2008 Pontiac G6 steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 8 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 Owner Comments (Page 8 of 14)

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problem #136

Jul 012013

G6 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles


I noticed while sitting at a stop light that my steering wheel started to shake, then also as I was driving, it jerked back and forth, constantly shaking. There is a grinding noise if the car is in park while the wheel shakes. I've seen many other people complaining about the same issues with this car and am wondering why the power steering system hasn't been recalled. I take very good care of my vehicle and this, being a single mother, is going to cause me to go broke for the amount of money that I'm being quoted to have it fixed. This is a huge safety issue and seems to be more common than I thought. GM should be concerned for the safety of its customers, passengers, and other drivers on the roads.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #135

Aug 022013


  • miles
It is truly weird to get on this site and every site on the internet and see all the article about this car and the steering problems and a recall id not issued GM knew they have these issue and insted of fixing them they just retired Pontiac yes I have the thunking in the steering to and so do 1000S of other people who dont want to waste time typing this this car is driving people broke yes my steering makes the popping noise to.

- Coshocton, OH, USA

problem #134

Jul 082013


  • 124,652 miles
I bought my 2008 Pontiac G6 new with 3 miles on it. For the first 30,000 miles I had zero issues with the car. Since then it has had problems. The first was the steering column, while at a stop light the wheel began to turn itself. Steering became difficult to control and so I pulled over and used my cell to record the movement it was making on its own. The dealership replaced a computer module in the steering column.( after showing the video to the service manager and threatening to take it to the local news network) soon after the popping began in the column while turning. The module was under warranty but the "lube kit" for the popping in the column had to be out of my wallet to fix. ( oh how I love the ass hats at GM ). still have popping when turning. Then came the randomness to the headlights working. ( or not working ) replaced bulbs in low beam ( both sides ) several times and have noticed corrosion in connectors. Now the brake light are constantly on. The lights being on causes the cruise control to not work or shut off when lights activate on their own. I have also noticed my rear passenger caliper is sticking and eating pads, im on caliper number 3 as of today with countless pads and zero help from GM without having to fork over lots of money to fix a car (that obviously by the hundreds of complaints) was horribly built. Its pretty plain to see corners were cut in the production of this heap.

- Montross , VA, USA

problem #133

Jul 222010


  • 50,000 miles


My 2008 Pontiac G6 has had a "clunk" in the steering for a very long time now. Every turn I can feel it and hear it, and it worries me. Looking it up online a lot of people are having this issue and it needs to be fixed. I think there should be a recall and make this right. It is unsafe and makes the drive less pleasant.

- Gaylord, MI, USA

problem #132

Jul 112013

G6 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
The steering wheel began moving on its own, actually trying to wrestle control away from the driver and steer the car. The "power steering" warning light in the driver alert console came on along with the chime to alert the driver of an event. There is quite a bit of clunking as the steering wheel is moved back and forth as well as when the wheels, during the normal course of driving, apply force against the steering system. The power steering is applying force to counter it, as it should, but it should not be making all the noise that it is. The clunk arises when the direction changes and is most noticeable under slight movements, not during a turn. The rack-and-pinion, tie rods, struts, lower control arms and ball joints are all in great shape so it is not worn steering gear, it is before the rack-and-pinion. The power steering motor will apply enough force that it will make the car change lanes if the driver does not quickly react to it and turn the steering wheel to prevent the involuntary lane change. This car is dangerous, this is a serious safety issue which is unfortunately being downplayed by GM.

- Manvel, TX, USA

problem #131

Jun 302013


  • 77,417 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there was a rattling noise when the vehicle was idle. In addition, the wheels moved erratically while the contact was driving at low speeds. The power steering assist warning light was also illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the power steering motor. The failure was corrected. The failure mileage was 77,417. The current mileage was 77,427.

- Alburqueque , NM, USA

problem #130

Mar 292013

G6 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Vehicle makes a constant popping noise when turning, braking, or accelerating. Sometimes the steering wheel locks when trying to turn it. Underneath driver and passenger floor board it feels like the bottom the car is falling off. The brakes squeak so bad. I have taken to three shops and everyone hears the noise but can figure out what is wrong. Sometimes when I get in the car the air is on full blast with no keys even in the ignition. This car needs to be recalled. I have read so many complaints about the same issues.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #129

Jun 132013

G6 4-cyl

  • 124,721 miles
Lost ability to control steering with swaying and shudder, slowed vehicle to get control.

- Comfort, TX, USA

problem #128

May 202013

G6 4-cyl

  • 83,550 miles
99 percent of the time when I turn the wheel to the left I hear a loud popping and wining sound stopped by a car shop was told the steering dampers were going bad was told it happens a lot on this car I have been reading so many things about this they are all saying the same time to do something about it.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #127

May 082013


  • 84,000 miles
While trying to pass an 18 wheeler up hill, the car down shifted into the passing gear, at 5000rpm all of the warning lights started flashing on the dashboard. I also lost power-steering. A week later while trying to parallel park, I lost power steering. No flashing lights just now power steering. It took all I could to turn the wheel.

- Blakeslee, PA, USA

problem #126

Jan 012009


  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there was a rattling noise in the steering system. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing however, the cause of the failure was not determined. The dealer replaced the steering column, electronic steering module and the intermediate steering shaft twice but to no avail. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 33,000. The current mileage was 73,000.

