NHTSA — Suspension: Front Problems

2006 Pontiac GTO (Page 2 of 4)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,266 miles

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2006 Pontiac GTO suspension problems

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2006 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #52

Aug 162008


  • 35,991 miles


While driving on a local highway, the front driver's side tire blew out. The blow out was caused by tire contact with the strut. This is the second occurrence of blow outs on this car due to the same issue. The last fix was to replace the tires and realign the car per updated specifications. The first blow outs occurred at 17,000 miles. This one was at 35,991 miles (18,991 miles after new tires). This "fix" of realigning the vehicle is inadequate, and someone should have to be held accountable to fix this issue from GM.

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

problem #51

Apr 122006


  • 14,000 miles
Driving 60 mph on freeway and had a blow out. Almost hit two cars as a result of control loss. Removed flat tire (front passenger) and noticed the inside of tire was excessively worn down to the metal while the rest of the tire still had plenty of tread. Tire still had half its life left. Asked tire company to return the tire to me but they sent it to recycler before I picked the car up. I did take a picture of the tire and it does show the inside wear. There is a corresponding mark on the shock where the tire rubbed the paint off in one specific area on the shock. I have no alignment problems which is what the dealer said caused the blow-out. There is no question that the rubbing is what caused the problem. I don't feel safe driving and will have to prematurely replace tires which wii be expensive. There are alot of problems with the GTO and GM should be responsible and accountable for the products they make. This isn't an isolated case like GM and its dealerships would like people to believe.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #50

Apr 042008


  • 24,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac GTO. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle veered from side to side and began shaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be inspected and they discovered a failed strip in the front passenger strut. The failure affected the alignment and the wheels, including the tires. In addition, the front passenger side tire had to be replaced because it was worn down to the steel belt. The contact wanted to be reimbursed for the repair. The failure mileage was 24,700.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #49

Apr 022008

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,331 miles


Inside tread of both front tires prematurely worn at 6000 mi. Tires were rotated to the back and back tires wore the same way when placed in front. Car was brought to the dealer at 23,000 miles and the front and rear suspension was aligned at a cost of $110. I now have excellent tires with no rubber on the inside edges. Tires are 18' Bridgestone portenza's that came on the car.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #48

Mar 242008

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,800 miles
My 2006 Pontiac GTO drove normally for about 7,000 miles before the left front tire began rubbing against the strut. The rubbing has caused excessive tire wear on the inside of the tire and left visible marks on the strut where the rubbing has occurred. GM warranty service says that no recall has been issued on the vehicle regarding this problem, although an "enhancement" was performed on the vehicle prior to my purchase in July 2007. There are many reports of continued problems even with the enhancement and GM appears to have no intention of addressing the issue. This is a severe safety issue as blowouts and crashes are inevitable. I only noticed the problem when it came time to rotate the tires. Others may not be so lucky to catch the problem in time. There is a known issue regarding the strut bushings collapsing and with the cars being sold with wider tires than designed for. The car now has less than 8,000 miles and is unsafe to drive. The dealer is going to repair the problem, however the problem is likely to reoccur without more adequate parts installed.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #47

Dec 152007

GTO 8-cyl

  • miles
* I purchased my new 2006 Pontiac GTO from "henry brown Pontiac" dealership in mesa, AZ (March, 2006). * based on the GM published (and blog) information I reviewed in November 2007, I understood my vehicle build date (9/05) was supposedly not affected by the communicated issues. * while the vehicle was in the dealership (same dealership as purchased), their 'N' point inspection yielded vehicle steering rack leakage (since repaired), as well as premature tire wear on the right front tire (inner third of the tire). * I took the vehicle to my personal mechanic for review, and was highly advised to replace the front tires - while considering options for suspension bits replacement to compensate for the GM warranted parts. I was convinced the after market parts were of higher quality, and would have longer life then the GM warranted parts. * I talked to the dealership service manager about the issue, and shared some of the information I had for his consideration. The service manager confirmed there had been vehicles returned to the dealership with the same issue(s). * I elected to have the entire vehicle suspension replaced at my expense, as well as replace all four tires on the vehicle. Parts & tires taken off the vehicle have been preserved for future review. I have receipts for the work completed and tires purchased in the neighborhood of $5,000. * my expectation is to be compensated for my expenditures.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #46

Mar 162007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles


Strut rub in my 06 Pontiac GTO...tires rubbing against struts and causing dangerous wear on inside of tires. Dealership takes no responsibility and claims reason is alignment.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #45

Dec 042007


  • Manual transmission
  • 19,100 miles
Was driving a 2006 Pontiac GTO with 19,100 miles on it and the car steering felt funny. Noticed extreme wear on the inside of the two front tires. Also, noticed slight rubbing on the front strut bar. Took car to dealer because cannot drive on these ruined tires which were ruined due to strut bar defeat. Now, I have to buy new tires and get an alignment. Dealer says I do not need a new strut bar which makes no sense. And they will not help me.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #44

