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2004 Pontiac Aztek

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 17/Hwy 24/Comb 20 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.4 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: Mexico

2004 Pontiac Aztek Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 414 Ratings for the 2001 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

My Aztek has been good to me. Rugged and Durable

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Rugged, reliable, dependable, versatile"

Cons: "Fuel economy. Horsepower"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2003 Aztek in 2005 with 33,000 miles on it. I now have 178,700 miles on it, and it still drives quite well with no issues. The AWD is fantastic. I've been through deep snow, and a little off road, and never even come close to getting stuck. I've kept up on the regular maintenance (especially oil changes), and a few minor wear & tear repairs, but I can't complain. I've taken good care of the body, keeping it waxed as much as possible, and it does not have even a spec of rust on it. The suspension is amazing to look at underneath. I really think the Aztek was ahead of its time. People used to say it was ugly, but look at the current crossovers today. Most of them resemble the Aztek to an extent. I was recently car shopping to replace it, but eventually gave up because I could not find anything within my price range that I liked better. A couple of negatives: the hub assemblies tend to go bad. And when you replace them (if you do the work yourself), the axle nut MUST be torqued to specification or below, or you will be doing it again. The fuel mileage isn't the greatest, thanks most to the weight and the AWD. Other than that, I love my Aztek (or Ardvark like my brother calls it), and I've really gotten used to it over the last 9 years. The turning radius is superb, and the ride is still pretty tight and quiet. Everything still works like it's supposed to. It's versatility is amazing. I often take out the back seats and haul firewood and mulch. It has tons of room. It is deceptively spacious on the inside. And comfortable. In fact, up until last year when we got a minivan, the Aztek was the family car for pretty much everything, including for road trips. (It is still very capable, but the minivan serves that purpose better) The car has been extremely reliable, rugged, dependable, and comfortable. I want to see how long it will last. I am going to keep it."

My 2003 Aztek has been good to me!

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Rugged, Durable, Dependable and Versatile"

Cons: "Fuel economy and horsepower"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2003 Aztek in 2005 with 33,000 miles on it. I now have 178,700 miles on it, and it still drives quite well with no issues. The AWD is fantastic. I've been through deep snow, and a little off road, and never even come close to getting stuck. I've kept up on the regular maintenance (especially oil changes), and a few minor wear & tear repairs, but I can't complain. I've taken good care of the body, keeping it waxed as much as possible, and it does not have even a spec of rust on it. The suspension is amazing to look at underneath. I really think the Aztek was ahead of its time. People used to say it was ugly, but look at the current crossovers today. Most of them resemble the Aztek to an extent. I was recently car shopping to replace it, but eventually gave up because I could not find anything within my price range that I liked better. A couple of negatives: the hub assemblies tend to go bad. And when you replace them (if you do the work yourself), the axle nut MUST be torqued to specification or below, or you will be doing it again. The fuel mileage isn't the greatest, thanks most to the weight and the AWD. Other than that, I love my Aztek (or Ardvark like my brother calls it), and I've really gotten used to it over the last 9 years. The turning radius is superb, and the ride is still pretty tight and quiet. Everything still works like it's supposed to. It's versatility is amazing. I often take out the back seats and haul firewood and mulch. It has tons of room. It is deceptively spacious on the inside. And comfortable. In fact, up until last year when we got a minivan, the Aztek was the family car for pretty much everything, including for road trips. (It is still very capable, but the minivan serves that purpose better) The car has been extremely reliable, rugged, dependable, and comfortable. I want to see how long it will last. I am going to keep it"

My Aztek has been good to me. Rugged and Durable

By on Monday, April 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Rugged, reliable, dependable, versatile"

Cons: "Fuel economy. Horsepower"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2003 Aztek in 2005 with 33,000 miles on it. I now have 178,700 miles on it, and it still drives quite well with no issues. The AWD is fantastic. I've been through deep snow, and a little off road, and never even come close to getting stuck. I've kept up on the regular maintenance (especially oil changes), and a few minor wear & tear repairs, but I can't complain. I've taken good care of the body, keeping it waxed as much as possible, and it does not have even a spec of rust on it. The suspension is amazing to look at underneath. I really think the Aztek was ahead of its time. People used to say it was ugly, but look at the current crossovers today. Most of them resemble the Aztek to an extent. I was recently car shopping to replace it, but eventually gave up because I could not find anything within my price range that I liked better. A couple of negatives: the hub assemblies tend to go bad. And when you replace them (if you do the work yourself), the axle nut MUST be torqued to specification or below, or you will be doing it again. The fuel mileage isn't the greatest, thanks most to the weight and the AWD. Other than that, I love my Aztek (or Ardvark like my brother calls it), and I've really gotten used to it over the last 9 years. The turning radius is superb, and the ride is still pretty tight and quiet. Everything still works like it's supposed to. It's versatility is amazing. I often take out the back seats and haul firewood and mulch. It has tons of room. It is deceptively spacious on the inside. And comfortable. In fact, up until last year when we got a minivan, the Aztek was the family car for pretty much everything, including for road trips. (It is still very capable, but the minivan serves that purpose better) The car has been extremely reliable, rugged, dependable, and comfortable. I want to see how long it will last. I am going to keep it."

