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July 19, 2005

Pontiac Aztek Goes The Way of the DoDo

David Kiley

In the summer of 2000, I attended a global conference in Italy put on by General Motors and its just named CEO Rick Wagoner. One of the topics of conversation was the accelerating market for crossover SUVs, sport utility vehicles built on car platforms that ride softer and are lower to the ground than conventional truck based SUVs like the Chevy Trailblazer and Ford Explorer. As I sat with Ron Zarella, then GM's head of North American operations, talking about the Pontiac Aztek taking advantage of the crossover trend, he said..."Well, not so much the Aztek. We have other vehicles coming."

Huh? I thought. You are late to the party with crossovers, spend hundreds of millions of dollars developing a vehicle and you are already apologizing for it before it hits showrooms?

The Aztek has been the poster-car for GM's canny ability over the last decade to survey the marketplace, poll consumers, anticipate style trends and come up with something so wrong-headed as to make Sony's commitment to Beta look like marketing genius.

My sister-in-law once called me on the phone, having just picked up an Aztek from Avis, asking, "What the hell am I driving here? It looks like a giant grasshopper wrapped up in caution tape (it was a bad shade of yellow.) GM product boss Bob Lutz has quipped, "We'd fire the guy who greenlighted the Aztek if we could find anyone willing to admit it."

For five years, I have listened to kind-hearted GM folks make excuses for and defend the Aztek. My favorite defense is that it has the highest loyalty rate of any Pontiac. I think that was based on surveys about how favorably owners felt toward the car after getting it home, not intent to repurchase. Of course, if you adopt the runt in a litter of puppies, the one with three legs and one eye, you are going to tell people you took the one with the biggest heart and you wouldn't want any other. In truth, the Aztek has been a great value for buyers. It's been so unpopular from a design standpoint that GM and dealers have had to discount the heck out of it. I even know an auto industry journalist or two who couldn't resist the bargain for a vehicle with all-wheel-drive and space for a family with lots of luggage.

So, it's fitting that Pontiac dealers are almost out of Azteks---the last few collecting dust as GM employee pricing program for consumers clear lots of excess and unsold cars--just as the Pontiac gets ready for its newest design gambit. That's the hot and spiffy Pontiac Solstice, Lutz's affordable sleek two-seater convertible that marks the debut of the Lutz era--the first car in the showrooms designed and built from clean sheet of paper to showroom since the gray-haired septuagenarian came to GM in 2001. No one is apologizing for the Solstice, which makes for a good start to a new era.

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We love our Pontiac Aztek--it is by far the best vehicle we've ever owned and even though it's ugly it's fun to drive and go camping in.

Posted by: Markley Wilhite at July 19, 2005 05:10 PM

The Aztec is a heck of a versatile vehicle, I suspect many people villified it because they feel safer in a Tahoe or something along those lines. Talk to any Aztec owners; they love it. They also love the deal they got when they bought it so it's win/win all around.

Posted by: Wes at July 19, 2005 10:22 PM

The Aztek is cute in the sense of pleasantly ugly. We love ours. Now if I could get oine of those camping attachments, it will be perfect.

Posted by: Marc at August 2, 2005 09:05 PM

I love it, it is great for shopping for anything, it is not an ugly car at all. It is so much like an Humvee. Comfortable to take long trips, and room for everyone if need be. Just when car designs were getting into the the Jetson's state, they turn back the time and go back to those ugly old family cars.

How dumb....

Posted by: Maryann at October 7, 2005 11:58 PM

Not pretty I can live with ( people snicker )

The Aztek reliability is ugly too.

GM dealer said my complaints re: road noises

were unfounded - BEFORE WARRANTY RAN OUT !

Now with less than 50,000 mi. on it they want

over $2000 for wheel hub/bearings and over

$5,000 for rear drive.

Sadly those repair costs are all I probably

could sell it for in average condition.

Posted by: Mary at October 13, 2005 10:15 PM

Not pretty I can live with ( people snicker )

The Aztek reliability is ugly too.

GM dealer said my complaints re: road noises

were unfounded - BEFORE WARRANTY RAN OUT !

Now with less than 50,000 mi. on it they want

over $2000 for wheel hub/bearings and over

$5,000 for rear drive.

