NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,750 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.

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2003 Pontiac Aztek brakes problems

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2003 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 092007

Aztek 6-cyl

  • miles


I had a flat tire, rear driver side tire. I was unaware of the actual mileage that was on my car at that time. Pulled over and changed flat tire with spare doughnut tire (which is a joke). I proceeded to drive off and the ABS light immediately came on and said it was disabled. I continued driving to les schwab tire center in hood river, or.. they said the flat was not repairable and they were unable to sell me 1 tire since my vehicle is AWD. I limped back home to portland on the 35 mph spare tire. I was able to get cheaper tires through another dealer but when my new tires were put on my ABS never reactivated and to this day the light stays on saying it is disabled. It is the difference between driving a 1973 Monte Carlo vs a 2003 Pontiac Aztek. I have had several places check it out and they have said it is in the wheel sensors"?? all 4? I had them replaced and it still says the ABS is disabled. What is the problem? and this went out over having a flat tire?" I do not have the money to take it to dealer. Please tell me what to do to get this fixed. It is annoying at best. Thank you.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #3

Aug 112014


  • 83,000 miles
My anti lock brakes come on without warning all the time. Even if its a simple stop sign or im turning a corner. I can feel the vibration under my feet and my anti-lock light comes on, the dash. Its very scary. I bough my car not even 6 months ago from a local dealer. The brake issue started about 2 months in to me having the vehicle. I have done research online and it seems this is known issue for these types of cars. Something about a sensor inside the steering wheel. Its is very unsafe and from the things I've read a very common issue.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #2

Jul 202013


  • 126,000 miles
I was driving about 4 mins. I stopped at light and car cut off. Car never cut on after. I just purchased car on June 26 2013. I was told there aren't ant problems with the car and if I have any problems to bring it back I brought it back to find that they didn't value their word. They wouldn't accept car back and exchange for my purchase. Although I am unable to drive car til this day.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 012012


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Aztek. The contact stated that the brakes did not always respond and needed to be applied repeatedly in order to function as normal. The contact also stated that the anti lock brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop, where faulty sensors where replaced; however the warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer, who found a leak on the fuel injection system. The contact replaced the fuel injection system. The vehicle then experienced difficulty driving uphill. The vehicle's speed decreased and the contact was unable to accelerate. The mechanic stated that the pivotal joints in the rear wheels were defective and caused unusual tread wear and tear of the tires. The vehicle was included in the recalls associated with NHTSA campaign id numbers 07E021000 (fuel system, other:storage:tank assembly:pressure relief devices) and 07V349000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage). The manufacturer was made aware, however no assistance was provided due to mileage on vehicle. The failure mileage was 150,000. The current mileage was 160,000.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

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