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Pontiac Torrent Maintenance and Repair

steverstever Posts: 52,683
Have any issues with your Torrent? Please tell other owners about your experiences in here.


  • gljvdgljvd Posts: 129
    So I got my torrent last week and today driving to work a car kicked up some rocks off the highway and now i have 3 nicks in my windshield right in my line of sight. Does anyone know if this is covered under the warrenty ? I don't want to spend a few hundred to replace it but i'm really upset that after only having the car for a week i have to deal with this
  • jacksericjackseric Posts: 33
    Good luck getting factory warranty to cover that. I believe that would be considered a result of use.

    Most insurance companies have a pretty good deal on glass replacement... my State Farm deductible is only $100 for complete replacement. It's zero out of pocket if they can just fix it, but most glass shops won't fix anything in your direct line of sight.
  • gljvdgljvd Posts: 129
    sigh , today in the paper i read that the dealership i bought my car from is closing at the end of the month

    So far my first pontiac experiance is no pleasurable . They are refering us to some where that is over a 25 minute drive (towards nyc off rt4 which leads directly to the gwb ) where as the old place was one town over from me .

    I'm very upset with the dealer as i only bought the car 1 week ago and they are only giving us 2 weeks notice .
  • jacksericjackseric Posts: 33
    If it's an issue of getting service... you can take it to any GM dealer for service. They will all have relatively the same access to factory parts/manuals.

    I hope that helps...
  • gljvdgljvd Posts: 129
    its really about distance. I choose the dealer because it was close to me. Now my only options are far away. If I had known about the closing i would have purchased another car from one of the many dealers within 5 minutes of my house
  • Hi everyone!

    I have another question -- when the FUEL LOW light comes on, has anyone figured out roughly how many more miles you can get out of your car? My Torrent does let me see how many more miles I can get out of the gas that I have left, but it IS an estimate. I of course try to fill up before that light comes on, but if it every DOES come on, I'm curious to know if I will indeed be safe for the next, oh say 20 miles, or so.

    Thanks!!!! :)
  • rysterryster Posts: 564
    While most GM dealers may be able to service the vehicle (oil changes, tire rotations, fluid flushes, etc.) only a Pontiac dealer will be able to perform warranty related repairs.

    Several years ago I had a Chevy Camaro and wanted to take it to local Pontiac dealer for warranty repair (they were big into racing Firebirds and knew the F-body cars inside and out). They said they could only do warranty work/claims on Pontiac branded vehicles but would do the work I needed done at my expense if I wanted to take the car there.

    Chrysler, however, will let you take any brand Chrysler product to any dealer for warranty work. I used to take my Dodge to a Chrysler/Jeep dealer because the Chrysler/Jeep service was fabulous (the Dodge dealer not-so-good).
  • Any GM Brand can be serviced at any authorized GM repair center. Meaning if you take your pontiac to a chevy dealer they will repair all warranty work. I know of only one issue, IE chevy only stocks chevy parts so....they may have to order in some parts...although these days most are universal. Warranty work is warranty work and they all get paid to do it. Unless something has changed. I think what you will find is that other dealers do not want to do the work because they dont make as much on it and therfore they tell you they can't.
  • jacksericjackseric Posts: 33
    Yes, that is correct. I didn't want to start an 'internet war' with someone over the issue; but I have actually had all my previous Pontiac's warranty work done at a Chevy dealer that has a better rated service department than the Pontiac dealer where I bought my car.

    They explained to me that most dealerships just don't like to do any more warranty work than they have to. The reason being, is that while corporate pays for the parts... they make the dealership eat the labor cost. So many dealerships will come up with excuses not to do any more than they have to.
  • whaas1whaas1 Posts: 11
    All GM dealers are reimbursed the same way. They get parts AND labor reimbursed.
  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56
    Hi everyone,

    I am from Toronto, Ontario I have had my 06 torrent sport for almost a year. These are the issues I have encountered. daytime running light module replaced 10000kms, Rear spoiler on trunk expands in the heat and hits when opening trunk, and the one that bothers me the most the temp gauge flucuates from just over the quarter mark to half point, anybody experiencing these probs please tell me especiallty the temp guage that scares me the most. I currently have 19000kms
  • ajg93ajg93 Posts: 29
    I don't see your temp guage as an issue. If you are doing city driving, the temp of your car will increase as it will get hotter with no chance to cool down. While I don't do a lot of city driving in stop and go traffic, I have had other cars where the temp guage would rise when I drove in traffic. Seemed normal to me and I wasn't concerned.

    No issues with the rear spoiler but I will keep an eye on it. No squeek on the brakes yet. Had it at the dealer today to have them look at the remote key entry and tire pressure monitor system. Both were giving me problems. There is a bulletin out there to replace the modules so that is what they did. We'll see.
  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56
    Thanks for the info, this is my first domestic vehicle on all of my imports I have driven the gauge never budged even in city and bumper to bumper. The other morning I drove about 45 mins. out of the city and when I got to my locations parked for 1 or 2 mins and it moved??

