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NHTSA — Steering 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,531 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.

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2006 Pontiac Torrent steering problems

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

May 282010


  • 57,878 miles


The power steering is going out intermittently. There is no warning, no light, nothing.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 242009


  • 34,786 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Torrent. When the contact arrived at his residence, he heard a clunking sound coming from the steering column. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the intermediate steering failed in the steering column. The vehicle was repaired at the contact's expense. The failure mileage was 34,786 and current mileage was 35,000.

- Parkforced, IN, USA

problem #4

Mar 162006


  • 41,000 miles
Steering wheel started smoking, brought it in to the shop and the terminal was brown from where it was burning, the shop replaced the terminal and the housing around some of the wires, the shop does not know what started the burning.

- Paradis, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 192006

Torrent 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,200 miles


I have a 2006 Pontiac Torrent, that is/was driven by my son who was on his way home from work. The highway he was driving on has a speed limit of 65 mph, with a leniency of going 70 mph. Well there is construction of repaving the highway, well not all of the repaving was done especially getting onto the off ramp which has a high 2-3 inch drop off of asphalt. Approx. 1/4 mile of the highway getting onto the off ramp which was not paved completely still having the 2-3 inch drop off of asphalt. While my son was crossing over to get onto the off ramp, the paved drop off grabbed one or both of the left driver tires, which caused a steering and control problem to cause him to over correct onto a grassy dirt area on his right. He hit a tire mark that was left there from other accidents in the same area while the dirt was wet. As he hit this previous tire mark, he rolled the car three times. He was wearing his seat belt thank god, and having his seat slightly leaned back the seat belt locked and prevented him from hitting the steering wheel. However, the 2006 Pontiac Torrent has a rollover sensor that the car has as part of the security package, as well as onstar. As the car rolled the sensor did not sense the car rolling which resulted in not one of the air bags this car has was ever deployed at the time of car rolling to protect my son, which would be driver and passenger air bags and side curtain air bags. I took pictures of the head liner hanging and the air bags still rolled up on the inside. And onstar never detected the accident to get emergency help for my son. A bystander called for help. Thanks to god my son was able to walk a way from his car with mild injuries from him wearing his seat belt in spite of the air bags and onstar not working. The paramedics were surprised from looking at the damage of his car that my son was able to get himself out and walk away thanks to the seat belt. As for the car it's totaled beyond repair.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #2

May 292006

Torrent 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,300 miles
While driving down a residential street, there was a wobble in the front right of the car. The car suddenly spun out of control and crashed into a telephone pole. Both air bags deployed. My son, who was driving, was slightly injured and burned from the air bags. There is significant body damage to the right front of the vehicle. The body shop that has the car said the right front knuckle broke thereby causing the tire to fall off and loss of steering control. Other additional damage is a bent frame and bent brake calipers. I bought this car new from the dealer on 4/29/06.

- North Oxford, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 282006

Torrent 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,699 miles
When consumer was attempting to back out of parking space, 2006 Torrent suddenly accelerated in reverse at high speed. As a result the vehicle crashed onto another vehicle parked in the parking lot causing extensive damage to both vehicles. The vehicle was towed to the dealer's body shop. When they attempted to do an alignment they noticed damage to the steering system components (right front strut, steering knuckle, hub, bearing and lower control arm). The vehicle was then towed to the dealer's service shop to be inspected. The technician inspected and test drove the vehicle and found no codes stored in the vehicle's computer and determined that the vehicle was operating as designed.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

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