NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,350 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 electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 112007

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


It all started with my lights not turning off at night. I would have to disconnect my battery to get the lights to go off. Then the chimes would not go off. Disconnect battery again. Was told to replace key fob battery. A couple of weeks later, door locks, gauges, all dash lights, horn, headlights, went crazy driving down the highway with my 7 year old son with me. I have taken this vehicle to 7 or 8 places including the Pontiac dealership and noone knows what to do. Noone!!! my horn would blow intermittently sitting at a redlight one day, with two cars in front of me. The car immediately in front of me thought I was blowing at them because the light had changed and started to go, even though the car in front of them was still stopped. This is a seriously dangerous problem with the electrical system of this vehicle. The closest I got to a diagnosis of the problem was that it was a problem with the security system somehow. I just dont know what else to do.ad

- Cullman, AL, USA

problem #3

May 132004


  • miles
Electrical and A/C problems:T 40,000 I had to replace the A/C compressor because it had a hole. I paid for the repair as it was out of warranty.T 83,000, the hatch ceased working, couldn't be opened manually or electronically. The driver's sid door lock ceased working ( ipaid to have that fixed, noone could diagnose the hatch) and the A/C ceased working. The battery light was on. Suddenly, the security light came on and the key could not be removed, the car would not turn over. I paid the dealer to replace the ignition switch ($350). Replaced the battery, but still had dead battery within a week. Replaced the alternator beacause it registered a bad diode (($500) battery dead the next day. My mechanic traced the problem to a short somewhere in the electrical system that caused a 12 volt drain on the battery. It would have been at least another $1000 to pinpoint and correct the problem. I have saved my receipts and purchased a new car, not a Pontiac.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 062003

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,200 miles
Car was being driven at highway speed, upon approaching stop sign the brakes failed resulting in near collision with semi tractor trailer. The brakes began to work but without power assist. Dealer was contacted and instructed us to drive the vehicle to the dealership. Brakes failed again on the way to the dealership. Upon investigation compartment housing the wiring harness was found to be filled with water and the wiring harness controlling the ABS, brake sensor, fuel gauge, and fuel sender was corroded.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 162003

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,200 miles
After car was services, within one-half hour of driving vehicle the engine caught on fire. The fire could not be put out by 8 police vehicles responding and had to be extinguished by a volunteer fire company engine.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

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