NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,608 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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2005 Pontiac Aztek electrical problems

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2005 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 032014

Aztek 6-cyl

  • 108,040 miles


When the radio is turned on an extremely loud screeching sound is heard. The noise continues even after the key is turned off. There is an electrical crackling sound in the dash and when the brake is depressed there is a loud crackling sound. No gauges work correctly. They either peg out or operate out of the expected range of operation. The airbag light flashes off and on. The AWD light is on all the time. The gas gauge always below "E".

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

May 282013


  • 93,000 miles
Key became locked in the ignition. Could not turn the car off nor remove key. Took to dealer and they kept the vehicle and placed me in a loaner. Had to replace the ignition in order to correct. Vehicle VIN was not included in any recalls related to this. Fortunately I was not charged as this was the 4th time I had to bring in the vehicle in my first 30 days of ownership.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 112013


  • 232,000 miles
I was leaving school and I started to smell gas, so I stopped and checked to see if there was any leaking and there wasn't. a week had went by and I didn't smell the gas anymore but my radio and dash lights had quit working. So I had the fuses changed and the speedometer started working again but not the radio. Several months later my temp gauge started shooting all the way up to hot right after it was cranked. So I had it checked and my vehicle wasn't running hot. The one night I was driving home from town and my car shut off and a temp light was blinking. I popped the hood and my hoses from the radiator to the motor had busted from all the pressure built up. The next day I brought my car to a shop and had a new motor put in. And low and be-hold my transmission starts shifting really hard when I go to start off. I had it looked at but they couldn't find anything with it. But since ive been keeping the transmission fluid checked weekly it hasn't been doing it as much. But it still scares the crap out of me.

- Grant, LA, USA

problem #3

Jun 032010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Aztek. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shut off nor would the key release from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times where the ignition relay was replaced each time. The failure recently recurred and the coil wire was disconnected in order to shut the engine off. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. NHTSA recall campaign id number 05V157000 (electrical system) was related to the failure; however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 09/05/13

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006


  • 30,000 miles
Gauges are intermittent on 2005 Pontiac Aztek. You can turn ignition switch on & off to reset them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.

- Hawkins, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 082005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 611 miles
I purchased a new 2005 Pontiac Aztek on July 1, 2005. Seven days later, with 611 miles on the vehicle, it completely shut down while I was on the road. I was unable to restart the vehicle, turn on my hazard lights, or even remove the key from the ignition. When the tow truck arrived, the driver jiggled the wires leading to the battery. Although he said they didn't feel loose, the vehicle did start after that. I drove it to the dealership I bought the vehicle from, they tested it, and told me they could find no problems nor duplicate the problem. The problem occurred while I was stopped at a light. However, about five minutes prior, I was moving down the road when the anti-lock brake light suddenly came on and the radio station changed (without help from me). After about a second, the light went off and the radio returned to my original station. Five minutes later, stopped at a light, is when the vehicle shut down as described above.

- Mary Esther, FL, USA

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