NHTSA — Power Train: Driveline Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,185 miles

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2006 Pontiac Solstice drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #3

May 172010


  • 20,500 miles


2006 Pontiac Solstice...differential noises and clunking while turning slow corners. Dealer installed recall for seal and lube..still makes loud noises at highway speeds now. Sounds like something is loose. I have seen many complaints from other owners for this same problem and some of them have had lock ups that caused them to lose control of the vehicle...some one has to step up to GM and get them to make a permanent fix to this problem...or I guess it will happen after someone dies from the defective drive train.

- Thousand Palms , CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152009


  • miles
I have had to take my car in for the same problem 10 times due to a rear differential issue. The first time was just a couple of month's after I had purchased it brand new in "06". I return every couple of months because of the same problem. The seal had been recalled and replaced, twice. The tubing has been replaced, trimmed and adjusted and the fluid refilled to many times to count. I am well aware of the deadly consequences this issue can cause, if that seal fails. I have been in contact with GM concerning this issue with no help. The repair shop says the car's a lemon, GM says that the repairs are not being done correctly.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 132009


  • 28,056 miles
5/15/06 at 5200 miles rear pinion seal is repl due to a bad leak, upon leaving the dealer shortly after noticed a whining noise&felt the rear end binding returned the car same day 5288 miles and was told the wrong gear oil and additive was put in and the seal had to be replaced again. 5/23/06 rear end starts leaking again and noise never went away dealer repl pinion seal again&said noise is normal 8/18/06 8655mi leaking again repl pinion seal told noise from rear now worse is normal. GM states they will not address any future claims for noise case closed its suppose to whine and gives me a bulletin stating the noises were designed engineering characters which I strongly disputed and voice my concern that the differential was clearly going bad, GM flagged my file and told me they would not warranty any future claims and further refused to accept any calls from me requesting a meeting with the field manager 10/12/07 GM refuses to address leak and noise 2/27/08 22079 mi GM issues a safety recall 07204 which states the axle may leak, if enough fluid leaks bearing would be damaged and make noise, binding when backing, feeling of brakes applied while driving or sudden locking of the rear will while in motion could occur with out warning which the driver may not be able to control and cause the car to crash. Recall was done noise still present dealer states its normal / 3/17/08 car taken to different dealer that has it a week GM factory calls to tell me to pick the car up gave me another bulletin stating noise is normal which is dated back from 07/06 prior to recall 02/08 which contradicts the earlier bulletin GM again states warranty has been denied for any claims on rear end noise its normal. I make 2 attempts over summer to address noise dealer refuses road test or look at the car. Today 02/13 while driving on beltway loud bang w/ no warning loss of control across 4 lanes of traffic sliding sideways before skidding over 300ft with rear wheels locked up very scary.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

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