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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Storage: Tank Assembly Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,175 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.

2003 Pontiac Aztek fuel system problems

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2003 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 272006

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


We have replaced the gas tank on our 2003 Aztek because it was leaking gasoline from around the joint with the filler tube and filling our house (with attached garage) with a strong gas smell. We understand from your website that this problem is the subject of a recall. The original tank is not available.

- Strasburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 082007


  • miles
2003 Aztek. Noticed 1/4 tank of gas leaked under vehicle. No prior problem with gas leakage or event causing the leakage. Took car to GM dealer. They said I would have to replace the entire fuel tank. No used parts or aftermarket parts could be used because of a modification to the gas tank after this car was produced. No recall information was available. I contacted Pontiac customer service and got a run-around. They were to call the service department to discuss. They failed to follow through. There is a NHTSA RQ06-009 action open on this problem but no one seemed to care. It appears that I am stuck paying for a manufacturer defect.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 312007

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,200 miles
- the contact has a 2003 Pontiac aztec 55200. On January 31, 2007 the contact found a pool of leaked fuel under the vehicle after he sensed a gas smell. The vehicle was parked in the garage the night before. The smell traveled from the garage to the home over night, and was noticed in the early morning hours. The contact then ventilated the home, and took the vehicle to the dealer that morning. The service adviser determined that the gas tank separated from the main hold, causing the gas leak. The contact filed a complaint against GMC because the leak could have been ignited and a fire may have occurred. EA07-006.pco

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 212005

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles
1. driving on city street and hit a golf ball size rock 2. gas tank was punctured, and brake line was crushed. Drove for 4 more miles before we smelled the gas and got out and saw it spraying out from the side of the car. The fact that it didn't explode is a miracle, I was with my 9 year old son. 3. the Pontiac Aztek, which this car is, is promoted and advertised as a vehicle for going off roud through dirt roads and streams, this happened driving along a city street. The manufaturer won't fix this problem, to me it seems like a fundamental, and potentially design flaw. Had my car exploded and killed me and my son, would Pontiac have paid attention to the problem then" does it take a death to get their attention about a serious problem"

- Rsm, CA, USA

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