My Aztek has been good to me

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,690

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, AWD, spacious, durable"

Cons: "Fuel economy, hosepower"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Aztek in 2005, it was 2 years old and had 33,000 miles on it. Just at the tail end of its factory warranty. I had one very minor interior issue replaced. (the shifter track was bunching up, they replaced it for free and it has not given me trouble since) I now have 178,690 miles on it. This has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. The body still has no rust. Not a speck. i wash and wax the car regularly, and I am a firm believer that waxing you car is very important to preserving your clear coat, and paint. I think the suspension is a work of art. It's a 4 wheel independent suspension with struts in the front and shocks in the rear, but the control arm design is fascinating, yet simple. The All-Wheel-Drive (Versatrack) works quite well. I have driven through some pretty nasty snow and mud, and never even come close to getting stuck. Last winter I drove through a snowstorm where I passed many cars stuck in the snow. Here is what I've done over the last 9 years: Oil Changes- religiously at 3,000 miles. I now use synthetic, but at first just used the cheapest conventional oil. This is the #1 most important thing you can do with GM's 3.4L V6. Battery (normal, they don't last forever) Alternator - I found out later, it was the battery, I doubt I needed to replace the alternator. CV Shaft - The boot tore (probably from an object in the road), so I just replaced the whole CV shaft. Front Struts - normal wear Rear Shocks - normal wear Right front ball joint Brake pads and rotors - normal wear Power Steering pump - the pump was ok, but the reservoir cracked and was leaking fluid. Transmission Fluid and filter changes - I went way too long on this, changed it at 121,000 miles, so I changed it again in 2 weeks to be safe. The 4T65-E transmission is a real workhorse of a transmission, as long as you take care of it. I'll probably change the fluid and filter again this summer, just to be safe. Rear Differential fluid - Versatrak fluid is expensive, and I'm not sure I really needed to do it. Control Arm Bushing - Most control arm bushings have rubber in the center, as mine does. The rubber wore out, and then it started making a noise. But it was an easy fix. Wheel hub assembly, all 4. This is my only real complaint about GM's design on my Aztek. They just seem to wear out. If you change one, the axle nut MUST be torqued to spec, or slightly below. The ones that I did not torque to spec (I used an impact on the axle nuts) I got to do again. Rear Hatch lift supports. The rear hatch is very heavy, and I suspect GM should have used a stronger lift support. Every time I think about getting a newer car, I change my mind. This car simply has not given me a good enough reason to get rid of it. It just keeps going and going. Sometimes I take the back seats out and use it to haul mulch or firewood. Everything works. The A/C still works great, cruise control, stereo, power mirrors, windows, ABS, AWD, etc... The body style, highly ridiculed over the years has come full circle. If you look at the newer crossovers (I still say the Aztek is the original crossover), most of them share some resemblance to the Aztek. I don't mind the body style. The car has been an amazing workhorse, and up until last year when we bought a minivan, it was our road trip vehicle. There is a ton of space in this car too. I'm really not sure when I'm going to sell it, if at all. It just keeps on working."

My Aztek has been very good to me.

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,690

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable. AWD. Spacious. workhorse."

