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I Have Coolant Leaking And It Falls Right Above And Drips Down The Oil Filt...

i just know that there is coolant leaking from somewhere and im not sure if it is the intake gaskets or something else i just know it falls right over/under the oil filter!

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Awd Disabled Light

How do go about getting the awd working and the antilock light is on too

Car Will Not Start Acts Like It Wants To Start But Will Not Fire What Is Th...

2001 Pontiac Aztek will not start acts like it wants to start but will not

2001 Pontiac Aztek

I have a 2001 pontiac aztek that the temp gauge on dash has not worked for a year but the vehicle temp was always good. Recently the hot coolant temp alert light is going off but the car itself sti...

Pontiac Aztec Won't Start

Car wouldn't start so I checked fuel pump relay fuse all good so I changed fuel filter and pump but car wouldn't start come to find out the 305 plug was corroded so I cut the wires and put back tog...

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2002 Pontiac Aztek Overview
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2001 Pontiac Aztek Overview
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Pontiac Aztek Overview

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.

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