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Chevy Aveo Hatchback

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  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    You can buy it from Helm Publications...www.helm.com, I believe. It is a 2 volume set...very detailed...
  • alixjackalixjack Posts: 2
    hi, i have 2004 aveo hatchback with 54,000 miles on it.

    i found on the chevrolet website that aveo's and cobalts come with a 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

    i called chevy right before i found this information and the lady told me that its 3 year/50,000 mile warranty.

    does anyone know for sure which is correct?

    my starter and timing belt just broke and i dont have a million dollars to fix this stuff. any help is appreciated. thanks.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I don't know about the 2004 models, but I am looking at the window sticker that I saved from my 2005 hatchback, and it clearly states "5-Year/60,000 mile limited powertrain warranty...see dealer for details".
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I just found the quote below on Edmunds review of the 2004 Aveo...

    "If the Aveo has a weak spot to consider, it would be its warranty. With only three years or 36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and five years or 60,000 of drivetrain coverage, the Aveo doesn't quite match its competition."

    I would think you are covered on both parts, as they are definitely drivetrain related...
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    A) As "clearly indicated in their official report" this is "clearly" not the same Aveo as is currently released in the United States. Look at the picture of both the car being tested, and the picture of the car tested. The description of the side air bag system also confirms this.

    B) The 2005 Kia Rio they tested corresponds with the 2006 model in the US.

    I understand your desire to inform everyone of how poorly the _next_ Aveo (sedan only, at this point) did in the tests, but please do some research before you come in here and bash a car based on false information.
  • kris14kris14 Posts: 5
    I admit the front on the Euro NCAP’s designated Model 2006 Aveo test car looks slightly different from the U.S. model 2006 Aveo. I do not see any difference in the side view of the crashed car.

    Your statement that the crash test is for the coming U.S. Aveo model 2007+ may indeed be correct. I find it impossible, however, to believe that GM-Daewoo has managed to design a new model for world export that is significantly less safe than the current U.S. 2006 model.

    Incidentally, I did not write about the safety of the Aveo solely for existing Aveo owners benefit but more so for all the people that value safety and check out this forum before they buy. Hopefully GM-Daewoo will find a way to improve the design of the model 2007+ Aveo, based on the Euro NCAP test.
  • alixjackalixjack Posts: 2
    awesome thanks!

    my service technician ended up covering it with the warranty... but he can't find the part! even the factory doesnt have it!

    AVEO'S ARE LAME.
  • flav2000flav2000 Posts: 8
    Thanks for letting me know.

    I have spent a few more hours with the Wave. I would say that GM Daewoo did a good job in getting the power out of the engine when needed (by revving the engine). This is probably the reason for the bad gas mileage. It's pushing almost the same acceleration power as a Cavalier but with a much smaller engine. That's the only thing I dislike.

    But I guess this is better than Corollas/Echos/Tercels I have been in. No matter how much you step on the gas same thing happens - slow accelration
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    This model is the third version of the old Lanos platform, a car which incidentally did better on the test back in 1999. So it is clearly possible to do worse on a test with a new car (even though it shouldn't be) I admit, seeing those pictures puts some doubt into my mind, but I also doubt that a car that could got more stars in US testing
    than the Scion xB, could do that badly.

    I also hope that GM-DAT finds a way to improve this cars scores - that is an embarassment.
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    The Chevy Kalos is the same as the Aveo. The head lights are different. They are the original Italian design. They were changed to meet US regs here. Also they do not get the 1.6 engine. 1.4 is the largest they get. They get nicer wheels then we do and have some with sport suspension. Other wise it is the same car. Europe also gets a neat 3door hatch that should have came to the USA.img src="http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/images/chevrolet-kalos-05.jpg
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,682
    at how many 3 and 4-door rigs look like the silver Kalos Sport in the picture in Europe. I took a gander at Car magazine (a British mag, I do believe)and in the back they have small pictures and short rundowns on all cars available over there. Cars this size are almost the norm over there and there are many makes of cars available.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • roselandroseland Posts: 4
    I've always liked the angled headlights because they match the angle of the tail lights. I'm sure they're the original design. I'm guessing that the horizontally straight headlights on the U.S. version allow for wrap-around parking/turn signals, thus eliminating the need for separate side-clearance lights ahead of the front wheels, as there are behind the rear wheels. Oddly, however, I have a toy/model of the Korean domestic Kalos, and it has the same front end as the U.S. version. Go figure! And I really wish GM had wired up the small, round city-lights inside the headlight units. I'm sure leaving them empty was a money-saving move, especially since those lights aren't really necessary in the U.S., but the city lights on my wife's Honda Si function, and they look very cool!
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    what are city lights?
  • roselandroseland Posts: 4
    I can't remember where I first ran across the term "city lights" (probably the Internet), but I started using it for lack of a better way to describe the small, round lights/housings that (on the U.S. Aveo, at least) are on the outsides of the headlights, inside the main assembly. (The city light is on the left of the headlight in the photo below.) I've never seen angled (original design) Aveo/Kalos headlight assemblies up close, so I don't know if there are city lights inside them.

