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Chevy Aveo Hatchback



  • andy_handy_h Posts: 49
    Well, GM is kind of broke.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I'm thinking of buying a 2009 or 2010 Aveo 5.
    I'm in my 50's and all or children are moved out.
    How does this car handle on the highway?
    In the snow?
    Is it powerful enough for luggage and such for a cross country trip? (new-york state - - - california) I have to cross the rockies.
    I've never owned a car before only vans and S.U.V.'s
    I want something economical, dependable and safe.
    I need help and advice with my decision.
    Thank you!
  • lynet_roblynet_rob Posts: 4
    Well, I have had my Aveo now for almost 4 years and it has served me really well! I have a very basic model. I have almost put on 110 000km so far and alllllllll I do is travel in it. The fuel consumption is amazingly light.
    I live in Calgary, Canada, so, driving in snow (and through the Canadian Rockies) is something I can totally attest to. As long as you have a good set of winter tires, you are fine. Not one accident/near miss to date (touch wood). The trunk is kinda tiny, but you can always put the back seats down and pack to your hearts content. I have moved 4 times, using my car as my moving truck. lol. I actually folded the back seats down and fitted a patio table and 4 chairs in there. It was impressive really!! The interior is very spacious, even thought it seems small from the outside. No problem with tall people knocking their heads on the roof or anything like that. Sometimes in windy conditions it is a little sketch, as the car is really light and if there is a big enough gust, you really feel it. Or like a big semi passing by...but, not like you are gonna fly off the road or anything, you can just fill it pull a bit.
    All in all, i think it is the ideal economical, dependable and safe car.
    My car is paid off next year and I have no intention of replacing it! I have only had a few minor repairs that I had to make on it. Just make sure you watch the warranty program correctly, and you will have no problems.
    Good luck. You cant really go wrong.
  • yngwieyngwie Posts: 16
    I have a 07 Aveo 5 and I love it. Living in the Philly subuebs there is not alot of snow experience to speak of,but the car drives well and is roomier than it appears. My last 2 cars were Crown Victoria's so I really down sized. I drive about 75% highway and my fuel mpg's are averaging 33 mph! I call this car "McDonald's" because I'm Loving it!
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Thank you (lynet_rob)

    Calgary...what a nice place, we went there in 1980 for the "Stampede" and my brother in law lives in Red Deer and also lived in Olds. He might work in Fort McMurray next year.
    I was born and still living in Ottawa, Ontario.
    We are planning a trip with friends from Albany N.Y. to California next year (each our own car) but I'm looking forward to buying a new car before leaving.
    I like the Aveo but what bothers me a bit is crossing the Rockies. with a 1.6 L engine. Will it be powerful enough?

    By what you said in your post... guess so.

    Thank you!
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Could owners of a Aveo 5 describe how they felt and how it went on a road trip.
    How long was your trip?
    Type of road travelled?
    How does this Aveo 5 performed in the mountains? (Appalachians, Rockies or steep hills).
    On a long stretch of highway?
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    My dealer told me that the 2009 Aveo's 1.6 L. engine has 108 h/p compared to 103 h/p in the 2008 models.
    Does 5 h/p bring a big difference in a car?
    I might buy one but I'm still wondering.
    I only do city commuting but I take 1 long vacation trip every year crossing the Appalachians or the Rockies.
    Would this car be powerful enough to cross those steep mountains?
  • sevenseassevenseas Posts: 44
    In 2006 I took a 3-week vacation through the Rocky Mountains. My journey crossed seven states. I flew to Denver and rented the Aveo Sedan. I put 3200 miles on the car, so I got a very good impression of its virtues.

    First, seat comfort was excellent. I have a bad back and had no problems throughout the trip. Fuel economy was a solid 40 mpg. At times in Colorado I had to climb some very steep grades and have to say the car struggled. And my vacation was a solo trip (cant imagine how worse it would have been with additional passengers/weight). But taxing the engine wasnt that common and overall it had enough power for most situations.

