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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,389 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Pontiac Aztek brakes problems

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2001 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #9

May 032003

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Air conditioning replaced 4 times at my own expense once when it was under warranty. Shortly after it broke again due to defect in manufacturing as stated by the dealership. Hole is created due to bracket and coolant leaks out. The purchase and install of a new one has cost me $1200 each time it happens and for the past 4 years I've just driven without air conditioning due to the cost factor and knowing it's going to happen again in the next 2 months. Everytime it was replaced it was for the same problem a hole in the condenser. I've hear complaints from every atzek owner I've met about the air conditioning and still Pontiac refuses to fess us to the manufacturing defect. For the past 4 years I've had to drive around in 90+ degree heat without air because of this. I'm a field technician and I'm traveling year round. I had an 88 Grand Prix previously and that had issues with the brakes and I spent thousands of dollars on brakes only to receive a letter 2 years after I got rid of the car claiming I can get money back due to a defect in the brakes. I shouldn't have to suffer from heat exhaustion due to a defect in the way Pontiac designed the ac. They should atleast be able to design something that won't core a hole in the condenser. They also have issues with the tailgate and rear lights peeling. I have to open my tailgate 2 times and use the key while pulling the tailgate up. I've gotten the parts replaced 2 times and it hasn't solved the problem they tell me everytime I open the tailgate I have to manually adjust the stops so that the tailgate will open again. I shouldn't have to do this. I'm not the only one with these issues everyone is.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #8

Mar 132002

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
The car is having brake problems, and the consumer has been fixing the brakes every since she owned the vehicle. The air conditioner has been replaced 3 times within the first year she owned the car. The car was having sensor problems. In order for the consumer to get her sticker for the year, her car had to be in good shape. The place where consumer bought her car is committing fraud. They didn't do a thorough check on consumer's car before she bought it. There is rust underneath her hood.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 202004

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
While applying the brake pedal the consumer heard a loud noise and the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic determined that the brakes needed to be replaced and replaced them. However, the problem recurred. The transmission felt as if it was falling out, the tire exploded while driving, the power lost, and hatch (rear) would not open.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Aug 012001

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles


Soon after purchase there was a clicking noise that began in the rear of the vehicle when applying brakes. The clicking noise then turned into a popping noise that could be felt when applying the brakes. There is wind noise on the left front door post, noise in the front end of vehicle, the right headlight is inoperable, the horn is inoperable, and the wipers do not turn off at times.

- Piedmont , AL, USA

problem #5

Aug 082002

Aztek 4WD

  • miles
ABS was not fixed properly, rear ended another vehicle at btwn 40-45 mph, none of the vehicles air bags deployed. Pictures available upon request.

- Millington, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 122002


  • miles
Consumer states the ABS system failed three times. Also the ABS light came on four times. The dealer replaced speed sensor assembly. Vehicle continues to have problems. Consumer wants a total refund for the vehicle.

- Richmond, CD, USA

problem #3

Oct 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


ABS light comes on intermittently, numerous brake failures at various speed, with the brake pedal going to the floor. Entire ABS system was replaced. Dealer unable to remedy the problem. Please provide additional information.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #2

May 292002

Aztek 4WD

  • miles
Rear brakes faided at 13000 miles GM has had many complants on this could be a problem in the future.

- North Branch, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 292002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had just started vehicle when ABS light and chimes sounded. This was an indication ABS was not working. Dealer informed vehicle was okay to drive. There were no problems with brakes. ABS still do not work, dealer found defective BCM, also replaced blown right turn blinker bulb and replaced right rear stop lamp bulb.

- Ohatchee, AL, USA

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