Sadly those repair costs are all I probably

could sell it for in average condition.

Posted by: Mary at October 13, 2005 10:15 PM

Well, I saw it and fell in love (small enough for a single Mom of a kindergartener) but I am having the darnest time finding one to buy. Pontiac doesn't even list it on their web site.

Posted by: Jordan at October 28, 2005 11:46 AM

I own an Aztek (2003) Just turned 48000 miles and things are begining to fall apart. The fuel gauge stopped working the other day, the electrical system is cooked, and the check engine light is on which means I don't pass emmisions. Funny thing, my parents own a 2003 Aztek, just turned 48000 miles and the fuel gauge broke, engine light is on, and electrical is cooked...we bought them at the same dealership. We both called GM who said, well, we'll have to see if we can make some "good faith" offer, but your warranties have expired.

Did you ever wonder why GM sells "extended" warranties after 36000 miles? IT's because their products are going to break. The cost of the warranty and the deductable with each trip to the shop offsets their cost for parts and labor. The customer thinks they got a deal, but really they got the run around again.

I'll never buy GM again. I'm buying my cars from Japan from now on!

Posted by: Gary at November 1, 2005 07:20 PM

I love the Aztek. It is by far the most versatile vehicle for any lifestyle, its discounted like no one's business and its unique style just add to the car's personality. If people could get past the looks and be willing to check one out, unbiased, I guarantee they would fall in love with it once they saw what it had to offer for the price. So the next time someone says "Eww, the Aztek is so ugly.", simply reply to them the same way I do. I tell them "People have to get past the looks and see what it has to offer. Because if everything was just about looks, then alot of people out there would die alone."

Posted by: Chris at November 23, 2005 06:15 PM

Three phrases should be among the most common in our daily usage. They are: Thank you, I am grateful and I appreciate.

Posted by: enzyte at December 1, 2005 07:09 AM

Im a pontiac fanatic. Well, this is the sad end to my pontiac days! I have had nothing but promblems with the Aztec,3.4 engine. It loves to eat oil 2pints every 1500miles. when brought the car into Potiac they said "It was Normal." My break lines went while driving "whew almost killed my son and I, the air conditioning quit, I replaced and 2000 miles later, I have no heat!Transmission has never shifted and pontiac never repaired or replaced even though it was in the shop every other week. They can find no problem. They even wanted to charge me 125.00 for dianostics when it was under warranty! This morning I have noticed a coolent smell when leaving the vehicle! Off to trade it in! OH yeah pontiac did give me 2000.00 off another GM vechicle! Well I will lick my wounds and move on! I have owned a Pontiac, Lemas,firebird, transport (which also ate oil)and LAST Aztec. You lost a valued customer! STAY AWAY FROM THIS CAR!

Posted by: Lynda at December 31, 2005 11:13 AM

I have 2002 Aztek that I use for my job. The car has 428,000 miles on it! Yes, you are reading that right...428,000 miles! I have had to do NO major repairs...just routine maintainence. My only complaint is that they SUCK to maintain yourself.

Posted by: Derrick at January 25, 2006 08:51 PM

I have almost 40K miles on my 2002 Aztek AWD. I fell in love with it during the designing stages when it was to have been a true outback type of vehicle. Eventhough GM never followed any of the publics wants or desires, I still found myself loving the Aztek. Eventhought the interior became more van like, I was greatful the exterior remained mostly untouched. I have only had to replace the muffler and a rear brake sheild. I love my Tek Noir.

Posted by: Chip at February 28, 2006 04:30 AM

Bought it cause I loved it - 2003 and still love it today. I don't thik that it is ugly - it's just unique!!! Does everything on the road have to look the same??? Even though they have stopped making the Aztec they seem to have problems leaving the design behind - check out the new line of Torrents - doesn't it look a little reminicent of the Aztec? I just think that all those that make fun of my Aztec secretly wished that they had one!!! I have never had the slightest problem mechanically with it other than regular maintenace. As this is the very first new car I have ever owned - I am not disappointed at all!! Too bad that the rest of the world couldn't accept it for the terrific vehicle it really is (was). Being unique isn't really a bad thing!!!

