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Pontiac G5 Coupe

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  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Warped rotors are a possible cause.
  • If you look online at the sister car to the G5, the Cobalt, you will see this issue crop up on model year 2005-2008 en masse.

    You may have blown a fuse, or the electric motor may have gone out on the power steering.

    GM may view this issue as "the car is still drivable" without power steering.

    I believe there is a factory TSB Service bulletin on this problem.

    I'd say its downright dangerous.
  • i am interested in finding anyone that has or knows of a remedy to this issue i have:
    i built a g5gt coupe in 2007 black inside an out all the bells and whistles. At 23 miles the wipers flew off the car in a snowstorm it was 45.00 and change to replace them at the dealership. at 123 miles the gasket seals on the doors fell off replaced under warranty.
    the following are all under warranty:
    on jan 23rd 2009 the stereo sytem sensor blew replaced also cracked the molding over the glove box also replaced ,now there is a hum when air or heat is on.
    two weeks later the gas sensor blew also replaced (my best epa is 19).
    the dash and stereo fashed like a disco ball very hard to see or so bright it hurts your eyes and is distracting while driving.
    i have had all new brakes tires rotors twiceand they still are not that great.
    i was almost killed once when the emergency brake failed it has been fixed,replaced and fixed again resolve to issue by dealership is to park on flat ground always,so i have.the front panel fell out while driving a new one will cost me aprox 200.00.
    the wiring under the driver seat shorted ,it was repaired by electic tape i am suppose to keep an eye on it and let them know when the tape needs replacing.
    in july of this year the oil in engine compressed so badly the dip stick was broke during removal if i want a new one it will cost me (not covered) compression test resulted in as inconclusive they can't explain what happened.
    i am so heartbroken i built this car my first new ever.
    i stopped going to dealership they laugh at me now. at this point i am spending 300.00 a month for gas to drive approx 400 miles a month.
    unfortunatley on black friday my heat shield fell off had it riveted thought i was good to go.
    saturday i got in the car smell of gas gave me bad headache took it back to dealership for a little over 900.00 i can have the catalytic converter replaced no warranty,even though the law says 8 yrs 80,000 miles for design defect.which it is all one piece unit to get to flex hose converter needs to be removed.
    in short this has to be the biggest piece of junk out their.
    anyone else have issues like these??? i would be interested in knowing i am in conversations with pontiac and plan on contacting the attorney general and epa commission on this vehicle.
    i have spoke with dmv lemon law agents and still no where close to resolve.
  • kk27kk27 Posts: 1
    I don't get what you mean when you say you actually "built" your G5? But all those problems make me nervous, as my biggest complaint from my 2009 G5 is that it's leaking water through the trunk. It's at a dealership now, for the 2nd time, they replaced 2 different parts and now tell me that neither part solved the problem. It also leaked water through the airbags within the first month I got it.

    Anyone else have water leaking into their car?
  • get the spare out of your trunk mine rotted as did the jack really rotted when i had a flat 2 weeks ago. as for building i sat at dealership put all parts in i wanted let out what i didn't. to update pontiac is replacing cat converter,then i am off for diagonstics so far i have 14 codes spewing outta the computer. last week i lost cruise control,emergancy brakes for a half of a day and the shifting is horrid (sometimes it shifts sometimes it don't).sooooooooooooooo not happy way to upside down to take the $1500.00 that pontiac offered me.
  • Just bought a 2009 Silver G5, automatic, cruise and spare tire for $10,400 after taxes. Thanks to the GM Card, a private GM offer and of course the $6500 rebate. Also looked around and found one with the lower MSRP. At one point in the model year the base MSRP jumped by over $700. Should be a decent car, tough to beat for the $
  • I just bought a used 2009 Pontiac G5 GT with just 10500 miles on it and I love it. Got it as a certified GM vehicle so I have a 48 month/48K bumper to bumper. Although this is a rebadge of a Cobalt, the styling is slightly different and it makes it looker nicer to me.

    A few issues I had. I figured I'd post these to see if others have these before I go to the local dealer to get them resolved:

    - When I park the car and leave, I hear a pinging under the car. Sounds like the exhaust system is cooling down and there is metal on metal, pinging as it cools down. The pinging slows down as the car cools down until it disappears. My old Cobalt did the same thing. Anyone else hear this? Is this just normal?

    - My stereo has only 5 pages of presets instead of 6 for some reason. My old Cobalt and the Saturn Aura we own have 6 (same GM radio).

