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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,563 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 #6

Aug 152015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Torrent. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The electronic stability control and traction control warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Goodrich, MI, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Aug 272014


  • 91,000 miles
Suddenly while driving the car would not allow me to accelerate in the middle of the road. When applying pressure to the gas pedal it made the noise/sound as though it wanted to accelerate but would move nowhere. After turning the car off and back on it accelerated for about 5 sec when pressure applied to the gas pedal, then repeated the action (sounding like it wanted to accelerate when the gas pedal was pressed but went nowhere).

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

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 #2

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 #1

Feb 012014


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, the vehicle decelerated and the service stabilitytrak and traction control warning lamp illuminated. The contact mentioned after turning the vehicle off and back on the vehicle resumed normal function and the warning lamps were no longer illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 61,500.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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