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Chevy Aveo Hatchback



  • lemon2lemon2 Posts: 3
    The clock on the Aveo is a joke. The dealer has replaced 3 clocks in 19,000 miles of driving. The dealer also told us that GM has a real problem here and they say it is electrical. Even the new vehicles setting on the lot for sale have problems. GM never admits to any problems but if you pin them down they will tell you we know about it, we just can't get the clocks from the supplier.Thank you GM maybe I'll call you every time I need to know what time it is. (lemon2)
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I also have the clock issue...what is your current stance on this? Continue to swap out clocks, live with what you have, wait for a fix, or what?

    I also spoke with the GM "representative" about this...they are like the secretary in the old Mission Impossible TV show/movies, as they have no "knowledge" of any problems...
  • jkobty2jkobty2 Posts: 210
    It is ironic now that GM is 300 Billion dollars in debt! I wonder who is going to rescue them. Daewoo was worth rescuing because they had a good product. Is GM worth rescuing?
    BTW, the Daewoo Kalos AKA Chevrolet Aveo is now sold in Canada in more disguises. The Suzuki Swift, the Chevy Aveo, The Pontiac Wave. All the same car.
    And they are all over the place. A huge success in Canada.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    What is this clock problem that yall are having. I havent had any problems with my clock.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It's to bad about the clock issue; hopefully, they will correct this issue, if they already haven't. If it were me, I would tell them that I will wait until they get the correct part. The clock issue is not so terrible.

    As for front end grill modifications, I also would like to see some. And im sure there are a lot already out there. I was thinking of that myself, along with the Cobalts; front grill. It looks like it wouldn't be a clean cut with the OEM grill, and the whole grill would have to be replaced.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    The clock problem that I have experienced consists of 2 issues.

    1- It loses time, but in my case, it appears to be related to running the car. If you leave the ignition off for several days, the time loss doesn't seem to occur. By time loss, I am talking about 1 to 2 minutes a day.

    2- Sometimes, the clock simply resets itself to an arbritrary time. This happens to my clock approximately once a week.

    I suspect that the resolution to this problem is simply a filter on the power input line to the clock, as I suspect the ignition "spikes" the clock with excess voltage/current each time the car is started.

    My plan is to wait until there are enough Aveo's out there with this problem so that there will be enough folks complaining about it for GM to finally issue a fix for it.

    Just seems like a sad commentary on GM, having such a nickel and dime problem of this nature, especially since digital clocks have been standard on cars for the last 20 years or would think this would be an area where there would be no mis-understood issues....go figure...
  • igdtnigdtn Posts: 6
    Hi, My clock every once in a while will change time. It usualy happens if I stall tthe car. It annoying since it is usually the day I don't have a watch on. On another note has anyone else got the key lime green besides me yet I am always having people ask what cololor it is called. I still wanted the orange though. I love my Aveo so far. It is almost time for it's first oil change. : :D
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I like the orange the best also, but the green looks interesting.
  • wildstoutwildstout Posts: 1
    Hi all I just bought a new cd player for my Aveo and I was wondering if anyone knows how to get the stock cd player out?
  • oyveyooyveyo Posts: 12
    There are two plastic strips on either side of the stock radio about 3/4" wide. They snap out with a flat blade screwdriver at the bottom (be careful) The rest is easy.
  • While pulling into the shopping center I had the chance to talk to the owner of a blue 2004 aveo hatchback.She complained that the windshield cracked, the radio had to be replaced and the front headlight was already out.To top it off she said it took the chevy dealer forever to get the parts for the aveo. This is the first negative report i've heard from an aveo owner around here.
  • jjryanjjryan Posts: 9
    I know it was mentioned before but did anyone find out if the fact the car seems to kick when downshifting to a stop from average speed is normal or not?

    I noticed it does it I think when going from 2nd to 1st right before making the stop (ie: at a stop sign, etc). No problems like this upshifting though. That seems to remain smooth.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Sounds like a bit of bad luck with her car. My years past Pontiac Lemans (Daewoo) also had a cracked windshield after being hit by a rock. I intended to stop buy an auto parts store on the way home to get a glass fix kit that would fix this minor crack, but within a couple miles it was too late, the crack expanded more than a foot. Had to be replaced. I think I paid under $150 for the whole thing installed.
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    Maybe all the people on this forum that have the clock problem should report it to the government. I mean if 13 people complaining of a stall in their Prius can get the government to wake Toyota up and make national news then the problems with the Aveo should be announced too.

