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Used Pontiac Torrent

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2009 Pontiac Torrent What's new for 2009? 
2009 Pontiac Torrent

New standard features include head-curtain side-impact airbags and XM Satellite Radio, while Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is made available via the new OnStar 8.0.

About Pontiac Torrent

As a division trying to re-establish its performance-car credentials, Pontiac's decision to add the Torrent SUV to its line may, at first glance, seem a bit off the mark. But, given the public's appetite for smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs and Pontiac's new-found knack for creating vibrant and youthful vehicles, the 2009 Pontiac Torrent's creation seems a logical approach to winning over younger buyers. Although the Torrent isn't really all-new (it shares its platform with the Chevrolet Equinox), it does offer a handsome and sporty exterior, a roomy interior with an adjustable rear seat, a standard V6 engine and the option of all-wheel drive.

Consumer Reviews

Not the worst I could've bought

By on Saturday, May 09, 2009

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

"I purchased this in April of 2007 as a new car (2006 model from show room). It started off as a rough relationship. I was in and out of the shop about 4 times within the first 3 months. Granted, one of those trips was for a rip in the seat before I purchased the car and not a mechanical issue. But when the "Check Engine" light went on a handful of time and OnStar could only say "we recomend taking it into the shop" (oh, really? you don't say), I was getting annoyed with the purchase quickly. I think something broke on the emissions system each time...which I've learned is almost everything in the car. First was a leak somewhere, then a bracket that should never come loose broke off...hooray! After those first several months, everything stopped breaking and I've had no real issues since then. The features of the car have been great (heated seats, auto dimming mirror, XM radio, automatic headlights, etc.) I'm not sure I can go without these things now. I did have to replace the front break pads sooner than I had hoped, as well as the factory equiped Bridgestone tires (went out around 25,000 miles) and just recently I had the windshield replaced for a crack that formed from a rock that chipped it. Not pontiac's problem, but I've noticed some vehicles are more pron to cracking from road damage if their shape is off...Hummer H2's have this problem a lot. The interior of the car has held up nice (made the dealer throw in all weather mats as part of the deal)...all buttons, knobs and levers still look new or at least are easy to clean. The exterior holds up well too. Standard dent or swirls to be expected over two years of driving around. I was disappointed in the gas mileage, although it was right on with EPA's estimate. I usually get about 16-17 city and 19-20 high way if I'm lucky. I had a Vibe before this impulse-buy and I wish I had never given up the Vibe...best car I ever owned. I do like the size of the Torrent and ability to use LATCH system in all rear seating positions (for when I have kids later on in life). Hope my review helps...boils down to this is a decent SUV for the price, now that the kinks seem to be worked out."

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Nice vehicle

By on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

"I have had this Torrent for 16 mths and have had it in the shop 3 times for repair. Twice for the ignition sticking, once I had to get towed because the ignition wouldn't turn at all. That was 2000mi ago and now it is doing it again. Took it in for a shake in the front when braking above 50mph and told the rotors need resurfaced already (at 25,500 mi). The inside looks cheap. I like the interior room and stylish outside, but I don't think I will be buying another Pontiac. I would love to trade it in but the value has decreased by $12,000 in 16mths."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I love my Torrent!

By on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great pickup, nice mpg"

Cons: "cloth seats stain easily"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My Torrent is over 6 years old, with 155K miles. I drive a lot and this is a very reliable car. It's only be in the shop twice for minor repairs. I keep the oil changed every 3000-5000 miles, keep the tires inflated and keep the gas tank full. Lately it's been getting 21-22 mpg. I'm very impressed with this vehicle. I wish they were still making them because I'd definitely buy another, with a few more options."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful