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Pros: tremendous interoir space, comfortable ride, great features
Cons: fuel mileage
Advice: look hard for a '03 or newer modelWhen i first saw the AWD Aztek on the lot, it's appearance took some getting used to; unusual shape to say the least. I got behind the wheel and WOW what a ride. I was hooked from then on. Tremendous amount of space inside, quiet ride, very comfortable seats, and many cool features. For instance; the center consol between the seats doubles as a cooler for cold drinks! An air compressor in the back for tires, balls, inflatable camping equipment. My wife and I love our 2004 Aztek. We also got a great deal saving over $8000 off a new on! Good luck in finding one..we did!!!
Pros: lots of room inside; nice layout inside
Cons: maintain is expensive on the velicle
Advice: watch for the engine problemsI love the way it drives. It quiet and comfortable. The room on the inside is great exspecially with the slid out tray in the back for load things. However the condenser unit has a tendance to need replacing after the first year or two and if you are out of warrarty, it cost between $800 and $900 (I have heard of 6 of them this year). I also had a headlight cost $50 to replace because you have to remove the battery to do so.
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!
Advice: Go drive oneBest suv in class for the money.generuos amount of room,cool features like the cooler and rear integrated seats in the tailgate.Lots of packages to choose for for bikers to skiers.Shame this suv never caught on,all my friends rave about it .
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: Doesn't show wear.
Cons: Have to buy expensive parts from Pontiac.
Advice: Buy it, perfect car.I don't remember the test drive. I bought the car and I have 105,000 miles, so far. I still have to listen to see if the car is still running when I stop, the car is so quiet. I have one window that needs a motor and another that needed a switch, the heater needs a motor now. All these things are expensive, parts have to be bought from Pontiac, at full price or Pontiac has to fix them, at twice as much as any one else. However, those have been my only problem. I'm the sole driver, I carry my music equipment and I find it vary spacious. I love my Aztec.
Pros: The 'feel' of the drive
Cons: Can't think of any
Advice: Look past the initial appearance of the vehicle... and take it for a test driveThis is the second Aztek we have owned. Love the feel of the drive and the amount of room inside. Sorry to hear Pontiac will not longer produce this vehicle... or we would have most likely owned a third!