2009 Pontiac G6 lights NHTSA complaints: Exterior Lighting

NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2009 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 7)

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2009 is starting to have the same problems as previous model years, including the headlights blowing out due to bad connectors.

The wiring harness connections aren't a big deal to replace, as long as your dealer or mechanic doesn't charge you an arm & a leg to "diagnose" the problem.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,671 miles

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2009 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #117

Jan 092015

G6 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


Drivers side headlight went out while driving in very bad weather conditions at night. Replaced bulb and it worked for 2 days before the same thing happened. Replaced bulb again and it worked for about 10 days before it happened again. Now learning that this happens a lot on this car because the harness connector is melting and needs to be replaced but due to constant overheating it will not permanently fix this problem. GM knows of this problem but deems it not their responsibility. Does there have to be a fatality before Pontiac/GM takes this seriously?

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #116

Dec 312013

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
2009 Pontiac G6. Requesting reimbursement for repairs due to recall. According to the repair invoice, the BCM shorted out. Recall #14V252000.

- Clewiston, FL, USA

problem #115

Jul 012014

G6 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Issues with low beam headlights randomly going out then coming back on at first for a couple of months, then went out completely. Replaced bulbs (low beam) with same problems. Finally found that the low beam light sockets (primarily passenger side) were arcing and shorting out causing bulbs not to work. Recall should be issued to have GM remedy this problem. This is a chronic problem with this line of cars!

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #114

Dec 012014


  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while stopped, the contact noticed that the passenger side low beam headlight became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the socket needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,000.

- Garnerville, NY, USA

problem #113

Jun 042009

G6 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Head lights keep going out...the wires connected with the low beam lights are burnt and corroded. I have replace these parts 20 times since 2009. This time on January 1, 2015 the wires and connectors are to burnt to repair and the dealer ship said I will have to buy the whole harness kit assembly instead of just the wires. Why should I, this problems is far and wide on the internet with the Pontiac G6. I travel with my job and I have experienced multiple times both headlights going out on me and I had to use the high beam just to get home. Please let GM know and issue some kind of recall before I die on the highway due to these faulty headlight wires.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #112

Jan 152014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
Driver side highlight not working. Further inspection shows that the headlight wire is corroded & burnt. This is a common issue with this car & several others, yet General Motors refuses to issue a recall which can lead to a dangerous situation.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #111

Dec 212014


  • 76,004 miles


Left low beam not working. Replaced with new bulb twice in a month. Back in 2013, a month after purchasing used vehicle, I had the same problem. I replaces the left low beam light three times in one month and then took to dealer who sad the harness had melted. This needs to be recalled. This is seriously dangerous!

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #110

Nov 252014

G6 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
2009 Pontiac G6 passenger side headlight would intermittently go off and finally stayed off. After removing the headlight assembly, I found a melted connect to the light bulb itself. I found a replacement connector at Napa auto parts and replaced it. It worked for 3 weeks and went out again. Upon opening up the light, I found the new connector melted again. There is a wiring problem causing this connector to overheat. Safety concern is if both fail over time, the driver will not have any headlights for nighttime driving. Also, the headlights are part of the daytime driving lights.

- Converse, TX, USA

problem #109

Apr 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Back in April of 2014 my car started acting strange when getting at 30 mph. I noticed the RPM would get between 3 and 4. my automatic nor manual shift would go into second gear. If it did, I would almost get whiplash. I took it to a mechanic who replaced wire harness and two shift solenoids (sw). I then noticed during the summer my driver front head light doesn't work at all even after replacing the bulb. Again, in November of 2014 my car began repeating itself with the transmission problems. I took it to another mechanic and he said it's the solenoids. This is a danger to the driver and passengers because it'll stop going the way speed it needs to. I can't afford to keep putting money into something that keeps breaking down. Please help!! by the way, the driver side wiper sprayer stopped working.