    I know GM doesn't listen but I wish they would offer a different interior color than tupperware gray. The Xtreme has black and the Kalos Dream has black. Looks good to me. Also I know there is a bunch of people that like tan. How about blue and red also. Adding color to plastic can't cost that much.

    I will not hold my breath but how about the three door coming to the USA? Anyone heard the forecast for chance of Hell freezing over?
  • I have not heard any news about chevy introducing a 3 door aveo, but from the picture it would probably be a very good seller.I was hoping chevy would bring the Matiz into the USA since the Smart car will be selling here soon.
    People should be able to buy basic cars for transportation, the more options you add, the more troubles and costs you have.
    As for the Prius unless i'm travelling a lot of miles a year, spending almost 30 thousand is a waste of money.From what I hear replacing the battery alone may cost three to six thousand dollars.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Only if they put it on the front page - I mean, clocks not keeping time is the sort of safety hazard that should initiate an immediate government investigation.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    The idea of a Toyota Prius sounds ingenious, but the reality is that an owner is really losing money with a hybrid.

    Hybrids cost thousands of dollars more to purchase than a comparable gas model. The savings in gas are short term and it will take on average between 5-7 years to recover the cost of additional money for this car. If the owner chooses to keep the car 5-7 years, now they have an issue within a couple years on replacing the batteries which are supposed to last 8-10 years. Batteries are expected to be less money ($1500-3000) at that time.

    So one has to decided how long they will keep a car like that. Will they sell it at 4-5 years and not absorb the depreciation that will come within a few years on battery replacement, or will they keep a car like this long term?

    Jeep recently introduced a diesel engine in the Liberty in which supposedly there is a short supply of, and people are waiting for deliveries. I ask why would someone wait for a vehicle that gets no better mileage than the gas version it's trying to replace. People are paying over $4000 over a regular Liberty to get a diesel engine that gets maybe one MPG better than the current 4 cylinder model.. How can people can be so misinformed and outright stupid.
  • jjryanjjryan Posts: 9
    I'm new to having a car with a plastic interior but I noticed for the first 30 days I owned my 2005 Aveo that no dust gathered on the dash or the area near the windshield. Now it's gathering very easily. I've been told to clean the dash with Windex and not Armor All because it dries it out and tends to crack a dash over time but the dust still comes. Anyone found any secrets to repelling dust from these or similar dash cars?
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I know this is off topic but I just had to respond to your message in regards to the Jeep diesel. It would appear you are actually the one that is misinformed. While mileage will vary in the real world, the diesel soundly trumps the gas four banger Liberty in gas mileage. The manual tranny gas engine gets 20 city/24 highway. The automatic equipped diesel gets 21/27. Apparently you can't even get an auto with the gas 4 banger, which is something most people want. There is also a considerable performance difference between the diesel and the gas engine. The diesel is rated at 160 hp/295 ft lb of torque whereas the gas engine is 147 hp/165 ft lb. Towing capacity for the diesel is 5000 pounds compared to only 2000 for the gasser. Hmm...I see 3 reasons now to pay extra for the diesel: better performance, better towing capabilities, and better gas mileage. It's a win-win situation. Obviously, those who pay more do so for a reason. Now, with hybrids it's a different story.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Let's face it, very few people buy a Liberty type vehicle to pull a trailer, etc. The average buyer, like a pickup truck buyer, buys it as a commuter, status symbol.

    For the additional money for the diesel option, and the small MPG difference, its really not worth it. Have you seen the price of diesel recently. Much more than regular unleaded in the Midwest.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Seeing as how at least 90% of the Liberty buyers get the V6, which is only rated at 17/22, 21/27 is definitely not a small difference. I have also followed some of the Liberty discussion and many owners were averaging 15-16 mpg. Quite terrible. If you had the ability to average more like 24-25, wouldn't you pay a little more for that? Plus, diesel buyers tend to keep their cars longer then the average buyer, which means they will actually see the difference in the long run, not to mention the better durability of diesels. Diesel in my area (Florida) runs about the same as 89 octane, which is about 10 cents more per gallon then 87.