    I plan on replacing my car within the next 6 months. So I have had a chance to check out the the current Aveo hatchback. Definate improvement over the older model I drove. But I actually like the Hyundai Elantra Touring better and it may be my next purchase.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    My wife and I are thinking of trading our 2005 Equinox for a new Aveo 5
    Any advice before I make my move?
    I really don't know if I should because once it's done it's to late.
    Could you tell me what you like or dislike about your Aveo?
    Thank You!
  • yngwieyngwie Posts: 16
    I have a 2007 Aveo 5 with a manual tranny and I really love it. I traded in a 1999 Ford Crown Vic,so I really downsized. I find the Aveo roomier than one would think. I drive about 60 miles a day back and forth to work(about75%) highway and average 33 mph! Droppes a Kenwood cd player and Sirius sat. radio in it and I'm lovin' it. 30,000 miles and so far no problems.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    If you had to start all over again, would you still buy an Aveo?
    If so, Why?
    If not, Why?
  • I have a 2007 Aveo sedan, LT trim level. Overall, we are very happy with the car. There are a couple of minor design issues, but as far as performance, it never skips a beat. One of my favorite things about the car is how easy it is to maneuver and park it. It is good on gas but not as good as I thought, but with the newer models this may be improved. The cupholders need to be updated. Currently they are the "pop out" kind and are not very sturdy. If you drink canned sodas then you are in business. They fit perfectly. Anything bigger than that...well....good luck. I hope they design a better console with a storage compartment at the driver's elbow and built-in cupholders.

    There are tons of cool features. Sunroof, awesome stereo with 6 speakers and controls on the steering wheel, cruise, 6 disc cd in dash, fog lamps, power everything, etc etc. Good luck. I will probably trade in the next year or so for an Aveo 5.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Does someone heard of any changes or "spy pics" for the 2010 Aveo 5?
    I'd like to know if there's any major changes for the 2010 model.
  • lennyolennyo Posts: 3
    Greetings from hot and sunny Guam.

    I had to replace the tire pressure sensor due to the fact the the guy who changed my tire broke it. But the "low pressure" light on the dash board will not go out. How do I reset it?

    2008 Aveo hatchback


  • andy_handy_h Posts: 49
    My Aveo is a 2006 model, loaded to the max. I love my Aveo. The new Aveo with the same loaded options costs over 19K. I don't think so.
  • I have a 2006 Pontiac Wave (which is the Canada-only version of Aveo). I like my car so far.

    The 50,000 km (30k mile) mark is coming up. The manual recommended the following things:

    - replace passenger compartment air filter
    - engine air filter
    - replace spark plugs
    - coolant flush
    - change brake fluid
    - inspect a whole whack of things; and
    - the usual oil change, tire roation etc.

    All this for regular driving, not "short trips".

    I don't recall doing all this at 50 k (30k miles) for any of my cars. Googling reveals that spark plug replacement is because this car uses copper core spark plugs whereas most GM cars use platinum ones.

    Is it just me, or does the maintenance demands seem a bit much?

    - sandy.
  • I didn't do all of that and my Aveo ran perfect with no problem. I did change my engine air filter when it was dirty. You can get it at Walmart, it is cheap. At 60K miles, I did change my spark plugs. They were good, but I want the most expensive ones (still inexpensive) for more power and better mpg.
  • Thanks andy_h. Since I posted my question, my car had a hiccup. The key got stuck in the ignition. There are serveral questions/comments in similar issues with aveos, so, this seems to be a common problem. It turned out to be a faulty selenoid switch that controls the shifter.

    All the aggravation leads me to jus follow the preventive maintenance schedule to the letter. A stalled car in my situation is very problematic. (lost work hours and so on). I'm thinking now that the savings in this case may not be worth the aggravation.

    - sandyr.
  • My wife and I are planning a cross country trip this summer with a 2009 Aveo 5 (Syracuse N.Y. to Reno Nevada).
    We are crossing the Rocky Mountains in the state of Colorado.
    Is the Aveo 5 with its 1.6 L., 4 cylinder, 106 h/p engine, automatic transmission strong enough to do this or I might get myself in trouble doing it? (overheating, transmission/engine problems) ect...
    Any advice would be appreciated by anyone or drivers/owners who drove the Rocky Mountains.
    Thank You!
  • I have the same car as you, practically new. If you haven't had any problems with it until now I can't imagine why it wouldn't be dependable.

    About 35 years ago I drove a carbureted car across the Rockies and back. The worst aspect is that at very high altitudes the air is much thinner, and that affected the carb mixture (slow, sluggish performance). The car ran perfectly again after I returned to sea level. However, on modern cars such as yours virtually everything is electronically controlled. I would imagine the computer will compensate for the variation in the air/fuel mixture requirement, so performance might not be affected at all.
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