Pontiac Aztek Model Overview

Pontiac Aztek Questions

Aztek Steering Lock

2003 aztek key wont turn (similar to question previously posted) but noticed the steering wheel is locked and can be turned slightly in both directions but not springy in either direction. Key wo...

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Brake Light Issue

Ok I have a 2004 Pontiac Aztek. Within the past week I've started having an issue with just one brake light. It doesn't want to work 3/4 of the time then when I turn on the turn signal on that s...

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Ignition Won't Turn.

2003 Aztek and the ignition key wont turn to start the car. I have recently also had an issue with the shifter not able to move from park. To fix that I just shut the engine iff, opened the door,...

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Oil Light

I had an oil change on 11/15 low oil level came on last week and went off the next day, came back on yesterday, started truck today still on, tutned it off checked stick oil was over the highest do...

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Aztec Won't Turn Over

I replaced the ignition in it. Now the dash lights come on but when you go to turn it over nothing. I did the discount the negative cable. I've tried the security one but the security light never g...

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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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