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Chevy Aveo Hatchback



  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    From what I have been reading the electrical problems are from the early models. This is the third model year and as far as I know the kinks have been worked out.

    As far as the timing belt is concerned yes it would be nice to have a steel belt like the Ecotec engines, but rubber timing belts is the normal in the industry. I have only heard of one owner who has had issues with premature replacement of the belt, and that would tell me it is isolated. Rubber belts are designed to be replaced at 50-60,000 miles in these small four cylinder cars, and $500 or more in some cases is also normal for having the service done.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Including myself, I know of 3 Aveo owners who had timing belts fail before 50K miles. That's enough to cause me to get it replaced before the 60K mark. Don't feel like replacing 16 valves on my dime.

    I usually run cars to 200-300K miles in 3-5 years using them for light medical deliveries. The cost for replacing timing belts will add thousands to the operating costs compared to a car that doesn't use rubber belts. I'll definitely take that into consideration on my next purchase.

    Have had engines with them before, but they went over 100K between replacements and it was a $125 repair.
  • awalecawalec Posts: 1
    New Turbo Diesels (TDI)(CDI) in Europe are not slower than gasoline counterparts.
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    Very true, they offer more performance and higher mpg. My in-laws live in the UK. Both their cars are diesels. They produce a lot of torque. Driving on the highway at say 80mph just the littlest press of the gas pedal and you shoot forward. There really is no need to floor the pedal.
  • jaylibbyjaylibby Posts: 6
    Okay, im very new to this whole aveo trend... Today in my local mall parking lot there was a dealership sale.... i saw an Aveo and Fell in LOVE. Its a 2005, hatchback LT. Cobalt Blue everything i could possibly want. 17,000 miles. worth $11,500? :)

    Any haggling tips.. or tips in general?
    Thanks! -Jay
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Well a loaded LT with sun roof is about $14,000. The 2005 has been out for over-a-year. I would try and haggle it into the $10,000 range based on its age, or have them throw in an extended warranty or something.
  • jaylibbyjaylibby Posts: 6
    hmmm Sounds tricky. However, sound like a good price for that car. I mean, is it worth it? Will I be able to drive this car for years to come? Im moving to Ohio, from Chicago this June and I need to know if it will be good for long distance trips..

    Thank you!
    -Jay :)
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    Yeah, I would def' haggle over that price. Here in the St.Louis area you can get a new one for that or less. :)
  • jaylibbyjaylibby Posts: 6
    Hmm, well today being sunday did not help me get a test drive in :( but i did get a chance to further examine the vehicle. I noticed that the two rear wheels had some extra wear on the outer sides. Im thinking that the wheels are either pointing inwards a tad bit.. like this /----\ you see what i mean? Anyone ever hear of this problem? I guess it could have just been a bad driver as well before hand..

    What are some defects i should check for durring my test ride tomorrow? Im going to ask about the wheels.

    That is all the news for now.. here are pics of the one im looking at.

    p.s. we talked him down to $10,000 already.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Quickly checked Kelley Blue Book values and $10K is below the private party retail ($10300) for that model in excellent condition.

    If you take it for a test drive, try to get some highway miles on it, preferably behind some trucks to get a feel for how it handles. Go for some tight off-ramps and bumpy areas, as well. I find the suspension to be the weakest part of the car -- abundant side-to-side sway and buffeting from trucks and wind.

    The Aveo is very tall and narrow and tends to lean quite a bit in turns compared to lower-riding cars. Potentially tough on front tires, too -- just ate thru a set in 20K miles and I'm an easy driver. The rear tires you mentioned were probably rotated from the front.
  • jaylibbyjaylibby Posts: 6
    Thank you so much for your help! Really, thank you! I also just did a carfax report on this car and it came out clean! I'm growing very excited! I love the way this car looks inside and out. Now... i just need to get behind the wheel and hope im not dissapointed.