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    I just wish the city lights on the U.S. Aveo worked. It seems silly to have conspicuous light housings with nothing inside. I spent almost an hour, back when I first bought my Aveo, trying to find a switch that turned these small lights on. I gave up only after I went under the hood, looked behind the city lights, and discovered that the opening where a bulb should poke through was covered with a piece of plastic! Cheapness wins again!!
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    thanks for the information on the city lights.
  • flav2000flav2000 Posts: 8
    I just wish the city lights on the U.S. Aveo worked. It seems silly to have conspicuous light housings with nothing inside.

    Well, I am not sure about the US. But in Canada, all cars must run with daytime running lights (DRL). This means that, even without the parking/low-beam on the high beam will run at 1/2 (1/3) strength. This has the same functionality as the city lights from what I gather. Since this DRL has to be implemented by law there is no need for the city lights
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    we have the DRL's here but not city lights.
  • roselandroseland Posts: 4
    Here's what I think. (Sorry to carry on about something so trivial.) On my wife's Civic Si, the city lights function as the parking lights. They come on alone with the first click of the light switch, and they stay on when the headlights are turned on. The amber turn signals are separate. They're on the sides on the headlight housings and only work as turn signals. On the North American Aveo it's different. The horiztonal amber lights under the headlight housings function both as parking lights and turn signals, making the city lights unnecessary... which is why they're not hooked up. BUT... they must be hooked up in some markets or they wouldn't be there. Somewhere on earth they must be functional! Bottom line: I still think having non-working lights on the front of my car is cheesy!
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Most cars in the U.S. have them, but they are not required by law. Believe it or not there are kits made to disable them because some people are not into public safety.
  • Thankyou very much but my knowledge of computers is very poor. So I guess I may have to spend $400 bucks to replace the speakers.

    Other than that the car runs great and it's very practical.
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    In Europe the amber lights do not illuminate as "parking lights" they only function as directionals (which makes perfect sense to me). Only the city lights come on (white). I've never used parking lights and I don't even understand the concept. I do think it's stupid to illuminate amber lights for anything other than a lane change. Clearly, when your headlights are on, having the amber lights on at the same time is just redundant and makes it harder for oncoming driving to sense it is blinking without staring. This is only done in the US and Canada.

    I've disabled the amber lights coming on with the city lights on my Ford Focus (which has city lights as part of a headlight upgrade). Looks better too.
  • I have a soft spot for the Aveo and cars of its ilk. The first car I ever owned that could be considered reliable and that I could afford to keep on the road for more than a couple of months was a Nissan Micra 5 door. A silver 5 year old 3 speed automatic with a 49 HP 1.2L engine and just over 60,000 miles, I bought it in my 3rd year of College; it was there for me when I got married, bought my first house, and saw the birth of my first child. I finally sold it when it had over 130,000 miles, owing me absolutely nothing. I was at a stage in my life where I was commuting every day, and while it was great around town, it struggled to keep up on the highway while I had the accelerator pegged to the floor. I always thought it'd be perfect if only it had a 1.6L engine and a manual transmission. I moved up to bigger, more powerful cars.

    When the Aveo came out, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to revisit those days, and went to the dealership to buy one. Instead, I ended up falling in love with a 2 year old low mileage black Grand Am GT. Let me tell you something about owning something that can do 0-60 in under 8 seconds: it feels real good, rather like being on a jet plane as it launches into the atmosphere. It's also addictive, which can be a problem. Then there's the ability to pull .82g in a corner. There's the 200 watt 8 speaker Monsoon stereo system. There's the 4 wheel disc brakes that can bring it all to a halt much quicker than most other cars on the road today. There's the standard features, such as cruise control, traction control, ABS brakes, 4 vanity lights, automatic headlights, power sunroof, oil life monitor...I could go on and on with the endless features. There was the fact that it's a bigger car, and looks sharp, especially with the chrome 16" wheels. For the price of a brand new Aveo, I bought a loaded 2 year old Grand Am GT and an extended warranty. You want value for your dollar; it doesn't get better than a 2 year old domestic GM vehicle.

