Pontiac G6 2005-2012 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for the 2005 and 2012 Pontiac G6.
ADD DUPLICATE KEY (Requires at least one working key):
1. Verify that the new key has “PK3” or “+” stamped on it.
2. Insert the original, already programmed key into the ignition lock cylinder and start the engine. If the engine will not start, see your dealer for service.
3. After the engine has started, turn the key to LOCK/OFF and remove the key.
4. Insert the key to be programmed and turn it to ON/RUN within 10 seconds of removing the previous key. The security light will turn off once the key has been programmed. It may not be apparent that the security light went on due to how quickly the key is programmed. (If your vehicle does not have a security light (04-07 Grand Prix, Bonneville, Impala), wait 10 minutes 45 seconds to make sure the key has been programmed).
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 if additional keys are to be programmed.
About Pontiac G6
General Motors Performance Division created the 2005 GXP concept. It has a 3.6 L HO VVTI V6 engine with 275 hp (205 kW), an F40 six-speed manual transmission, a performance intake, a GM Performance cat-back exhaust with bright tips, and 19-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE040 255 series tires. It was first shown at the 2004 SEMA Show and later sold on eBay Motors. The auction concluded on May 3, 2009, with the winning bid of US$16500.00.
The G6’s introduction was accompanied by a major publicity stunt: 276 of the cars were given away to viewers of The Oprah Winfrey Show during the show’s fall 2004 season premiere. This promotion, along with a reported US$110 million publicity campaign, aimed to bring the brand-new G6 to the attention of the general public.
On the tenth anniversary of the telecast, September 12, 2014, Autoblog did a follow-up on the people who won the car. The winners who were interviewed discovered that, while they did “get a car” from Winfrey during the broadcast, they actually had to go to the Pontiac dealership in their area to pick up the G6 because the vehicles shown in the studio’s parking lot were used as a promotion. One couple was forced to sell their G6s after learning about the tax implications of owning the vehicle. Another kept hers despite the fact that her two friends who came with her to the taping no longer have theirs (one was sold, the other was totaled in an accident) and plans to give the G6 to her daughter in time for college, saying, “I’m hoping to drive it until we can’t drive it any longer.”
After the Pontiac GTO.R was discontinued, the G6 was used in the GT class of the Rolex Sports Car Series as a replacement. The cars are known as GXP.Rs and are built by Pratt & Miller, GM’s endorsed chassis builder.
It is powered by an LS2 V8 engine that generates around 450 horsepower (340 kW). Carbon fiber body panels and shatter-resistant polycarbonate windows help to reduce weight. The custom tube-frame chassis is unrelated to the chassis of the road car, and the 6-speed gearbox sends power to the rear wheels. The front and rear fenders were flared to accommodate the 18-inch wheels and class-spec Hoosier racing tires. At the back, beneath the proper racing rear wing, a rear wing reminiscent of the sports option package on the race car is installed.
Warren Johnson Racing used the G6 GXP in the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock class.
The Pontiac G6 has been the subject of four NHTSA formal recalls.
The first recall (NHTSA Campaign 06V417000) affected Pontiac G6 vehicles equipped with aftermarket seat upgrades. To speed up sales at some dealerships, GM authorized the replacement of seats with leather seats as a dealer-installed option. This modification may result in the passenger air bag sensor failing to detect an occupant. GM took the unusual step of buying back any vehicles with this dealer-installed option.
The second recall (NHTSA Campaign 09V036000) affected 8,012 MY 2005-2006 G6 vehicles and addressed a potential corrosion issue that could affect brake light wiring and cause brake lights to fail to illuminate.
On September 21, 2012, General Motors recalled 473,841 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura vehicles equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions from model years 2007 to 2010. The issue is a condition that can cause cars to roll when in park. The recall affects 426,240 people in the United States, 40,029 people in Canada, and 7,572 people in other countries.
This recall is an expansion of a much smaller 2011 recall on certain 2009/2009.5 MY vehicles that had the same problem. After discovering that the problem was not limited to that model year, GM expanded the recall in 2012.
GM recalled the vehicle in 2014 due to a condition in which the transmission shift cable could fracture. The fracture makes it impossible for the driver to change gears and may cause the vehicle to move in an unexpected direction.