2009 Pontiac G8 suspension NHTSA complaints: Suspension:Front

NHTSA — Suspension: Front Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,714 miles

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2009 Pontiac G8 suspension problems

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2009 Pontiac G8 Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 022010

G8 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


In April 2009 my Pontiac G8 began making groaning and cracking noises. Observation indicate that noise is coming from the front of the car and is most prevalent when the car is warm. Research on the numerous websites indicate that this is not an uncommon problem. Unfortunately, the dealers don't seem to understand the severity of the problem and the potential safety impact of losing control of the automobile. So far the most common response seems to be to ignore it or provide a piece meal solution. I believe it is only a matter of time before the steering is effected and an accident occurs. It seems the GT models are most effected with no mention of the V6 or the gxp editions having problems. The gxp has improved front suspension and the V6 is lighter. It may be that the G8 GT version has a engine that is too heavy for the front suspension and ultimately causes a degradation of the suspensions performance. I have had the car into the dealer three different times and so far the only thing they have done is replace a tie rod. The noise abated but now continues. So far there have been no safety consequences because I tend to baby the car because I don't trust the front suspension.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #6

Nov 142009


  • 23,000 miles
At 23,000 miles my lower front right ball joint went bad and a wobble was noticed when braking hard. Dealer informed me that ball joint was bad and this a common problem and some vehicles have been recalled but my car was not on the recall or campaign list. The ball joint problem is a well documented problem within the G8 community but is not being taken seriously by the dealers or GM. This is a huge safety issue, this problem could eventually cause serious injuries. They have redesigned replacement control arms/ball joints to correct the problem but they have limited inventory. This recall should be made public to inform the consumer of the potential failure and destruction that could take place. This recall should be opened up to all G8's not just be VIN number. Obviously there are more cars that have defective parts that are not being included in this recall.

- Saint Joseph, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 072009


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G8. The struts have been repeatedly repaired. He has taken his vehicle to the dealer and was advised that the struts insulated on the vehicle were defective and could not be replaced. The dealers are also out of the parts and do not know when the parts will be available. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 172009


  • 25,000 miles


My Pontiac G8 GT has experienced premature and potentially dangerous wear and failure from all four of the front ball joints -- upper and lower control arms. GM has stated that this wear is from a bad "boot design", but there are numerous vehicles with multiple boot replacements and control arm replacements that have then gone bad -- once again. This therefore points to the ball joint design as being the primary cause of the premature wear and failure! there needs to be a recall on all four of the control arms for this vehicle before someone gets killed by a faulty ball joint breaking!

- Walden, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 072009


  • 11,000 miles
After only 11,000 miles my front right ball joint was bad and a wobble was noticed when braking hard. Dealer had to replace the lca to fix it. This is a safety issue with the premature failure and could eventually cause injuries if a more solid fix isn't completed.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152009


  • 10,000 miles
Front suspension: Control and caster arms: Ball joints.

- Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 092009


  • 10,000 miles
The 2009 Pontiac G8 has a potential problem with failure of the ball joints on the front end. At 16000km the ball joints were falling out on my Pontiac G8. This could have lead to a control failure of the car and a major accident on the highway. This is not an isolated incident as the dealer has stated there have been several other cars with the same problem. I consider this car to be unsafe, and feel it should have a recall on it.

- Ajax, 00, USA

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