NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

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2001 Pontiac Aztek lights problems

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2001 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #3

May 032003

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Air conditioning replaced 4 times at my own expense once when it was under warranty. Shortly after it broke again due to defect in manufacturing as stated by the dealership. Hole is created due to bracket and coolant leaks out. The purchase and install of a new one has cost me $1200 each time it happens and for the past 4 years I've just driven without air conditioning due to the cost factor and knowing it's going to happen again in the next 2 months. Everytime it was replaced it was for the same problem a hole in the condenser. I've hear complaints from every atzek owner I've met about the air conditioning and still Pontiac refuses to fess us to the manufacturing defect. For the past 4 years I've had to drive around in 90+ degree heat without air because of this. I'm a field technician and I'm traveling year round. I had an 88 Grand Prix previously and that had issues with the brakes and I spent thousands of dollars on brakes only to receive a letter 2 years after I got rid of the car claiming I can get money back due to a defect in the brakes. I shouldn't have to suffer from heat exhaustion due to a defect in the way Pontiac designed the ac. They should atleast be able to design something that won't core a hole in the condenser. They also have issues with the tailgate and rear lights peeling. I have to open my tailgate 2 times and use the key while pulling the tailgate up. I've gotten the parts replaced 2 times and it hasn't solved the problem they tell me everytime I open the tailgate I have to manually adjust the stops so that the tailgate will open again. I shouldn't have to do this. I'm not the only one with these issues everyone is.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 192005

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac aztec. Five months ago the exterior and interior lights malfunctioned while driving. The contact replaced two oxygen sensors; one in May 2005, and one in August 2005. The contact was still experiencing the same problem. The contact went back to auto zone today and their computer showed her that she needed another oxygen sensor. The car was no longer under warranty. The contact has not spoken to the manufacturer. The contact stated she had gone to several mechanics, and they did not know what the problem was. The only thing showing up was a bad oxygen sensor.

- Floresville, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 292002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had just started vehicle when ABS light and chimes sounded. This was an indication ABS was not working. Dealer informed vehicle was okay to drive. There were no problems with brakes. ABS still do not work, dealer found defective BCM, also replaced blown right turn blinker bulb and replaced right rear stop lamp bulb.

- Ohatchee, AL, USA

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