In this paper we analyze a class of V-cycle multigrid methods for discretizations of second-order nonsymmetric and/or indefinite elliptic problems using nonconforming Pt and rotated el finite elements. These multigrid methods are based on the so-called Galerkin approach where the quadratic forms over coarse grids are constructed from the quadratic form on the finest grid and iterated coarse-to-fine grid operators. The analysis shows that these V-cycle multigrid iterations with one smoothing on each level converge at a uniform rate provided that the coarsest level in the multilevel iterations is sufficiently fine (but independent of the number of multigrid levels). Various types of smoothers for the nonsymmetric and indefinite problems are considered and analyzed. The theory presented here also applies to mixed finite element methods for the nonsymmetric and indefinite problems. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. and IMACS. All rights reserved.