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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,727 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.

2008 Pontiac Torrent drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #5

May 022016


  • miles


2008 Pontiac Torrent. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle transmission failure. A diagnosis revealed the shifting gear failed.

- Peebles, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 172015


  • 66,377 miles
Valve spring on cylinder 6 collapsed and created a misfire on that cylinder. The head had to be removed and machined. It caused bad acceleration from idle to almost 10mph. They replaced the spring, rocker, and push rod among other things, I.e. gaskets.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 142015

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Gas pedal does not return back when pushed up to the bottom. It can be brought back only with foot moving it from bottom up.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

May 242014


  • 94,258 miles
Timing chain July 2013 repair transmission January 2014 repair transmission line/seals 2014 May 2014 steering May 2014 power steering does not work at low speeds and is in and out at highway speeds. Very difficult to drive at low speeds.

- West Carrollton, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 292014


  • 93,000 miles
Driving and had to stop fast. When safe to continue driving, unable to accelerate and the transmission would not engage and the ses light was on. Had several trouble codes including P0700. Was diagnosed by mechanic to be the 3-5 clutch wave plate.

- Mexico, NY, USA

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