Posted by: Barb at April 13, 2006 03:09 PM

We love out 2002 Aztek more than any vehicle we've ever owned, including a Cadillac El Dorado. It rides like a Caddie at about half the cost, I can charge my cell phone or run a radio with the engine off, and the slide-out tray in the back is ideal to place my shopping without having to bend over. I love the sleek dynamic styling. However, it developed computer problem six months after purchase, and the dealer wouldn't replace the computer under warranty. Two months after the warranty expired the AC went out. I'll be trading for a Toyota this summer.

Posted by: Doris at June 6, 2006 12:27 PM

I LOVE MY AZTEK! I just looked at the first one on the showroom floor and a year later bought one. Have had only one problem - a rear hub assembly. Would absolutely love to have another one,however, can't find one that is set up like the one I own (loaded car) and I am spoiled! It has 120,000 miles and will probably drive it til the wheels come off or the maintenance expense gets too high. They are a dream to drive and turn on a dime! GIMMEE ANOTHER ONE ANY DAY! It's my sixth Pontiac!

Posted by: Patti at June 7, 2006 04:39 PM

I read all of your comments re: Pontiac Aztec and get a bit of a lump in my throat since this very day I purchased a Pontiac Aztec. I never knew it was so bad till I hit this web site. Sure hope that all of you are wrong (sorry!)

Posted by: Aztec supporter at June 8, 2006 11:58 PM

Have a 2003 Aztek and its a piece of crap. If you are thinking of buying one...run, run away!! Nothing but issues and none of the mechanics claim to be able to fix it.

Don't buy one!!! If you have one, leave the keys in it and hope it gets stolen.

Posted by: Canuck Chick at June 12, 2006 03:53 PM

I have a 2001. Replaced the transmission at 36,000mi, and had to rip the engine out to repair a head gasket at 42,000mi. Heat and Air have both died twice each. AND I still love the car even though I had to rebuild the whole thing. What can I say...I am committed. I will most likely keep it forever. I will just never by a Pontiac again. I have had no assistance from them. Even my mechanic told me they should have had a recall on the head gaskets. It’s not a Pontiac anymore. I rebuilt it and I renamed it. It is now the Sievers Aztek.

Posted by: Andrew Sievers at August 13, 2006 03:52 PM

I just bought a 2001 Aztec. Its the best car i have driven. Its eXstremly smooth. I've read these comments and if your buying a car used you can't exactly antisipate what the past owner has done to the car. Because you have to replace or fix something major doesn't mean it wasn't or isn't a good car. The Pontiac Aztec is a great SUV. Mine i bought with 91,000 miles...It has nothing wrong with it. I can tell that the past owner took very good care of it and that its a quality car that i will be able to to continue driving i'm sure for another 100,000 miles. You can't blame the car maker or car for faults someone who previously owned ti has caused.

That aside...the Aztec is amaZing!

Posted by: Sam at October 19, 2006 12:23 PM

Well I am another very unhappy customer with my 2003 AZTEC! I would have traded it months ago if I could have! I have had problems since it hit 30,000 miles. I had it in the service center so many times and they always seemed to have an explanation for everything! I have had to replace the complete brake system, battery, gas tank system and now I leak oil and have to replace the oil sending unit. My antifreeze leaks so bad that I have to keep a bottle in the car to fill as needed. It needs a lower intake seal in the transmission replaced at $2,200. I will never buy a PONTIAC again!

Posted by: Donna at November 15, 2006 10:47 AM

I DON'T THINK MY AZTEK IS FUNNY LOOKING OR UGLY! YES, ITS AT A GOOD PRICE BUT ITS ROOMY, AND FITS A FAMILY OF FIVE GREAT! (WITH A CAR SEAT)IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE COLOR OF THE AZTEK,YELLOW,TAN AND WHITE LOOK FUNNY BUT MINE IS A DARK BURGANDY AND IT LOOKS VERY NICE! AS FOR THE COOMENT ABOUT IT ALWAYS BEING IN THE SHOP ALL THE TIME, MY AZTEK HAS 70000 MILES AND HAS YET TO MESS UP OR BEEN IN THE SHOP! MAYBE YOU FORGOT TO CHECK IF IT HAD OIL!!I AM PROUD TO BE A AZTEK OWNER AND FEEL SORRY FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAD TROUBLE WITH THEIRS!! BLAME IT ON THE DEARLERSHIP!!!!

