Pontiac Aztek Model Overview

Pontiac Aztek Questions

Blower?

My aztec stopped blowing out air . Ac or heat won't work all of a sudden. I smacked the dash a few times and it started blowing air again for a bit . Haven't been able to get it to come on since....

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'03 Pontiac Aztec No Start

I have a 2003 Pontiac Aztec 3.4L, I replaced camshaft position sensor, only DTC I had on my scanner. I put everything back together and now it will start intermittently for a few seconds and die. I ha...

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My 2001 Pontiac Aztec Will Crank But Will Not Start

My car wasn't starting well. it would start but I had to give it time. I took it to Auto Zone and the did the free read. it said the starter was bad. I changed it that night. the next day it started u...

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My Car Won't Start. It Seemed Like A Bad Battery So I Changed It, Drove, Pa...

When I try to start it, nothing. No electrical/lights at all, not trying to turn over. My key also wouldn't come out, I had to use the release under the steering column. It's a 2002 Aztek AWD. I ...

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Replaced Thermostat On 2002 Aztec Still Getting Hot Opened Bleeder Blew Air...

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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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