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« on: October 09, 2014, 07:48:29 PM »

Hello,  I am a newbie to the forums.  I have a 2003 Aztek which I purchased new.  My story isn't overly fantastic but I'll go ahead and share.  I was a big fan of the TV show ...Dark Angel..  Grin  I saw my first Aztek there and decided I liked it so much I was going to keep my eye on it and one day, it might be mine!  After five years into my first 'real' job I decided I wanted to pull up stakes and hit the road.  I had a Pontiac Grand Am at the time and though I loved it, I was still eyeing that Aztek.    So, after some wheeling and dealing I purchased my champagne colored baby which promptly took me across four and a half states to my next job in the middle of absolutely nowhere!!  I absolutely loved it!  Over the next eight years my Aztek traveled back and forth across those same four states to visit family, meet new nieces and nephews and say goodbye to my cherished grandparents.  It then took me from Arizona to Illinois and back to Mississippi in a loop for the next few years until what might have been its last long trip from Arizona to Washington last year.  It is definitely an important part of my adult life and the moments that somewhat define who I am as an adult.

I've got close to 170K miles on it and so far the only major repairs were the oil pan (they took the engine out to replace the gaskets and blastit, five years later it's leaking again), transmission kit was replaced at the same time and for some reason water keeps getting stuck around the sensor lines that connect up to the fuel tank (I'm not techie/mechanical enough to give you precise terms sorry  Undecided ) which keeps causing my engine light to come on and error codes galore to be spit out, and I keep having to have my front two doors' hinges tightened as the doors keep pulling away from the body.  (NEVER buy the floor model people, NEVER)  Other than that it's been gold until the last year.  Lately she has done some odd ball things like die in the middle of the interstate - no response to pressing the gas, lights started going off then no breaks or steering, only to restart as soon as I turned it off and cranked it.  I also need to replace the central fuse boxes somehow as my car was bumped and it disconnected the wiring to it so there's no power to any of my windows now.  Other than these things I am hoping and praying this car will last me ten more years!!  I seriously love it!  Also, it is one of the only cars I can find on the market that will tow my little retro northwest coach travel trailer, haul a ton of supplies, get adequate gas mileage  and it didn't cost as much as a truck or most of the other SUVs out there.   When this one does die, I really hope I can find another used one out there somewhere.

~Wanderlust
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2014, 09:57:00 PM »

Man! What a great journey! Welcome to the club! We hope you find info you need and lots of new friends here!
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2014, 04:43:14 PM »

Me too!  Looking forward to learning more about my aztek and getting to know the folks who hang out here.  I can't help but let out a giggle every time I pass one of the 100K azteks on the road.  Honestly with as many people that drive in America, when you pass an aztek what are the chances when only a little over 100K were sold??  I have to restrain myself from leaving notes on them in parking lots like "GO AZTEK!" or "Azteks Unite!"

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2014, 01:19:01 PM »

Me too!  Looking forward to learning more about my aztek and getting to know the folks who hang out here.  I can't help but let out a giggle every time I pass one of the 100K azteks on the road.  Honestly with as many people that drive in America, when you pass an aztek what are the chances when only a little over 100K were sold??  I have to restrain myself from leaving notes on them in parking lots like "GO AZTEK!" or "Azteks Unite!"

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Hey Wanderlust, welcome to the AFC! As a relative newb myself (got my '03 in '09 and love it to death), I was surprised to find out that there are 4 other Azteks that I see in my part of Toronto - once I even ended up in a mini-convoy of three of us on the highway. A few other Tek owners will wave when we pass each other, and I'm just like you, I feel a kinship with all of them and want to invite them all to join the AFC. Hope you find the site as useful as I have over the last 5 years, and happy Tekking!!
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