Jul 182007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,850 miles
NHTSA report, numerous web sites, television reports are all reporting premature or excessive tire wear on the Pontiac GTO. I requested an independent certified mechanic inspection. Mechanic reports wheel alignment readings on my GTO show "not recommended" or excessive camber on the front wheels, which is causing excessive or premature tire wear. If not corrected the condition will cause premature tire failure.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #43

May 232007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,068 miles
Normal driving and after only 2900 miles, both front struts leaking oil and damaged the link bushings. Vehicles ride became very rough and noisy. Dealer replaced all parts and repaired it under warranty but would not elaborate on the cause of the failure. Did not return old parts.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #42

May 182007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,700 miles


New 2006 Pontiac GTO with 3700 miles. Both front tires were rubbing against the struts straight from the factory. I could feel the drag, and the local tire shop removed the front wheels to check it out, and saw the wear onthe struts from where the tires were rubbing.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #41

May 122007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,900 miles
Right front tire is rubbing against front strut, wearing out side of tire. Vehicle is being brought into the dealer under warranty for repair. Based on widely known information, concern is that this is a repetitive problem.

- Fl, FL, USA

problem #40

Aug 262006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,100 miles
Bought new 2006 Pontiac GTO in June 2006 from hardin Pontiac, anaheim, ca. Brought vehicle back to dealer in July for squeaking brakes and misalignment. Brought vehicle back to dealer again in August 2006 for failed front struts, destroyed bushings, misalignment, and continued brake squealing problem. Two service reps at dealer (ernie and matt) informed me they had no replacement struts until October 2006. Service rep (matt) recommended I drive the car in this condition during a 3,200 mile vacation trip. I declined due to safety and creating more damage to the car. Dealer would not put me in a rental car despite warranty. I then offered to pay for the aftermarket replacements, covering the difference in oem and aftermarket parts myself. I provided dealer with all information concerning aftermarket parts, along with installation instructions and technical contact information. The dealer service manager (darin) agreed to put me in a rental vehicle until the aftermarket parts could be installed. The dealer then waited more than a week to order the aftermarket parts, at which time they became backordered for an additional two weeks. I then was forced, because of dealer delays, to cover the rental car. I finally picked up my car some five weeks after taking it in for installation of aftermarket parts. I found (and have documentation to prove) that my car had been driven for 90 miles with bad struts while in the dealer's possession. I also had to pay for the rental car. I was told by the gen mgr at hardin Pontiac this was because his regional mgr would not authorize the rental car to be paid, even though this was authorized prior to rental by the service dept mgr at the same dealer. I have since learned that the installation of the aftermarket parts was not done per written instructions provided by myself and the manufacturer, which has caused the aftermarket components to fail, and premature wear on the tires.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #39

Feb 142007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,300 miles
2006 Pontiac GTO strut braces on both left and right sides rub onto tires causing inside of tires to have significant wear. Very concerned for the health of myself and my family.

- Clayton, NY, USA

problem #38

Jul 152006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Front tires rubbing on the struts/strut bushings worn out on my 2006 Pontiac GTO causing the tires to wear out within 2-3 thousand miles. Dealer repeatedly told me they could find nothing with the car which would cause the excessive front tire wear. Front tires were replaced by the dealer once, but wore out immediately, appox 2-3 thousand miles.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #37

Dec 292006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 270 miles
Bought 2006 GTO w/ 50 miles on it. At 270 miles front struts failed by leaking oil and clunking in suspension. Dealer says they'll try to get parts.. have read that there is another strut mfg that will match GM warranty "GTO forum".

- Cape Coral, FM, USA

problem #36

Aug 012006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The front struts on my car broke, and leaked fluid all over. The dealer said I was responsible however, and made me repair them even though I did not break them. Looking into this issue, I found out that this car has horrendous issues with their struts, which are defective. Even though the struts are defective, however they have not issued a recall, and the dealer has made me pay to fix them twice. The struts failed on two separate occasions. This could be a seriously dangerous problem, in regards to handling of the car, and car dealers across the country I have found out are telling people it is safe to drive the vehicle while replacement parts are available, which has been taking months.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #35

Jul 202006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
2006 brand new Pontiac GTO, struts blew out and oil all over braking system. Car is thes than 1 month old.

- Hanover Park, IL, USA

problem #34

Jun 282006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
Front end strut and bushing failure.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #33

Aug 092006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,346 miles
Oil leaks from both front struts after only 500 miles logged on 2006 Pontiac GTO. Dealer said part is on a national back-order and can not tell me when they will be available. Vehicle has been un-drivable for more than 2 weeks. No loaner was even offered until repairs could be made and I continue to make monthly payments on a $33K vehicle.

- Bexley, OH, USA

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