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Chevy Aveo Hatchback



  • I know this has been asked like 100 times, including by me .But I am putting Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic into my car today. I have been getting FREE oil changes from the dealer for the past year,thanks to my complaining about the dealers terrible service and attitude towards me. But it has been plain old Dino oil. I was always using Synthetic till then. Anyway. What is THE answer of Syn. VS Dino oil. How long can you let FULL Synthetic oil stay in the engine, VS Dino oil? I mean Dino oil I would still change at 3-5,000 miles. I know some Synthetics can go 25K miles between changes, but this is just top shelf Synthetic, not super top shelf Synthetic oil. How long can it stay in the engine and not be changed? I know to change the filter at 3K miles,and top off the oil,but at nearly 2-3 times the price,I thought a GOOD Synthetic would last like 7-15K miles. Is that right or wrong?

    OR do you go by TIME, not mileage? I now have 16,500 miles on my 2006 automatic HB. I have changed the oil on my own at least ten times,and the dealer now about 5 times. I figure it is cheap insurance to keep the engine clean and running. So far it has! But, now that I am going back to full Synthetic oil,and it is a better Synthetic, so I read, and a top grade filter, how long can it stay in there? I drive so little, do I go by miles, or by time, or what? What is THE answer? I know there is a new Castrol 'Edge' Synthetic oil that says it is good for 25K miles! But it is also like $8 a quart! I got 5 quarts of this oil,and a top shelf filter on sale for $25. I wanted to go back to Synthetic, even though I could get regular Dino oil changes for free from the dealer for 1 more year. So....opinions? Is it time, or is it mileage, or what?
  • I dont recall if I replied to this problem or not. But I finally got my hatch lever fixed, after like 17 visits to the dealer, because it wouldn't open. IF you are still under warranty, TELL them to fix it, it is under warranty, and you want it fixed! They finally fixed mine, after I had GM customer service call the dealer, and they told them to FIX IT!. They kept the car for 1 night, gave me a free loaner for the night, they SAY they replaced the entire lever kit that is IN the hatch. They said that the plastic parts that work the lever would get hot in the Florida heat,stretch out, and not activate the lever. So they must have put in some metal parts instead of plastic, because it has only NOT worked like 2-3 times since they fixed it like nearly a year ago I think. Then to open it, if you get stuck, just give it a light 'punch' right above the handle, and it will open up for you. Hope that helps. CALL GM Customer service and complain loudly! And it will get fixed.
  • bowsersbowsers Posts: 14
    Dont forget to change the transmission fluid. If you plan on keeping this AVEO for a long time then change the transmission fluid at 20,000 miles. Also change the timing belt at 30,000 miles.
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    They actually monitored this forum.
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    Yep, the manufacturers do hang around here!


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  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I'm looking forward to buy a 2011 Aveo 5 2 LT and would like to have some previews of owners before making my move.
    We already own a 2010 HHR and don't want to trade it in.
    We're both in our mid 50's, kids are gone, we're both self employed and operate a daycare at home.
    The Aveo would be our 2nd car because my wife always wanted to own her own car (long time dream).
    Need help.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I'm looking forward to buy a 2011 Aveo 5 2 LT and would like to have some previews of owners before making my move.
    We already own a 2010 HHR and don't want to trade it in.
    We're both in our mid 50's, kids are gone, we're both self employed and operate a daycare at home.
    The Aveo would be our 2nd car because my wife always wanted to own her own car (long time dream).
    Need help.
  • tomwalttomwalt Posts: 13
    laserblue - My 2009 has served me well - not a single warrenty issue. I also have a 2007 NOX that has been a very good car and I recall you had many years of complaints on that forum.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    You're right, I had a 2005 Equinox and traded it for a 2010 HHR 2LT.
    Very satisfied with the HHR, fun to drive and economical.
    Now my wife always dreamed to own her personal car ??? and she seems to like the Aveo 5. I don't know why we would have 2 cars because we are self employed and working at home. I guess it more like "Finally realizing her long time dream". Life is short and we're in our mid 50's so...why not?
    Our daughter has one (2008 Aveo 5) and loves it, no problems with it either but she uses it just for little errands around highway driving.
    Thanks for the reply.
  • My Pontiac wave LT (the Canada-only equivalent of Chevy Aveo) has oddly sized tires. P185/55R15. I haven't had much luck finding reaonably priced tires. I received a couple of suggestions for alternate sizes P195/55R15 and P205/50R15.

    Did anyone else consider alternative sizes? Any experience you can share?


  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Could try checking on

    Make a search by entering the details of your car and you'll see all the tire companies that sells that size and their tire reviews.

    What year is your Pontiac Wave?
    How do you like your car in general?
    Winter/snow driving?
  • Hello laserblue, thanks. I already checked Unfortunately most of those brands are not available north of the border, here in Canada. :-( . I'm more or less resigned to moving to an alternate size, 195/55R15.

    My Wave5 is 2006. I like the car overall. Handles well in snow, thanks to the winter wheels that I invested in. A lot more stable than the other small cars that I've driven. Feels more spacious than most compacts. Some squeaks and rattles, typical of GM. Highway mileage is good. City mileage is poor, particularly with the snow tires on, in cold weather.

    I had to change the selenoid switch in an unscheduled way. Other than that, just the regular maintenance.

  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Thanks for your reply (sandyriver).

    Yes our fuel economy surely takes a drop in our Canadian Winters, driving through snow and cold weather.
    I live 100 km of the U.S. border and unfortunately lots of brands of tires (and other car stuff) are not available in Canada.
    I had to do the same as you when bying winter tires for my 2005 Equinox, couldn't find any...had to go with a alternate size.
    Had no choice, in our Province winter tires became "mandatory".
    It's the law or else....300$ fine.
  • Seriously? I have 35,000 on my 2007 Aveo. do I need to have the timing belt replaced and the transmission fliuid changed? Please let me know. :D
  • bowsersbowsers Posts: 14
    I would change the timing belt ASAP so that you dont get stuck on the highway with a $2000 repair job! Go to a Chevy dealer and check all the fluids as well.
  • sandyriversandyriver Posts: 15
    edited April 2011
    The GM maintenance schedule says "inspect timing belt" at around 30k and replace at around 60k. Having to change timing belt at 30k miles seems to be too much to ask of the owners.

    speaking for myself, I changed all the fluids, changed the spark plug and wires at 30k. I took the mechanic's word that the timing belt was ok. Hopefully, I won't regret it.

    - sandy.
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  • rjewelrjewel Posts: 6
    Yes, I bought another Aveo. Problems thus far, check engine light started coming on at less than 9000 miles. Took it in and was told they'd have a service bulletin this has been a problem and they had to "reset a computer module." Just wondering, anyone having other issues with their 2010 Aveo? So far, other than the driver side front tire cover which kept coming off after being replaced...coyote decided to run clear across the other side of the interstate one night, wondering if a roadrunner was probs thus far. It doesn't seem to get quite as good gas mileage as my 2004 Aveo either.
  • cool, I also decided to buy one. 2005 Chevy Aveo Automatic LS. $5,000 Basic Model.
  • I'm 103k and it runs beautifully well. It's overdue for the timing belt and many fluid changes. 1st x car owner, and I plan on spoiling it with the the synthetics. I plan on using for as long as humanly possible.
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