NHTSA — Visibility: Windshield Wiper/Washer Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,004 miles

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2003 Pontiac Aztek windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 302004

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,473 miles


Both wipers flew off the vehicle while driving 45 -50 mph in inclement weather. The consumer had to pull off the road due to severe visibility problems. The dealer was notified.

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 012004

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,536 miles
We purchased our 2003 Pontiac Aztek last July (03). This January, the vehicle started making a horrible grinding noise when driving on the highway. We took it to our local GM dealer for repair, and the left front wheel bearing had separated internally and needed to be replaced on 2/4/04. A few weeks later, noise returned. The right front wheel bearing had to be replaced today (3/29/04). This vehicle has less than 12,000 miles on it. One of the employees at the dealership said another Aztek with low mileage had to have one bearing replaced twice. Could GM have gotten a defective batch of bearings, or is there possibly some design flaw that causes the bearings to wear out abnormally quickly? for the most part, I love this vehicle, but there are two other issues with it which could make it less safe to drive. The 'spoiler' between the slanted and verticle parts of the back window does impair rearward vision (I usually use the outside mirrors to check behind me because of that fact). Also, the windshield wipers move more slowly, even in the fast position, than most vehicles we've owned, which impairs visibility even in moderate rainfall.

- Williamson, NY, USA

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