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Pontiac Aztek Questions

rodriguez45
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2004 Pontiac Aztek

i have a problem,when am driving in the highway and i press the gas going up hill the speed reduce down from 65 to 50 and i have to release the gas pedal and lightly press it again ,sometime i have ...

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dixie4843
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Odometer Is Out On A Pontiac 2004 Aztek How Do I Fix

can not read odometer. how can i fix without taking to the dealer

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Educated Delores Kimbrough
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Every Morning I Need A Jumpstart, What Is Wrong With This Car?

I have a 2004 Pontiac Aztek and every morning my battery is dead, I need a jumpstart. I've replaced the battery with a Sears DieHard battery, I've had my alternator & starter checked, they are ok, I'v...

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sleepycat
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How Do I Replace The Light On My 2003 Pontiac Aztek? It Went Out After The ...

took my car to a dealership to have the lojack removed, half way home i noticed the mileage on my odometer was not lit up, no other electrical issues

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frankmi
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Have A 2002 Pontiac Aztek And Key Will Not Come Out Of The Ignition. Car Wi...

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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.