NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,784 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 #7

Dec 232010


  • miles


When car is running, or even in motion I am able to pull the keys from the ignition. You have to turn your steering wheel back and forth and so on to even get the radio to come on at initial start up. Turning the key off and on and hopefully not lock up the column to the point I am unable to turn the key on. The scary thing is being able to remove the key while the car is running and not in the off position. The cold hot switch on the panel has to be turned very slowly or it will not turn to air conditioning. If you do it to quickly, it acts as if it is still in the red position. The dealership had already replaced this issue when we first purchased the vehicle. We purchased the vehicle in Dec. 2010 used 2nd owners with only 90,000 miles on it now. Had issues with the radio since purchase date, thought it was a fluke, but continued to get worst to the point of just pulling the keys out while running. The speed control also shuts off and does not maintain while going down the highway. It holds for about 2 minutes and just shuts off. The speed contain icon still shows on but it loses power and does not work. You have to turn off and on speed control constantly. So lets say its not used so much anymore.

- Fort Cobb, OK, USA

problem #6

May 112010

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My sunroof drains clogs repeatedly which causes ankle deep water to puddle inside. I had to have it towed from work last month because it would not accelerate after rain leaked everywhere. In addition I had to bum a ride to work because it wouldn't accelerate due to the fact it was wet from the rain. When this happens the traction light comes on causing my car to lose speed. Although pedal is push all the way down to floor it will not accelerate. I would hate to be traveling on interstate and lose speed during rush hour.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #5

Jun 182012


  • 68,000 miles
Total of 4 occurrences. After accelerating, accelerator pedal became lodged in all-weather floor mat and vehicle continued to accelerate after the operator removed pressure from the accelerator pedal. Unintended, uncontrolled acceleration continued during attempted braking. Continued braking was only marginally effective at reducing vehicle speed. Operator was able to gradually reduce speed through continuous braking although the engine continued to deliver power in opposition. Ultimately, the accelerator pedal released from the floor mat and the driver brought the vehicle to a stop. Prior to the first occurrence, after-market floor mats had been installed for less than 1month and were suspected to be defective as they have narrow, deep "wells" that cross the mat side to side in the region below the pedals rather than along the length. By inspection, it was easily determined that the heel of the accelerator pedal easily became entrapped in those wells. Following the first incident, the floor mats were replaced with ones without the deep horizontal wells. However, 3 additional similar incidents have occurred with those mats. The duration of unintended acceleration was much less because the operator knew to "kick" the pedal loose.

- Brooklyn, WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 292005

Torrent 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Torrent. The engine surged and the vehicle lunged forward while the brakes were engaged. There were no warning indicator lights. This failure occurs each time the air conditioner is on. The manufacturer/dealer is aware of the failure but does not know how to repair it. The failure mileage was 189. The current mileage was 14,000. The contact has repair invoices.

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #3

Sep 012006

Torrent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
When the defroster or air conditioning is engaged, the rpms spike every 45 seconds. If the vehicle is at a stop, it will surge forward approximately 2 feet before coming to a rest. Additional brake pressure will stop the surge. Separate complaint regarding a tapping noise coming from the rear of the vehicle immediately after ignition or shortly after. These complaints are very similar to ODI id number: 10168679.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 192006

Torrent 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,600 miles
: the contact stated while at a stop, the vehicle lunged forward without warning. This was an intermittent problem and the dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. Also, there was a ticking noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The dealership determined there were metal shavings in the rear suspension. The rear axle, tie rod, and other components were replaced. In addition, the brake pedal went to the floor when depressed. The dealership readjusted the parking brake and the problem ceased. Also, while traveling 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and the dealership determined the lifters in the engine needed to be replaced. In addition, the front driver side window did not also close completely. This has not been inspected by the dealership. Updated 10/31/2006 - the consumer has met with a GM rep. GM has agreed to buy back the vehicle but negotiations are ongoing.

- Tyrone, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 282006

Torrent 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,699 miles
When consumer was attempting to back out of parking space, 2006 Torrent suddenly accelerated in reverse at high speed. As a result the vehicle crashed onto another vehicle parked in the parking lot causing extensive damage to both vehicles. The vehicle was towed to the dealer's body shop. When they attempted to do an alignment they noticed damage to the steering system components (right front strut, steering knuckle, hub, bearing and lower control arm). The vehicle was then towed to the dealer's service shop to be inspected. The technician inspected and test drove the vehicle and found no codes stored in the vehicle's computer and determined that the vehicle was operating as designed.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

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