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Author Topic: 17 year Aztek owner in Central Texas  (Read 460 times)
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RWMcElhanon
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« on: February 03, 2018, 03:36:40 PM »


   Well, almost.  It'll be 17 years on the 4th of April that my Aztek GT has been my only vehicle.  It was brought new off of a Pontiac dealer's lot.  It's had many of the problems that are so well documented on this forum; the BCM screwed up just a little over a month after buying it, but got fixed under warranty and never had any more problems.  The faulty-designed cylinder head gaskets failed after warranty and I had to pay the full freight on that fiasco.  I had a lot of other vehicles before the Aztek and never had to replace a starter motor - I'm on my 3rd starter motor on my Aztek.  And there's been other problems that didn't stop it from running but had to be fixed.  I can't say I've ever been a 'fan' of the Aztek build quality.

   The simple fact is that the Aztek was somewhat over-engineered and not particularly well-manufactured, a combination that usually results in build quality problems.
 
   That being said, I still enjoy owning and driving the car.  It's very maneuverable around crowded streets and parking lots, yet cruises smooth, quiet and comfortable at 75+ mph.  Still has very good acceleration and seems to be getting the same gas mileage as when new, not that the Aztek gas mileage was ever considered a big selling point.  Current problems are: the gas gauge is acting up, but is still usable, and there's a problem with the right rear door's power window.  But otherwise, everything still seems to be working as it's supposed to.  Despite past mechanical problems, the Aztek has never stranded me or needed to be towed.  Well, when the original starter motor failed I did have to walk a little over 3 blocks home, but the weather was pleasant and I didn't really consider that as being "stranded".

   At this time it would cost considerably more to replace the Aztek with anything near equivalent versus just keeping the car.  So, unless it gets totaled in an accident or suffers some really major mechanical disaster, I will just keep driving the car.  It's actually conceivable at this time that I may own it the rest of my life.  Hopefully, both me and the Aztek won't die at the same time.

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 08:52:30 AM »

Hi! I'm in Austin! I have yet to see another GT on the road here, most all I've seen have been down at Wrench-A-Part or LKQ.  Embarrassed But at least it's been somewhat easy to find parts.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 01:49:45 PM »


   Well, there doesn't seem to be too many 2001 Azteks still on the road and since the "Grand Touring Package" was only offered for the 2001 year model it would make sense that there wouldn't be too many GTs running around anymore either.

   Mine lives just north of Georgetown at the moment and only rarely gets down to Austin, so you probably won't ever see mine there either. If you do, however, you will certainly notice it because it looks just like yours but without the sunroof.
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