    The dealer said normal but if it fluctuated to much they would address it, if it bothers more I will have them run some tests. I dont have tire pressure monitor they came out with that for 07, my keyless entry has been flawless. Keep passing on the news
  • besharp58besharp58 Posts: 5
    I leased a Pontiac Torrent last week (Ontario, Canada) and when I went to pick it up they told me that GM had stopped delivery on the Torrent and Equinox with no explanation from GM. :cry: The sales manager told me they should have an explanation today (1 week later than I was supposed to pick it up). I don't distrust the dealership, they are great people -- but I called GM Canada for an answer and the girl was great and very helpful and looked into it and apparently all Torrent and Equinox made between Apr 22 and May 27? had a stop delivery on them. Anyone know what is going on??????? :confuse:
  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56
    I will ask my dealer if they know whats going on, and if I get a response I will let you know. Where in Ontario??? I purchased mine in Woodbridge, Ontario just north of Toronto..
  • ajg93ajg93 Posts: 29
    Any news on this yet? I purchased mine April 18th on a factory order placed in February. The dealership is in Mississauga. I am curious as to why something would be on hold and what this applies to.

    Took mine in last week for issues with the Tire Pressure Monitoring system and Keyless entry. They replaced transmitters but the range on the RKE is still non-existant. You practically need to be standing beside the car for it to unlock. Taking it back next week.
  • besharp58besharp58 Posts: 5
    Well, I finally got some information. Apparently any torrent or equinox built from April 20-May 25 is not being delivered and is being sent back but the dealer still doesn't know why. :confuse: Anyway, they are getting me a torrent that was built before or after that and I pick it up on Monday YIPPEE!! :) Must be a heck of a recall coming. The dealership's secretary had hers taken away and sent back also :lemon:
  • ajg93ajg93 Posts: 29
    Mine was built on March 07 as it says on the door. I factory ordered it in February. I am really curious as to what this is about.
  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56
    Nothing yet I will ask next week
  • ajg93ajg93 Posts: 29
    Got some news on this. From what I have been told, there is an issue with the windshield. Apparently they are not holding properly. That's all I know - an update is suppose to be coming down this week.

    I am sure the dealers know and are not telling you.
  • besharp58besharp58 Posts: 5
    I guess that would pose a problem :P
  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56
    I asked my guy today and he had no clue but he was going to look into it for me. A buddy of mine got his in May??? I spoke to him today and his dealer didn't know anything either.

    Keep in touch
  • besharp58besharp58 Posts: 5
    Well, I picked up my Torrent yesterday -built in March 07, and they had 6 Torrents in the back lot (including the secretary's and a saleman) to be picked up by GM. He did confirm about the windshield in a round-about sort of way. When I mentioned it he said "that is what we hear, yes". They had never heard of a stop delivery like this before either. So all is great on my end. I LOVE THE TORRENT!! :)
  • ajg93ajg93 Posts: 29
    What possibly could have changed on the assembly line to cause this problem with the windshield?? It seems odd.
  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56
    Good to hear that you got a safe one, that's all that is important..
  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56
    curse those long weekend, assembly lines should be shut down on Mondays and Fridays. hehe
  • ajg93ajg93 Posts: 29
    Can someone help me out with two things:

    1) Anyone with 17" rims - can you tell me what the sticker on the side of the driver's side door says with respect to tire pressure? Mine states 30PSI

    2)Can anyone tell me what kind of range they get with the remote keyless entry (without the remote start feature).

  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56

    1) I have 235 60 R17 PSi on the door says 35psi they are Brigestones if that matters.
    2) The range is okay, I dont have the starter just the keyless entry. It is not the best range I have had in the past.

    hope this helps
  • and it went well. I love the ease of servicing this thing. I pulled it into the driveway on a slight incline, and put a couple lengths of 2x6's down to pull the front wheels up on to give me an added inch or two underneath it. Oil pan is close enough to not have to get all the way under, and the filter is right up front and easily accessible (compared to my 01 GAGT which is tucked up to the engine at an angle and behind plastic panels). Love the fact that the filter isn't mounted directly to the side of the block either.

    Less then a half hour later and the break in oil was removed and replaced with 5 quarts (yes, techincally you only need 4.6 quarts, same as my GAGT but I always put 5 in) of Mobil 1 5w-30.

    Break in oil was black at 2500 miles, and there was a bit of metal bits in it, nothing unusual for a brand new engine. Nothing large, just some very tiny metallic specks. Shouldn't be many in the next change.

    Cost- 19 bucks for the synthetic oil and 3.50 for the AC Delco filter from Autozone.
  • dannyd3dannyd3 Posts: 56
    Do you notice a big difference with synthetic, any increase in performance. better fuel mileage that kind of stuff???
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