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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,717 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 Sunfire brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 022006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,586 miles


: the contact stated while driving at 20 mph, the ABS engages. The ABS normally engaged when going over slight bumps in the road and coming to a stop sign. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer replaced the brake shoes, pads and rotors on the front and rear of the vehicle. However, this did not remedy the ABS engaging. Updated 04/17/06.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1.)the "trac off" light will come on while driving. When this occurs the steering locks up and the vehicle turns off. 2.) the fuel gauge gives incorrect reading. 3.) both rear power windows will not roll up.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 242004


  • 49,000 miles
When applying the brakes on a bumpy surface brakes failed, resulting extended stopping distance.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 142001


  • miles
While vehicle in reverse and applying brakes could hear a loud noise. Had taken vehicle to dealer twice, but the problem still exists.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 132001

(reported on)


  • miles
While attemtping to make a normal or quick stop ABS will vibrate and vehicle will keep rolling at low rate speed on dry or wet pavement. Dealer cannot determine cause.

- North Brookfield, MA, USA

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