NHTSA — Power Train: Axle Assembly: Axle Shaft: Seal Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,039 miles

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2006 Pontiac Solstice drivetrain problems

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2006 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 292006


  • 10,000 miles


Immediately after purchasing my 2006 Pontiac Solstice in 2006, I begin experiencing a noise in the rear end of the vehicle. I took it in several times for repair until finally in 2007, Pontiac recalled the vehicle for the power train being defective as listed below. I did not have any more problems until 2010 when the vehicle begin to make the same noise. I took the vehicle to another GM dealership as the one I purchased from had closed. They told me there was nothing they could do. This problem has gotten progressively worst and now the noise if getting very bad as I am decelerating and braking. The gears get more difficult to change when this happens. This is the same way it was acting before the drive train replacement. I took it to another GM dealership and was told they only replace them once under a recall. I donżżT understand if they are defective they should replace regardless. I was told they could change the fluid and replace for $700 at my cost. 2006 Pontiac Solstice power train recall 07V589000 NHTSA: Action number: N/a service bulletin number: 07V589000 report date: Dec 20, 2007 component: Power train potential units affected: 275936 manufacturer: General Motors Corp. On certain passenger vehicles, the rear axle pinion seal does not meet all of the specifications and may experience a fluid leak. Consequence: A rear differential failure may cause loss of motive power and possibly loss of control increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy: Dealers will replace the pinion seal free of charge. The recall began on February 1, 2008.

- Tallassee, AL, USA

problem #5

Oct 292010


  • 45,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that there was a recall 07V589000(power train:axle assembly:axle shaft:seal) on his vehicle and the repairs were done, but he continued to hear a loud noise in the rear passenger axle while driving at approximately 10 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be repaired. The approximate failure and current mileages were 45,300.

- North Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 082009


  • 36,195 miles
My wife suggested to me that the accident may have been caused by a malfunction to the car. I didn't really consider that a possibility. However, she has never been able to explain the accident beyond saying "all of a sudden I lost control of the car". while I was looking for the car title, which I've still not found by the way, I discovered a recall notice from early 2008. I reviewed the document and discovered the 3rd condition which may occur sounds like a possible cause of this accident. I'm not sure of the best course of action at this point. I'm not a mechanical expert but it seems to me we could easily discover if the differential is jammed. If so, I suspect the cause of the accident was not my wife. If not, I don't know if these things can jam and release or not. Of course, if there is a problem with the car I would like to report it as soon as possible so that someone else isnżT placed in jeopardy like my wife may have been. I would also like to work to get the ticket against her dismissed and remove this from our records as an "at fault" accident. Perhaps travelers could find some relief if the car really malfunctioned. We had the recall repair work completed by the dealer when we received the recall in 2008. When my wife took the car in to the dealer for an oil change on December 3, 2009 she asked that they also examine a noise she was hearing. The dealers notes on the service ticket indicate the noise was coming from the rear differential which is the same as the recall in 2008. The dealer kept the car overnight and ordered parts. The parts did not arrive so they let my wife drive off - knowing a possible serious problem might exist.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 012006

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles


Pontiac safety recall 07204 2006 Pontiac Solstice rear axle seal leak, the failure occurred soon after the car was purchased and was taken to the dealer for repairs, axle seal was replaced, upon return of the car it was noticed the rear axle was making a whining noise that was very pronounced and unable to talk over. Car was returned to the dealer and they changed the axle fluid and put an additive in for the whine. Noise did not go away and is still present to this day. I returned the car to the dealer 5 more times and was told the noise was normal. Feb 2008 received a recall letter from GM saying the differential seal needs to be replaced and "damaged bearings will create noise" "differential could jam and lock the drive wheels while the vehicle is in motion" "a crash could occur with out warning" I returned the car for the recall and the axle seal was replaced again, upon return of the car the axle is still whining as loud as ever and is now a very huge safety concern to me that the car may crash without warning. I have called Pontiac to advise them the issue is still on going case #71-606320808 at this point they have not offered any resolution to the issue and have stated that the recall has been satisfied by replacing the axle seal.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 292006

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,537 miles
2006 Pontiac Solstice rear differential pinion gasket leak repaired by GM on 5/2/06.

- Jim Thorpe, PA, USA

problem #1

May 032006

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,200 miles
Differential leak leading to transmission whine, transmission clunk and eventual failure of differential. GM will replace pinion seal when the permanent fix is replacement of the differential with a redesigned part.

- Oxford, CT, USA

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