NHTSA — Visibility: Defroster/Defogger System: Windshield: Heater Core Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: No heat, no air conditioning, and visibility issues because of a busted defogger system. Basically, anything coming out of a vent in the 2006 Torrent is broken.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,750 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 Torrent Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 112011

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles


This is an issue with the actuator that moves the flap in the heater/ac case. This causes the heat not to be released into the car, just cold air. This issue is all over the internet with several people having the same issue. I believe that GM needs to see this issue as a fault of the part. The repair for this unit requires complete removal of the dash board. I have gotten quotes from 900-1500 to repair this part and they do not say that its not going to happen again.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 022010


  • 68,000 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac Torrent driving along one day and the heat just went out. This caused a dangerous situation as the defrost stopped working as well. I have been unable to drive the car in the winter for going on three years now its just not safe. Due to the number of complaints filed for this same exact thing it is unbelievable to me that the government does not force GM to conduct a recall before someone gets killed.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #2

Dec 232011


  • miles
The heat in my truck stopped working in the middle of winter. It was determined that the plastic connection shaft on the air temperature blend door was broken which is a common problem for the 2006 Pontiac Torrent.

- Calgary, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 152011


  • miles
No heat; temperature control does not change from cold to hot. Believe temperature blend door to be the problem, as this seems to be what the dealers (checked with 3 local GM dealers) all point to as a common problem on this model. This will affect visibility (no or poor defrosting) as well as comfort, both of which are safety hazards when facing the coming Wisconsin winter. Strongly believe this to be a manufacturing defect that should be recalled, as it involves a relatively low cost part but extensive labor to dismantle the dashboard and replace it. Estimates have ranged from $800 to $1200 for the job. Please take action on this, as it has been a safety and financial concern for me and my family, as well as numerous other Pontiac Torrent and Chevrolet equinox owners. Thank you.

- Racine, WI, USA

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