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Pros: Room and comfort
Cons: outside appearance and right side vision in heavy traffic
Advice: try it and enjoy the comfort and don't worry if some think its an ugly car.I rented this car for 8 days and drove it all over California. Highway and City traffic. It was a little difficult to see if a small car was along side of you in heavy traffic but overall it was very comfortable and drove well. If it wasn't that my wife and sons think the car is too ugly I would be shopping for one when we need a new car. Maybe she will change her mind after looking at the prices of similar type cars.
Pros: handling and gas mileage
Cons: 2001, small wheels, I like the larger ones on the 2002 & 03
Advice: just drive it.This is, hands down, the best vehicle I have ever owned, and I trade cars every three years. I will not trade this car. The car is versitile and has met every requirement I have thrown at it. It hauls wood, people and all sorts of other things. I don't understand the negative things people say about it. Every review I have read states that it does not have a rear window wiper. YOU DON'T NEED ONE. It never needs it. Probably perfect ayrodynamics. there is all kinds of room. My neighbor asked if he could drive it. His wife hated it. She drove it, a did he, and had one the next day. A friend of mine looked and drove all of the SUV's and when he drove the Aztek he bought it on the spot. So, if you think it is ugly, the loss is yours. Look at the new cars and they are following along the lines of the Aztek. Also, none of them can compare with the excellent gas mileage. I have had more positive remarks that negative
Pros: comfort and convenience package
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: get a fully loaded Aztek now while the incentives are great.At first glance, many people will be turned off by it's unique appearance. However, that changes once you actually appreciate the vehicle and all its ammenities for a reasonable price. A fully loaded Aztek can be had for under $23,000 if you look into all the available rebates and incentives.
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!