- Kevil, KY, USA

problem #108

Oct 042012


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the passenger side headlight lens became distorted. The frame caused the lights to appear dimmed and decreased the contact's visibility. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The technician diagnosed that the headlight lens needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that the same failure recurred on the driver side head lights. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #107

Oct 172014


  • 79,800 miles


The dim headlights keep going out I have replaced them 3 times and still go out I believe it's in the wiring because if you hit the headlight they will soon come back on. I've read the wiring harness gets to hot and melts the wires seems like a fired hazard to me.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #106

Feb 102010

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
Unfortunately I have experienced about all of the issues that are being complained about on here. The light connectors melting and blowing the headlights, the electrical system messing up and frying 7 brains, the brake lights not working properly, the steering acting funny just to name a few, and although I have taken the car to the dealership several times since 2010 to have these issues worked on, I continue to have the problems. I think that it is ridiculous that car manufacturing companies are allowed to let these vehicles stay on the road without doing recalls on these dangerous and possibly fatal problems. For years I wanted one of these cars after they came out and now it has been the biggest waste of my time and money. But..that's ok! as soon as I have a wreck or something happens due to one of these problems I will be dialing up my lawyer!!!

- Palmer, TN, USA

problem #105

Oct 242014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
Blinker switch won't turn off after you turn corner.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #104

May 012014

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
Passenger low beam went out. Replaced headlight. Went out about a week later. Got another headlight and replaced it again, same thing happened.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #103

Oct 152014

G6 6-cyl

  • 46,795 miles
Driver side low-beam headlight not working. Replaced bulb in 23 November 2013 and again on 5 October 2014. Light went out again on 15 October 2014. Dealer replaced headlight lamp socket as socket was burnt out. Internet searches show numerous issues with Pontiac G6 headlamps having issues with headlight lamp sockets... electrical arcing within socket causing carbon build up and lamp failure. This should be a recall item by GM on this vehicle to fix this safety issue.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #102

Aug 192014

G6 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving down the road when the driver's side headlight went out. I have replaced the same headlight at least three times. Today, 26 Sept 2014, I attempted to replace the headlight bulb again, but found that the connector has melted. I'm concerned that my other headlight may go out while driving, so I will see what the dealership says after the vehicle inspection. I have heard that it can cost between 400 to 500 dollars. Please have this investigated before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #101

Jul 182014

G6 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Drivers side headlight went out while driving at night. Investigated situation the following morning and found socket on same headlight severely melted. Researched issue on internet and found many other instances of like condition. Manufacturer should address before fatality or fire occurs.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #100

Dec 182013

G6 4-cyl

  • 98,554 miles
As I was driving towards my home after dark, my drivers side headlight (low-beam) went out. Because I was on a rural road, I turned on my high-beams. In less than a minute an I went back to my low-beams due to an oncoming car and I had no low-beam lights at all. I immediately turned my high-beams back on so I could be seen by the other car. After returning home I informed my husband of the problem. The next morning he checked the headlight lamps and found that the electrical plug/sockets to both low-beam lights were shorted-out, burned, and melted. While at a local auto-parts store trying to get replacement pig-tails to repair the lights I talked to one of the sales persons who also works at a local GM dealership. He told me that they see 6 to 10 cars a week that have had this same problem. This is a very dangerous situation and it appears to be very common.

- Cambridge, OH, USA

problem #99

Aug 012014

G6 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My passenger side headlight went out so I replaced it only to have it go out again. I realized there were some burnt wires and had it inspected. I was told I needed a new wire harness.

- Grayling, MI, USA

problem #98

Aug 012014


  • 123,000 miles
Headlights on 2009 Pontiac G6 GT constantly going out. The wiring harness has to be replaced because the connection melts and have to replace the wiring harness. Called GM and they said that it is not a concern for them and will not assist in fixing the issue. This will be the 3rd time I have replaced the wiring harness to the headlights. This is extremely dangerous as it could cause a fire with the amount of heat being generated to cause the connectors to melt.. also have to drive with the brights on to avoid being pulled over.

- West Jordan , UT, USA

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