- North Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #125

Apr 142013

G6 4-cyl

  • 122,500 miles
I bought my Pontiac G6 almost 1 yr ago, at the time of purchase I noticed the clunk noise while turning mostly left turns, the dealer said it was nothing. So I have been driving it so far with no problems other than the clunk noise but one month ago I kept getting a radio signal to service traction control and my car felt like I was driving on ice and the wheel would shake by itself and was would stiffen up left to right, so I took it to the same dealer to fix it but the GM dealer said they were unsure what the problem was but noticed the that while in park and lifted off the ground the wheels looked like they were being turned and no one was in the car. They put in a $27 part a steering sensor kit and said they reset the brain of the car and since I have no warranty I paid $311. And not 24 hours after I drove off it is still happening, just hope it doesn't get worse this car I definitely have to keep both hands on the wheel.

- Truckee, CA, USA

problem #124

Jun 142011

G6 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
This is my daughters car and she used it daily to travel back and forth to work. She began to hear a clicking noise when she turned in steering column. This continued for a few months without little fanfare or concern until unexpectedly on her way to a friends house the car would not turn according her. She was in the middle of a busy intersection and could not get the steering wheel to turn. She reached me by cell and I talked her thru the situation. We had a friend who works for dealership take it and drive it and he said there was something going on with the power steering. This problem has occurred on and off since that time and our GM dealer says it will cost $115 to run a diagnostic check. With all the concern and recalls recently on G6 models for 2006 models some kind of recall needs to happen for this 2008 G6. There is obviously a problem with these cars. We are struggling with sharing cars and I have experienced it first hand while driving her car. Please, help!!!,,,

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #123

Apr 022013

G6 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
There is a problem with the Pontiac G6 power steering assist. The steering locks up and gets stiff causing it to become impossible to steer. I almost hit a parked car because the steering is so stiff that you cannot steer the car in the direction you want to go. There was a recall for this in all 2006 Pontiac but not 2008. I am writing today because this problem can cause a serious accident and GM needs to fix this problem asap before it causes a fatality. This part is not covered under the GM 100,000 powertrain warranty which is should be covered.

- Linden, NJ, USA

problem #122

Mar 152013


  • 133,000 miles
Making a right turn the car kept turning, I was unable to turn the steering wheel as it was locked. The car slammed into a tree damaging the front end along with the wheel rim. The can was towed and diagnosed as steer gear/racket pinion steering locked and needs to be replaced.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #121

Mar 122013


  • 73,000 miles
I just purchased my 2008 Pontiac G6 and realized that there is a tight steering situation and a thunking noise in front end when steering. After doing some research, there are several forums that hundreds of people are having this problem with the intermediate steering shaft. It causes locked steering, very hard to turn the steering wheel and people have almost gotten into accidents and several have gotten into an accidents. After reading about all of the same complaints from several hundred if not thousands of people. I can not believe that there has not been a recall for this part. Especially when people are put in a hazardous situations from this part being faulty. Type in Pontiac G6 steering problems on "google" and see the thousands of complaints and everyone of them is the same issue. There are several different sites all with the same complaints.

- Silvis, IL, USA

problem #120

Mar 082013

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the power steering assist malfunctioned, making it very difficult to steer the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the check engine warning lamp also illuminated and the digital display showed a power steering failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 74,800 and the current mileage was 74,900. Updated 5/7/13 updated 05/28/2013

- Polk City , IA, USA

problem #119

Mar 182010

G6 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Starting in 09 when I purchased this car I've had problems and still to the current date (2/26/2013) I've had to replace the tie rods multiple times which result in new brakes and tires, which aren't cheap for this car! I recently went in today to get my cat converter replaced because the sensor was melting oh and again they tell me I need new brakes(shocker)-this is a safety issue none the less. I've spent about 7 grand in repairs all for the car to just be "ok" to drive for the time being. I'm not sure why this car was never recalled because it's a piece of junk! I have saved all the receipts from the dealership and it's astronomical how many times I've had to bring it in, let's just say the "guys at the shop" all know me by name..

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #118

Feb 262013


  • 77,000 miles
I have been experiencing intermittent power steering issues. My power steering light comes on every couple of days and a couple of times the power steering has gone out. If I turn off and then restart the car, it has been working, but I am concerned that it may go out when I'm driving. I did some research and see many other complaints about this same issue with other G6's.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #117

May 012008

G6 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Upon the purchase of a brand new Pontiac G6 in 2008, I have had several problems from about the 5000 mile mark. It began with my tail lights staying on while driving, no matter what speed. When I apply the brakes, they would go off and come on while driving. A month later steering column started to knock when making turns, the dealership has regreased the shaft and the noise went away for a few weeks and has continued to make the noise. The dealer said it will not hurt anything and will not regrease it. All of these issues have been happening for 4 consecutive years. I have replaced several head lamps, once about every 2 months and wiring harness because they melt. The power steering started to go out in November of 2012 and several times since; it locks up and I am unable to drive it for a while and it just magically fixes itself. I had trouble putting my vehicle in park in January 2013 and my key would not come out of the ignition. I left it in for a few days and it came back out. Yesterday, February 23, 2013 the airbag service light has come on. We have checked all fuses, and there seems to be none out. The vehicle has never been in any accident not even a dent on the vehicle. I have never recieved a recall for the vehicle either. Maybe they are just not getting to me?

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

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