefully the day the dvd player needs a charge isn't the same day they develop a medium leak driving down the mountains of Utah, because the driver won't be notified the system forgot the sensor id's and doesn't care about those pressure readings anymore, even the falling pressure on the tire holding the car in the correct lane at a 8% grade, downhill. #1 fix the safety issue. #2 don't charge me to re-program something that is not safe and was corrected on newer vehicles.

- Jackson, WI, USA

problem #175

May 072014

G6

  • 50,000 miles
Replaced the power steering unit and intermediate shaft per GM dealer recommendation. Cost $1200.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #174

Mar 272014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
The power steering went out suddenly while driving on the freeway (approximately 65-70 mph) which made it extremely hard to control the vehicle. This problem persisted the next time I turned the vehicle back on.

- Big Lake, MN, USA

problem #173

Jun 162014

G6 6-cyl

  • 117,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was braking on the highway at 60 mph and all of a sudden my power steering failed. Luckily no crash occurred. Tried contacting GM and they said because my VIN was not on the recall notice they couldn't do anything to resolve this issue. GM needs to look into this matter and see if anyone else from this factory has dealt with similar issues and issue a recall for more vehicles.

- Wheeling, IL, USA

problem #172

Jun 152014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
Power steer keeps locking up when driving and air bag service light stays on.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #171

Jun 102014

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while having the vehicle inspected, the technician stated that the steering was difficult to turn. The technician diagnosed the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was unknown. Updated 8/19/14

- Augusta, ME, USA

problem #170

May 272014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Over the last couple weeks while driving or backing out the driveway my steering has locked up making it hard to steer. The car dinged and on the radio display it said power steering so I thought I just needed some fluid so I went to auto zone thinking power steering fluid where I learned it was electronic my car doesn't take fluid. I googled to find where to take it when I discovered there was a recall for 2008 Pontiac power steering. Went to a dealership and my car has the exact same recall problem but didn't somehow make the cut they recalled vehicles manufactured 10/07 & up mine was 08/07 according to the tag dealership says it will be 700 to repair which I do not have but I commute 1 hour each way to work daily. GM needs to reexamine this recall because they missed a few vehicles.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #169

May 192014

G6

  • 67,000 miles
Key easily goes back to the acc (accessories) position and shuts off car, power steering, and brakes. I was driving when I accidentally hit the key with my hand and it turned to the acc position and shut off my car. Luckily I wasn't on the highway or turning because my power steering instantly shut off. Please help me fix this. I tested my moms car and her Honda does the same thing but it is harder to switch back to the acc position. Is this normal? I know GM is going through some discrepancies right now and was wondering if my car was left out of the recall. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Litchfield, IL, USA

problem #168

Mar 232014

G6 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Traction fail. Light on traction on, , off, sometime rear end spin.

- Temple City, CA, USA

problem #167

May 242008

G6

  • 431 miles
Since day 1 I have been having the same issues with this car. Car pulls to the left when being driven along with a popping sound coming from the front end suspension. Multiply items were repaired both under warranty and out of pocket expense. Ishaft, bearings, aligned 22 times, tire balanced, new wheels put on. Same problem still persisted. Toe clips keep popping off. Car still shakes with every fix. Steering has a whine to it - power steering pump replaced, did not fix the issues. Car has 50 pages of service issues with 8 issues on a page and still not is right. Due to front suspension issues accident occurred - damaging front drivers rim and tire. Dealer would not replace or warranty even with full coverage warranty. Paid for out of own pocket. Exterior lighting also has condensation in it - both head lamps assembly and both tail light assembly. Dealer stated this was normal? an half inch of water sitting in the bottom of the assemblies is not normal. Condensation build up due to this issue has blown bulbs often and also corroded bulb plugs (dealer would not replace even under bumper to bumper warranty). Previous smell of burned wires has been stated on service visits to dealer, yet they never replaced any wiring or any assembly. Some days I fear car may start on fire.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #166

Dec 172013

G6 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Intermediate steering shaft binding and clicking while making turns (common defect). Driver side low beam headlight wiring connector burned / corroded causing low beam not to operate / on 2nd connector (common defect). Brakes wore out prematurely and rotors turn rust brown after a rain or they get wet.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #165

Feb 012012

G6

  • 84,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while traveling 70 mph, a popping noise was heard and the power steering assist failed. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the torque sensor and power steering assist motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 84,600.

