2002 Pontiac Aztek from North America




I love my Aztek, but just within the last two weeks water has started leaking from the roof into the car on the passenger side. From the right of the rear view mirror to as far back as the front passenger's seat belt, the headliner is soaked. The floor and passenger seat is wet also. Twice this week just the headliner above the door was wet. I have an appointment with the dealer on Thursday. The car was out of warranty last July, but I only have 38000 miles so I'll see if I can get this covered by warranty as this should not be happening. The dealership said they would pull any bulletins before I come in. Anyone else experience this?

-Driver's Window Dropped into Door, Broken Motor Piece, replaced under warranty.

-Mysterious thumping noise coming from back tires. Sounded like the thumping of ABS. Dealer resurfaced rotors and didn't help. Sound went away eventually.

-Back hatch doesn't pop up in the winter. Door is too heavy for opener when it is cold. Many times I will have to be standing at the hatch and open as I push the button on the remote.

General Comments:

Overall I really like the car.

Very comfortable roomy interior.

Does well on log trips or carrying loads of plants from the nursery.

The only downfall is the hatch.

Or that not many people like the outside. Oh well, their loss!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2006

2002 Pontiac Aztek base 3.4 from North America


Should be overlooked... unless purchase cost is very low


Front Bearings (both sides) at 60000km. (out of warranty)

New rotors, pads. (all around) 62000km.

2 major head gaskets on engine (expensive) $1000 (out of warranty)

Rear door/hatch does not open.

Do not buy, skip over... unless they give it to you.

Father - family of 4.

General Comments:

This vehicle will go down as one of the least reliable ones Pontiac ever built. Which is too bad, GM did not need this as they are trying to clean up their reputation. You can find these very cheap on car lots, be careful.

They seem to be plagued with problems. I think they were built in Mexico... cheap labour...poor quality.

Look at Volvo's, Toyota's or Honda's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th February, 2006

4th Mar 2006, 11:55

The only problem I have have had with mine is a front wheel bearing at 75,000km. Now I have 100,000km and have not had to replaced anything else, even the brakes. I feel bad for the people who have had problems. This vehicle gets great gas mileage and has the best ride. There is also lots of cargo space.

2002 Pontiac Aztek LX from North America


Not worth your time, money or aggravation


Most recently, at 67,000 miles, I had to have the two head gaskets replaced, although dealer says they still can't find anything to cause the over heating, and that it was most likely wear and tear. :rolling my eyes:

Calipers replaced at 65,000 miles.

Over heating issues addressed with no real solution several times in the past 6 months.

Wheel bearings replaced at 59,000.

Intake manifold replaced at 56,000.

Air Condenser replaced at 49,000.

Air Compressor replaced at 39,000.

All I can say is THANK goodness, I purchased an extended warranty.

General Comments:

The car is fun to drive, but repair time in the shop has been a real bummer. Lately it seams I have spent more time in rentals : (

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th February, 2006

2002 Pontiac Aztek from North America


Do Not purchase this car


This car has in the past two years had the brakes replaced on a regular basis.

My last brake job lasted only 11,000 miles. The brakes went from okay to needing rotor repair in less than 1000 miles. My mechanic even had the regional representative from Pontiac come to the garage and view the problem. I have a new type of brake pad, but do not anticipate the brakes lasting any longer than the last set. I have the mechanic check each month.

Cost of brakes in the last year - over 1,000 dollars! I agree Pontiac is aware of this problem!

General Comments:

Pontiac Aztec has problems with the brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th October, 2005

11th Oct 2005, 08:35

Maybe you got a bad one, but typically brake issues are caused by your driving. Ease up a little on the road and I bet they'll last a lot longer.

22nd Dec 2006, 13:54

I hardly think that someone that maintains a vehicle as well as the original reviewer appears to would drive like a maniac and then complain about having to constantly replace brakes. You shouldn't make a baseless assumption of this nature, and attempt to place the blame for a known problem with the Aztek on the original reviewer.