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« on: April 05, 2016, 09:19:41 PM »

Hello, just 2 days ago I bought a 2004 with 138K miles on it. For the most part it runs very well, however there are a couple of nuances that I hope someone on here can help me out with. I'm sure that these have come up before.

1) The hatch back is a pain to open. When I press the trunk release button on the inside of the car, it acts as if it doesn't fully release the hatch back on the car. Unfortunately the used car lot I bought it from, didn't have the remote for it.

2) Mentioned this in the above issue, but anyway  I can get a new remote or a good place to go to get one.

3) When accelerating between 30 and 50, the exhaust sounds extremely throaty. It doesn't do it all the time, when accelerating but does do it quite often. I had the exhaust system check before I bought it and they said everything checked out fine. Any ideas or thoughts on what could be causing this. The body and frame are in good condition and don't appear to have been in any accidents.

I'm going to continue looking around on line, but thought that this might be a good start.

Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2016, 05:23:03 PM »

Hi and Welcome ellibeest

I would recomend using the search option for anything on this very useful site. Although its not as active as once was, the information is still very much used and needed (especially me!)

Some areas to search are:  (under Aztek garage peer support) POWERTRAIN/PERFORMANCE UPGRADES and MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL/OTHER for starters.

hope this helps, cheers
Rob
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2016, 09:57:10 AM »

Thank you... I started using the search and have found several answers that I had
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2016, 11:14:01 AM »

Hello, just 2 days ago I bought a 2004 with 138K miles on it. For the most part it runs very well, however there are a couple of nuances that I hope someone on here can help me out with. I'm sure that these have come up before.

1) The hatch back is a pain to open. When I press the trunk release button on the inside of the car, it acts as if it doesn't fully release the hatch back on the car. Unfortunately the used car lot I bought it from, didn't have the remote for it.

2) Mentioned this in the above issue, but anyway  I can get a new remote or a good place to go to get one.

3) When accelerating between 30 and 50, the exhaust sounds extremely throaty. It doesn't do it all the time, when accelerating but does do it quite often. I had the exhaust system check before I bought it and they said everything checked out fine. Any ideas or thoughts on what could be causing this. The body and frame are in good condition and don't appear to have been in any accidents.

I'm going to continue looking around on line, but thought that this might be a good start.

Thanks

Hi ellibeast - welcome to the AFC and congrats on the new ride! Sorry to be so slow seeing your post - you may have already found some answers, but here's what I can tell you:

- The back hatch is one of those 'Aztek thangs' that we've learned to live with. Essentially, the glass is too heavy for the servos, so when you push either the button on the dash or on the remote, you either need to be lifting at the same time, or you need to push the button 2-3 times. Given that you don't currently have a remote, I can understand what a pain this is....

- When I got my Tek (used) it already had an aftermarket remote starter (Premier) installed, so I got that remote and not the original one. I've since replaced it with a new Premier one after it dies - I would think you should be able to get a new remote, but I would try contacting a GM dealer.

- Don't have anything helpful on the exhaust unfortunately, sorry.

Hope to see you around the site!
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2016, 01:51:09 PM »

Haven't posted much to this forum but as the proud original owner of a fire-engine red 05 Aztek I can tell you that there are two rubber bumper bumpers that can be adjusted to make the back glass pop up a bit more when the release is pressed from inside.  They don't extend much but can be screwed out a bit to help. 

Even though this forum is SLOW now it is an invaluable resource because Haynes and the like never made shop manuals for the lowly Aztek.  Too bad because they are awesome, haul anything-anywhere, workhorses.

My exhaust sounds throaty if the throttle is kicked open but I always thought that was a feature not a flaw  Grin   
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2016, 08:03:05 PM »

Thanks for the replies and comments. Searching through the forums is becoming very valuable as a lot of people have experienced the same issues or features, depending on your outlook Smiley

Two treatments of WD-40 on the actuators to pop the glass and they are working great.

I'm getting used to the throaty sound, but am working on trying to diagnose a few other issues and am spending lots of time on here researching.

Engine occasionally sputters for 30 seconds or so while driving under 30 and when turning (parking or turning into the driveway) there is a whining sound coming from the back.

I am liking how much you can put in the back of the Aztek, and the seats are easy to take in and out.
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