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Pros: styling and roominess
Cons: the double rear doors are difficult to unlock via the dash and carkey switches
Advice: buy the '03 to '05 - nothing earlier. Accept it for WHAT it is; don't compare it w/ other SUVsI bought 1 of the last ones in the KC area in 4/06. The 'tek has a an edgy look that wins over a certain kind of driver. I see lots of them in Kansas. Mine is refrigerator white with a black/gray interior. It is an all-purpose vehicle - fusing a station wagon w/ an SUV. It is built on a car chassis, not a truck. I wanted a roomy vehicle but not a luxury one, and I like the higher rise of the vehicle, like a truck. The rear seats come out easily to give you a 'big box' for hauling. I could care less about deluxe features of other SUVs. For me the basic Aztek fit the bill. I find the engine has sufficient performance, though I have yet to load the car up with lots of weight. It is nimble enough in handling. The side mirrors compensate for the split rear window for bacward visibility.
Pros: The Plasmaglow dashboard
Cons: finding comment's from fools who never drove one.
Advice: Don't listen to those fools who never drove an Aztec before. Get the 17 inch alloys.I set out to buy myself the ugliest car on the planet thinking that robbers won't bother touching anything so ugly. When I saw the Aztec at Carmax Henderson, that stupid impression when out the window. This thing is PREEEETTTY! Tight and cool, its somewhere between the new batmobile and an armored personnel carrier. Amazingly, its always the women who tell you how cool it is. I got the 2004 Aztec Rally. This crossover rocks. Its got a red plasmaglow dashboard by Johnson Controls of NASA. You'll know what I mean when you drive it at night. Holy batmobile. Dusk-sensing automatic headlights...totally idiot proof. It even turns itself off when you leave the car. Doors lock automatically. FWD with Traction Control...sweet acceleration baby. Front and side airbags...standard. How many cars can claim a 4-star rollover safety rating? Aztec was the first. Did I mention a 10 speaker Pioneer premium sound system w/ steering wheel and rear cargo area controls. Performance? It has a wickedly small turning radius. Accelerates nicely and robustly while still getting decent gas mileage. Ride is silky smooth, it shields you from most road bumps and wind noise. You have to turn off the sound system at times to check if the car is running. Its that quiet. Kudos to the engineers. They weren't kidding when they said they build excitement. Looking at the 2004 model, I don't see why people are calling it butt-ugly. Well most of those comments came from those who have never driven one, much less own a Pontiac. I have 1990 Grand Am LE and its still running smoothly. This Aztec is light years ahead of anything when it was introduced. My advice is to get bigger tires if you got the 15 & 16 inch ones. It does look cool with 17 inch alloys. Oh, and that cargo space for 4 X 8 foot plywood slabs...they weren't kidding. Wild options you won't find in more expensive but boring look-alike SUV's......try the Eyecue Heads Up Dipslay or the Tent & Air Mattress package. Believe me, once you've driven an Aztec, everything else driving around you is blah. Aztecs have a strong cult following here in Las Vegas where the wild things roam. In a city where seeing Porsche's, RR Phantoms and Bentley's are almost a common thing, I'm surprised that people here have nice words for the Aztec. This crossover is BEAUTIFUL. Don't listen to those who never owned one.
Pros: the seats
Cons: only 1 key opening for the door..the drivers side
Advice: don't waste your moneyi have had to have the transmission replaced, brakes and rotary replaced and other repairs for a 2005 vehicle...so the driving experience has not been good for me.
Advice: DON'T BUY AN AZTEKIT FELT GOOD DURING THE TEST DRIVE, LITTLE DID I KNOW WHAT LIE AHEAD.ONE WEEK AFTER PURCHASE THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM WENT OUT.(STRESS CRACK)$1400.00!!!FOUR MONTHS LATER WITH 58000 MILES ON THE VEHICLE THE TRANSMISSION WENT OUT. $2300.00 TWO MONTHS LATER,THE INTAKE IS LEAKING ANTI-FREEZE TO REPAIR AND REPLACES THERMOSTAT $500.00 THEN UPON FURTHER INSPECTION, ONE HEAD GASKET IS ALSO LEAKING, FOR REPAIRS TOTALING $600.00. SO WE HAVE HAD THIS VEHICLE SIX MONTHS, BOUGHT IT FOR $11000.00 WITH ONLY 48000 MILES AND HAVE NOW SPENT $4800.00 ON THESE REPAIRS WE NOW HAVE 61000 MILES ON WHAT I NOW CALL A PIECE OF JUNK.THIS IS A 2001 AZTEK.
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: 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.