NHTSA — Steering Problems

2007 Pontiac Torrent (Page 1 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,781 miles

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2007 Pontiac Torrent steering problems

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2007 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jul 252016


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. While making a right turn at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The contact mentioned that the traction control warning light illuminated two days later. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000....updated 09/12/16

- Artesia, NM, USA

problem #20

Aug 122015


  • 99,000 miles
August 12 2015 the car doors began locking and unlocking on their own.the speedometer/tachometer began acting crazily on their own. A short time after, having not had steering issues before driver was shocked because the steering wheel malfunctioned (if she turned it left the steering wheel turned but not the vehicle, it kept going straight). She lowered speed and eventually the steering wheel started working.warning lights all wheel drive ABS service engine light had come on when the problem occurred. Husband drove car that night but couldn't find anything wrong. They took car to calkins Pontiac in burnham pa August 20th.calkins had it a few days.invoices can be sent.calkins found nothing but codes stored in history U0073 U0131 B3006 U0102.they couldn't reinvent the problem.they took car home husband was driving it when the same problems reoccurred. Car took a hard right turn as if someone reached over and yanked the car to the right. The wheel would not turn back. It locked up.before almost hitting guard rail the wheel went back to normal. Up the road it happened again several times.they took car to calkins again on 25th.they paid $490 this time to replace the body control module. Sept 11, 12th, 17th however same problems happened. At this point the car can't be driven due to safety but owners need to use vehicle. It has only 99,157 miles on it. The website carcomplaints.com has many pages of similar complaints filed by drivers.(www.carcomplaints.com/Pontiac/Torrent/2007/steering/sterring.shtml). this is a serious safety steering issue. Who can assist to have this fixed so vehicle can be used? we can't trade it in and risk someone else losing their life. Our last recent visit to calkins showed the same code history.on 10/13 calkins said they would get back to us the next day but as of today 10/20 they never contacted us.

- Lewistown, PA, USA

problem #19

May 302015


  • 23,112 miles
Steering cannot turn left or right. It is locked and cannot drive.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #18

Mar 252015


  • 128,153 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and was unable to turn left or right. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,153.

- Chama, NM, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Jul 232014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I purchased the Torrent in September of 2007. Since some time in 2008 the "service stabilitrak" caution light comes on infrequently. I notice that it seems to be when the vehicle has perhaps not been parked completely level. It usually resets but is an annoyance. I have not had a dealer diagnose this issue. The second issue is very recent; I would say within the last 60-90 days. The ignition does not want to release the key once the car is stopped and in park. I can usually get it out with some effort but sometimes have to turn the engine back on a few times and turn it off again. Incidents are becoming more frequent. Initially I thought it was the way I was removing the key but I am not driving the car any differently than I always have. Currently vehicle mileage is 46,062. I keep checking so see if my Pontiac is part of the GM ignition issue recall and it is not. I plan to have a dealer check this out but with the low mileage on my car it does not seem like a repair I should have to make; especially since the Torrent is a remodeled version of the equinox. As evidenced by the mileage, I do not drive my car a lot. Long distance trips are few and far between. The vehicle has had regular and appropriate service. No reduction in speed or loss of power issues have been noted with my car for either of the complaints listed herein.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 052013


  • 21,300 miles


I felt the car shutter a little and then the steering locked up while driving home on the highway. Also, the stability/traction light stays on. My car only has 21000 miles on it and is still practically new.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 142013

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the power steering failed. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #13

Apr 292013

Torrent 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
While driving my stabitrak light came on causing all tires to lock up. I was unable to steer vehicle safely, steering wheel was nearly impossible to turn. All 4 brakes locked up and loud grinding noise could be heard. Vehicle top speed dropped abruptly to 11 mph while traveling on busy interstate. Vehicle started jumping forward and wheels/tires would not turn. I was able to pull vehicle off interstate, to a safe location, within a couple minutes, by using emergency brake, and found brakes and rotors were on fire with flames visable and tires were smoking heavily. The dash light were blinking "service stabitrak" and "traction control off." This incident caused significant damage to my vehicle. This vehicle has not been in any accidents and is used soley on paved roads. There a several hundred other online complaints from owners of same vehicle, with same problem.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #12

Sep 302009


  • 48,000 miles
Power steering went out after jump starting another car that was in our driveway. Stabilitrac came on.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #11

Oct 112010


  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. While driving approximately 15 mph the power steering stopped functioning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact stated she believed the power steering pump was replaced. A year after the vehicle was repaired the contact experienced the identical failure a second time while driving at a low speed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage 32,000.

- Export, PA, USA

problem #10

Feb 242010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. While driving approximately 55 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics where the mechanic advised that the throttle body position sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. One year after repairs, the stabilitrak warning light was illuminated. The contact stated that the steering became difficult and the vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting the results of the diagnostics testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Ashland, KY, USA

problem #9

Dec 062010

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 79,625 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that that she was unable to start the vehicle. The vehicle was parked overnight and the following day, the contact was able to restart the vehicle yet the power steering failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis in which the dealer located the failure at the power steering module and motor. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 79,625. Updated 5/2/11 updated 10/12/11

- Cranford , NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 122010


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. While the contact was driving approximately 30 mph the steering wheel locked. The vehicle was turned off for five minutes and then back on and the steering wheel unlocked. The failure had occurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was not able to diagnose the failure. The technician replaced and aligned the tires. The technician stated that it could be related to the electronic steering in the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #7

Dec 232009


  • 46,658 miles
On December 23, 2009, the power steering module on my 2007 Pontiac Torrent failed. I had it replaced at a cost of nearly $500, now I hear there may be a recall?

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 272010

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 56,800 miles
On the morning of Oct.27, 2010 while my husband was trying to leave from pt and come home of post the car would not start (Pontiac Torrent) he had to have it jumped just to start it. After the car turned over he found that there was no power steering. He managed to get it to the dealers that we have bought it from to see what the problem/S were. We now have no car for work doctors and to get the things we need. The car (Pontiac Torrent) is now at the dealership to see what's wrong and if they can fix the problem.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 232010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The driver was driving approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel suddenly became very stiff. The driver pulled over and shut the vehicle off. Upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the driver was informed that the failure was a common problem but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure continued. The vehicle was then taken to a repair shop but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000 and the current mileage was approximately 86,900.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 182009


  • 58,000 miles
2007 Pontiac Torrent- lost power steering without warning. Started vehicle and there was no power steering. Dealership advised that the electronic power steering had gone out and that the entire steering column must be replaced but that it was not covered by warranty. Vehicle was repaired by third party by replacing the power steering module. Also the stabili- trac warning continues to come on as well as disabling itself while driving the vehicle.

- Gardendale, AL, USA

problem #3

Feb 272010


  • 38,950 miles
We purchased a 2007 Pontiac Torrent in May 2007. Three days after ownership the power steering failed. The dealership explained to us that it was a module that was bad and they replaced. Today, while driving we attempted to make a right hand turn and the car went straight. I had no control of the steering. The steering wheel would just spin in circles.

- Towanda, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 022010


  • 59,650 miles
I was on the freeway when the steering wheel went out. I tried to pull off the rode but ran into a ditch and damaged one of my tires. I could not turn the wheel it was very hard to steer, I made it to a exit and found a local auto zone. I was informed it was electric and the part had to be purchased from the dealer. I had to have my car towed over a hundred miles which was very expensive. The dealership estimated charges totaling $700. The vehicle is only 2 years old. I'm a single parent and currently I am not able to afford the repairs so my vehicle is parked until I can save up the money. I think its a waste I'm paying a note for vehicle I'm not able to drive. Help!!!!

- Little Rock, AR, USA

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