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NHTSA — Unknown Or Other Problems 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:
78,188 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 Torrent miscellaneous problems

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 232015


  • 131,000 miles


My 2006 Torrent has no heat. I have read about this problem and do have the broken temperature blend door. I did receive a letter about this from GM, but since then my car has been fine till the other day when I needed to defrost my windshield. The letter stated that if my heat works to do nothing. But my car is 11000 miles past what they state in the letter to have it fixed for free. They know there was a problem with these doors, it should be covered anyway because a lot of them seem to break. The $1000 dollar labor charge is crazy.

- Berlin , CT, USA

problem #7

Jan 012013


  • 90,000 miles
My car won't start on the first crank at times...I have to give it gas or it will also starts up hard at first it did it occasionally now it's start to do it every time I start my car...I took it to get looked at no one knows...the check engine light is on as well and reads fuel codes...please help

- Saginaw , MI, USA

problem #6

Jan 012014

Torrent 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The ignitioin switch continues to lock up.

- Coleman, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014


  • 121,000 miles


Anytime there is rain or melting snow, there is a puddle in the passenger side floorboard. During colder winter months there is moisture inside the vehicle because of this, causing fogging and even frost on the inside of the windshield. Also has caused a disgusting, moldy, rotten smell that is hard to get rid of.

- Choctaw, OK, USA

problem #4

Oct 222012

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Blender door broken, HVAC, heating & cooling only blows cold air, no defrost!!!

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #3

Jun 012010


  • 90,000 miles
I went through a car wash and water poured out of the reading lights and also on to the driver and passenger floors. My Torrent would not move when I put it into drive. Eventually, after about 30 minutes, it would go forward a little bit if I put the gas pedal to the floor and held it for about one minute. Every time I stopped at a stoplight, the Torrent would not move forward when I stepped on the gas - until I held the pedal down for a long time and then it would creep forward slowly. I cannot go through car washes any longer. The air conditioner and heat work intermittently - sometimes just fine, sometimes not at all - depends on the temperature outside it seems. I do not get any warm air when the defrost is on.

- Prescott, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 072011


  • 70,000 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. Several diagnostic assessments were done on my vehicle and all three came up with same diagnostic. I was told that something was wrong with the blend box and it would cost $1000 or more to be repaired. It can not be driven without the heater working because you can not defrost the windshield which is a safety issue. I realize the government now owns GM but this needs to be recalled and fixed or maybe a class action suit of some kind needs to be filed there are hundreds of people with this exact problem.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 202010


  • 66,500 miles
Experienced no heat; fan worked. No heat means you can't defrost or de-fog your windshield. Took to dealer for repair. From invoice -- "temp actuator out of parameter. Broken temp door...temp door does not move...defective temp actuator. Does not respond....R&R temp actuator. Found end of temp door broken off. Temp actuator out of parameter due to broken door. Need temp temp door and temp actuator as needed." Cost including labor & parts ~$1550. General Motors has not issued a recall to fix this safety issue GM has not even issued a technical service bulletin (tsb) about this problem to advise dealership service departments about the how's and why's of this malfunction.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

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