2010 Pontiac G6 drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,513 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2010 Pontiac G6 drivetrain problems

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2010 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 122016


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. While the cruise control was activated while driving approximately 70 mph, the ESC, traction control, and engine warning indicators illuminated. The cruise control deactivated independently. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. The vehicle was restarted and the gear lever failed to shift from park into the drive position until after several attempts. The vehicle resumed normal operation; however, the warning indicators remained illuminated. The vehicle was serviced previously per NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The recall remedy was insufficient and the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, which detected various trouble codes related to the BCM. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #9

Mar 102015


  • 120,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2010 Pontiac G6 with a 4-speed automatic. My car was serviced for a recall in for the transmission shifter cable. To cure the fix the recall(12106) called for a retainer to be added to the cable to prevent the breakage from occurring. Recently not even two years later as I was pulling into my apartment complex driveway the shifter cable broke causing the my steering and drivability to be impaired. I was able to apply the brakes, but I could not drive the vehicle any further. I put the car in park and exited my vehicle to check out the problem as my car started to roll away. I ran to catch the car trying to prevent my car from running into another car, pedestrians and a nearby items. I was injured in the process. The injuries were not life threatening, but they consisted of bruising, back injuries and my foot being ran over. My car also has scrapes. If the recall was supposedly fixed then the cable should not have broken that soon or at all putting the car is that state of danger. I contacted the dealership and they said there was nothing they could do. Something is not right here, if they repaired the recall correctly and it was a efficient method this should not of still happen. The fix they did is either only a temporary fix and/ or the method they are using is not effective. Also a possibly there might be other parts of the cable that are defected. GM was very incompliant and did not care to examine or see this matter any further, but if this has happen to me it could also be a serious issue with others still. I had to pay a large amount of money to have the car fixed, but this defect and solution are obviously still not working because this is not a normal breakage for any vehicle....updated 03-23-15 updated 06/09/15

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 092015


  • 84,000 miles
Torque sensor is outside of range regarding power steering.

- Collinsville, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 132015


  • miles


My cars power steering has gone out and I've noticed a recall on the 09S and earlier but not on a 2010. I have had issues driving with it like that. I live in northern Idaho where the roads are icy, slushy and slippery and it makes it very difficult to drive. With the power steering out it is hard to correct my slides and almost makes it worse and really hard to control. I would like to know why the recall isn't on the 2010S yet. It is quite dangerous.

- Mullan, ID, USA

problem #6

May 162014

G6 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Was parked in friends driveway, emergency brake engaged. Started car and depressed brake and released emergency brake, then shifted into reverse and backed out of driveway. When I shifted from reverse to drive the car died. I put it in park and restarted.. engine was running very rough, kept trying to die, no power steering, no cool air or A/C.. service ESC message on display as well as traction control "off". called onstar for ondemand diag. And they said was my emergency brake and to shut off car and then restart... did that and car ran fine.. for approx. A month.. then happened again.. on demand diag could not get a code.. neither could dealership. This continued intermittently until about 1 month ago.. @ 60,400 miles (now out of warranty) took car to dealership and they were able to get 2 codes.. one saying electronic stabilizer and other saying thermostat has went out. (1 consistent thing with all this.. my thermostat gauge would be flatlined no matter if car had been driven recently or not) upon leaving the dealership parking lot, just as I was pulling onto road.the "bumps"from the transition caused the gauge to start displaying again.. and power steering, A/C and cool air resumed working as well... have not had any more episodes for about a month.. until 9/2 when I got into my car and started it.. temp gauge no work, no A/C no pwr steering.. reached destination and car sat approx 4 hrs.. then drove 4 miles and engine light came on and has remained on. Checked fluids.. all fine.. but did notice engine fan staying engaged continually while driving and for a few seconds after turning off car.

- Carlton, OR, USA

problem #5

Jul 192014


  • 75,127 miles
The steering is making a noise like gears slipping over riding one another, and catches in turns, the power steering light is on, the speedometer is not working and you have to run it to a high RPM to shift out from one gear to another, and it shifts hard when it does.

- Belfry, KY, USA

problem #4

Jul 162014


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while parked and powering off, the vehicle jerked forward. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train). The dealer and the manufacturer informed the contact that the part was not available for the recall repair. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 122013

G6 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Sometimes around 40 to 55 mph the car begins to jerk, and than when I give it gas the car doesn't accelerate. It happens sometime at low speed too. I took the car to three different dealers. One GM couldn't find anything. So I took it to the dealer where I bought the car. They said it was transmission. But I couldn't get it fix there because it's no longer a Pontiac/GM dealer. To get it fix under 100000 miles power train warranty I need to take it to a GM dealer. So I took it to GM dealer just down the road. They said they felt something going on, but could not figure it out. No check light, so they said they have to wait until a light comes on. I am not sure if this has anything to do with recent recalls on G6, but there is something wrong with the car. My daughter's drives this car to school an hour away three times a week. Are there any other complains like this? thank you

- Shalimar, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 222013

G6 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Driving down the highway (no potholes) and the front axle on the drivers side came apart leaving my car at a sudden stop and unable to get off the road. No new car warranty on the drive line after 30,000 miles. Had to have the car towed and cost over $1,500 for repairs.

- Eatonville, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 282012


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled forward while parked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the shifter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 31,000 and the current mileage was 33,000.

- Lynch, KY, USA

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