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Chevrolet Aveo Sedan

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  • aveodriveraveodriver Posts: 9
    All new owners of aveos - check the tire pressure. They ship with around 45 or 50 lbs, and the dealer is supposed to let down to 35 lbs as part of the make-ready process, but my dealer didn't.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    aveodriver -

    LOL.. funny you mention that. I DID bring my tire gauge with me when I went to pick up my car, but forgot to check the pressure. As soon as I hit the first tar strip, I knew they were OVER inflated! Mine did have 45 lbs. in each tire too.

    They are now at 30 lbs.

    fastdriver
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    Can someone tell me what those two little round lens are next to the headlights? What is their function?

    fastdriver
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    frenchcar & jchan2-

    I didn't get my current issue of Motor Trend yet. Maybe it will come today.

    I never drove any of the other cars that supposedly compete with the AVEO, but just remember how they made fun of Hyundai the past several years. Now look where they stand in the current JD Power survey! ;-)) Right up there with Toyota!

    Besides, they drive so many cars that they never get a chance to live with it everyday except in their long term tests. Testing a car for a day or so doesn't make you appreciate all the little nuances a car may have that they may not notice with a quick drive.

    Everytime I do something to the AVEO, I notice something new like the little lip on the trunk and the nice curve at the bottom of the rear bumper that doesn't have a little cutout with a scrawny exhaust sticking out! Little touches that add to its charm. I did a size comparison with the Toyota Corolla and the AVEO sedan and they are just about the exact same inside even though the AVEO is shorter.

    So far, so good. Everything works, nothing leaks, nothing fell off and the car goes straight! What more could one ask for? ;-))))

    fastdriver
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,727
    Interesting you'd mention how they have treated Hyundai. When you look at the few reviews they have done on Hyundais over the past few years compared to other car mags and Edmunds.com, MT has pretty much ignored Hyundai. For example, they did not even consider the Elantra GT in their COTY voting in the year it was eligible. When they do comparos, they tend to exclude Hyundais. Other reviewers, including C/D, CR, and Edmunds.com, have been mostly favorable about Hyundais over the past few years. They have even been saying nice things about Kias lately.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Now that I think back about it, they haven't tested a Hyundai in a comparison test in a long time. In fact, I forget the isse they tested it in!
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    Today was the first time I opened the hood of the AVEO for a minute! I discovered TWO fans behind the radiator. I also answered my question above about those two rounds "lights" next to the headlights. They're NOTHING. Dummies. It looks like you could put some lights in there. It must be a Canadian thing like the fog lights!

    I'll have to write to that Chevy dealer again up there and ask him if the Canadian AVEO'S have bulbs in there.

    Still no answer from that lady I wrote to at Chevy. Maybe she was away for the long weekend.

    Enjoy the weekend all. Happy Memorial Day to all- five of you here! ;-))))

    fastdriver
  • aveodriveraveodriver Posts: 9
    I read on some website that the top speed of the Aveo is 110 MPH, "drag limited".

    Has anyone been able to exceed 110 MPH? I got mine up to 110, and even on a downhill section of interstate, it would NOT go any faster. I only held it at 110 for a mile of so, then backed off. I do not normally speed, but I like to know what the car will do.
  • lbeasmanlbeasman Posts: 10
    Hello everybody-new to the Edmund's site. Very good info.
     I' am in a dilemma--Need a good reliable econobox. Got a 10 yr old Windstar to get rid of but also paying on an '03 Dodge Durango. Obvious $$ is tight. Looking for something closer to< $15k
    Issue to debate--What should I get---4 dr base Chevy Aveo or Saturn ION 1.they are real close in pricing.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Are those your only two choices because of a GM credit card? If not, the Hyundai Elantra warrants VERY SERIOUS consideration. A basic GLS offers a lot more car for the money than either the ION or Aveo, and after the $2000 rebate (but before tax, title, license) the 5-speed model is only $11,000.
    Something to consider.

    ~alpha
  • lbeasmanlbeasman Posts: 10
    In fact, I have a $490 "gm car credit rebate". I was trying to use that along w/cash back.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    the Aveo LS, loaded and use all incentives. You won't get much frige options with the ION, but you will be able to negotiate the price and get more options like a Sunroof and Alloys on the Aveo.
  • rae52rae52 Posts: 100
    fastdriver, have you noticed the difference in the paint on your car? Specifically, the rear bumper and gas lid-compare that to the rest of your car--see what I mean? Does the silver paint match better when it's cloudy outside?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    rae52 -

    WOW! I never noticed that. I think it was just the reflection and the way the sun was hitting the car. I'll check it out whenever it stops raining around here.

    I do know that in many other forums there is a lot of discussion about the paint on the metal and the paint on the bumper changing color over time. It seems as if painting rubber bumpers is still not as good as painting metal. I do know that it does seem to vary by color. This is my first silver car ever. I usually like red or white, but neither one of those colors looked good on the AVEO in my opinion.