Posted by: JESSICA FLORES at November 15, 2006 01:18 PM

I have a 2001 - love it. The turning radius is amazing. Had A/C issues, and the transmission isn't sounding as good as it used to, but in all I've put only about $1,500 into it over four years. Not bad at all. The heads-up display rocks and the leather interior is really nice. VersaTrak is useful in the winter. And you'd be amazed what you can haul in the thing - even with the back hatch closed!

Posted by: Jack at November 15, 2006 09:00 PM

I too am a victim. My extended warranty (60,000) just ran out and my gas tank is cracked, my transmission started to slip. I have had it in the shop 10-12 times since I have owned it. It took the dealer 1 1/2 years to fix my A/C system. At least it was under warranty except for the $100/visit I had to put down after 36k miles. I do enjoy the versatility of the vehicle and the price was far below other SUV's for 2003 models, but now I am losing every bit of savings. I love the "cockpit" feeling of the drivers seat. I too will probably not deal with GM in the future. I really thought they had turned a corner a few years ago in quality, but I will have to return to foreign models in the future. I realize every make/model has its share of problems, but the Aztec has more than its fair share if you read around.

Posted by: Barry at December 1, 2006 09:26 AM

we got our aztek brand new in 2005 when my wife decided we needed more room for our baby boy. well ive got to admit that it did have more room than my sports car but the SUVan was a complete abortion and i knew it from the start and at first it was ok it handled ok and SEEMED to be reliable then shortly after several thousand miles the POS started to fall apart the vehicle its self had already depreciated by almost half so we were put in a huge hole no one would give us anything for it and no dealership would touch it even though it was covered under warranty. so hey pontiac f-you you'll never be what you once were in the 60's & 70's im so glad we were able to get out of that POS even though we now have a sky high car payment its worth it to be out of the $10,000 negitve equity pontiac put us in -R

And for all you mothers out there that think that this aztek is roomy and spacious, ITS NOT WORTH IT!! you will find yourself broke down on the side of the road and later finding out that the warranty does not cover the problems with the car. I made a HUGE mistake buying that and we will NEVER deal with Pontiac EVER AGAIN!! Oh and MOORE BUICK in jacksonville N.C is a RIP OFF!!! -M

Posted by: Ryan & Melissa Pass at December 2, 2006 09:42 PM

I have a 2003 Aztek. Lost both front wheel bearings early- under warranty. Lost the "lock" on the steering wheel -also under warranty. No real issues after that and have 135,000 on it. I just got the strangest letter in the mail from the dealer I bought it from offering to buy it back from me due to a "test market buy back deal". Anyone know what is going on? Thanks!

Posted by: Dura at December 9, 2006 08:45 PM

I love my Aztek, terrific turning radius, very comfortable to drive, have loaded an entire apartment inside, with the rear hatch closed! Have mastered bumpy roads and held the road in extreme winds better than my previous van.

Too bad they don't make any more. I've been very happy with the maintenance with 70,000. Would sell, regretfully but need to reduce my fleet!

Posted by: Susan at January 7, 2007 10:08 PM

2003 AZTEC 32,400 MILES ,GASKET ON LOWER PART OF MOTOR LEAKING COOLANT,700 TO FIX, ALL LABOR,BRAKES NOT GOOD,NOBODYS MENTIONED THE BAD TRUNK RELEASE.WAS GOOD UNTIL NOW.

Posted by: TOM at January 9, 2007 03:30 PM

i got the 2003 in the summer of 06 it had 26,000km on it ,it has 47,000kms on it know and it has started to leak antifreeze for the second time and after reading the other posts iam gonna try and get rid of it,but first i guess ill have to pay the bill on the leak

Posted by: troy at January 9, 2007 08:21 PM

I bought an 02 Aztek used with 42,000 miles on it. It was wonderful. I hated the way it looked until I got inside. It's so roomy and we can pack all 3 of us and 2 labs plus all our camping gear for a week no problem! I replaced the rear bearing about 6 months ago and now it is going bad again! I cannot afford to pay these huge repair bills AND a car payment!! It seems that the bearings are a common problem. GM should make it right!! check out GM problems on www.rightonblog.com! Hubby has 93 GMAC Sierra and it has over 200K in it with original engine! He hauls as much weight in the truck as the truck weighs!! I want to know why I got ripped off?? Obviously GM knows how to build a good vehicle why not all of them????????