- Albany, IL, USA

problem #164

Apr 142014

G6 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
My daughter was driving her car down the interstate at about 65mph when all of the sudden the power steering malfunctions. She immediately pulls the car over to the side of the road but having just had shoulder surgery this is quite difficult. I am now being informed that this "particular" car is not part of the steering recall even though it has the exact problem noted in the recall. Apparently it doesn't fall "within' their range of VIN numbers!

- Mt. Pleasant, IA, USA

problem #163

Oct 212013

G6 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
As I was driving a bell went off in the car and an alert on dash read power steering. There was a clunk noise and the power steering seemed to go off making the car almost impossible to steer.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #162

Sep 232013

G6 4-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
Back in September my steering locked up on me twice and showed up on screen as power steering issue. I tollk it in to a GM dealer but they could not get the codes to come up. They said it was a bad BCM. I changed that and it worked for a while. Then in March it did it again but I did not qualify for extended warranty as my car had over 150000 miles on it. After much discussion with GM we changed the BCM, steering module and the steering column approx $1200 (after a discount from GM). A few days later they announced the recall. I had not seen anything in the mail so I called GM to be told that my VIN number was not part of the recall. I am so disgusted obviously the parts are bad and all should be recalled before some one gets hurt.

- Mora, MN, USA

problem #161

Jan 012010

G6

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while she drove at 65 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer who replaced the power steering unit but the repair failed to correct the failure. The dealer advised the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 22,000 and the current mileage was 54,000.

- Campbell , OH, USA

problem #160

Mar 192014

G6 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Power steering went out. Since its electrical assistant power steering their was little to nothing we could do other then bring it back to the dealership. When you first start up the car you has no power steering and had to restart the car a number of times before the power steering would start working again. I contacted the dealership and was able to bring it to the shop 1 week later for a diagnostics. 3/3/14 the diagnostics came back that the power steering column and module needed to be replaced. I express my concerns that this was a huge safety concern that we could lose all power to steering while we are driving the car. I asked him if our car was on the last recall that GM had for the Pontiac G6 for this issue. Our VIN was not recalled. I contacted GM directly and they told be they could give me a 50% discount because we were a loyal customer to the dealership and GM. Total repair was $1400. I believe GM should recall my VIN numbers for repair before something bad happens.

- Blacklick, OH, USA

problem #159

Mar 192014

G6

  • 100,000 miles
Power steering went out. Since its electrical assistant power steering their was little to nothing we could do other then bring it back to the dealership. When you first start up the car you has no power steering and had to restart the car a number of times before the power steering would start working again. I contacted the dealership and was able to bring it to the shop 1 week later for a diagnostics. 3/3/14 the diagnostics came back that the power steering column and module needed to be replaced. I express my concerns that this was a huge safety concern that we could lose all power to steering while we are driving the car. I asked him if our car was on the last recall that GM had for the Pontiac G6 for this issue. Our VIN was not recalled. I contacted GM directly and they told be they could give me a 50% discount because we were a loyal customer to the dealership and GM. Total repair was $1400. I believe GM should recall my VIN numbers for repair before something bad happens.

- Blacklicj, OH, USA

problem #158

Mar 282014

G6

  • 58,500 miles
The steering makes a constant popping noise when accelerating or turning the wheel. Radio buttons, especially on the steering wheel do not work. Transmission clutch pressure control solenoid malfunction. Transmission control module failure. Stuck in 2nd gear, reverse does not work, wont rev past 4000rpm. Started as a jerky acceleration, then warning lights came on the next day, limp mode engaged, transmission rebuild needed on a car with less than 60K miles!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #157

Sep 012013

G6 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While turning the wheel at low speeds, it become very difficult to turn from one side to another. Loud thump when turning has always been present since the car was purchased.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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