Cons: "Mileage. Rear Hatch supports"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Aztek in 2005, it was 2 years old and had 33,000 miles on it. Just at the tail end of its factory warranty. I had one very minor interior issue replaced. (the shifter track was bunching up, they replaced it for free and it has not given me trouble since) I now have 178,690 miles on it. This has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. The body still has no rust. Not a speck. i wash and wax the car regularly, and I am a firm believer that waxing you car is very important to preserving your clear coat, and paint. I think the suspension is a work of art. It's a 4 wheel independent suspension with struts in the front and shocks in the rear, but the control arm design is fascinating, yet simple. The All-Wheel-Drive (Versatrack) works quite well. I have driven through some pretty nasty snow and mud, and never even come close to getting stuck. Last winter I drove through a snowstorm where I passed many cars stuck in the snow. Here is what I've done over the last 9 years: Oil Changes- religiously at 3,000 miles. I now use synthetic, but at first just used the cheapest conventional oil. This is the #1 most important thing you can do with GM's 3.4L V6. Battery (normal, they don't last forever) Alternator - I found out later, it was the battery, I doubt I needed to replace the alternator. CV Shaft - The boot tore (probably from an object in the road), so I just replaced the whole CV shaft. Front Struts - normal wear Rear Shocks - normal wear Right front ball joint Brake pads and rotors - normal wear Power Steering pump - the pump was ok, but the reservoir cracked and was leaking fluid. Transmission Fluid and filter changes - I went way too long on this, changed it at 121,000 miles, so I changed it again in 2 weeks to be safe. The 4T65-E transmission is a real workhorse of a transmission, as long as you take care of it. I'll probably change the fluid and filter again this summer, just to be safe. Rear Differential fluid - Versatrak fluid is expensive, and I'm not sure I really needed to do it. Control Arm Bushing - Most control arm bushings have rubber in the center, as mine does. The rubber wore out, and then it started making a noise. But it was an easy fix. Wheel hub assembly, all 4. This is my only real complaint about GM's design on my Aztek. They just seem to wear out. If you change one, the axle nut MUST be torqued to spec, or slightly below. The ones that I did not torque to spec (I used an impact on the axle nuts) I got to do again. Rear Hatch lift supports. The rear hatch is very heavy, and I suspect GM should have used a stronger lift support. Every time I think about getting a newer car, I change my mind. This car simply has not given me a good enough reason to get rid of it. It just keeps going and going. Sometimes I take the back seats out and use it to haul mulch or firewood. Everything works. The A/C still works great, cruise control, stereo, power mirrors, windows, ABS, AWD, etc... The body style, highly ridiculed over the years has come full circle. If you look at the newer crossovers (I still say the Aztek is the original crossover), most of them share some resemblance to the Aztek. I don't mind the body style. The car has been an amazing workhorse, and up until last year when we bought a minivan, it was our road trip vehicle. There is a ton of space in this car too. I'm really not sure when I'm going to sell it, if at all. It just keeps on working."

My Aztek has been very good to me.

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,690

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable. AWD. Spacious. workhorse."

Cons: "Mileage. Rear Hatch supports"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Aztek in 2005, it was 2 years old and had 33,000 miles on it. Just at the tail end of its factory warranty. I had one very minor interior issue replaced. (the shifter track was bunching up, they replaced it for free and it has not given me trouble since) I now have 178,690 miles on it. This has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. The body still has no rust. Not a speck. i wash and wax the car regularly, and I am a firm believer that waxing you car is very important to preserving your clear coat, and paint. I think the suspension is a work of art. It's a 4 wheel independent suspension with struts in the front and shocks in the rear, but the control arm design is fascinating, yet simple. The All-Wheel-Drive (Versatrack) works quite well. I have driven through some pretty nasty snow and mud, and never even come close to getting stuck. Last winter I drove through a snowstorm where I passed many cars stuck in the snow. Here is what I've done over the last 9 years: Oil Changes- religiously at 3,000 miles. I now use synthetic, but at first just used the cheapest conventional oil. This is the #1 most important thing you can do with GM's 3.4L V6. Battery (normal, they don't last forever) Alternator - I found out later, it was the battery, I doubt I needed to replace the alternator. CV Shaft - The boot tore (probably from an object in the road), so I just replaced the whole CV shaft. Front Struts - normal wear Rear Shocks - normal wear Right front ball joint Brake pads and rotors - normal wear Power Steering pump - the pump was ok, but the reservoir cracked and was leaking fluid. Transmission Fluid and filter changes - I went way too long on this, changed it at 121,000 miles, so I changed it again in 2 weeks to be safe. The 4T65-E transmission is a real workhorse of a transmission, as long as you take care of it. I'll probably change the fluid and filter again this summer, just to be safe. Rear Differential fluid - Versatrak fluid is expensive, and I'm not sure I really needed to do it. Control Arm Bushing - Most control arm bushings have rubber in the center, as mine does. The rubber wore out, and then it started making a noise. But it was an easy fix. Wheel hub assembly, all 4. This is my only real complaint about GM's design on my Aztek. They just seem to wear out. If you change one, the axle nut MUST be torqued to spec, or slightly below. The ones that I did not torque to spec (I used an impact on the axle nuts) I got to do again. Rear Hatch lift supports. The rear hatch is very heavy, and I suspect GM should have used a stronger lift support. Every time I think about getting a newer car, I change my mind. This car simply has not given me a good enough reason to get rid of it. It just keeps going and going. Sometimes I take the back seats out and use it to haul mulch or firewood. Everything works. The A/C still works great, cruise control, stereo, power mirrors, windows, ABS, AWD, etc... The body style, highly ridiculed over the years has come full circle. If you look at the newer crossovers (I still say the Aztek is the original crossover), most of them share some resemblance to the Aztek. I don't mind the body style. The car has been an amazing workhorse, and up until last year when we bought a minivan, it was our road trip vehicle. There is a ton of space in this car too. I'm really not sure when I'm going to sell it, if at all. It just keeps on working."

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