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NHTSA — Engine 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 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,089 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Pontiac Torrent engine problems

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Apr 122013

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 84,625 miles


Purchased vehicle used on 12/06/2006 with 9,968 miles. Replaced entire engine ($5,000) on 03/27/2009 due to issues with the cylinder head gasket (was told the vehicle was no longer under warranty). Mileage at that time was 84,625. In approximately 2009 the passenger side window started going up and down spontaneously. My dog had her head out of the window and it spontaneously closed on her head, restricting her airway. The passenger side door was ripped apart and wiring was replaced. The window worked correctly for about 2 years and then in 2011, the window stopped working entirely. Have had 3 wheel bearings replaced (one twice). In January/February of 2013, the ignition switch and fuse center had to be replaced. Mechanics advised that the fuse center/panel was on "national back order" with no known available date. They repaired it. Total cost paid for that repair was over $335.87. Mileage at that time was 171827 on April 12th the heater stopped working as I was driving. The fan still blows but only cold air. The hoses from the coolant tank heat up when the car is running. Known problem with this make/model. According to similar complaints filed the entire dash will need to be dismantled to fix the blend door/actuator. Known defective part.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 182012


  • 68,000 miles
Total of 4 occurrences. After accelerating, accelerator pedal became lodged in all-weather floor mat and vehicle continued to accelerate after the operator removed pressure from the accelerator pedal. Unintended, uncontrolled acceleration continued during attempted braking. Continued braking was only marginally effective at reducing vehicle speed. Operator was able to gradually reduce speed through continuous braking although the engine continued to deliver power in opposition. Ultimately, the accelerator pedal released from the floor mat and the driver brought the vehicle to a stop. Prior to the first occurrence, after-market floor mats had been installed for less than 1month and were suspected to be defective as they have narrow, deep "wells" that cross the mat side to side in the region below the pedals rather than along the length. By inspection, it was easily determined that the heel of the accelerator pedal easily became entrapped in those wells. Following the first incident, the floor mats were replaced with ones without the deep horizontal wells. However, 3 additional similar incidents have occurred with those mats. The duration of unintended acceleration was much less because the operator knew to "kick" the pedal loose.

- Brooklyn, WI, USA

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