NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,700 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 engine problems

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2005 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 172015

Aztek 6-cyl

  • 72,100 miles


The vehicle has seemed to stall twice. Upon further discussion with the driver, the steering also locked. This seemed similar of the same as the GM recall for faulty ignition switches and key slots. Pontiac was contacted but the response was that the vehicle was not under a recall, was out of warranty, and that repairs would be the expense of the owner. Pontiac did not seem concerned about a potential extension of the GM recall list. Wouldn't you think that GM would be very interested in understanding if the Pontiac Aztek is affected. We are now very concerned about driving the Pontiac Aztek.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #2

May 092013


  • 91,000 miles
A couple of days after purchasing the vehicle I noticed very strong odor of gas inside vehicle while in motion and it got noticeably stronger while idling. Took to dealer and they checked it placed me in a loaner. Could not find a problem. This occurred 2 more times over the course of the next week.they repaired what they believed to be the problem but I was back in less than 48 hours later and in another loaner. 4 technicians and 2 service managers later, the bottom half of the engine had to be rebuilt due to a fuel leak due to a faulty O-ring. Car VIN was not included in recall and cost over 1200 to repair.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

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

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