2004 Pontiac Aztek Rally 3.4L V6 from North America
The Eater Of The Wheel Bearings!
Where to start? I haven't seen a vehicle that ate wheel bearings like the Pontiac Aztek. At least every year I had to replace 2 or 3 of the hub assemblies. By the time I recently traded it in, I was up to my 8th replacement in 3 years. Unreal! While it was a comfortable, quirky vehicle, it had a lot of mechanical hiccups:
Brakes had to be replaced every 8-12 months.
The original chrome rims corroded to the point where I had to replace them all, since the tires wouldn't properly seal to them.
New control arm bushings and rear knuckle bushings.
The rear end would constantly CLUNK while accelerating. Dealership told me if it went out, it would be $4000 to replace.
Radio display would cut out. You'd have to hit it to get it to come back on.
Power steering pump leaked constantly.
My first Pontiac, and my last Pontiac. Junk. I wouldn't ever own another one. As I said before, it was a comfortable vehicle, and reliable for the most part, but the premature failure with the wheel bearings drove me to the point where it was time to get rid of it and get something more reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd February, 2015