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Pros: Radical Appearance and Awesome Utility!
Cons: Rear hatch never opens unless you hit it a couple times....
Advice: Make sure that you really check over the AWD models, they have many more problems.I have wanted one of these since GM announced their soon arrival in 1999. Two years later and the gray body cladded vehicle was out.. and I was in love. Last year I bought a VW New Beetle, and after one year I took the loss and moved up to an 02 Aztek. I couldn't be happier. So much more room inside, better looks, and just overall satisfied with fit and finish. Yes, people laugh and say 'ew' or just don't appreciate it, but they just won't accept that it's the first cross-over utility vehicle, and by far still one of the best. Unfortunately they stopped making them for model year '06, but there are still 05's out there with your name on them!!
Pros: front console cooler
Cons: major problems
Advice: Don't buy this Lemon!Drives not bad, excepting for the 'howling' noise when it changes gears (normal sounds for this vehicle). Seats are really uncomfortabe and there's no support - like sitting on a bench. Had nothing but major problems with the Aztek in it's 3 years - head gasket (3.4 L engine), front bearings gone twice, fuel system, air con. Just found some rust starting in a few spots!! Really disliked the tailgat - hard to unload groceries. Glad I bought the extended warranty to 100,000 km). It's now at 94,000 km and I'm getting rid of this vehicle asap (even though I'm going to lose my shirt on it!). Liked all the room in back, the fact that the back seats come right out (although you need a gorilla to be able to lift them out), all the storage compartments, not bad sound system and the center console cooler (but that's about it). Also got tired of all the jokes about it's appearance!
Pros: Unique styling.
Cons: No rear window wiper. Seat fabric tends to 'pill'
Advice: If you're the 'drive it till it wears out' type, check it out. If short-term resale is important,look elsewhereI've liked the looks of the vehicle since it was a 1999 concept. When my wife and I wanted to downsize from a Grand Caravan, all that we could find,other than the Aztek or the Buick Rendezvous, were stripped 'loss leader' short-wheelbase Caravans. WE did not want the ridiculous high-overall-profile exterior/short from floor-to-ceiling interior of an SUV. The Aztek has a low cargo liftover/low passenger step-in/high ceiling design in a vehicle a foot shorter than the big Caravan or any of the Japanese vans ( which are all even bulkier than the Grand Caravan). The Aztek has no nasty surprises for people who, unlike the car snobs who write for magazines,actually like ride and handling that's 'good ole GM' in nature. It's firmer like a Grand Prix rather than floatier like a Le Sabre. Everything behind the wheel is comfortingly familiar for those of us who've owned other GM front-drive cars of the past 25 years. No major repairs in 6 months of ownership. A cross-threaded wheel stud and nut were obviously not GM's doing since the shop that repaired the tire/ replaced the stud and nut had found another patch on the inside of that tire. Because the vehicle has an undesrved reputation for being 'weird', is unpopular, and will be discontinued for 2006, used prices are very low. We got ours for $9500 with only 32,800 miles on it. For a loaded vehicle with such low mileage it was a deal too good to pass up. We've seen low-mileage AWD Azteks for $10,500 to $12,000 in our area. Ours was priced at the low end of the range because it had been hit by hail and repaired via the 'paintless' method. There are 3 dings they didn't get out. I can find 2 if I really squint and take the wife's word for the other. If you're not into trading every 2-3 years, resale is of no importance, anyway. Personally, I think that this is the next AMC Eagle--a vehicle panned in its day that commands far more money in today's market than most of the automotive press' darlings of its age.
Pros: great to drive
Cons: the back end
Advice: You must test drive this car to really appreciate it.The Aztek is great to drive. Very smooth and comfortable, hardly any engine noise. I loved it!
Pros: Well it would be the awd.
Cons: Lack of engine selection . Need one around 225 HP to 250.
Advice: Drive it and look at comparable SUVs and Minivans..it is better....Excellant handling and power. Well engineered and arranged..Loved it...........loved it loved it.....!!!! Turning radius was very good...Interior comfort A+. Being able to change the arrangemet of the back seats and to have a bench style along with bucket seats...yeyyeyeyeeeessss. You got it! The windshield display of the speed along with the security system ++++
Pros: The interior roominess
Cons: The Split rear door. Getting groceries out will be a chore.
Advice: Don't laugh till you've driven one. Take the blind fold off before driving.I never considered an Aztek before because I was driven away by the looks. You really need to drive one! Once you drive one you realize something really important. When you drive a car, your not outside looking at the vehicle, your inside looking out. My previous vehicles included a 2000 Suburban and a 2001 Accord EX coupe. This rates in comfort with best of them. It offers the comfort and security of a large SUV with the maneuverabilty of a much smaller car. I feel like I owe an apology to every Aztec owner I've laughed at in the past. My advice to others is test drive before you laugh. It will silence all snickering.
Pros: The fold up and removable back seats.
Cons: Split rear door, ackward to get things in and out of the back area.
Advice: Take one for a test drive and you'll understand the appeal.You can say whatever you want about the way the Aztec looks! But, once you have driven one or been for a ride in one ... you'll not care one bit about it's appearance. They are so much fun to drive. They have excellant visability. The smooth ride and comfort feels like a luxury car. My inlaws purchased thier Aztec (burgundy color) first. My wife and her siblings teased her parent's for buying such an ugly vehicle. But, after driving around in it ... a few months later my brother in law purcased an Aztec (black color) for his family. My wife and I were the latest in the family to purchase an Aztec (red color). You should see the driveway when we all get together for Sunday evening meals ... Aztecs every which way you look. We have taken ours on a raod trip to a backwoods cabin ... I can't wait to take it ona camping trip.