    Good luck to those who own the G5! Nice car.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    See attached link regarding lawsuit. GM is suing the supplier of its faulty electric steering system.

    http://detnews.com/article/20091123/AUTO01/911230402/GM-sues-supplier-over-$30M-- spent-on-steering-repairs
  • I have heard a million people say that this is the same build and size as cavalier and cobalt. Everyone including dealer says it is barely bigger if at all. Why are so many people lying? I owned 2 door coupe cavaliers for 12 years and this 2008 G5 I just got is so much bigger in so many areas. It is no way the same size at least in regards to 3 or 4 key areas like driver side interior, doors, and trunk/rear area. I am super short and I hate this car. I was talked into buying it by my Dad because he was paying for half and I live in small town with only 1 major car dealership and they had no cavaliers or cobalts in price range. My 2000 cavalier had 105K miles and Dad said his help was now or never for newer car.

    Where to start?

    Doors: Are definitely several inches taller and longer than 2 door coupe cavaliers. If you're short, be prepared to have to struggle to reach window at any drive thru. Also, I have noticed when in parking garages, I am struggling more to avoid hitting other cars in those tight spaces. You need a lot of space to avoid banging other cars when opening doors. They open up really wide! This car is hard to get out of in my tiny 1 car town house garage. Was never an issue with my cavalier.

    Storage: center cup holder from older cavaliers gone. Hear it is missing in newer cobalts too. Only storage in interior is a shallow, barely there center bin. More like a shallow tray with a lid. No center cup holders. Basically no storage in entire car interior. Parking brake is now in center & not to the side like old cavaliers so by making it be dead center, the crappy, barely there storage tray is not made very deep and is set way back nearly behind the front seats.

    Seats: Are rock hard and flat, no contor and no give or cushion softness. They are rock hard and your back will hurt on road trips over an hour or two. They are also this light-ish gray. It feels like sitting on a metal or stone bench. My old cavalier was a dark super textured gray. They were also cushion-y with some give to them. It didn't show any dirt at all. But this car is light gray and has a smooth texture with a slight sheen. I have only driven it a few days and I can already see every spot. Bottom of seats are very tall and even lowering seat down nearly all the way only make my short legs bent and hard to reach pedals. Forget about any storage under seats.

    Roof: Inside roof is a light, creamy type gray that shows stains easily and clearly was only designed to make inside look bigger. No thought given to how easily it shows stains.

    Gear Shift: Short and designed like race car. If you have short arms, hard to reach down to easily reverse, park, etc.

    Dash/Speedometer/Steering wheel: Has unneccessary high arch in dash above speedometer that hinders view for short people. Speedometer lights are weird red color. Wheel tilts up and to center level but not down.

    Trunk/Rear Area: Back end is tall and sloped up higher than front end. View is also hindered by rear view area (between back seats and rear view window) that slopes upward. Also, tall spoiler makes it even harder to see.

    I am 5 feet even and this is car from hell. It is so umcomfortable to drive and adjusting seats does not help because I need to lower seats to make legs comfortable but that hinders view over dash and side windows. Maybe if you're 5'4 or 5'5, it is the perfect fit but for the 5"2 to 4"11 crowd, do not get this car. I hate it so much and can't afford anything else.

    Radio - Too complicated if you are not a big music person. Has 6 pre-sets that are always shown on screen. No way to clear out and make it look more streamlined or remove from screen except to turn off radio. Stereo has a million buttons and a barely there volume knob that's hard to grip and adjust while driving. Time clock is oddly located to far right side of stereo, far from driver side.

    Don't believe the lies. This is NOT the same thing as a cobalt or cavalier. I have driven coupe cavaliers for 12 years. I can tell that too many areas are higher positioned.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,929
    edited February 2010
    leslie64, for any small driver who sits very close to the steering wheel, the drivers airbag may be dangerous, no matter which recent car.
    ( you may want to consider applying to the federal government for permission to have a shop disable your drivers airbag? )
  • I about died laughing when I found out the parent company of the manufacturer of those bad steering units.

    Hope the accelerator and brakes in your car are GM parts.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Leslie, the Cobalt and G5 are identical in interior size.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    GM is recalling 1.3 million G5, Cobalt and Pursuit (name of Pontiac model sold in Canada) to replace power steering components. Remedy to be announced in the near future.
  • expwymanexpwyman Posts: 25
    Update: The dealer says the pinging is normal. Seems it happens with Cobalts too. No big deal. The stereo has 6 pages of presets now. Seems there's a menu option to change that. (Duh!) They replaced my right steering wheel buttons which stuck. Also, a center cap fell off from one of my wheels. They replaced it under warrantee.

    If GM (and their dealers) want us back down the road to buy a new car, they still have to treat Pontiac and Saturn owners well, and I got good treatment. I'm not worried about the new recall. When you're driving at higher speeds, losing power steering, if you lose it, is not a huge deal. You can still steer the car. It's when you're driving really slowly that power steering helps. If you're driving really slowly, I doubt you'll be in a catastrophic wreck. Unlike Toyotas that accelerate to 100 mph and don't respond to brakes. Now that is a big problem. Glad I got my GM.
  • expwymanexpwyman Posts: 25
    A few comments...