    I'll take more pics and let you know what I see. Thanks.

    fastdriver
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Thanks for posting all those pictures, all that's left is to give us all a test drive!
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    muffin_man-

    So far the longest trip(aside from the day I got it) was Sunday- 45 miles one way on I-95. Car is quiet. Almost NO road/wind noise. No trouble keeping up with traffic. Rides great. Tried an MP3 CD in there that I burned with iTunes songs from my Macintosh. Put it in- radio said something like FILECHECK and then it played! Sounded great.

    As time goes on, I guess I'll have more to say. Right now, I really like this car.

    fastdriver
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    So if those lights in the headlight cluster are dummy lights, what serves as the parking light in the front? Do the turn signals light up as the parking light?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    nice pictures! thanks!
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    lngtonge18-

    The yellow lights below the headlights light up and serve as the turn signal lights. I just wish I knew WHAT those dummy lights are for. I received a response from a Canadian dealer who said that they are not used on the Canadian AVEOS either!

    I wrote to some woman at Chevy last week, but no response yet. That e-mail was concerning the "Appearance package" that includes the aluminum wheels, mudguards and foglights that I have read about at several sites, but one for which the dealer has NO order code! She's probably still looking for an answer too because the Chevy "customer service" people, who must have been hired from Chrysler's "customer service", have NO clue either!

    I'll give her until the end of the week before I call her.

    fastdriver
  • bigdaddycoatsbigdaddycoats Posts: 1,058
    May sales - 4993
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    do we have the sales numbers for the Rio, xA, Accent and ECHO?
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    The initial goal set last Fall by Chevrolet was to sell 5,000 per month of the Aveo or 60000 per year and that is about what they will achieve after it has been on the road a year or so. They expect the new 2005 Cobalt series to be a large volume seller but keep in mind that the larger the car the better the profit for the factory. One of the purposes of the Aveo was to have a low cost economical entry level vehicle to appeal to young people while helping to offset the gas hog figures of some of GM's SUV truck models in order to comply with the CAFE requirements. Also keep in mind that the Aveo, Pontiac Wave, Suzuki Swift Plus in Canada all have to come from the same GM-Daewoo plant in Korea that puts out the popular Daewoo Kalos (Aveo) for the rest of the world. Sales are way up in Europe and up 40 % in the UK. You have to total up the sales for all of the above if you want to compare to the Scion xA or Rio, Accent, etc. I think they are on target. Eventually they will have increased capacity when the plant in India comes on stream and the Chinese engine plant and the new Italian diesel engine joint venture plant in Korea get going for the 2006 model year. Looking good.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    bigdaddycoats & jchan2-

    I found April sales:

    CHEVY AVEO: 3,900 WITH YTD 11,783

    KIA RIO: 4,773 WITH YTD 12,700

    HYUNDAI ACCENT: 3,792 WITH YTD 15,073

    TOYOTA ECHO: 356 WITH YTD 1,694

    fastdriver
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    The Toyota Echo must really be a slow seller if Chevrolet sold more Aveos in the month of April than Toyota sold Echos for the whole year to date.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Im not sure why this vehicle is lingering around. Scion has basically destroyed the ECHO in markets in which it is available, and Toyota pretty well pulled the plug on ECHO fleet sales as well. Actually, I do know why the ECHO is lingering- CAFE standards. Unlike the Aveo, Rio, and Accent the ECHOs numbers are seriously high, and do a good deal for Toyota. Finally, ECHO sales are also slow because there are no rebates that are used to push the vehicle. The Rio, for example, has a $1500 rebate, which is practically 15% of the car.

    But yea, the ECHO is superflouous, and I expect you'll see it die ASAP after Toyota's big hybrid push is in full effect (Highlander, Camry, etc.).

    ~alpha
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    Well, here in Canada where gas prices are a bit higher than in the US the ECHO is selling very well (50.000 per year).

    The real world mileage you get out of this 10k to 14k car is 41 MPG with the automatic (my personal experience over more than 3 years and 90 k miles) and closer to 45 MPG with the manual transmission.

    Not everyone needs or cares (or can afford) a wasteful SUV or truck that only achieves 15 to 20 MPG.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    I just called that lady at GM RE: that elusive "Appearance package", to see if she still works at GM because I haven't heard from her. I did get her voicemail and left her a message. I didn't leave my phone number because she'd most likely call back when I would not be available to talk or have all my notes in front of me. She has my e-mail.

    Will keep you informed- all 5 of you! ;-))

    fastdriver
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    good. we all want to know the latest about this "Appearance Package"
  • bigdaddycoatsbigdaddycoats Posts: 1,058
    Sorry you have yet to get a response. This method has worked for me in the past. i hope it works for you as well. Sometimes it does take a little while. If you do not get a reply from her, try Dave Roman.
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