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#223 of 232 Disgruntled Pontiac Owner
Jan 13, 2013 (9:38 pm)
Let me just say, I come from a Pontiac family. I could identify the model year of a GTO before I could tie my shoes. But, my experiences with my car have left me befuddled. I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 GTP that is causing me fits, and has been for a while.
Bought the car in 2007, with about 30k miles on it. In 2009, while on vacation in South Missouri, the clutch burned out on a super hot summer day. After an excruciating 1.5 hour ride with a tow truck driver, 2 6 hour trips to get it, a big search for parts, nearly 2 weeks of rides from others, and almost 2k, I got my car back along with a lecture on how to drive a stick. (I grew up on a farm, and don't need lessons).
Well, 2011, on another hot summer day, clutch #2 bites the big one. So, another 2k, 2 weeks without a car, and another lecture about how this little girl can't driver her car. To prove them wrong, I took them on a little ride. They could hardly drive my car, I had no issues and they conceded that I can, indeed, drive the car. I would've gotten rid of the car then, but my Dad really really really loved this car. The mechanic this time and the time before thought that a defect in the slave unit that caused it to leak and emit fluid to ruin the clutch.
Well today, its dead cold in Missouri. My trusty G6 started like a dream and I drove about 80 miles. Then I drive through some pretty heavy traffic, and tried to parallel park. When it came to making the final pull forward, it was a no go. Clutch to the floor, car won't go in gear, out of gear, won't do anything. Completely different from the other 2 times. No instant clutch smell. Because I was far from home and had other plans, I left the car where it was, and went about my day. Figured I'll wait to call a tow truck and plan a long ride home until I absolutely have to do so. I contacted a couple of my car buddies, who said to give it some time and see if maybe it just got too hot (the high today was 19). When I returned to my car, I was able to raise the clutch pedal, and it engaged like nothing ever happened. I talked with my buddies who said if it appeared to be driving normal and there was nothing leaking or smelling, to put it in gear and drive home. Thats what I did and she ran like a dream ... until I came to a full stop and attempted to shift to first. No go. Spongy clutch to the floor. Turned the car off, picked up the clutch pedal, turned the car back on, and I can shift gears, though the clutch is very soft. Still no clutch smell at all. So she's parked in a lot, awaiting what looks like a tow ... again.
The consensus among my friends and family is that I have air or a leak in the clutch assembly/slave unit. We'll likely try to bleed the system, but thats an undertaking in itself when the highs this week are in the teens. Plus, from what I understand I may not be able to access the bleeder valve without taking out the engine? Sounds to me like its another garage, and another dumb female driver lecture for me. If anyone thinks otherwise, please let me know.
I know this is a long message, but my Dad passed away suddenly in August, and we spent alot of time on this car together. Rotors, alternator, oil changes, and lots of memories in this old car. Yes, it has 130K miles, but less than 25k on this clutch. And when it runs ... it RUNS. I work with law enforcement and they all love the way this car runs. Hate to see it go, but at this point, I can't really see sinking cash into this car, when I can use that money as a down payment for a new vehicle ... certainly NOT a GM product (though that really hurts to say).
Any advice would be appreciated.
#224 of 232 Re: Disgruntled Pontiac Owner [anniegibson]
Jan 14, 2013 (12:22 pm)
Was the most recent clutch replacement done with one of our dealerships?
Sarah, GM Customer Service
Jan 15, 2013 (12:13 pm)
No, it was not. It was done by a well respected local mechanic.
#226 of 232 Re: 2006 Pontiac G6 GTP [tsousley]
Feb 02, 2013 (5:13 pm)
A long time Pontiac fan my '06 G6 GTP has done nothing but give issues. I had the grinding brakes, the grinding steering column, shaking while braking. This has been an awful. The cake was taken today when while at a red light while in drive, the gears failed to engage. I'm thankful I was stopped when this happened else it certainly would have been a serious accident. Thankfully the manumatic was working (barely) and I got home. The former cost almost 3000 to fix. I'm not looking forward to this next repair. I'm very disappointed in GM on this one. Not even 90,000 miles and the car is having major issues. You would think with the number of issues in these cars all over message boards GM would have stepped up to the plate, owned these obvious manufacture shortcomings, and fixed these for the Pontiac faithful. Instead, they send a clear message, buy a Ford, Nissan, Honda, or Dodge. Anything but a GM. A shame from a company I used to have much respect for.
#227 of 232 Re: 2006 Pontiac G6 GTP [magicje]
Feb 05, 2013 (12:08 pm)
Glad to hear that you were in a controllable situation when the gears failed to engage. Are you planning on working with your GM dealership to get this addressed? Let us know if we can look into anything. We can be reached via email at socialmediagm.com (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#228 of 232 and now its the transmission
Mar 02, 2013 (7:58 pm)
I have a 2007 Pontiac g6. Today, after stopping at a stop sign, it wouldn't accelerate, and the engine raced. Using manual, I was able to get it to the side of the road and call a tow. I thought my car was out of warranty and had it taken to a place near my house. While they were doing a diagnostic--yup, transmission=--I was able to track down through GMC that my car was still under warranty so yay! but then I had to have to arrange to have it towed to the dealership and rent a car, which because it was a Saturday, was a huge hassle. I guess my question is, are these cars (or is my car) a lemon? I have to say, I had a moment of panic when I thought my car wasn't under warranty and considered the costs, but this is the fourth major problem I've had in less than five years, including an engine rebuild and separate head gasket replacement, and as I anticipate the warranty ending I am worried. I had a pontiac grand am that didn't cause me too many problems, and my family had a lot of pontiacs, but this car has been a disaster from day one. My friends make fun of me because I have so many car crisis, and its funny now, but when the warranty runs out, this isn't going to be funny anymore.
#229 of 232 Re: and now its the transmission [thegirlsleuth]
Mar 03, 2013 (9:13 am)
Either get another extended warranty or trade it in. A GM dealer would tell you to do the same thing.
So far my 09 G6 2.4 has had no major problems at 47K miles.
#230 of 232 Re: and now its the transmission [thegirlsleuth]
Mar 04, 2013 (9:18 am)
We're sorry that you've encountered so many issues with your G6. Keep us posted on how the transmission replacement goes! If we can look into anything for you, please don't hesitate to contact us at socialmediagm.com (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#231 of 232 Re: and now its the transmission [thegirlsleuth]
Mar 04, 2013 (8:24 pm)
I purchased a brand new 2009 Pontiac G6, mainly drove it back and fourth to work. My car had about 47/48k miles on it when it started giving me problems. I took it to the dealership and they couldn't find anything wrong with it, took it back again and they said its my O2 censors, paid $300.00 to have it repaired. Not even 2weeks later my car started acting up again. My Rpm was going crazy, my ck engine light was coming on my traction control light was coming on. I decided to trade my vehicle in to get a more reliable car. Today I had to stop by the dealership to pick my plates up and my salesman told me that I got out of that car just in time because the transmission went out!!!!! I will never purchase another Pontiac and would never reccomend anyone to buy a Pontiac!!!!!!!!
#232 of 232 Re: and now its the transmission [honeydo5]
Mar 05, 2013 (12:22 pm)
The transmission was under warranty and would cost you nothing to repair.
Strange the dealer did not know that.
In fact my catalytic converter is warrantied for 150K miles or 15 years.
I also own 09 G6 with 48K miles.