NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,904 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.

2006 Pontiac Torrent body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 152014

Torrent 4WD 6-cyl

  • 95,620 miles


Blend door for heat broke allowing only cold air. Was unable to defrost the windshield and warm interior. Condition limits visibility. Other models of same year have been recalled. Only fix is to remove the dash and replace broken part.

- Flatwoods, KY, USA

problem #3

Apr 132011

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The wiring harness between the body and the driver's door (and front passenger door) is too short, and subsequently stretches and frays and breaks the wires, resulting in failure of various door components including power door lock, power window, side mirror control, radio off when exiting vehicle after driving, door chime when key in ignition, door automatically locking when vehicle in drive position (safety hazard), door unlocking when in park position (exit vehicle safety hazard) and door stereo speakers. Since this is the least likely culprit when troubleshooting, it should become the first item when any door component fails on this vehicle. The passenger door has an identical issue, however, since the typical frequency of use of this door is much less, the issue occurs less frequently. There are numerous instances of this from hundreds of Pontiac Torrent owners, with pictures, on the internet. This is how the problem solution is commonly found, the last thing one would think is bad wiring. Many owners of this vehicle had challenged GM to repair or recall, to no avail. GM social media bloggers often chimed in to contact GM, but when owners did so, nothing really happened regarding helping out owners with the issue nor the cost of repair. Many owners actually paid for or bought completely new wiring harnesses, which are very expensive for the part as well as expensive the in-door installation. Others spliced their own wires to effect a solution. This issue is on a 2006 Pontiac Torrent, however, it is possible that all years of that vehicle 2006-2009 as well as the similar Chevrolet equinox 2005-2009 are all effected, since they all share many common components.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 192012

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Needed to order an entire exhaust kit made for the issue I ran into which seems to be so common, they made a kit to fix it... cost or repairs $550.

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 252012


  • 72,997 miles
The upper tailgate spoiler flew off. This is not an added accessory.this is a heavy body component. There was no impact that caused it. Fortunately, to my knowledge, no one behind me was injured.I had no idea it was missing until I discovered it days later. I just went out one morning and noticed it was gone. I have read on line where others have had the same problem. It is dangerous and I feel it needs to be corrected by the manufacturer. The same problem exist on the Chevy equinox and perhaps more vehicles from the manufacturer.

- Fulton, NY, USA

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