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#211 of 417 "thump thump thump" noise is normal, NOT a malfunction
Sep 23, 2006 (9:11 pm)
"I do not see anyone complaining about a "thump, thump, thump" that I hear on a semi regular basis. It is always 3 thumps in a row, coming from the rear of the vehicle. Never more thumps; never less than 3 quick thumps. I can not duplicate it if I try; obviously the service department (in over 11 days) said they could not either. Weird actually, and annoying. I have documented time after time, including weather conditions, fuel tank level, etc. No luck. I have talked to another Torrent owner who said they have never heard it."
The thumping noise is apparently a normal function of the emission system. I have also heard it during cold weather, and someone from another forum answered the same question for me with this TSB info (thanks to balchwoman from "another forum"):
"Regarding the odd popping noise in the back, I noticed the same thing and did some research and found the following:
The "back firing" noise thing is normal. Service Information Regarding a Pop/Clunk Noise From the Rear of the Vehicle on Initial Cold start and/or During the Warm-Up Drive Cycle -
Inform Customer of Normal EVAP Vent Solenoid Operation #04-06-05-009B -
(May 26, 2005)
This applies to the 2005-2006 Equinox, 2006 Pontiac Torrent and 2002 to 2006 the Saturn VUE
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide service information regarding a normal characteristic of the evaporative emissions (EVAP) control system On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) testing. Some customers may comment that they hear a pop/clunk noise similar to a backfire type noise from the rear of the vehicle during initial cold start and/or during engine warm-up.
The noise may be generated from the EVAP vent solenoid opening and closing during the OBD test. The engine control module (ECM) or powertrain control module (PCM) performs the EVAP OBD test each ignition cycle the test parameters are met. For test parameters, refer to "EVAP System Diagnostics"
or "Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) Evaporative Emission (EVAP) System Set Procedure" in the appropriate Service Manual or SI.
Important: To help confirm that the EVAP vent solenoid is the noise the customer is hearing, the service technician should have the customer sit in the vehicle and listen to the EVAP vent solenoid being cycled using the TECH 2. This operation can be found in the Powertrain/Special Function
section of the TECH 2 menu.
If the noise from the customer comment was from the EVAP vent solenoid, no service is required. Replacing the vent solenoid will not change the normal sound of the required EVAP vent solenoid test.
If the noise from the customer comment was not from the EVAP vent solenoid, the technician should continue diagnosing the customer's concern."
#212 of 417 My opinion on 2006 Torrent FWD
Sep 25, 2006 (8:03 pm)
I have read several of your post here. First off. I ended up getting a list priced Torrent of 25995 for 16300 out the door. This included 1500 in trade allowance, 1753 in gm money and 5500 in rebates. (3500 +1000 summer cash + conquest) I got the car for about 400 under invoice on labor day. I think I got a great deal. Leather, Pioneer sound system heated seats, Sun and Sound all the bells and whistles.
AS far as sound, i think it is very quite compared to my Hyundai elentra. The Torrent has great power and is better in my opinion then the Buikc Rendevous we have. Buick is bigger and is cushier in the ride.
I to did not get the coin holder. The Equinox I test drove had one, but my Torrent did not. Also the Equinox included a tool to remove the Antenna and I did not get that either.
What I thought was very weird is most got the same hatch area as the Equinox with a adjustable shelf. I do not have that option. just a spot to put in a roller type cover..which BTW you cannot purchase. (anyone have a idea?)
My only complaint so far is when the car starts up..at times it hesitates and takes off. If I am not careful...i have a fealing it may lung into something sometime. Also gas mileage is just down right horrible. 19.4 first tank. 18 second tank and my third tank...a rough 226 miles for a 14.4 fill up. Thats only 15.6 folks. HORRIBLE just Horrible.
#213 of 417 Re: My opinion on 2006 Torrent FWD [cnichols138]
Sep 26, 2006 (8:09 am)
if you are talking about the roll up cargo cover, they are availalbe through your pontaic parts counter. i have had one for several months, and they are great. read post #150 and you will see i listed the part number. who said these covers are not available? your gas mileage depends on you driving habits and terrain. on one trip of 184.1 miles we got 29.5mpg of highway driving. hang in there it will get better.
Sep 26, 2006 (2:21 pm)
Security Shade is available online. Just found a website after googling the part number. They want 77.44 plus shipping. perfect.
Time to place the order.
#215 of 417 Re: My opinion on 2006 Torrent FWD [cnichols138]
Sep 29, 2006 (9:00 am)
I've filled my tank about 5 times now. I generally sit in traffic on the highway to and from work. The lowest mpg I got was 17.5, highest 20. I have AWD. My only complaint is that the gas tank capacity is only 16.5 gallons, so I fill up quite often. The 2007 Torrent is now 20 gallons. I guess they had complaints.
Regarding your hesitation on start up, mine does the same think sometimes especiall if I just start engine and take off immediately. If I start then wait about 10 seconds, much better. No lunging then.
#216 of 417 Re: My opinion on 2006 Torrent FWD [rlt2]
Oct 04, 2006 (9:33 am)
"The 2007 Torrent is now 20 gallons. I guess they had complaints."
The front wheel drive model has the 20 gallon fuel tank. The AWD model still has the 16 gallon fuel tank. It's an error in the Pontiac website. I sent an email to Pontiac but they still have not corrected the error. Here is the response from Pontiac:
"Thank you for contacting Pontiac and your interest in the 2007 Torrent. We appreciate the time you have taken to write us. The website is in error. The fuel tank for the Torrent AWD is approximately 16 gallons. It is the same capacity as the Equinox AWD. We will escalate this issue to our web site team. Thank you for brining this to our attention. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused."
#217 of 417 RAIN WATER LEAKING IN MY 2006 TORRENT
Oct 06, 2006 (3:27 pm)
My AWD Torrent so far is running great only 2000 miles on it.. I get around 25-26 MPG however I discovered a leak under the right side passenger seat. Looks like rain water and I am not sure where it is comming from. Has anyone out there have the same issue?? I have not taken it back to Pontiac yet....
#218 of 417 We need your help!
Oct 15, 2006 (11:54 pm)
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#219 of 417 Where the heck is the aux input?
Oct 18, 2006 (8:17 pm)
I have the 6-disk cd player with XM radio and have read that there is an aux jack on all radios...I think I was misinformed...I can't find an aux jack anywhere!!
#220 of 417 Re: Where the heck is the aux input? [krabby5]
Oct 19, 2006 (5:13 am)
I have the same radio as you. My XM trial is about to run out and I am going to use that AUX source for my MP3 player. If I am not mistaken, I believe it is a set of RCA jacks on the back of the radio, that you'll need to unplug the XM source from before you can plug in your new audio source. I intend to use a 1/8" phono to RCA adapter cable that you can buy in nearly any electronics department.
If it's not RCA's then I'm sure it's some sort of phono jack, and those adapters are just as easy to come by. The hard part is going to be figuring out how to take apart the dash to get the radio out. I've not seen any screws anywhere, and I don't want to just start grabbing panels and pulling...