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Pros: Head up display
Advice: Great ride as long as you have good luckHad problems with my tires from day one. Aztek all over the road. GM, nor dealer cares about this. Volume on radio/6 CD changer does not work on very cold mornings. Dealer can't figure it out. Surprise, surprise! Hatch doesn't always release. No power when driving up hills. I have 4 cylinders passing me. Door locks keep losing their programming. Check engine light comes on. Has something to do with the programming in the engine, so I'm told. Headlamps had to be replaced. Kept catching debris. Windows always squeal when opening & closing. Door hinges had to be replaced. Emergency brake does not work all the time. Etc... I've only owned this for less than seven months. Go figure!
Pros: looks different
Cons: being in the shop all the time
Advice: get the best warranty you can buyFrom what I've heard, no one has had as many problems with their Aztek as I have; I'm getting a new car bit by bit. I bought it Aug. 2000 and so far I've had the air bag module, dashboard cluster, fuel tank system, thermostat, waterpump, radio, and a/c control replaced. Not to mention that many times that I brought it in to the dealership they couldn't find the problem and I had to bring it in again and again to have the same problem looked at. I filed a complaint with the BBB against GM for all the problems; I settled my complaint for a 7yr. 100,000mi bumper to bumper warranty. To make it even worse, the next time my Aztek broke down and I had to have it towed; I called the roadside assist. to find out GM never entered my new warranty into their computer so I had to beg the dealership to have it towed!! From what the GM rep. said to me last, the warranty is now in the computer, but I'm wondering what's going to happen next time it breaks down (and I'm sure it will) !! I also looked into the lemon law, but in my state of CA a person can only get back the money you put down on the car if you financed it, then GM deducts an amount on what you get back because of your milege, (I have 42,200). I've made some custom changes to my Tek so I'd have to redo a whole new Aztek. After what is happening to me not only would I NOT recommend an Aztek, but I will never recommend a GM or buy one again. Shame on you GM!!
Pros: You can get Luxury items at a reasonable price
Cons: Getting into the back seat was too hard.
Advice: Get invoice price from the internet, and buy at the end of the month!I test drove the fwd and awd versions, 2002 and 2003 models. I found each to handle very well and take rough roads with ease. I have Rhumatoid Arthritis, and need the power seats and leather, which was VERY hard to find. There were only a few here and there. This was one of only 2 small SUV type vehicles that offered both power seats and leather, and they are even heated! I made sure I test drove it on a day I was feeling very bad with a lot of pain and found I could easily steer, even at slow speeds, like making a K turn. Although, I cannot get into the back seat, there is not enough space from the back seat to the door, so I cannot manuver my feet to get them in. I like the funky look of it, and wanted it in yellow to stick out even more, but had to settle for white.... but it came loaded. I didn't like the heads up cue, where your speed is on the windshield, but my husband did, and I can just turn it off when I drive. I even think my sisters once they drive it will love it! You get a lot for your money.
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.