2008 Pontiac Torrent steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,416 miles

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2008 Pontiac Torrent steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 012016


  • 80,000 miles


This vehicle has been full of problems. First it was losing power when turning corners or changing lanes. Had to have that fixed.. next power steering went out not long after had the power issue fixed. Next the driver door would no longer lock. Had that fixed in 2015. Then in 2015 started noticing the airbag light was just going on and off for the passenger seat when someone was sitting in the seat. And they all meet/exceed the weight needed to activate. Now the airbag just stays off. Now the airbag sensor is showing not activated for the driver side. And the seat belt lights are blinking. Also now I am being told the fuel pump also now needs to be replaced in the car smell strong fumes at times. Also experience sputtering once reaches 40 mph and again around 60. Also anytime we are on an incline. And the power steering went out again on the vehicle.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #7

Dec 142014


  • 60,000 miles
Returned to vehicle after shopping and power steering assist no longer worked. This continued for almost a week while I did my research on electric steering systems so that I could perform repairs. Steering issued cleared on its own.. car only had less than 60,000 miles at the time.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 122015


  • 85,000 miles
Battery died, and after getting a boost the stabilitrack light track came on. My steering wheel became very hard to steer. Turning was almost impossible. I ran into a curb while trying to turn.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 262015


  • 113,500 miles


I got into my Torrent, started up the engine, and started exiting out of the parking lot where I work. I immediately had to stop, because I could not turn the wheels. I stopped the vehicle and got out to check for a flat tire, and they were just fine. There were no fluids under my vehicle, there were no warning lights on on my display, no sqeeks or squeals, and it had just worked fine when I went home for lunch. I very carefully and slowly( I can hardly move the wheels) moved it into a safer location on the parking lot, and called GM to ask about recalls on the electronic power steering, because a co-worker told me that he had previously owned a 2008 Chevy Malibu that had the same thing happen to it, and he was told that this model Torrent had the same power steering problem, although there is no recall listed for it. It is now sitting in the lot at work, while we try to figure out what to do. We live in a small town and the nearest GM dealer, that works on Pontiac, is over 40 minutes away, on a busy freeway. I bought this vehicle used last fall, and it has run perfectly since we bought it. I only drive it 5 - 10 miles a day, and only take it out of town once in a while.

- Waseca, MN, USA

problem #4

Oct 012013

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The passenger side airbag indicator shows to be off when the site is occupied. I took it to the dealership and was advised nothing is wrong. I've has several passengers that weigh over 150 lbs plus occupy the seat and the indicator shows off. I'm very concerned nothing is being done about this also I'm have gasoline smells in the car but the 2008 Pontiac Torrents were not included in the recall of the 2007's. would really like to see this addressed before something happens to anyone owning this vehicle. The traction stability light comes one when checked nothing the dealership just rest the light and it goes off for a while and comes back on.

- Balch Springs, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 012014


  • miles
2006 Pontiac Torrent steering locked up and froze while backing up. The consumer was informed the motor was defective, but was not covered under the recall

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #2

May 242014


  • 94,258 miles
Timing chain July 2013 repair transmission January 2014 repair transmission line/seals 2014 May 2014 steering May 2014 power steering does not work at low speeds and is in and out at highway speeds. Very difficult to drive at low speeds.

- West Carrollton, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 262014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 106,571 miles
Power steering went completely out...hard to steer. Had to replace the power steering control module. With the recall on other Pontiac models for the same problem, I'm thinking maybe this vehicle should have been included.

- Shelby, OH, USA

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