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NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,608 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 engine problems

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2008 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 042016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Torrent. While driving 35 mph, the check engine warning light and reduced engine power warning light illuminated. The vehicle stalled and was unable to be restarted. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 182013


  • 99,900 miles
Lights on the dashboard are constantly coming on. Over the past 3 years, I constantly have problems with the "check engine"; "service stabilitrak"; and "service traction control" lights coming on. I live in pa and was driving to Mississippi when it first happened and needless to say I panicked. I called back home to my dealership and was told I should be okay until I got home, that I only needed to be concerned if the roads were wet. It was on the entire trip and by the time I got home and went to the dealership, it turned off. They could not tell me why. Now it comes on whenever it wants to and stays on for days. Then it goes off for a few days and then comes on again. No rhyme or reason as to what causes it. I'm concerned that it may be causing a bigger problem. Not happy that I have not been able to get any resolve to this.

- Bellefonte, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 312012


  • 52,465 miles
I had a code P0008 for camshaft positioning sensor on first incident and timing chains were replaced in January 2012. I had approximately 52,465 miles on the car. I had second code P0008 in May 2014 with approximately 70,759 miles on the car. The timing chains were stretched and had to be replaced. I now have the code P0008 with approximately 83,204 miles on the car.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #5

Apr 272015


  • 71,000 miles


I heard a slight clattering coming from under the hood one afternoon on my way to town. I pulled over the side of the road, called on star to ask them to run a diagnostic.the on star adviser said to take it to the dealership, they think there is a problem with the power train.I took it to the dealership. After checking out the car they said half of the motor was not getting oil pumped to it, it has a dual overhead cam. They said it had been going on for some time and they don't know why the oil wouldn't get through to both parts of the motor. It had some sort of "clog" in it, but could not specify where. I was told to replace the motor or they could break it down and find the problem but it would be more expensive to do it this way. I ended up paying $7098 for a new motor. The extended warranty had already expired, I paid the car off the month before and was told they had no recalls on this type of problem with this vehicle. I took excellent care of this vehicle, changed the oil every 2800 miles and used a high grade filter and synthetic oil. The dealership could not give an explanation as to why this happened. I believe there was a defective part in the motor to cause this problem.

- Cusseta, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 052014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Car refused to accelerate when I tried to get out of a dangerous situation. Had to floor the accelerator and engine light lit up for a few minutes only. Jerking (lack of acceleration) continued until called GM ho and connected with my dealer under "special coverage." Had to take a mechanic on the road and duplicate to be sure I was not dismissed again without fixing. Given a hard time about getting the full special coverage to cover the spark plug wires & spark plugs, but dealer gave in since repeated visits for same problem. Still awaiting a "specialist" from GM to call back regarding spark plugs being included and why I cannot view the actual "special coverage" document as to this problem possibly repeating itself every 6 months per other owners.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 132014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Reported very sluggish acceleration "chugging" between 45-65 mph for the last year. No engine light. Took to dealer and they "couldn't recreate it" so nothing done.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #2

May 182014


  • 52,000 miles
Have sent this letter to the CEO of General Motors on 6/3/14. I am still waiting for a reply. As it is stated, in this situation where gas and antifreeze were mixing in the engine, due to either a slow leak or a gasket blew, the Torrent was not built with a sensor to turn on the engine warning light to notify the driver of a potential serious situation-total mechanical failure-leading to potential fatal injuries while driving-such as a fire, accident, or even death. [xxx] in reference to claim number [xxx]. I have called and spoken to dean at corporate on 6/3/14 and the dealership where I purchased my vehicle. 5/30/14, I call the dealership first spoke to a few people and left my information, I received no phone call back until I called corporate on 6/3/14 and complained. I find this very unprofessional especially knowing the situation where lives were potential at risk, and others still are. The major concern with my vehicle is that out of nowhere without warning the engine failed. According to the mechanic the vehicle does not come with any warning light to notify the driver of this situation-this is unacceptable. My car is a 2008 Pontiac Torrent with 50,000 miles on it. The mechanic and the insurance company that has now inspected the car, concur that this is from mechanical failure. As a mother of 3 children, to think that there could have been an accident with them in the care-possibly leading to deaths?well you can imagine my concern. As I am blessed that this was not the case and the car just died, I do not feel this is a safe car, and being a woman in your position I hope you can understand my position and will do the right thing for the safety of my family. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- N Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 152009

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
Aside from ignition key being stuck in ignition switch, which is still that way, the engine shut off. On highway speed of 70mph. Also, the passenger air bag shows it being off.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

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