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Chevy Aveo Hatchback

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
For those who own or are considering the purchase of the Aveo hatchback - Welcome!


  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    AVEO HATCHBACK pics from the Providence, RI car show 2/1/04. Enjoy. It was just a base model.

    Here is the response from Chevy RE: new transmission warranty:

    "Thank you for contacting the Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center. We appreciate you taking the time to write us in regards to the updated warranty information for the Chevrolet Aveo.

    The following letter was sent to dealers on 1/15/2004:

    We are pleased to announce the addition of a 5yr/60,000 mile Powertrain warranty for the 2004 Chevy Aveo. This warranty coverage will be retroactively applied to vehicles already delivered and it has a $0 deductible and is transferable at no charge.

    We are currently updating our warranty booklet information and working on details for getting new warranty books to vehicles in dealer inventory, in-transit and to current Aveo owners. We will be integrating the new warranty information into consumer communications very shortly.

    We understand how important the extended warranty is for our Chevy dealers to effectively compete against the Aveo competitors. We look forward to seeing the entire Chevy dealer body aggressively promote Aveo and its innovative features (including the Powertrain warranty) in marketing communications in the near future."

    That's it. I told them that if they REALLY wanted to compete with the competition, they should also consider changing the 3/36 warranty! We'll see.

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    and the sedan ugly (IMHO) I'm glad to see this board being opened. Still only seen the sedans in real life-- will try to drive the hatch when and if it hits St. Louis.
  • Is this Aveo a rebadged Daewoo?
  • drivin: Yep, it's a Daewoo !

    HUD :):)
  • got an Aveo hatchback in metallic blue. I've only seen the one hatch and it has the $1,000 marked on the windshield for the early rebate Chevy is offering on it. Looks small but an interesting design, indeed.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • The hatch is the only model I'm interested in as the sedan looks like a retirement car to me. If you go to the Chevy site and build your own it will do a dealer search for the model you want in your zip code area. I'm in St louis. There were some hatches that came up but none that matched my options. All were in the $14325.00 range! As usual one will most likely have to order a hatch with options and a 5 speed. All the ones in this area are automatic trans. Can you imagine 103hp and an automatic?! Also, from what I have been hearing at the water cooler, GM is going to have a hard time selling in the midwest. People here are already making jokes about it. Asked if they had seen one they say no, just on TV. They laughed and asked if the wheels would fit on their lawnmower! Chevy should offer wheels like Toyota does. Scion gives a person a huge number of accessories to choose from. Also Has anyone seen if Chevy will sell the body kits that GM Canada does for its Chevy Aveo? At the price GM is marketing this car I have grave doubts. Kia will undercut its price by thousands of dollars. My sister did this last fall. She bought a new 2003 Kia Rio loaded with options for just $8000, Basic models with no a/c or radio were $5995. You see the problem. If the car is marketed in the $14000 range it had better have something special to offer.
  • chris: I read that GM has bumped the warranty to 50K on the Aveo. I'm sure they realized that they MUST be a little more competetive in the "warranty wars" if they want to move any amount of the "nee Korean" iron. Actually if they had any brains they'd MATCH Hyundai & Kia in the warranty dept. Even then I'd think long and hard before I put my money on the table for the GM iteration of a Daewoo.

    HUD :):)
  • but Daewoo was in the process of collapsing and was bought out by GM Daewoo Auto & Tech.Co. Most of us are aware of this but I'm wondering just how much GM tinkered with this design and manufacture process before it got shipped to America. If it was up to me, I'd be feeling safer about the car if GM had NO HAND IN IT'S MANUFACTURE, ONLY DAEWOO PEOPLE AND FACTORY METHODS, EH?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • iluv: Plus it's been our experience with Chev. rebadged imports that the dealerships treat them like red headed stepchildren ! Don't really like to work on them and stock very few parts @ the dealership. Always have to "order" what you need and it takes forever to get it. We had a few in our business fleet and quit buying them for that very reason.

  • the reason I don't care for GM and those like them. If they were smart, or good businessmen, they would treat the people who buy small well, if that means having Aveo replacement parts on hand and not having to order them, then that's what it means. GM's too big and too greedy and their cars are just too bland overall. A lousy combination and one to avoid. That having been said, I hope those that do buy Chevy Aveo's receive decent treatment from their Chev dealers and GM overall. Nuff said.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,824
    I went into my local Chevy dealer the other day as I was in the neighborhood and asked if they had any Aveos in yet. I explained I had been in about 6 weeks ago and was told they should have some in 4-6 weeks. The salesman said that the only one they had was just sold right off the showfloor. I waited to see if he would say anything else, like, "What kind of Aveo are you interested in? When are you looking to buy one? Have you driven one yet? No? How about if I check our orders and find out when we'll be getting some more in, and I'll let you know when one arrives so you can come in and drive it? Would you like a brochure?" But he said no such thing. Since I already had a brochure from a previous visit, I thanked him and left. How do people like that get jobs as new car salespeople?
  • backy: It is just the fact that there is not a lot of money in a Aveo even @ the best deal for the dealer. I would suspect that a salesman would a whole lot rather spend his / her time peddling a loaded-up Monte Carlo, Impala or some hulking overpriced SUV. The old sales adage that "you can't do any business with people that don't have any money" applies here. Anyone buying a Aveo is not a very good prospect for a lot of profit unless they really get ripped-off by the F & I guy on the "back end" of the deal.

