Pontiac Aztek Model Overview
Used Pontiac Aztek
Pontiac Aztek Questions
My 2003 Aztek Awd Doesn't Work. The Code Shows It Is Disabled. I Have Chang...
AWD code showing it is disabled, but never has been. AWD not working.
Odometer Display Is Very Dim. What Might Be Cause/repair?
Odometer can still be seen faintly in good light, by someone with excellent eyesight.
Why Would The Check Engine Soon Light Come On?
Had oil and filter changed then Check Engine light came on. Took it back to them, said it's an oxegin sensor. reset it. Then took it to have brakes line fixed, they said it had to do with computer. Wh...
What Cause Whining Sound Coming From Under The Hood
Turn steering wheel and it makes a whining like sound, has fluid in and sprayed serpartine belt with ad 40' don,t know what else to do.
I Have Aztek Ran Outta Gas Put Gas In All Of Sudden Started Sounding And Ac...
my sister drove it till it almost ran outta gas it stalled out at the gas station put gas in started acting funny before all that it was running good no problems at all no sounds at all.
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.