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Benny34
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« on: April 13, 2016, 05:56:04 PM »

Hi everyone. I'm not yet an Aztek owner. Been interested in them for awhile. They seem to offer everything I need. I like off roading/camping. I'm one of those starving musicians, so the cargo room and fuel economy are a huge plus. I've been reading reviews and most are quite positive.
So I have my eye on an 02 for about $2500CAN. 225k on body. 120k on motor. New suspension all around. With all invoices as proof. No rust. 2nd owner.
Any tips as to what I should be looking for? I'm wondering if the tranny might be getting a little tired at 225k. Is this the one or should I look for something newer. The price tag is attractive on this and at this point I can't afford more than around 4K anyway. I imagine parts in Saskatchewan may be a little hard to come by but that's a risk I'd live with if I choose to purchase.
What do you think?
Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2016, 11:08:58 AM »

Hi everyone. I'm not yet an Aztek owner. Been interested in them for awhile. They seem to offer everything I need. I like off roading/camping. I'm one of those starving musicians, so the cargo room and fuel economy are a huge plus. I've been reading reviews and most are quite positive.
So I have my eye on an 02 for about $2500CAN. 225k on body. 120k on motor. New suspension all around. With all invoices as proof. No rust. 2nd owner.
Any tips as to what I should be looking for? I'm wondering if the tranny might be getting a little tired at 225k. Is this the one or should I look for something newer. The price tag is attractive on this and at this point I can't afford more than around 4K anyway. I imagine parts in Saskatchewan may be a little hard to come by but that's a risk I'd live with if I choose to purchase.
What do you think?
Thanks!

Hi Benny34, welcome to the AFC! I can give you a bit of feedback on the Tek you're looking at, hopefully some others with more experience will chime in too.

Firstly, the 2001 and 2002 model years had their share of challenges - they're known for having issues with the BCM, and the C-305 electrical connector, which was horribly placed underneath the vehicle exposed to the elements. Just search C-305 here and you'll find a lot of info. If you have the history on the vehicle, I would check to see if either of those have been replaced. All Azteks (in fact all GM vehicles with this engine) are known to have been built with a very cheap Lower Intake Manifold (LIM) gasket, so that part is guaranteed to fail - and it's a $60 gasket hiding under about $1500 worth of labour to get to it - so good idea to see if that's been done. Mine (a 2003) hadn't been done, so I had to do it about 18 months after I bought it.

The transmission is hard to say - my Tek had been used for towing without a tranny cooler, so I had to do a rebuild about 2.5 years after buying her, but I knew that risk going in cuz I could see where the hitch had been mounted. Truly hard to know what kind of condition the tranny would be in on the ride you're looking at, but it's a possibility that you might need to work on it down the road.

Finally, in terms of parts - mechanical parts are easy to come by, as the same engine and powertrain was used in quite a few GM models, but body parts can be challenging. I had to replace the driver's side power window switch on mine and ended up buying it on eBay from a guy in Pennsylvania.

Overall, that 2002 sounds like a good deal and hopefully this info helps out.

If you do pull the trigger, be sure to come back and share a pic of your new ride!

Good luck from Toronto!
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2016, 10:54:36 AM »

Thanks for the helpful reply Dave! I don't know if the manifold gasket has been done. That was the issue in the previous engine. Apparently he swapped out a lower mileage engine instead of replacing the gasket. I'll be sure to ask him.
Thanks again!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2016, 02:19:50 PM »

I have an 05 Aztek with 135,000 miles on it.  Had to have the tranny rebuilt about 10,000 miles ago ($1800 US.)  If the tranny shifts smooth with no jerks it may last forever.  Mine would skip the "burned up" second gear except when hit with a wide open burst of throttle.  At that point it would downshift and jerk crazily.

Mine was late enough that the gasket bugs were already worked out thank goodness.

It's an awesome hauler and amazing in the snow. 

Good Luck.
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