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2003 Pontiac Aztek Overview

The first U.S-produced crossover vehicle, the Pontiac Aztek had an auspicious and somewhat unsuccessful start due to its offbeat and offputing appearance. Gradually, as people experienced its versatility, roominess and storage space, a growing fan base developed. The 2003 Pontiac Aztec was offered as either a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive Verstrak. Both carried a 3.4-liter 185-hp V6 mated with a 4-speed automatic.

Few additions happened for 2003, except for an optional DVD system and XM radio. ABS brakes and front side airbags, which were once standard on front-wheel-drive versions, were now optional. Though based on the Montana minivan platform, the 2003 Aztek isn't so much a people-mover as a cargo-hauler. It has only two rows of seats, but the back row folds down and can be lifted out. Unique to the Aztek, the front passenger seat also folds down. This means lots of storage configurations. Capacity is 93 cubic feet when all the seats are down. A cargo net or roll-out cargo tray offer different trunk storage options. Also unique to the Aztek is the removable center console that doubles as both a CD holder and a cooler. A tent/air mattress package lets you car camp, and stereo controls and a lighter are in the tailgate. Various packages offer increasing levels of creature comforts.

Though it offered AWD, the 2003 Aztek sits low and is not meant for off-roading in any way. It's more a compromise between the versatility of a minivan with the power and adventure of an SUV. Most owners say it is comfortable and handles smoothly, more like a smaller car. The inside is roomy and versatile. They also like the cooler and the great fuel economy. Others feel the suspension is rough and report major blind spots caused by the rear spoiler. The tailgate seems too heavy and never properly opens or closes. The biggest desire was for more horsepower. The 2003 Aztek also did not do well in front impact safety ratings.

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Something Is Dragging Underneath

Hi, I'm hearing a 'dragging' type of sound, coming from underneath my car. It almost sounds like my exhaust pipe is dragging, but I looked, and my entire exhaust system is nicely encased in this pr...

Can't Answer My Mail

I get mail on my car but I keep getting this message about putting my VIN number in and tells me it's an 03 instead of an 04. I know that I just messed up. But I'm trying to get to the people to...

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Whinning Noise

Hi everyone my pontiac aztek 2003 seems to be making a high pitched whinning noise, when accelerating. Just looked at the transmission fluid and it's very very low. Could this have caused damage...

SVS

I have a 2003 Pontiac Aztec. When I put the car in gear the SVS light comes on. What does that mean?

Pontiac Aztek Won't Start

I have a 03 Aztek that won't start. Battery is fine, starter has been replaced, alternator was tested and is fine, ignition switch was changed, fuses are fine, but the car just won't crank at all. ...