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.
By Torrent Owner on Saturday, May 09, 2009
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
"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."
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By bdkel on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "excellent vehicle until about 70,000 miles."
Cons: "after 70,000 little things go & are costly to fix."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I loved mine ever since the purchase even through the hard times which I will get to. The interior is so comfortable that it feels like it was built for me (my legs, my back, my butt). I have black interior and at night it is pitch black in the vehicle except for the red dash lights (very soothing for a night drive). The power of the Torrent is excellent. I tell my wife all the time that when I get another vehicle it has to have the same feel and acceleration as the Torrent. I had absolutely no problem with the Torrent until about 60,000 miles I had to replace wheel bearings, I was told they go about every 15,000 miles or so and after 60,000 it did seem like it. Cost me about $300.00/bearing at Midas (dealer wanted $800.00/bearing), however, Midas took my backing plates off and did not tell me. Another garage said that was why I was going through the bearings so fast, because there was play in the bearings from the backing plates being removed and not replaced (wearing them out faster - never go to Midas). After about 90,000 miles it seem like a lot of little things started to go all around the same time and even the little things are expensive to fix. Like a vacuum pipe that they no longer make for the 2006 and you had to buy the 2007 and on part. It's a little piece of aluminum that was no bigger than the palm of my hand and should cost about .50 cents, but it was $59.00, however, the kicker was that the 2007 piece was smaller and you had to buy an adapter to make it fit that cost $300.00! So $359.00 to replace a piece of aluminum pipe no bigger than the palm of my hand & I did the work. It was right on top and front of the motor and 2 bolts. Also changing the thermostat??? Well you can get one bolt out and the other all the way until the last thread or so, then a pipe going to the manifold keeps you from getting the bolt all the way out. So for the dealer to change your $5.00 thermostat - $300.00!!! Tranny lines have had pin hole in them for about a year and a half. Ran fine but fluid has leaked just enough now that when it is cold out, I can feel it slip the first mile or so until it warms up. Since it has 120,000, I do not want to pay a lot to fix as I will probably get rid of it soon. All I want to do is add some tranny fluid so I can get another year or year and a half out of it, however, sealed tranny. No dipstick to add fluid. So, need to get a tranny transfusion - $188.00, however, they say my fittings are corroded so I need to replace the lines just to get the transfusion done. All I want is a half a bottle of fluid put into the tranny. I took to dealer to replace the tranny lines, they said that my oil dipstick is in the way and frozen/gaulded so they have to lift the motor to go around it and it will cost more. Total - $450.00! Barely any heat in the car, finding it common with this vehicle. Finding that the dash needs to be removed to fix and is expensive - will dress warm. Starting to get a little rust around the wheel wells in the rear, however, I do park on dirt driveway sometimes and the little bit of rot/rust may be my fault (as well as the tranny line, however, not being able to add tranny fluid is ridiculous). So long story kind of short, I still have my Torrent and love it. Love the drive, look, and feel of interior and exterior, however, in these later days, with all the repairs building up, it is hard to keep up with keeping it up. I mean I do not have an extra $350.00 to through at it every few months to keep it running with bearings, struts, tranny lines, rust starting, etc. and I just feel like it is (SADLY) time to get rid of it before it becomes too much of a money pit. BUT MAN, IF I WAS JUST STARTING WITH THIS CAR NEW - I WOULD BE IN HEAVEN - LOVED IT. If you are planning on buying one, I would suggest you do, however, just be prepared to put a little money ($400.00 - $600.00) dollars into it around 60,000 miles, and plan to get rid of it around 100,000 - 110,000 miles. Good luck."
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By cricket on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
"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."
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