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NHTSA — Visibility: Defroster/Defogger System Problems

2006 Pontiac Torrent (Page 2 of 2) Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: No heat, no air conditioning, and visibility issues because of a busted defogger system. Basically, anything coming out of a vent in the 2006 Torrent is broken.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,690 miles

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Jun 012010


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that there was no heat blowing from the vents only cold air. The vehicle was inspected by both an independent mechanic and an authorized dealer. They both informed her that she would need to replace the heater door. The heater door was replaced by an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Heritage, PA, USA

problem #18

Dec 022010

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac Torrent which the heat stopped working about a month or so ago. I was driving one day and turned my heater on and noticed that it was blowing cold air. My car was diagnosed and was told that it would cost $1000 or more to repair. I have been driving around with no heat and cannot use my defrost due to heat failure which obstructs my vision when driving. This vehicle should have been a recall due to the vast amount of people with the same problem. I would like to know if my vehicle can be returned for full refund in order to get one with less severe heating problems.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #17

Jan 012008


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that he had driven the vehicle without heat for two years. The dealer advised him that the temperature door was not covered under the warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer will be contacted. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- King City , CA, USA

problem #16

Oct 062010


  • 74,000 miles


No heat in vehicle. Only blowing cold air. Happened suddenly and without warning. This is causing me to be unable to defrost my windshield at all. It frosts up and obstructs my view while I'm driving my car. So far everything I've had done has not corrected the problem. Had thermostat replaced, heater core checked several times, coolant flushed. Still no heat.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #15

Mar 102008


  • 48,000 miles
"blend door" failure, causing no heat and a $1500 repair for a fairly new car.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #14

Sep 012010


  • miles
The heater stopped working on my 2006 Pontiac Torrent, cold air comes out of the vents however regardless of the setting hot/warm air does not come out. I live in a region of the country where it is essential to be able to use the defrost and the heater. We contacted the dealer and were told that it would take upwards of $1000 dollars to fix and 6-8 hours of labor, the actual part is under $100. The warranty doesn't cover it once the vehicle has gone over the mileage allotted by the manufacturer however I don't feel that this should be a factor for the heater as the number of miles driven does not affect the heating/cooling system. I don't feel that I should be responsible for replacing the part and paying for labor especially since this seems to be a common defect in both the Torrent and the equinox. The amount alone is also something that many americans don't have.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #13

Oct 292010


  • 98,000 miles


No warning. Heat went out on 2006 Pontiac Torrent. Heat blend door is broke and needs to be replaced at a cost of around $800 to $1,000. GM refuses to pay for replacement as vehicle is not under warranty. Part is $55 to $65 and intensive labor charges around $1,000 (8 hours). The average american cannot afford this type of repair. Found on internet, there are hundreds of complaints on this exact same problem. This includes Chevy equinox's.

- New Sharon, IA, USA

problem #12

Oct 142010


  • 42,340 miles
Started car on a 20 degree morning, and discovered the heater would only blow cold air. No heat no defrost. After contacting our GM dealers service dept., we discovered there is an electric motor that controls the (air temperature blend door) that frequently malfunctions and opens the blend door beyond it's limits and breaks the plastic pins. The door then no longer opens, and of course no heat. The car cannot be driven in colder weather until this is repaired to the tune of $1100 to $1500. The entire dashboard and all components have to be removed to access this $55 part. GM should be responsible for this defective actuator (electric motor) and the labor to replace it as it has occurred many times (you can find many complaints about this on the internet) and it is a hazard.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #11

Oct 202010


  • 66,381 miles
Defroster does not blow hot air out. Windshiled will not defrost.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 142010


  • 33,350 miles
2006 Pontiac Torrent, 33,350 miles. Heat stopped working. Took the car to an auto repair shop. Problem was diagnosed as a broken air blend door. Part cost around $65. Cost to repair, approximately $1000. Mechanic explained that the entire dash board needs to be removed to repair this "cheap part". the majority of the cost is labor. Could not see out of my windows this morning because the defrost is not working properly due to this problem. GM should have a safety recall for this part. In doing research, this is a very common problem and needs to be addressed by General Motors. The dealer will not reduce the cost of this repair because of the labor involved. This is a definite safety issue. People need heat in their car and they also need a proper defrost system. Many people, myself included can not afford a $1000. Repair bill on a "cheap part" with no guarantee that it will not break again.

- Claymont, DE, USA

problem #9

Sep 222010


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated the heat stopped working; however, the air conditioner continued to function normally. The dealer stated that the actuator door also failed which was prevented the vehicle from generating air to heat. The VIN was not accepted at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 84000 and the current mileage was 84300.

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 042010

Torrent 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Torrent. While driving approximately 55 mph the contact changed the defroster to heat; however, it failed to function. He stated that the blend door for the heat on the defroster does not work. He called the dealer and they were aware of the failure but stated that there was no recall related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired since the estimated cost of the repairs were between $1200 and $1500. The failure mileage was 55,000. The current mileage was 56,000. Updated 10/13/10 the consumer stated after several calls to GM the blend door was replaced and the cost was split between GM and the consumer. Updated 10/14/10

- Paris, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 162010


  • 60,000 miles
Heater door failed, no heat...cost of repair over $1500.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #6

May 142010


  • 43,210 miles
2006 Pontiac Torrent heater stopped working, A/C still works ok.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 222010


  • 25,000 miles
Heater does not work properly. No heat in vehicle., the heater ac blend door shaft is broken and it is a very common problem with Pontiac Torrent Chevy equinox.

- North Bergen , NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 272006


  • 64,853 miles
Heater suddenly stopped working. Fans still work but no hot air.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 142009


  • miles
Visibility: Defroster /defogger system.

- North York, 00, USA

problem #2

Apr 022009


  • miles
The heater stopped working on my 2006 Pontiac Torrent. The vehicle only blows cold air.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 102009


  • 51,000 miles
The heat blend door in the HVAC unit on my 2006 Pontiac Torrent broke resulting in no heat or windshield defrosting capabilities. The vehicle has just over 50,000 miles on it.

- Windsor, 00, USA

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