NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,937 miles

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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.

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2001 Pontiac Aztek brakes problems

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2001 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 212011

Aztek 6-cyl

  • 155,624 miles


Brakes failed - the pedal went all the way to the floor while entering US10 in bay county, mi. Why - because the brake line failed. To me, this is a vehicle safety issue and a design problem. The problem was fixed at graff Chevrolet, 3636 E wilder rd, bay city, mi. The fix included replacing a section of brake line that was wrapped in heat reflecting tape. The way I see it, the tape trapped water between the tape and the steel tube causing the rusted tube to fail. Poor engineering design. How many more cars are there out there, on this car platform, that will experience this failure? I own a 1958 Chevy conv, that has existed in Michigan since 1958. It has not had this problem. I'm not looking for money. I want to protect all the people owning these vehicles from be killed or whatever other life altering things that could happen. I was very very lucky when my brakes failed.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 202008


  • miles
My car started to run hot as soon as the car was drove about a quarter of a mile, but the fluid wasn't hot. My husband replaced the thermostat, hoses, a cooling sensor, and some other things. When none of that worked, we took it to a radiator shop and they told us we need head gaskets. We have a 2001 Aztek and when we got the car in 2004, the gaskets blew but it was under warranty. That is an expensive job. GM needs to recall this vehicle and give us all some reliable cars and trucks!

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 032007

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was finding antifreeze in my oil. Took to the shop and had to have the intake gasket and the manifold gasket replaced. Also had to have a new thermostat and pvc valve. It cost almost $900. This is not the only problems have had to have the front wheel bearings replaced 2 times and brake shoes 2 times. Also had to have the heater fixed. Now the ac does not work. Had to have the window control unit replaced on the driver side. Had to have computer components replaced because the battery went bad with no notice. And now the windshield wipers do not work. To fix this problem is going to cost me $200 that is just for the whole motor and connecting rods. Because it is a factory only part. All together I have paid almost $2,000. The ac is the condenser which is another $300. I have had and loved GM vehicles for awhile. But this kind of thing has never been a problem.....something has got to be done.

- Woodward, OK, USA

problem #3

Nov 102005

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Bought 2001 aztec because I had always liked the design. Had car for four months and brakes were squealing. Took back to dealership and was told they needed cleaning. Didn't help. Took back and then they wanted to replace the pads, which they said weren't original GM pads(even though they were inspected before I bought it) and I would have to pay because that wasn't covered by warranty. Took it 2 service center outside of dealership and brake pads were fine just emitted a lot of brake dust they both said. Head lights somewhat flicker when driving. Dual climate control passenger side light on temp went out. On taillights the finish is coming off(a common problem for these vehicles being cheap grade plastic). The driver side window button sometimes doesn't work and the entire unit fell through and had to get inside of door to push it back through to get window up because it was raining(another problem a lot of people have).it seems these vehicles have defective gas gauges. Mine went out after marathon gas had bad gas and the company had to replace everyone's sensors. I don't think it was the gas. The gas gauge always moves up and down still and when idling goes down. The ses light comes on and the car temp goes out. Had it diagnosed and the comp said temp control modulator plug was dirty. Had plug cleaned and remedied problem. 2 weeks later the same happened again and 5 min after the ses light came on the check engine soon light came on. Now both lights are on and this vehicle never has nothing going right.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

May 032003

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After the 1st year routine nys inspection, I was required to replace the rear brakes. Dealer and subsequent call to Pontiac both indicated that the material used on brake pads wear more quickly since they are no longer made of the asbestos material. Granted at 22000 miles it was sooner than expected. I was also told that due to failure to rotate my tires at the 6000 mile mark, I had to replace 2 tires due to wear. Dealership would not pass the nys inspection without completing the work... am I to expect a brake replacement yearly?

- Elma, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 252003


  • miles
The vehicle experienced extended stopping distance when the brake was applied.

- Oswego, NY, USA

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