Thoughts on the Torrent

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    Thoughts on the Torrent

    I am considering purchasing a Pontiac Torrent or possibly the Chevy Equinox.
    What are people thoughts on these. I prefer the look of the Torrent.
    Are there any problems to be aware of? I am looking at getting a used 2006 model opposed to a brand new one as they are out of my price range.

    All help or info appreciated.

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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    They're pretty good cars...as long as you don't end up with nsap's Equinox.
    I prefer the Equinox more myself, partly since it's the original. But to each his own.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    You can get alot more "SUV" in other vehicles. Not to say the Torrent is bad. It's comfortable and spacious and is a decent daily driver. On the down side the drivetrain is dated and not as efficient as many others out there. Also, reliability is kinda spotty. A 2004 or later Saturn Vue with a V6 would be a much better alternative. The Honda drivetrain is bulletproof and prices are about the same as the Torrent or Nox.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    I have a rental one today while my LaCrosse is the shop getting some warranty work. (Will post outcome and observations later.)

    What I can say so far is that I like the Torrent. I found the 3400 engine to be more than adequate for merging onto the highway and cruising at 70 MPH. As this is a bit of a stripper model, I did not have a full DIC to tell me fuel-efficiency numbers or anything. I found the interior to be less cheap feeling than the Vibe I was in a few weeks ago. The visors are pretty flimsy in my opinion however. It had a cloth interior. I would go with leather if you can spring for it.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    I currently have an 04 Santa Fe. It doesn't have any safety features like abs or traction control. Needless to say winter driving is an adventure in itself.
    I had a grand am before which was a great car. The Santa Fe has given me more trouble then I want to deal with and I wouldn't recommend it unless you don't mind continuously paying expensive repair costs.
    I test drove a Torrent and was surprised at how much space it had in it.

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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    Even though the differences are slight, the Torrent carries the design to a higher level then the Nox. IMO go for the Torrent--its sportier (at least in looks) and a bonus is that you can find it in a parking lot

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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    They're pretty good cars...as long as you don't end up with nsap's Equinox.
    I prefer the Equinox more myself, partly since it's the original. But to each his own.
    The VUE was the original, actually.

    Don't count the VUE out of your search as others said. I think the Honda 3.5L V6 didn't come in until 2005 tho. The previous 3.0L Vauxhall engine wasn't great and neither is the 3.4L unit in the Equinox or Torrent. But I do agree the Torrent is the best looking of the bunch.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzy View Post
    The VUE was the original, actually.

    Don't count the VUE out of your search as others said. I think the Honda 3.5L V6 didn't come in until 2005 tho. The previous 3.0L Vauxhall engine wasn't great and neither is the 3.4L unit in the Equinox or Torrent. But I do agree the Torrent is the best looking of the bunch.
    Well yeah, I meant of that body style though. Since the Torrent is basically just an Equinox with red darts all over it.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    Well yeah, I meant of that body style though. Since the Torrent is basically just an Equinox with red darts all over it.
    The Red Dart is a fine emblem and I would have no problem having one on the front of my next vehicle as long as the product is worthy.

    I am sure you could pick up a slightly used Torrent pretty cheap right now too.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    If you can afford the GXP, you get a much nicer engine and transmission.



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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    The Torrent is a lot more thought out design than its Chevy counterpart. The Equinox looks down right flea market cheap to me. If I was considering these two, I'd pick the Torrent handsdown.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    Quote Originally Posted by Firebird00 View Post
    The Torrent is a lot more thought out design than its Chevy counterpart. The Equinox looks down right flea market cheap to me. If I was considering these two, I'd pick the Torrent handsdown.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    Are there any real differences between the years 2006 and now for the torrents besides colours?
    Also I thought I read somewhere about 2006's having some issue with the antenna being loose or coming loose?
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    Re: Thoughts on the Torrent

    Can someone also tell me what the gas mileage difference would be between an all wheel drive and front wheel drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhorton View Post
    Can someone also tell me what the gas mileage difference would be between an all wheel drive and front wheel drive?
    FWD:
    City 17
    Combined 19
    Hwy 22

    AWD:
    City 16
    Combined 18
    Hwy 21

    Pretty average for a 6 cyl. SUV....if you want less look for something with a 4 cyl.
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