Yep. I get the same thing on my '01 SSEi. Started about 1 month after my warranty ran out, at the 3 yr./36,000 mile mark. Mine "feels" like trying to turn a wooden peg in a tight wooden hole. Its not tough to turn, but it sure feels disarming. Kind of a light ratcheting feeling whether turning left or right. If I've been driving all day, seems to disappear as the day wears on.
Regarding GM "taking care of it" for you, it will cost you. There have been a few posts on this board indicating a Pontiac recall but I'm not holding my breath. I thought recalls were strictly for safety, and I don't know if this has been deemed by GM as a safety issue.
Anyone know for sure about the so-called recall?
2001 SSEi- black; stock 92K
1995 Vette; Competition Yellow; stock; 38K