NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,448 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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2007 Pontiac Torrent engine problems

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2007 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 202016


  • 155,350 miles


The car drove perfectly until I would come to an complete stop. Once at a complete stop while in drive or in park, the temperature gauge went up to the red line, indicating that the engine is over heating. The words on the dash also would say engine hot. This would result in me having to pull over ever few minutes to let the car cool off and in some instances the car would shut off on its own. I literally only had the car for 4 days after purchasing, however this issue started the exact day I purchased it. I bought the car with it already having 155K miles driven. The mechanic has tried putting in a new thermostat and water pump, at this point he feels it needs a new engine.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #6

Jul 312015


  • 112,240 miles
Purchased vehicle 2 months ago from a GM dealer. Within 1 month, stabilization track and traction control lights came on. No apparent lose of power. Took to be diagnosed. Egr sensor replaced. Drove for another 2 or 3 days, same lights came back on, in addition to check engine light. Hadn't even gotten emissions done yet, so had to get it repaired. Egr replaced. Drove for another month, same lights back on. Now sluggish. Lights go off after car sits for a period. Will take to a GM dealer for repair. Costly!

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #5

Nov 012013


  • 85,000 miles
We purchased this vehicle in 2010 used with approximately 45,000 miles on it. After about 4-5 months, we received the first "service traction control" and "stabilitrak off" came up in the information center. I continued to drive it, which the manual says you can do, and after awhile it went off. The "service engine" light however has stayed on ever since. Roll forward to November, 2014. I was driving fine at about 60 miles an hour, when all of sudden the vehicle kicks my cruise control off and slows me down to about 20mph in just a few seconds! I was unable to go any faster and vehicle ran very sluggish and jumping, etc. Finally, after driving at about 10 mph for 15 miles, I made it home and parked the vehicle. Had the vehicle towed in and there were lots of codes on the system and the main thing was that the alternator was shot. They also replaced fuel sensor. After $450, the vehicle seemed okay. Unfortunately a week ago, the stabilitrak and service traction control light came on again and the vehicle has been having glitches in power ever since, but still nothing where I can't drive it. However, coming out of my driveway a couple of days ago, and speeding up to 55, the "reduced engine power" light came on and I lost power immediately with basically no warning. I couldn't go any faster than 5-10mph. After getting back home and letting it sit all day and starting it again, no lights are on except "check engine" which will always stay on, and it is running fine again. This is definitely a safety hazard, since this could happen in heavy traffic and cause an accident! I hate to take it back in for repair since it seems like they just fix whatever they want, but that it would probably run fine anyway, until the next time this happens out of the blue! not good, not good at all. What is it going to take for this to be looked into more?

- Kiester, MN, USA

problem #4

Nov 272014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


While driving approx. 70 mph on interstate I-75 a light came on the dash that stated stabilitrak is off and engine speed will be reduced at which time the car jerked to a sudden slow down almost causing an accident with the car behind me. Car was shut off and restarted then seemed to run fine again until today 1-14 in which it did the same thing again. This is very dangerous, as I thought this may be a "safe" car for my child to drive. This is not the case. In looking on the internet, it seems that several if not hundreds of people are having this same issue. Why hasn't it been recalled" does she have to be in an accident before something can be done??"

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 252014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 118,548 miles
Just got this Torrent three weeks ago, yesterday while driving home from work on the freeway, the traction control light came on, and I lost a little power. I managed to make it home, then the service traction control, service stabilitrack, and the engine power is reduced lights came on. I am beyond upset, I got it from the dealership that I have done business with for years, I am waiting on them to open this morning to give them a call. The first day I got the car the service passenger air bag came on, I took it back the next morning, and they replaced a module, now this!!!!! I'm reading where there have been numerous complaints about the same thing. This is very dangerous, why haven't there been recalls on this"?" here, I thought I was buying a dependable car for my family, only to be very disappointed! never again will I buy a Pontiac!!!!!

- Grandview, MO, USA

problem #2

Aug 062013


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated while driving at an unknown speed, the check engine, service stability and service traction control warning lights illuminated. Also, the contact mentioned that the vehicle speed suddenly decelerated after the reduce engine power warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000 and the current mileage was 94,900.

- Ellenburg Center, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 082014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the check engine light, service stabilitrak, and engine power reduced lights illuminated. The vehicle then lost acceleration power. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 76,000.

- Norman, OK, USA

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