    HUD :):)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,824
    How do they know that I would buy only an Aveo from them? Maybe I need an Aveo for my teen-ager (which is not far from the truth) and down the road I'll need a Silverado or Tahoe or Impala or whatever for me or my DW? A good salesperson doesn't just think about one transaction, but about creating a lifetime, repeat customer.
  • above, hudra. That is NOT a good Chevy salesperson, if they just grunt out a quick, NO, WE DON'T HAVE ANY OF THOSE, and look the other way. That's the equivalent of all the bonehead American drivers who prefer to do the slow drift into your lane in front of you without signalling their intention to change lanes. Boneheaded, short-sighted thinking that leads nowhere. I've heard people say that the reason they don't signal IS THAT THEY'RE AFRAID SOMEONE (YOU)WILL SPEED UP IF THEY SIGNAL AND NOT LET THEM IN. How stupid! We are that paranoid and devoid of fellow feeling towards one another that we omit a turn signal because we're afraid that we'll lose our spot on the freeway if we do? Ya gotta be kiddin' me! This thing is deteriorating fast IMO.
         Chevy's fortunes are not going to improve with service like that. Dumb and impersonal treatment from the person that represents Chevy doesn't make a good impression on a potential buyer at all.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • backy & iluv: You are exactly right. No GOOD salesman would operate this way. How many GOOD salesmen have you run across lately ? This is the typical attitude with most car dealers. Live for today. Sell, sell,sell and worry about tomorrow, tomorow.

    This is why my business long ago gave up going eyeball to eyeball with the sales weasels. We have purchased the last 10 or twelve vehicles "on line". We get the lowest price we can and move on to the next purchase without actually ever seeing anyone face-to-face. Works for us and as far as I can tell it works for them. Never get any tins of cookies, "birthday cards" or even a short "thank you" but that's show biz LOL !

    HUD :):)
  • LOL, you guys are better off buying the way you are, I think. I am going to strongly consider buying online when the time comes to pull the trigger again. I'm a Kia buyer(2 in a row)and I have noticed a general lack of overall brand knowledge from the lot salespeople. Who needs them then? I mean really, we may as well buy from Internet car-pushers then!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,824
    is the way to go; I've purchased/leased two of my last three cars that way. But I've got to drive the cars first to figure out what I want to buy. That is the salesperson's one chance to demonstrate why I'd want to come back there to buy the car. I guess I am a little sensitive on this subject because I am in sales, and I really appreciate good service from a salesperson when I get it--which isn't too often these days.
  • exzurexzur Posts: 166
    GM tells dealers to stop selling the AVEO.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,824
    The temporary halt is over. GM determined the cars were not at fault for five crashes. But they decided to play it safe and halt sales until they could investigate.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    all is well again. Link thanks to "bigdaddycoats" in AVEO Sedan topic. 2/1077209644176322.xml

    What I find REALLY strange is that the AP writer John Porretto, who wrote the first article in YAHOO earlier today is the same writer who wrote the above article. These two URL's were given in the AVEO sedan TH topic. When you click on the Yahoo news article now, it does NOT give you the story from earlier today. I'm sure the earlier article said that GM notified dealers TODAY to stop selling AVEOS and that no further info was available. Could it be that between the first story and the second one the AP writer got new info or did he know it all along? Why would he find out before GM dealers who were told that they would find out the reason TOMORROW?

    Just curious. I knew there was nothing wrong with the car itself.

  • iluv: yep, you are right. The cookies were always stale (one tin actually was "wormy") and the cards had my age wrong. Points up just how much the dealers really care. They just want it to look like they care LOL !!

    HUD ;);)
  • refuses to bribe auto writers from magazines. I read this a coupla years ago. I remember discussing it at a chat site or two...Edmunds may have been one of the places. If they do it's something simple like a mint or two on their pillows(LOL!) or plate like up at the counter at a restaurant when you're paying...they'd rather just build their business honestly and not rely on the fakey way with trinkets. What backy said was true, though, it's always good to still test drive before you buy, if you're gonna buy online later, eh?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Just bought a 2004 Aveo hatchback last weekend. Color black, automatic transmission, A/C, radio with CD/MP3. I took some photos immediately (see link below). Yesterday I had window tinting done so it looks slightly different now. Here's the photo link, hope it works. - src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a// - /mht_in_la
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    Great pics. Thanks for posting them! Although I'm partial to the sedan, the hatchback looks nice in black. Please be sure to give us your thoughts/likes/dislikes about the car as you drive it. Maybe as a reference point, you could tell us what you were driving before. This would give us a better perspective of where you're coming from.