    Have you had trouble on highways? I am moving to Ohio, from Chicago in June. Should I be warned about something?
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    oh don't forget to rotate your wheels every 7000 miles or so keeps down the wear.....still have my originals. It's a 2004 model.
  • jaylibbyjaylibby Posts: 6
    Thanks for the tip.

    You all have been/are so helpfull. You all are making this transition from hatchback to hatchback very smooth.

    Do any of you know how much I should be asking for my....

    1997 VW Golf GL
    Small rusting

    76,000 miles
    Little Slipping in Trans.
    Euro Red
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Have you had trouble on highways? I am moving to Ohio, from Chicago in June. Should I be warned about something?

    Nothing beyond what I've already mentioned. On an interstate at 60-70 mph with many trucks and/or crosswinds, the Aveo can feel very unstable with the stock suspension set-up. At least a couple of days a week, I have to keep a firm grip on the wheel while driving it, because it wanders and gets pushed around a lot by wind gusts.

    This tendency has gotten worse as the miles pile up and the suspension loosens up. So far, no replacement struts or shocks are available other than the OEM units from the dealer.

    Based on your test-drive, you may consider a lower, wider car such as the Rio or Accent, which will probably be far more stable at highway speeds, if that's of prime importance to you. The other alternative is to lower the body and add wider wheels/tires on the Aveo.
  • jaylibbyjaylibby Posts: 6
    I JUST BOUGHT IT!!! I am so very excited. The 2005 Chevy Aveo LT handled sooooo well on the highway and on city streets. The brake was a little soft, but that is nothing i can not grow accustomed to.. you know?

    Being the Haggler I am I got the car for 8,999! AND a full set of new Tires. Wooo YEAH.

  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    that is a good deal.
  • andy_handy_h Posts: 49
    Happy that you bought such a good car!
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I may not be an owner yet but I have driven the Aveo enough to know it is a very good riding and handling car for what it is. I have not experienced the freeway turbulance that you described (didn't drive the freeway), but I have driven other sub-compacts that have issues with wind on the freeway, so this is somewhat expected in a small light car.

    As far as shock absorbers are concerned I find it hard to believe that OEM are the only shocks available. That wouldn't make sense for a car going on three years here in the states. If I was to go to a Midas, Merlins, Car X, etc., for shock replacement, I would be real very surprised if their Gabriel or Monroe shock suppliers don't produce shocks for this car. The shock tunnels and suspension design are really no different than any other car.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I heard that the Suzuki Reno...has the same supension.
  • vw79type2vw79type2 Posts: 37
    Well after doing some more research it seems the suggestions some of you had that the problems with electronics were only indicative of early Aveo's does appear to be the case. Since that was my biggest worry with the new 2006 models, and it appears many of the bugs have been addressed, I've decided to go with a 2006 Aveo SVM 5-speed hatch. :)

    I'm impressed with the overall interior and exterior appearence (looks very European, like a Fiat, a product of it's Italian design) and it handled better than I anticpated on a test drive. I didn't notice any problems with crosswinds even on the highway. Having owned a 1979 VW Bus though, I'm use to dealing with wind. :)

    The cargo room was also better than I anticipated and I'm pretty much convinced I can get at least 32 MPG (about 11 better than I can manage with my current car) driving the way I do. Given that gas is probably going to peak somewhere north of $5.00 a gallon over the summer, the better mileage will certainly be worth it. :)

    I guess time will only tell if this turns out to be a good purchase. :shades:

    By the way the only other cars I was considering was a Scion Xa or a Toyota Yaris liftback, but every Toyota dealer I talked to refused to haggle and seemed like a jerk. After inquiring about certified pre-owned, I had one tell me that the price of used Scion's are more than new ones. I just left. :D
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    Congrats. That price is more like it. Glad you were able to get them down to a real world price. Great looking car.
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    Yes, I had a horrible time with the Scion dealers I talked to. Ended up not getting one because of their sales ways.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    is the same car as the Daewoo Tacuma, so it would very probably share suspensions with the Daewoo Kalos(or Chevy Aveo). Suzuki, Daewoo, Shanghai Motors and GM all got together and changed the world with GM Daewoo Auto&Technology Company and began sharing and swapping out parts and chassis, etc. to their hearts content.