Posted by: Lorie at January 12, 2007 08:04 PM

what was the first year the aztek landed on earth. i have a 2001, like the way it drives ,but have low mialage, i think a/c and trans problems are starting.

Posted by: barry at January 23, 2007 02:41 AM

My wife and I both drive Azteks, mine is a 2001, hers is a 2003. 2001 has 90K on it, zero problems except for a coolant leak that was fixed under warranty. 2003 has 41k, just spent $980 on front wheel bearings. This seems to be a recurring problem with the 2003's. Overall I am very happy. 2003 was loaded and cost under $20k new with rebate. I do not think you can touch a full size SUV for under $30K these days.

Posted by: Aaron at February 1, 2007 08:17 AM

I too am the victim of a 2001 pontiac aztec. I have had it in for service over a dozen times. Had a full transmission relplacement at 29K, and now at 109K the transmission is failing. The service dept. at the dealership where I bought the vehicle recommends changing the transmission fluid at 50K, however the service manual that I was given to follow when I purchased the vehicle suggests 100K. They were trying to blame the fact that I didn't change it for the failure. I reminded them that this transmission has only 80K on it....they directed me to the GM of the dealership. The air conditioning and heat have been repaired at least once each. Electrical problems are never ending. Leak in the cooling system, power steering went last year. Just put in a new thermostat. Back hatch lock has never worked consistently. Driver window got stuck in down position. Also was told that I have a bad passenger side rear wheel bearing. Eats gas recently like you wouldn't believe. Clips break every time you need to change a bulb in the headlights. I told the GM I will never buy Pontiac again!!!! From now on foreign all the way!

Posted by: teresa at February 15, 2007 01:14 PM

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER buy an Aztek!!!! i own a 2001 and it is a POS..has been since the week i bought it! i will NEVER own another GM product!!!Every summer the A/C goes out (condenser has been replaced 4 times), brakes are messed up, bad seal on coolant tank, body control module went out, window messed up, soooo many things i can't even remember them all!!! And the worst thing is that all of this has happened at or before 50000. miles. I have owned three other cars - all foreign made - and NEVER had these type troubles! STAY AWAY OR YOU WILL REGRET IT!!!!

Posted by: Katie Nixon at February 20, 2007 04:35 PM

I too am a victim of the 2003 Aztek. All kinds of things are wrong with that hunk of junk! An entire bottle of antifreezr leaks out within two days. Th eoil is now leaking. Get this, my mechanic told me antifreeze is leaking into the engine and mixing with the oil. Can you say disaster waiting to happen. According to the mechanic the head gaskets need to be replaced on both sides of the engine. As I read the comments posted these are problems that many of the Aztek customers are faced with. So the question of the day is-- is there something wrong with all of us who have the exact same problems with GM hunk of junk pontiac Aztek or is it innocent little old GM who has no idea what the problem is? GM is full of it this car should have been recalled a long time ago. Don't waste your money on the Aztek. It's worthless and ugly and for those of you who think otherwise it just grew on you. The Aztek sucks. Everyday I park mine by the garbage and wonder why sanitation hasn't picked it up with the rest of the trash! GOOD GOSH >>>>

Posted by: Alice at February 22, 2007 02:20 PM

I bought an 03 pontiac aztek less than 10 months ago. I have experienced the same problems as others. When I purchased this vehichle it had 46000 miles and it now has 60000, the head gasket blew and now the motor has ceased to exist. The short bus is now sitting in the garage with the rest of the junk. Hopefully I am covered under the lemon law, if not I will have a really expensive tent for the back yard :-(. Shame on you GM. The next car I purchase will defintely not be a GM because we also have a 99 blazer with the same problem sitting beside the house next to the garage. So now I am paying on two vehichles that do not run. Fool me once shame on GM, Fool me twice shame on me. GM YOU SUCK, MAY THE PEOPLE AT GM CROTCHES GET INFESTED WITH A THOUSAND CAMEL FLEAS AND MAY THERE ARMS BE TOO SHORT TO SCRATCH.