    Do you want to see heads turn with that color? Black is not known for staying its best minutes after cleaning it. However, if you purchase ZAINO polish, you will NOT believe the shine that you will achieve. Go to and read EVERYTHING about the product that is there. It all may sound complicated and difficult at first, but it's really not. It lasts like NOTHING else you have ever used and shines like NOTHING else you have ever used. Trust me. The more coats you put on, the better it looks! If you want to see how it looks on red, click on my name above and check out the links on the FORMER 99 Chrysler 300M and the current 01 Acura CL-S. I have been using Zaino since the summer of 98. You will thank me once you see the results for yourself. There is a Zaino topic here-
    "Zaino Car Polishes/Products--Your Experiences (Part 2)" Feb 19, 2004 8:36am

    Make sure you don't go into the OTHER NO ZAINO POSTS topic or they'll JUMP all over you for just MENTIONING the Z word! ;-))) They think we're all NUTS, but we're not out there polishing 24/7. Our cars look great month after month. However, once you see the shine, you'll want to be out there 24/7 seeing if you can get it to look "better"!

    Good luck. I have a fully loaded AVEO LS on order in silver.

  • After driving it for a week, these are the things I noticed --

    1. Aveo has small exterior but inside it's relatively roomy. The curve that goes from the hood to the roof creates lots of head room.
    2. Although a small car, its sitting position is relatively high, higher than my old Camry.
    3. The tires are one of the smallest (185/60/14). Combined with its light weight, the ride is a little bumpy. I wish the tires can be one size larger.
    4. Aveo hatchback is one of the shortest. Compared with my old Camry, at red light I have to get used to the car behind me parking awfully close to my butt!!
    5. The good thing about being short is that it's very easy to U turn, even in narrow streets.
    6. The backside looks better than the front, in my opinion. I like the shape of the tail lights. The front lights design is quite plain. But it's better simple than ugly.
    7. It has a fixed mast antenna on top of roof. It looks hip, but I wonder how I can find a car cover if I need to.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    "...I have to get used to the car behind me parking awfully close to my butt!!"

    LOL.. That can be a bit unnerving compared to the Camry. It's like they're in your back seat!

    I like the faceted/jeweled design of the lights. As for the front, I like it's simple, clean design. It's not overdone and it's not ugly for a car in this price range.

  • Thanks for the Zairo tip. I'll check it out. Although it's not my intent to turn heads (especially the cops'), that may be exactly what I need, because --
    1. I park outdoor all the time, and in southern California the sun can be harsh in the summer.
    2. I plan to keep it for long term, yet I don't plan to spend too much time babysitting it.

    When I was with the dealer, the salesman tried to sell this "dealer polish" thing to a Malibu buyer. He never tried to sell that to me; Aveo is low-end so we don't get the same treatment. Also, when I park my brand new Aveo next to my friend's 3-month-old black BMW, I do notice BMW looks more shining and black. I guess I get what I pay for.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    You're LUCKY the salesman didn't try to sell you his "dealer polish". You're ahead of the game!

    "I do notice BMW looks more shining and black. I guess I get what I pay for."

    Not necessarily. After a few coats of Zaino, your car will look just as shiny as the BMW if not shinier- UNLESS he uses Zaino too! ;-)) You'll see. It's the PERFECT thing for a car left outside 24/7. Every rain storm will be like a FREE car wash with NO brushes!

  • in black. I really like how Daewoo designed the taillights. The headlights/front turn signal lights are plain but designed intelligently. It's really a sharp looking car and one you can be proud owning. IMO it looks better than anything else Chevy is selling right now except possibly that SSR retro-truck. That's a little costly, though, so the Aveo makes a lot more sense. Hold your ground-don't let the bullies in the large pickups try to intimidate you at the stoplights! How is the stock stereo in Aveo? Does it get that little import rockin' nicely?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • My local dealer finally got a shipment but they were all automatic gearbox cars. I still like the design after seeing it in person. Still the dealer is not very smart on selling this type of car. I doubt I will buy one because of the price and warranty. From reading posts on this topic we have all had the same experience with GM/chevy dealers. I suggest everyone read the Book "End of Detroit" by Micheline Maynard. It talks about sliding market share. The dealers have helped put a hole in the ship that is the U S auto industry. GM is like the Titanic. They think they are unsinkable. Funny ,I see the water creeping up the lower decks now. But back to the nice car the Aveo, One of the myths with this type of car is what someone earlier talked about. They stated that there was not much profit in small cars. Yes ,true if that car is made here in the USA, but the Aveo was made in Korea with NO UAW and low wage workers. At $14000 GM is making a Huge profit. Kia can sell basically the same type car for $6000 less and is still making money. GM has priced this car lower than its other cars but not so low as to call attention to how outlandish auto prices have gotten.
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