No BS here......I bought my Aztek new in 2005 and currently have 428,000 miles on the original engine and trans. I've replaced hub assemblies often but have it down to a science. I am having a problem with a clunking noise in the front end right now AFTER changing the ball joints, tie rods, struts and CV joints/half shafts. I'm thinking it's time for control arm bushings to get rid of it. This has been the most reliable car I can and will ever own, it's only left me stranded once when the alternator went out......not bad for 428K and 11 years of daily driving.
Our Aztec died in a crash recently and it will be missed. The minivan based design allowed it to be a great snow ski hauler since ski's fit under the seat. Although the spoiler did restrict rear vision - it also appeared to always block the headlights of the car behind us when they were tailgating. It got us everywhere we needed to go. The front seats of all cars are comfortable but the often forgotten rear seat [I guess most parents think it is the kids problem not theirs] was very comfortable for the Aztec. If the look can be ignored, the function is great. Note: some Aztec's inherited all the problems. Find a good one and keep it for life.
Great visibility forward.
Short wheel base makes it very easy to get around tight spaces.
AWD gives confidence going slippery places.
Vehicles of comparable size do not have nearly as much room inside - not including the comment below about a 4x8 sheet.
MPG was very dependent upon the right foot.
For long Trips: tread lightly = 27mpg on trips / a lead foot = 20 MPG on the same trip.
This was due to great gearing where it drew about 2000RPM at 60.
Removing the rear seat really allows it to carry lots of stuff.
The rear tailgate does not swing out very far making it perfect for smaller garages.
The organizer is great and can be removed when it is in the way.
The distance between the rear wheels did not allow for a 4x8 sheet to fit in the back.
It just missed by 1/2".
The Factory roof bars were too low, allowing cargo boxes to bottom out on the roof.
Changing the plugs requires the block to be lifted up with a special tool.
I thought this was the ugliest automobile on the road, and then I drove one! My first was a 2001 with a campers package (loved it!), then I traded it for a 2005 knowing the car was nlm. I will have it paid off soon and hope it lasts forever! I haul greyhound dogs in it and it is perfect with the back seats removed. I love this car!
Removable back seats, and the room is awesome. Really cannot complain about the highway gas mileage as it will get 25-27 mpg with the air on
I've had my Aztek for about 5 years now and it's perfect for us. It washes up to look great for executive meetings and transforms to a great family rig for weekends on the coast. I have a two package and pull a trailer with gear for longer trips. Plenty of room. It runs great. 80k miles and still strong. My only thing is the sunroof is flawed. Had it repaired 5 times and it still doesn't work. I'm looking for a second one now.
I can sum up my review briefly...245,000 miles...body very good..0 rust.....original engine, transmission. Reolaced alternator and water pump but these didn't occur until 201,000 miles. This vehicle is hands down the most dependable, fun vehicle I have ever owned. I would buy another without hesitation.
Lift out cooler...tailgate that you can actually sit on.