Posted by: Marie at February 22, 2007 11:28 PM

Wow, I just happened apon this site and feel kinda sick, I owned a 2003 maroon aztec with no spoiler on the the back, and my oldest son wouldn't drive it, too ugly, we bought it wrecked and it drove and road good while we had it, then a drunk driver rear ended me while I was in a turn lane in town (sounds like a blessing in disguise). He was going well over the speed limit and pushed the back end into the back seat and pushed me about 1/2 block before driving off, I had my seatbelt on and came out of it with a minor whiplash, I feel that says something for the safety of the Aztec. Well we replaced that one with a 2005, burnt orange with a spoiler,sunroof,and nice wheels, people actually comment on how sharp it is, It was also a wrecked one and we don't have it on the road yet, anyone having problems with the 2005 models????

Posted by: Lori Dejager at February 25, 2007 01:18 PM

Yeah, I'm beginning to be disappointed with my bright yellow 2002 Aztek. It makes me sick that I picked the bad apple to buy. I really liked the uniqueness of the design, the kids call her "The Big Banana". HOWEVER, January '06 had $800 of work (some electrical thing) then $225 in December 2006 (some sensor thing) has a new gas tank from driving over a muffler laying in the road and all outside panels except one replaced from tornado damage. Now the clock light is half out and the windshield leaks. Oh yeah, and one day everything electrical on the dashboard and the doors and windows just died but then...came back. I only have 52K miles on it. I filed bankruptcy last summer so I can't buy another car for five years. I hope it lasts.

Posted by: Nanette at February 28, 2007 01:02 PM

I have 2002 Aztek, too. But unlike that previous post by a GM shill, my car has 824,000 miles on it! Yes, you are reading that right...824,000 miles! I have had to do NO major repairs...just routine maintenance. In fact, the engine is so well designed that it CREATES a pint of oil every 1500 miles!!

Posted by: jjw at March 8, 2007 08:45 PM

I am another victim of the 2002 Aztek AWD. If it weren't for all of the mechanical problems I would love it...overall since I bought it, 4 years ago with 36,000 miles on it (it now has 94,000) I have replaced all of the wheel bearing Hub assemblies 2 and 3 times each wheel, I have had the problem with leaking antifreeze, the electronic problems everyone else is happening..it's outragous, I know that GM knows about everyones problems, why wasn't there recalls?? I will be talking to an attorney soon!!

Save yourself time and money. Don't buy one!!!

Posted by: Dawn Cahpin at March 9, 2007 04:56 PM

agree with Dawn ...

Posted by: www.hqpicture.com at March 15, 2007 06:50 AM

My 2002 Aztek has all the bells and whistles and I like the how versatile it is, that's why I bought it new, out of the box. However, the repairs have been very costly. Everytime I go for an oil change (I always use the dealership)I also have to ask them to check something else because it 1. isn't working or 2. sounds funny. The A/C condenser was replaced, the front wheel bearings, the dash console was replaced, the rear latch, the ignition, etc....Now the heater doesn't work. And of course it is time for an oil change! It will be paid in full this July. I am loathe to get rid of it because I really don't think that I can replace it for the money. It's just not as reliable as I'd like.

Posted by: Wendy at March 19, 2007 09:32 AM

I am another victim of the 2002 POStiac Aztek AWD with 130,000 miles.If it weren't for all of the mechanical problems I would love it also.Just put the 10th wheel bearing in,They last less then a year so you can get one under a part warranty. The upper bushings in the back went out $152.00 each, Got to change the hole knuckle.cooked the engine at 98,000 mi. coolant leaked out. steering is noisy but still works.A/C condenser went just as the warranty ren out.and now it has some sort of electrical problem Things stop working or work when there not sapose to. I got out and Left the car running and it locked the doors on me.a little later it let me in.I do much of the work my self

so the repair cost are still less then a car payment. I like my Pontiac's but not this one, worthless peace of S.Oh and Pontiac is not misspelled in the first sentence that is how you spell it when it is used with the word Aztek

Posted by: Kevin at March 20, 2007 08:21 AM

i'm looking for a 2001 aztek,in good body and mechanical condition at a giveaway price. anyone have one?