    I still think there may be an Aveo in my future; I figure I may buy one for my son to learn to drive on. Of course, I'll drive it for a couple of years first (helps with insurance rates when a car is a little older), then sell it to him, then get something else. Some things I'd like to touch on after reading some of these posts:

    -There's no reason why a properly maintained Aveo wouldn't last past 300,000 miles. The only reason why cars like it usually don't is because they're usually treated poorly.

    -If you're concerned about crashworthiness at higher speeds, don't get any car in the Aveo's class! The Chevrolet Impala and Malibu still get very good fuel economy, can be had very gently used for the price of a new Aveo, and will offer superior crashworthiness. Clearly, the Aveo (and cars in its class) can handle collisions at in-town speeds (<35 MPH) with 5 stars. It's evident to me that the Aveo is meant as an urban commuter, scooting in and out of tight spaces rather than as a highway cruiser. It should also be noted that the current average speed in rush hour traffic in around major urban centers is typically much less than 35 MPH. Most days, you're lucky to get out of 2nd gear.

    -As the problems get worked out and the car improves, the price will climb.

    My dream Aveo would be a silver base model with a 5 speed. I'd have the windows tinted and I'd install a decent aftermarket stereo system. I'd also have to add an armrest and cruise control. I'd add extra gauges, like a volt gauge and an oil pressure gauge. I'd put meatier, sticker tires on it, along the lines of the Cooper Cobra GT (one of the best performance tires for the price). I'd replace the shifter bushings with some firm nylon ones, and do some mild performance upgrades (ie; cold air intake). Then I'd use it for scooting around town, zipping through traffic and in and out of tight parking spaces.
  • vw79type2vw79type2 Posts: 37
    I appreciate everyone's answers. If the test drive goes well I probably will purchase the car since it seems like a bargain and I would be assured of at least getting about 10 or 11 miles per gallon better than what I am getting now. :)
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    The term city lights is what I have always heard them called. Way back in the sixties VW's had them in the main headlights. Most European cars had them. I know 70's vintage Renaults had small white lights beside the amber turn/parking lights. Also, the practice of having the amber "parking" lights stay on with the headlights also started in the late sixties. My friend has an early sixties Studebaker that the parking lights are only on when the headlights are off. I'm assuming it was the late sixties safety reg's that caused this to change. I'm sure you could fit lights in the housing of the Aveo. Large LED's fitted would make the housing glow fairly bright.
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    check out wikipedia under automovtive lighting for the whole story.
  • judyhnmjudyhnm Posts: 1
    I am looking at a 2006 Chevry Aveo to tow behind my RV. Can it be towed 4 wheels down? -- Thx
  • vw79type2vw79type2 Posts: 37
    After taking a test drive, I was pretty set on getting an Aveo up until last evening when doing some research. I noticed on another sites forum that there were numerous complaints regarding electrical problems including the clock needing replaced several times and the car even shutting off while people were driving it. Doing more research this morning only seems to confirm that these problems are common.

    This is a shame given that the car has character and I was relatively impressed with it. :(
  • From the owners manual -

    Your vehicle was not designed to be towed with all
    four wheels on the ground. If your vehicle must
    be towed, you should use a dolly. See &#147;Dolly Towing&#148;
    that follows for more information.
  • I have a 2005 hatchback with 12,500 miles with zero problems so far. I read about the electrical problems with the clock but came to the conclusion that these were on earlier models and it had been resolved. The car was purchased last August when the gas prices started going up. Now that it looks like gas is going to be higher and higher, I'm really glad I have it. The mileage has been right around 30-31mpg on average, but last week I got 35.1 on a highway trip with a strong tail wind. Now my four-wheel drive Sliverado sits in the garage waiting for when I need to tow my camper or haul something big.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 209
    Haven't had the car quit while driving, but do have the clock problem intermittently -- out of warranty though.

    Have heard of other owners having problems with valves requiring complete replacement. Seems to be a spotty issue only affecting some vehicles, regardless of model year.

    Also, the timing belts tend to fail early, far short of the 60K mile replacement guideline. Mine went at 38K miles (without actually snapping) and have heard of others failing before 50K. To be on the safe side, will replace after 40 - 50K miles. Not happy about the $500 repair cost for a belt replacement! Wish the automakers would give it up on the rubber belts and go back to timing chains or a gear drive instead.
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