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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!
Pros: the roomy interior
Advice: Look for a car similar that was just leased for a year....I recently purchased this car after the previous owner had signed up for a 1 year lease. It has 14,000 miles on it and is It stickered for 25,000 when new and we paid 14,000. We are the type that will keep it until the wheels falls off. It drives like a car, has the room of a mini-van inside and the seats are so comfortable with everything well in reach! I am in love with this vehicle! Buying it used makes the depreciation factor work beautifully in your favor if buying new is too expensive!
Pros: The looks, the comfort and the drive
Cons: I didn't get enough extra features
Advice: You must drive it to understand its true appealHave test driven it for 3 years and have loved it everytime. My husband finally bought me one, two weeks ago, for my birthday and I LOVE IT!! I love the looks. I love the roominess and comfort. And I love the way it handles. It is a wonderful ride. I only wish I would have gotten more bells and whistles. I don't have a problem with the blind spots and I feel the gas mileage is not bad at all, for an SUV (SRV). My husband drove it for the first time, when we brought it home, and he was quite surprised to find that it handled more like a car than a truck (I kept trying to tell him). My 14 year old son loves it. He thinks it's a pretty cool ride and doesn't mind being picked up at school. The stereo system sounds great and I love the back hatch area. Can't wait to take it tailgating and camping. I have the Versatrak Option. Haven't had to use it yet, but I'm sure it will come in very handy in the Pittsburgh Winters. (I'm hoping not to have to find out for awhile). Overall, I truly love my Aztec. It is the best ride I think I have owned.
Pros: THE PERFORMANCE
Cons: NOTHING AT ALL
Advice: JUST TEST DRIVE IT..THEY WILL SEE FOR THEMSELVESTHIS CAR IS THE BEST!I HAVE HAD THIS FOR A WEEK NOW AND WANT TO DRIVE IT ALL THE TIME.I HAVE A WINSTAR MINIVAN AND CAN NOT EVEN COMPARE THE TWO.ONLY THING THE VAN HAS ON THE AZTEK IS MORE SEATS.I LOVE THE WAY IT HANDLES GOING AROUND CORNERS,LOVE THAT I CAN SEE OUT THE BACK WINDOW SO WELL,I HAVE THE NEW BLUE COLOR AND I DONT SEE ANYONE WITH IT YET..I FEEL LIKE IM THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS CAR AND EVERYONES HEADS TURN!I HAVENT HEARD ONE PERSON SAY THEY HATE THE LOOK.IT HAS IMPROVED SINCE THE 2001 CAME OUT.I HAVE 3 BOYS AND ITS A PERFECT FAMILY CAR!I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WANTING TO BUY A SUV.I LOOKED AT THE OTHER SUVS AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE AZTEK..YOU HAVE TO DRIVE IT ONCE!YOULL BE HOOKED!
Pros: Comfortable Ride. Comfortable Seats. Cool appearance.
Cons: Leg space in the back.
Advice: Drive it once and you will be hooked.I LOVE THIS VEHICLE!!! I was never interested in purchasing a big car. Never liked them. Then I saw the Aztec at the car dealer and fell in love with its appearance. I do not understand why some people don't see that it's so sharp. I love the fact that it stands out on the road. Then I took it for a test drive and we closed the deal the same day. That car is THE most comfortable vehicle I have ever driven. I love the lumbar support in the seats and the head-up display. Not to mention that it also comes with a compass and an XFM radio station.