Posted by: jaime stewart at March 25, 2007 05:57 PM

Wow, am I glad to find this web site. I thought I was the only one to have purchased the biggest piece of crap (2002 Aztek) made in America. I loved the look, didn't want a minivan, wanted to be different. Wish I'd known what I was in for. Both front hubs, a/c and cooling fan, heat w/blower switch, radiator, water pump, battery, all the lightbulbs and just today, the body control module for a small fortune. Thank you to all for letting me vent and an extra thanks for those of you who understand what I'm going thru. Maybe by the time I pay it off in June I can trade it for a goat with a cart.

Posted by: Scrumcious at March 29, 2007 01:39 PM

I have a 2001 Pontiac Aztek and I love it.There is plenty of room for the kids. It drives smooth. I am only having one problem with it...I can smell antifreeze. Before I bought it the intake gasket was replaced. I took it to the garage today and he thinks I have a hairline crack in the radiator. I still love it!

Posted by: Becky at April 7, 2007 12:30 AM

I have a 2003 Aztek and starting to experience same problems. Fuel sensor not working, leaking antifreeze, heater quit working for a while (works now) and my computer is infected! Doesn't remember my radio stations. My rear hatch has NEVER worked, even though the dealer worked on it twice. Sometimes the doors won't unlock when putting it in park and then you cannot get it out of park until you turn it off. Lots of these comments are about 2003 -- not a good year obviously!!

Posted by: Wendee Gabby at April 12, 2007 05:44 PM

I am going Friday to look at a 2003 I better print this page and tell them I want the head gaskets looked at and all that stuff huh.

Posted by: Brandy at April 25, 2007 09:38 PM

I was a fool for not doing research first in May 2005 when I purchased my 2003 Pontiac Aztek. I was in such a rush to get into something else because my old car was failing and I needed something right away. I wished I waited before getting stuck with this Pontiac Awwshucks. Bought at 48,000 miles and now 81,000 on it and engine repairs at $1800...not worth fixing at all. I've encountered every problem mentioned on this site by other Awwshucks owners...trying to get rid of it now and go with the foreign cars...only thing is i still owe about 12 g's on it...anyone know of any decent dealerships that will take it off my hands and put me into something more reliable?

Barberinos in Wallingford, CT knew it was a piece of s@*t when they sold it to me..Shame on them all.

GM should give all dissatisfied Aztek owners a refund..or an Envoy.(serious in CT)

Posted by: crissy at April 28, 2007 04:10 PM

I love my 2002 Aztec but sadely enough the problems started at 40,000 km both wheel bearings, air condition, hatch door wont open, fan lost level1,2,3. Engine seal vs radiator,replace left bearing at 140,000, The positive side it has a good sound system. Its now 160,000 km paid for and there's lots of exterior noise when windows are down. Too bad for the Aztec being engineered by a bunch of losers.

Posted by: Pierre at May 1, 2007 03:05 PM

bought an 2003 aztec with 90800km and starting to have problems with the rear suspension. a roaring sound

Posted by: stan at May 3, 2007 11:07 AM

Add one more victim to the Pontiac aztek scenario!! I have an 01 with only 39k on it. Just found out that the intake gasket is leaking(not going to mention previous problems that were fixed under warranty thank God). Called the Pontiac cares hotline and found out that they don't care at all......They did however give me the 50/50 deal and I was supposed to be happy about that. However, I felt as though they should have coved it in full. I asked them what they based there decision on? The only thing they could say was it 6yrs old....never mind about the mileage at 39k. So basically, what the were saying is, you don't even have to drive them and they deteriorate. What planet am I on???

JD

Posted by: james at May 3, 2007 12:27 PM

Thought I loved my Aztek till all the problems came, replaced hub bearing,not to long ago needs them again, electrical problems, gas hand dont work heater/ac switch only works on high, antilock brake light will not go out, engine light on Made a real Az out of me wont happen again

Posted by: Chantal at May 9, 2007 12:38 PM


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