    I would love to own a small SUV, but the gas mileage on most of them is deplorable, so I think Jeep was smart in offering a diesel and I would gladly pay more for it. When your choices are getting a bog slow truck with so-so gas mileage, better performance with a noticeable drop in gas mileage, or good performance and the best gas mileage by a good margin, the choice is very clear for me even if some extra money is involved.
  • yes I agree diesel engines last forever, guess that's why all the big rigs have them.Wish some of the compact cars would offer them, considering they run better and cleaner than they used to.If you have to you can use biodiesel fuel.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    They have a diesel version in Europe why is it so hard to get a diesel anything in the States???
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    It's so hard for a few reasons, for instance:

    * Diesel fuel is subsidized in some European countries, making it cheaper than gas. In the U.S., diesel fuel is more expensive than gas--about 40 cents more per gallon the last time I checked in my neighborhood.
    * In California and states that follow CA pollution regs, diesels cannot meet those regs today.
    * Diesels have a bad reputation because of what they used to be like--rattletraps, noisy, smoke-belching, stinky. Modern diesel cars aren't like that, but there are so few of those in the U.S. that the perception lingers.
    * Notice the emphasis on quickness for cars in the U.S. For example, Car and Driver complains because a new Ford can't do better than 8.2 seconds 0-60, and Motor Trend names the Chrysler 300 Hemi its Car of the Year. Diesels, especially those in small economy cars like the Aveo, are typically less quick than their gas counterparts.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    It is kind of funny that we complain about some strange things like 0-60. I realized that that those times went down in the mid-70's and throught the 80's since I collect old car mags and have the times for lots of cars. Nowadays we expect all our cars to perform like old muscle cars......and for what reason? I dont need a car that does 0-60 in 8.0 seconds, fifteen seconds would be good. I remember lots of small car running up in the high teen and through the twenties.

    Enough of that though,Why dont we use more biodiesel? The farmers are payed to grown nothing but corn and soybeans and that would make better fuel than food.
  • parky129parky129 Posts: 50
    :) I think we are getting off in left field, this is supposed to be an Aveo discussion forum. As far as diesel engines are concerned I winter in Florida and have many friends who own diesel vehicles, their biggest complaint is that when they bought the vehicle diesel fuel was cheaper than gas. Now with the government using so much diesel fuel in the war, diesel is higer than gas and with the added maintenence cost associated with diesel they are regretting buying the diesel vehicle. Why don't we just be glad we have an economical vehicle and leave it there. I have an Aveo automatic 5 door and am getting 33 mixed city and 42 highway on gasoline. I have normal oil changes and other costs associated with gas engines and am happy not to have a diesel. :confuse:
  • You know car and driver, if a car doesn't go 140mph and doesn't cost over 40 grand then it is a piece of junk to them. That leaves the Aveo out on their list.
    with the high gas prices you would think US automakers would start downsizing a lot more. I like the car commercials where there isn't a car on the road, hey I live in New Jersey, that's not gonna happen.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    Actually, C/D gave the Aveo a pretty positive review (for them, for an econobox) awhile back. My comment was more wrt the general obsession with 0-60 times in the U.S. automotive press and much of the buying public. I owned a Dodge Caravan that gave fine service for 8 years and it had a 100 hp 4-banger. I think that's less hp than the Aveo, right? (Caravan had more torque of course.) And I and my family did just fine. I even got my first speeding ticket in the thing! :)
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    My 1988 Pontiac Lemans (Daewoo) had the regular 1.6L engine with 4-speed manual and had enough power in its 74 hp engine to merge into traffic fine. If I was in a hurry it seemed to move out pretty good. I know it took over 10 seconds for 0-60 mph, but I never had to time it. At the expressway toll boths I usually won the drag race out of the both to merge into the driving lanes first.

    Thats one of the problems with our culture. 0-60 times are much more important than how long one can go between gas fill-ups. I don't even watch commercials on TV that promote 0-60 times.
  • yeah the commercials think everyone drives for NASCAR, move over Dale Jr. boogity,boogity,boogity!
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