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Pontiac Aztek Questions

nolagirl714
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2004 Pontiac Aztec Awd And Abs Brakes Coming On And Staying On. Suggestions...

AWD disabled and ABS lights turn on after a few minutes of driving. Won't shut off until the car is turned off. But always comes back the next time we drive.

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kitty7027
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Awd And Antil Lock Lights Coming On And Staying On

Had all hub assemble, wheel bearing replace in front and in rear. Sill have AWD and anti-lock brake lights on. Also had all brakes replace. Check all fuses. Still have problem. Anyone know how to fix ...

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nolagirl714
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Service Engine Light Stays On. Went To Autozone For Systems Check. Code Po3...

Service Engine light on. Code PO341. What is this?

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Jackaru
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My Odometer Has Gone Blank. I Assume It Is The Fuse. But After Looking At ...

My odometer has gone blank. I assume it is the fuse, but after looking at the manual cannot figure ourt which fuse to change. Any Ideas?

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juliep54
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My Key Will Not Go Into The Ignition. It's Like I'm Trying To Insert The Wr...

I parked the car. When I came back the key would not go into the cylinder. You could see a metal piece in the cylinder which was clearly preventing the key from entering the cylinder. When I tried to ...

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About the Pontiac Aztek

How do you survive being called "the ugliest car in American history?" Sure, that comment came from Mad Magazine, but it reflected a general view of Pontiac's foray into the crossover market with the Aztec. Introduced to America as a grand prize on the first season of "Survivor" in 2001 (and like that show, people either loved it or hated it), that TV series has proved to be much longer lasting.

The Aztek was the first U.S.-produced crossover vehicle, a happy medium between station wagon and SUV for those wanting the versatility and solidity of an SUV with more car-like handling and better safety ratings. But the Aztek's Achilles' heel was its strange looks. Based on the Montana minivan platform, it looked like it had grafted the front end of a minivan to the bulk of an SUV and the rear body of a souped-up hatchback. It's too bad that we focus so much on appearance in this country, because according to owners, the Aztec handled smoothly, was incredibly comfortable and had more storage configurations and capacity than any SUV.  

Aimed at an adventurous youth market, the Aztec offered some unique features. One was a removable front console that doubled as both a CD holder and a cooler. In the back, a special package included a built-in tent and blow-up mattress for car camping, enhanced by rear stereo controls and a lighter. A drop-down tailgate made loading and partying easier. Another unique feature was the fold-down front passenger seat. With the fold-down rear seats, this created 93 cubic feet of cargo space and could easily fit oversized or long objects. The dash was designed by a former NASA engineer, and another unique option here was the heads-up display, a design that's used by fighter pilots to access readouts in the least distracting way.   

Sales were disappointing for the Aztek, and some feel that Pontiac never spent enough time marketing what made the crossover so cool and fun to drive. Owners say it was responsive, handled easy, got great gas mileage and was fairly speedy. The cargo capabilities were its biggest draw. Beyond the funky looks, other complaints centered on poor rear visibility due to the spoiler placement, and a heavy hatch that never closed properly. An underpowered engine and poor depreciation also did not sit well with owners. We wonder if "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch still owns his.