    "Roof: Inside roof is a light, creamy type gray that shows stains easily and clearly was only designed to make inside look bigger. No thought given to how easily it shows stains."

    How does one get stains easily on your inside roof?

    "Radio - Stereo has a million buttons and a barely there volume knob that's hard to grip and adjust while driving. Time clock is oddly located to far right side of stereo, far from driver side."

    First of all, the volume knob is a huge knob in the middle of the radio. Plus, you're complaining about the clock display being oddly to the far right? This radio does not have a million buttons (Toyota's have a ton of buttons on their consoles, try one and you'll see, Pontiacs are really straightforward). In fact, this radio allows you to set your presets so you can mix AM, FM and XM and create banks of stations based on music, news, etc. It's easy to program (read the manual). In any case, the radio is a standard size (not built in like Hyundai, for example) so when you have some money saved, you can replace it with another radio you like.

    "I am 5 feet even and this is car from hell. It is so umcomfortable to drive and adjusting seats does not help because I need to lower seats to make legs comfortable but that hinders view over dash and side windows. Maybe if you're 5'4 or 5'5, it is the perfect fit but for the 5"2 to 4"11 crowd, do not get this car. I hate it so much and can't afford anything else."

    As for the seats, get cushioned seat covers at Walmart. That should make things feel better for you. Some places sell pedal extenders, so you can reach the pedals better without adjusting the seat so far down.

    All in all, should have test drove it and said, "this isn't the car for me". If this was the only place in town to buy a car, ask Dad to take you to the next town.

    Good luck with the G5 anyway. Hope you can make some adjustments and like the car a little more.
  • Hi, can anyone recommend a good bike carrier/rack for the G5? I bought one recently that I had to return since the spoiler got in the way. The instruction manual inside said it fit Cobalt but not G5, so I'm guessing it's because of the spoiler which is standard on G5, optional on Cobalt. Thanks!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Saris makes a trunk mount rack that works on G5 with spoiler. I think the model is "Bones" and it is costly. Other models may also work.

    For hitch mount or roof mount there are many options.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    I'd be curious to hear your comments now after 4 years of ownership. Has it been a good car?
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    I hope you have your email notifier on even if it has been a few years since u logged in last. I am curious if you could explain a couple things. (there's more but just these two would be good) ;)

    "in july of this year the oil in engine compressed so badly the dip stick was broke during removal if i want a new one it will cost me (not covered) compression test resulted in as inconclusive they can't explain what happened. "

    Please explain as this makes no sense whatsoever.

    "i stopped going to dealership they laugh at me now. at this point i am spending 300.00 a month for gas to drive approx 400 miles a month. "

    So back in 09 I will guess gas to be $2.50/gal?
    According to your figures , this would mean your car was getting only 3.33 MPG.
    (And 4 MPG if you had paid $3./gal)

    Re your post...
    Hmmmm.....
  • I know this is an old post, but I'm hoping you're still out there...

    Did they ever find a solution? I have a 2009 G5 and just noticed a leak in the trunk that I think might be coming from the satellite antenna, but I'm totally freaked out about it.

    Thanks!
  • I have an 09 G5 and a 07 Tahoe. The G5 has the regular GM head unit with the single disc, the Tahoe has the 6disc head unit. I would like to put the 6disc in the G5. Is this going to be a problem?
  • 2doorpost2doorpost Posts: 74
    edited April 2012
    Since I've owned a G5 for awhile and bought a couple of Cobalts also- I'll
    chime in for a reply for you.....
    Comfort? Seat support is ok.....impossible to latch the seatbelt with the console down (or set the handbrake)
    Light headliner cleans up easy. Light seats in the Cobalt clean up ok.
    Carpeted floor mats wear thin quickly. Spend the bucks and switch to
    all weather mats.

    XFE base tires are crap in snow- drive carefully until you wear them out
    and then invest in decent tires.

    but all in all......its a cheap ride that will get you great MPG and decent service .
  • 2doorpost2doorpost Posts: 74
    If it is, the antenna is held on to the roof under the headliner by a locknut, the base of the antenna has a gasket. It may be loose and just need to be tightened. If you can get the headliner loose from the inside enough to swing a wrench on the locknut to tighten it down, that might be all it takes.
  • catprwlcatprwl Posts: 1
    edited February 2013
    I need help with my Pontiac G5 the smell of Gas Vapors/Smell when I start and drive and shut off the car took it to two places one being a Dealer who says i need a new Cat Converter then took it to a personal mechanic who says its the flex hose that has a crack in it and can replace it cheaper then the Dealer anyone have the same problem or any info on this?
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,929
    catprwl, it's surely the hose from gas tank to the charcoal/evap canister, that's what the personal mechanic is talking about. believe that mechanic. it's a very common issue.
    catalytic converter can be ignored unless the car fails emissions test or car won't accelerate beyond 30 mph or so due to catalytic-converter-blocked
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