We are looking at buying a 2001 Pontiac Aztek. It has 199,000 mile's on it How long will it last..?


Asked by RobinJonson Jul 26, 2015 at 03:16 PM about the 2001 Pontiac Aztek STD AWD

Question type: General

How Good is the 3400 motor and what major problem's does this type of Vehicle have. Is
it worth buying and second Aztek

Thank You,
Robin Johnson

9 Answers

Depends on price. Personally I would be very very careful with any car with 200k. Recommend compression test, and if it smokes now... no way. But sometimes an engine will last beyond 200k if it has had good maintenance history, that is critical

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Two totally polarized opinions on that car.

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Thank You very much for your response. We decided not to buy this Vehicle. My has 232,330 mile's on the same motor. It is a Pontiac Bonneville. She is still running good but has seen her day's. Thank you again Robin Johnson

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As much as I like these Azteks they are probably the worst car on the U.S. market. While many will make it to the 180,000/200,000 mile mark - after that they can be relied on only to fail. Head gaskets blow, dash lights and gages fail, radio lights fail, (most of the electrical system goes to junk), many trans. fail, front wheel bearings fail, and there is more. Not a cheap car to maintain - though a very comfortable ride while it lists.

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I realize this thread is old, however I have a 2002 with 233k miles on mine. Have replaced fuel pump and had brake pads replaced. We change the oil every 3-4k miles, rotate tires and do seasonal fluid flushes, etc always!!!! Take care of your vehicle and drive like a grandma. Go slow or actually stop before railroad tracks and speed bumps. My Aztec is great no rust doesn't rattle. Is it worth 5000k or anything, of course not, but is not scrap material. The owner and drivers are usually what determines the shape a vehicle is in. Not always, but usually!!!

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GuruY7DV7 said it best: They are fantastic cars to drive but are subject to major engine, trans, electrical and other failures generally any time after 140,000. Expect to put at least around $5,000 into them once this starts and ALWAYS maintain a road service policy on them.

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