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Pros: I love the power this little vehicle has!
Cons: The front end is difficult to see over sometimes when making parking judgements.
Advice: When test driving please try parking this vehicle by pulling into spaces.Pontiac has done a superb job with this new car. It is a very comfortable AWD vehicle. We reside in Pittsburgh PA area and winters can get really tough so this vehicle fit the bill. This is a very roomy vehicle with great standard features. There is a great amount of power, tinted windows, easily accessible controls, and what an eye catching vehicle. The front end is a little boxy in terms of parking and the wheel base is very wide that you have to be very careful when turning into a parking space but overall it worth the money.
Pros: Dashboard & control design
Cons: After only 3 months and just under 5,000 miles it started to leak. Dealership thought it was a freeze plug but has since discovered IT'S A DEFECTIVE ENGINE BLOCK - POUROUS METAL!!! New engine ordered, but this doesn't instill confidence ..........
Advice: Caution - while this SUV has nice interior detail & standard SUV storage advantage; the engine experience has tainted my opinion.Driver & pasenger access are exceptional - great for seniors or folks with agility difficulties - wide door openings and plenty of leg room. The temperture & air flow from the heating system was commendable. I was impressed with how 'ambient' it was - never felt the blast of air yet cabin temp was exacting. Very good controls. Gas mileage hit the projected range. Seating is extremely comfortable - if you prefer stiffer support, which I do. Overall exterior appearance is more sporty than dowdy!
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: The Interior is Awesome, comfortable and looks really great!
Cons: Nothing. I have no complaints about the torrent.
Advice: ENJOY!This is an excellent suv. From the awesome sporty look of the exterior to the classy interior i am in love with my torrent. I have neever noticed any noise on mine, and i think the power seat control is okay in its position, as i alwasy adjust the seat before i drive anyway. The interior is great, alot of room and really sharp looking. It handles like a car...nice and smooth with barely any road noise. I have received nothin but compliments on the torrent..as i own the clear lake colour...but i have been and will be the only one to drive my torrent...so if you are looking for info on the drive...take one on a test drive and see for yourself! I fell in love with it as soon as i sat in it!
Pros: Radical Appearance and Awesome Utility!
Cons: Rear hatch never opens unless you hit it a couple times....
Advice: Make sure that you really check over the AWD models, they have many more problems.I have wanted one of these since GM announced their soon arrival in 1999. Two years later and the gray body cladded vehicle was out.. and I was in love. Last year I bought a VW New Beetle, and after one year I took the loss and moved up to an 02 Aztek. I couldn't be happier. So much more room inside, better looks, and just overall satisfied with fit and finish. Yes, people laugh and say 'ew' or just don't appreciate it, but they just won't accept that it's the first cross-over utility vehicle, and by far still one of the best. Unfortunately they stopped making them for model year '06, but there are still 05's out there with your name on them!!
Pros: LOOKS,DRIVE ,THE WAY IT HANDLES THE TURNS, COMFORT, SAFTEY FEATURES
Cons: POWER SEAT CONTROLS ON LEFT OF SEAT. EMERGENCY BRAKE TO CRAMPED.
Advice: ENJOY THE RIDE, WE TRIED LOTS, AND IT'S THE BEST. MAYBE IT'S THE NEXT 64 1/2 MUSTANG COLLECTOR MODEL.WE TOOK IT FOR A TEST DRIVE, AND WE KNEW IT WAS THE SUV FOR US. THE COLOR, 'CRYSTAL LAKE' IS BEAUTIFUL. IT CHANGES COLOR IN DIFFERENT SUN LIGHTS. BACK SEAT IS UNBEATABLE. WE LIKE THE RECLINE,AND THE 8' MOVEMENT IT HAS. WE GOT ALL THE GOODIES, ONSTAR, XM RADIO, PHONE, WE DID PUT OUR OWN 17' CHROME WHEELS ON IT,SIDE WINDOW VISORS,AND HAD THE TWO FRONT WINDOWS TINTED ONE STEP DARKER,WE LIVE IN THE DESERT, AND IT WILL KEEP THE SUV COOLER. THE BACK SEAT IS MUCH EASIER TO GET IN AND OUT COMPAIRED TO THE SPORTAGE, WITH THE WHEEL WELL ON THE SPORTAGE UP SO HIGH. ONLY A FEW THINGS WE'D FIX FOR THE 2007 MODEL. 1. BUT THE DRIVERS POWER SEAT CONTROLS BY THE WINDOW CONTROLS OR BY THE DRIVERS DOOR. THEY ARE HARD TO GET TO WHILE DRIVING. 2. EMERGENCY BRAKE HARD TO GET TO.NOT MUCH ROOM. MAYBE BACK TO THE 'OLD LEFT FOOT BRAKE,' SINCE THE LEFT FOOT DOES NOTHING AND THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM ON THE FLOOR. OTHER THAN THAT, IT PERFECT. LEGG ROOM IS GREAT. STORAGE GREAT. GREAT BUY FOR US.
Pros: Power Sunroof
Advice: Glad I chose it over the Equinox.I love this car. Have had it a month. The only tiny complaint that I did have was the speedometer. There is no 35, 45, 55, etc. It is 20, 30, 40, etc. You have to guess what speed you are going in alot of areas. Havent gotten a ticket yet so I can live with it. Otherwise, great car! Nice looking! Lots of leg room and mine doesnt have the shelf in the cargo area so I have alot of cargo room.