NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline 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:
71,500 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 fuel system problems

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 212014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


While driving vehicle at 45mph engine suddenly stopped and steering became difficult. All dash lights still illuminated radio functional. Coasted to side of road, fortunately there were no vehicle behind me at the time of the failure. I tried to restart the vehicle, the engine would not crank. I waited five minutes and then the engine would crank and start. I took it to the Chevrolet dealer and was told the security function of the PCM was defective and causing the fuel pump to stop.

- Granger, IN, USA

problem #5

May 012013

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Coolant started leaking into the engine head gaskets blown. Half new engine needed total cost of repair $3,500.

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 102014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Car will start fine and run between the 1 and 2 section of RPM gauge.after 10-15 min. Of operation car will die suddenly no sputtering and electronics seem to still work (radio, flashers, headlights, dash lights), must coast to side of road before being plowed into. Check engine light came on. Took into local mechanic said the catalytic converter code was on and that they "blew it out", light shut off Torrent ran fine for 1 day. Repeated process is of dying is now ongoing, car will either die or stall (feels like a downshift), then blow out a cloud of black smoke and keep running if engine does not die, also RPM's reduce to the 0 - 1 section of gauge rather then the normal 1-2 section like when I bought it. 2 mechanics could not find the problem after checking 2 sensor's, fuel pump and fuse box. Problem still not resolved....

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 222012

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


On 2 occasions my car died on me in the middle of the road while im driving with my newborn. First time I got gas. Half mile down the road car dies.they say its fuel pump. Spent 3 days at shop on third day with no work done car starts runs fine for 2 weeks with multiple gas fill ups in between. Three days ago I get gas drive 1/2 block park car, half hour later get in car start driving, try to put windows down but they wont come down. Im now 1/2 mile into my drive on busy road with my baby in the car and I barely made it off the road before being slammed into by a semi. I spent an hour in 80 degree weather in my car with my baby with no way to put windows down. I called a tow truck. By the time the tow got there my car started. I had it towed anyway for fear of having this happen again. Tow it to a dealership nothing wrong with it. So this is twice now they have found nothing. I bought this car when I had my child because I was driving a 92 Toyota and I just felt I needed something newer and more reliable but apparently I should have stuck with my Toyota it never in the time I had it broke down and it had 192,000 miles on it. If this isn't a safety issue I don't know what it is. Does it seriously have to be a fatal accident before something is done about this because it just about happened 3 days ago to an infant and myself. Please address this issue in a timely manor.

- Harmony, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012008

Torrent 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle began having hard starting problems where it will not start though it keeps cranking over and over or knocks very badly then sputters out. This can go on 2 or 3 times before it starts. It is intermittent but seems to occur if the vehicle has been running, is shut off, and restarting is attempted after 15-30 minutes. Usually if it sits for several hours or overnight it starts on the first try. Dealership has not known what it is but believes it is most likely a fuel system component.

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012010


  • 75,000 miles
My 2006 Pontiac Torrent will not crank on the first time most times. It takes several tries before it will crank. I have had it checked and nobody can figure out what is wrong. Sometimes it will crank fine. A few people have mentioned a relay issue. Also, brakes have started making a grinding noise off and on. Brakes are not ready to be replaced and no issue can be found. The odometer light has gone out and comes off and on. I was told this could be a cluster issue. I bought this vehicle in 2007 from a dealership and have had alot of problems over the last year. Over the last month, I have been hearing a sloshing sound coming from the back. It sounds like my gas is sloshing around and I have never heard that before. It seems like it is falling apart and it does not even have 86,000 miles on it. I take care of it and keep the maintenance up on it. I see that alot of other people are having the same sort of issues with the cranking but no recall has been filed because Pontiac has not received enough complaints! this is ridiculous! I am just waiting for my car to catch on fire from one of the issues or another! I have tried to enter my VIN number but it will not take it and it meets all of your criteria. I called the helpline and they said to just skip it. I will enter it here. The VIN is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clinton, MS, USA

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