NHTSA — Fuel System, Other: Storage: Fuel Gauge System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,857 miles

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2001 Pontiac Aztek fuel system problems

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2001 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 272006

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


At about 80,000 miles my fuel gauge became unreliable. Once the fuel level would get below half a tank, the gauge needle would start bouncing around. It would go from half a tank to a full tank to an empty tank even setting off the fuel light. I dealt with this for about 3 months and then it quit working altogether. Now the needle never drops below 3/4 of a tank.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 032003

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
We have had multiple thing go wrong with our 2001 Aztek we purchased under 40,000 miles, now has about 60, 000- the front brake rotors were warped- mechanic said that they had to have been like that from manufacturer, as he has never seen anything that bad in a car of that age- air conditioner is not working- went on the web, and it looks like many owners are also experiencing this due to cracked/leaking compressors- also, fuel gauge stopped working shortly after we purchased- needle is very sporadic, and you never know how much gas you have- this also seems to be a common problem- had interior electrical problems as well- this was the only thing fixed by Pontiac- I recently contacted Pontiac, who was unwilling to address any of these issues.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 182005

(reported on)


  • 50,000 miles
Ltr fm owner of a Pontiac Aztek questioning why the fuel gauge stopped working when the vehicle reached 50,000 miles.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #4

Jul 042004

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Fuel gauge stopped working/showed full all the time. I was told that the fuel level sensor had gone bad.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 122004


  • 74,000 miles
Fuel gauge malfunctioned while driving. Fuel gauge read empty, and the low fuel light came on. The fuel tank was full.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
8081 miles: SRS light on intermittently. (reflash PCM and BCM) battery goes dead intermittently. (replaced battery and cleaned terminals) the brakes squeal and erratic fuel gauge. (no problem found at that time). 8125 miles: Ses light on again. (cleaned corroded connectors for ABS and fuel pump) 8155 miles: Ses on again. (replaced all femaile terminals and cleared codes. Dropped fuel tank to replace fuel modules, replaced all terminals at module. 11541 miles: Air bag light on intermittently (could not reproduce) turn signal fuse blowing regularly (replaced neutral wiring safety switch, adj for reverse lights) 12018: Turn signals blowing still. (replaced flasher unit) 23968 miles: Right fromt wheel metal on metal clicking noise at all speeds (no problem found) check left front master window control switch fallen into door (replaced switch bezel in driverside) 30233 miles: Metal on metal clicking noise again (turned and rotated rotars) drivers side window sticks and stops going up or down. (nothing done) 33442 miles: Windows stick in up or down position after drivers sided fails to function. (unable to reproduce) 35875 miles: Power windows not functioning properly, stickin up or down position (unable to reproduce problem) rear lift gate not fully releasing (adjusted hatch bumpers and lubed latches.

- Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 112003

(reported on)


  • 54,000 miles
Electrical system is continuously going out. Driver is not aware of the speed due to odometer not functioning, nor how much gas is in the gas tank due to fuel gauge failure.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

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