    The Reno looks dangerously close to the Daewoo Tacuma. That is the small crossover that Daewoo US was actually offering as a prize if you could name the Tacuma for the American market for them(a contest round about late 2000 or so). Turns out all sorts of financial troubles began to flurry upon Daewoo and the prize Tacuma-car was never awarded to anybody, as far as I know. I kind of like the Reno's looks, it looks good, though the May C&D picked the Reno last place amongst 6 other econo contenders. They hated it's body roll and yawn and it's rubbery shifter. Also the "6 shades of grey" dash arrangement. Humm...not exactly condemning words to me, though. Priced right about what the Kia Rio or Toyota Yaris will set you back. Resale value will fall too quickly, yes it will. Just a factor that would have to be wagered when mulling a purchase decision over. If you take great care of your rigs and can resist trading in in two years a Reno would no doubt do you right.

    I think The General made a smart move in buying up Daewoo spoils. One of their good moves.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • I just bought a 2006 brand new AVEO for 7995. It was 8600 with tax and license. I love it. Fit and finish, ride, comfort, looks, little extras..... I would get a new one and add the things you need.
  • chevyvanchevyvan Posts: 1
    new to forum but I have followed forum for a while.My son bought a new '04 LT 2 years ago. He went to college in Georgia found a job in Los Angeles loaded up the Aveo with a friend and drove crosscountry with no problems. When gas prices started climbing in the fall it was time to trade my wife's Jeep Liberty. We bought an 06 icelandic blue LT hatchback has 8000 miles on it now, so far a great car, the wife loves it. just my 2 cents.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    The big problem here is: no one has any serious miles on their Aveos, so there is no long term data on durability, etc.

    The car gets great reviews from people who have less than 20K on them. Big deal -- the real test isn't how a car runs when nearly new, but how it is at 50, 100, 150K miles.

    My '04 rode and handled well when it was "young" but is deteriorating rapidly since 40K or so. Where it once felt smooth and stable on the highway, it now feels like it's riding on popsicle sticks connected to pudding. Very loose side-to-side and generally unstable. 10-15 mph breezes are enough to move the body back and forth.

    Every damn bushing creaks and crunches. Even while accelerating gently, the suspension groans when the auto trans shifts from 1st to 2nd gear. It creaks when I get in and out and on every imperfection in the pavement -- forget speed bumps, the car sounds like it's tearing in two.

    My own mechanic can feel the excess movement while on the highway and can pull the front wheels in and out, but has no experience with this model and has no suggestions but to order upper strut mount bushings online and have them replaced. The only other option is the dealer and I've been very dissatisfied with their performance.

    No, there are no replacement parts yet for the Aveo and I'm not going to monkey around with Daewoo suspension parts, as though you could actually find those!

    On the plus side: The engine runs great and I'm even getting better mileage lately -- averaging 33-35 MPG.
  • druid663druid663 Posts: 1
    where did you get the aveo for the price of 8600 dollars
    i want to get one for that price
  • dca16dca16 Posts: 3
    Looking hard at the hatchback Aveo but no one speaks of how it handles in the snow. Is one model better than another for handling?
  • mstarmanmstarman Posts: 1
    Chevy Aveo is a piece of the shop more than not. Less than 9000 miles and has been in the repair shop 5 times. Lemon???? I'm pretty sure it is. Horrible behind semi/ large vehicles in rain. We couldn't keep it on the road and had to pull over. Worst 11,000.00 I ever spent!!!
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    I doubt there's much difference -- the sedan and hatch weigh the same and are identical ahead of the rear wheels. I have the sedan and it's like every other small, light FWD car in snow.

    No weight means no bite, so take it real easy on any curve and when stopping. Lots of wheelspin to get going from a stop, but once it's rolling -- not too bad.
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