NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,960 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.

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2006 Pontiac Solstice engine problems

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2006 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 182016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and the check engine and thermostat warning indicators illuminated. The dealer was notified of the failures, but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 042016


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that the air bag, anti-theft, and check engine warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle failed to start because the anti-theft system activated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 092014


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated while driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled and no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Palm Springs , CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 282013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 25,800 miles
Car has an unbelievable clunking noise when shifting mostly from 1st thru 3rd gear since I purchased it. After 2 multi point inspections(results fine) I took it back to the dealership I purchased it from(it was under its 30 day front to back warranty), when they drove it for 50ft said yes there is a definite "clunking" noise going on and we'll look into it. They took it to their Pontiac/GM dealership for investigation. That dealership said it was the rear end and it was normal, however mine was excessive so they re-placed the rear end/driveshaft and differential. When car was returned to me it still was making the noise w/ a letter from GM stating this was normal for these particular cars. This is not normal, there is definitely some kind of defect going on w these makes and models, if you search the internet you will find numerous complaints on the subject of this car and others for this exact issue. When driving it basically sounds like the back end or transmission is going to fall out or something is sticking, the gears are always getting stuck when shifting and it is a fight to get it into gear most times. Additionally when trying to turn corners or come to a stop the car appears to be locking up, steering gets tight and breaks just don't feel to be working properly. This car has never been in an accident and is in mint condition for it being a 2006 and under 26K miles(w/ the exception of this complaint). All the previous recall have been done and the newest one has yet to be done even though the Pontiac/GM dealership ordered it for me 2 months ago and GM sent me a letter last week to get the recall performed, there still are no parts and im still waiting and im basically according to GM stuck w a car that clunks and doesn't shift properly and sticks in between gears which they state is normal. Someone needs to investigate these models, I don't feel safe driving.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 312012


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that while traveling 80 mph, the air conditioner failed and the vehicle stalled as white smoke emitted from the engine. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who confirmed that the head gasket failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 41,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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