Pontiac G6 Transmission Problems & Cost | 4T45E / 4T65E / 6T70

The Pontiac G6 was equipped with the 4T45E transmission, the 4T65E transmission and the 6-speed 6T70 in later models. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Pontiac G6 transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Pontiac G6 Transmission Models

Pontiac G6: 4T45E Transmission
Pontiac G6: 4T65E Transmission
Pontiac G6: 6T70 Transmission

Pontiac G6 Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Pontiac G6 Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
4T45E / 4T40E146014001400
4T65E157015001500
6T75E / 6T70222024002400

What are the DTC codes related to Pontiac G6 transmission problems?

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.

Pontiac G6 Transmission Recalls

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Pontiac G6 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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Common Problems with the Pontiac G6 Transmission

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Pontiac G6 can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Pontiac G6 transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Pontiac G6 transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Pontiac G6 transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Pontiac G6 transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Pontiac G6 transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Pontiac G6 transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Pontiac G6 transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Pontiac G6 transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Pontiac G6 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Pontiac G6 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Pontiac G6 Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Pontiac G6 Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Pontiac G6 Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

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What Problem Does Your Pontiac G6 Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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Guillermo

no codes ….but all of sudden started slippin ….catches gear eventually…is there a fix without a change out….08 g6 190,000 miles…

Steven

Mine slams into every gear, and you can really feel it downshift as well. Problem is intermittent. Shop said the code shown was a 118 something and needs a complete overhaul. 170000 miles

Shawn

I have a 2006 Pontiac g6 so teer h about 170000miles I lost all faward gears and a 2007 Pontiac g6 about same miles I lost reverse. Why? Is there something I can do to make it one work. Why would forward work in one and not the other

Christian Anderson

Same thing with my 07 i lost reverse but i can drive forward no problem

Minda

What’s it mean when pull codes are comming up that something my be wrong with the long pull on a Pontiac G6 transmission.whats it mean by long pull