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NHTSA — Suspension: Rear Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,732 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Pontiac Solstice suspension problems

suspension problem

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2006 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152007

Solstice 4-cyl

  • miles


After taking the vehicle in several times with an unusual noise at the rear of the vehicle, I was informed this vehicle had a faulty rear end and would need to be replaced. Pontiac did issue a recall and installed a new rear end. The vehicle is now doing the same thing and appears to be getting worse but I have been informed by a GM dealership that it will not be replaced again. If it is faulty I do not understand why the recall would not apply to the second defective part.

- Tallassee, AL, USA

problem #3

Nov 152010


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. While driving 70 mph, the contact changed lanes to the center lane and the vehicle began to skid because the rear wheels lost all traction; because of the failure, the front axle cracked. The contact believed the failure to be because of a defective rear differential. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The vehicle had not been inspected. The current and failure mileages were approximately 15,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Oct 032008


  • 18,730 miles
October 3, 2008, as I was driving North bound in the slow lane (right lane), about 7:30 pm, with the top down of 2006 Pontiac Solstice, I heard a loud bang! right before I lost control of the car and was swerving all over the two-lane road. Luckily there were no other vehicles in the other lane or right around me. After I finally got the car under control I pulled over to the right side of the road. My first thought was that a tire had blown. With my hazard lights on I got out of the car and walked around it expecting to see a flat tire. None of them were flat! I was really confused. It was really dark where I was, no street lights. I don't know how many times I walked around it and feeling around it before I found a hard piece of rubber or plastic hanging down in front of the driver's rear tire and it would not budge. Then I noticed the tire didn't look straight up and down, it seemed to stick out a little more than the other tires. I had the car towed to the dealership. At the dealership I could see the car better in all the lights and up high so I could look underneath. The driver?S door was dented, black rubber markings on it, the lower corner of the door had the paint scraped down to the metal. The fender well didn't look bad but I could tell it was sort of out of position a tad. The wheel was leaning out at the top and in. The black plastic or rubber wheel-well shield was loose at the top, hanging down at the bottom, and a big piece was missing. When my husband came and picked me up we drove back to the location to see if I hit anything since the bang! wasn't a flat tire. It was too dark to see much, but even the tow truck driver said he didn't see anything in the road or on the sides on his way to pick me up. The next morning we drove there again, still didn't see anything, then drove past again in the afternoon and still didn't see anything. I believe something failed on my car.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 172006


  • 1,199 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. When the contact moved the vehicle out of his garage, he noticed leakage on the ground. The contact noticed that the rear axle was leaking. NHTSA campaign id number 07V589000 (power train:axle assembly:axle shaft:seal) was referenced. The vehicle has been diagnosed by the dealer several times, but the failure persists. The current mileage was 3,420 and failure mileage was 1,199.

- Chalkhill, PA, USA

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