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Chevy Aveo Hatchback



  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Sorry you got a lemon. Luckily this is not the norm for this car. Your comments sound like every other forum out there. Unfortunately there is always going to a bad one. What year is yours?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Cars this size and weight are pretty much the same in snow. If you get the automatic it comes with traction control.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    I have the automatic -- it doesn't come with traction control, unless you mean the "Hold" button!

    From Wikipedia:

    Traction control systems, on current production vehicles, are typically (but not necessarily) electro-hydraulic systems designed to prevent loss of traction (and therefore the control of the vehicle) when excessive throttle or steering is applied by the driver. Although similar to the Electronic Stability Control systems, the Traction Control systems don't have the same goal as them.

    The intervention can consist of any, or all, of the following:

    * Retard or suppress the spark to one or more cylinders
    * Reduce fuel supply to one or more cylinders
    * Brake one or more wheels
    * Close the throttle, if the vehicle is fitted with drive by wire throttle.

    The brake actuator, and the wheel speed sensors, are the same as that used for anti-lock braking systems.

    The "Hold" feature just keeps the tranny in a higher gear to reduce torque and minimize wheelspin and must be activated manually. Older automatics had the same feature by keeping the lever on "2" or "L".
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Sorry about that. I must have been thinking of the Cobalt or HHR. The hold feature is better than nothing when conditions are bad.
  • I bought my Aveo in November of '05...

    Im 16, and I dont feel like paying more than 100 bucks a month for car insurance, or high prices for some foreign european car, so this car is great.

    I got a certified used 2004 Aveo, (looked spotless and only had 22,500 miles on it. Its works great for me.

  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    If you're getting insurance for less than $100/month, you're damn lucky. My supervisor just added her 18-year-old grandson on a policy for his 2000 Civic and it is $6000 per year!!!! He just got his license so has no violations or accidents.

    I'm shocked when I hear what teenagers pay for insurance on some POS Escort -- more than the cost of the car sometimes.
  • andy_handy_h Posts: 49
    Wave 54, seems like you don't like your Aveo at all. I did a little research and found that there are many owners that have high mileage on their Aveos with no problem. Also, I might add, the 04 or early-year Aveo might have some problems. Other than that, the current Aveo is built well and has no recall.
  • This car should have many recalls. It is a piece of junk and you can not get a good trade in value on it.
    I purchased my Chevrolet Aveo new in 2004 and it has been the worst nightmare of a car that I have ever owned. I bought a yellow Aveo and it is befitting because the car is a lemon.
    I had the car 2 weeks and the check engine light went on after the car literally shook when I turned it on. The computer told the transmission to engage upon starting and had to be replaced. After that the car went in for service 9 times within the first year. The back drums were replaced because they were defective, the car threw an emissions signal, and it continued to shake and make engine noises. I think I drove a rental car more than my new Aveo in the first year that I owned it.
    Now the car will be two years old in June, and it is ready to be hauled to the junk yard. On Friday the tensioner broke off of the car and the timing belt literally took out the valves in my engine. The head has to be removed and somewhere between $1500 and $2000 in repairs have to be made on this non invasive engine.
    I would not recommend this car to any normal human being on the planet. If you have money to burn I would recommend burning the money before buying this car.
    General Motors does not stand behind any problems with this car.
  • dkuhajdadkuhajda Posts: 487
    Either delete all the excessive identical posts that you did by mistake, or stop spamming (flooding a forum with lots of identical posts) the forum.

    One post detailing your problems is enough for anyone to understand your frustration. Although you didn't post the actual problems (plus mileage at each issue) and what was done to fix the problems. Nor did you post the results of any lemon law claim you attempted during the first year.

    If we are to make an educated decision on whether to buy or not, it will be really helpful to know more specifics of your problems and the repair work done. This way if there is a trend of some problems more people might also indicate the same issues.
  • Sorry I am new to this and didn't realize I posted so many times. My car has 75,000 miles on it. I wanted to go lemon on it but I am a widow and the dealer that I bought the car from persuaded me not to file lemon law papers on it during the first year. I am going to talk to a lwayer because this car is literally coming apart before my eyes. I don't think and the many repair people I have talked with said the car is too new to have this many problems.
  • dkuhajdadkuhajda Posts: 487
    Can we assume then that the timing belt was already replaced once at the maintenance scheduled 60,000 miles? If it was then the place that did the job or the part supplier they used is probably the ones who need to be held responsible.

    The specific other problems will be helpful for other Aveo owners. At a minimum they can look out for signs of those, or people can shy away from the first model year on the Aveo.

    I have seen two very high mileage Aveo cars come through. They were lab courier vehicles, tons of very hard miles, but at 180K for a 2004, they were a little loose in the suspension and it was obvious the rest of the car had a very hard life. They still ran with little to no smoke on start up, but they did drive like they had the miles on the ticker.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    I belong to 4 different forums for the Aveo trying to learn from others' experiences. I find that owners are overwhelmingly positive when the cars have low mileage <30K miles, but have tended to have some common problems after that. Still not enough data for this model to have any reputation for reliability (good or bad).

    I haven't heard from anyone with more than 50K miles (neither has my local Chevy dealer), which is still considered low mileage for a modern vehicle. I have just under 70K miles and have had <i>some of the problems mentioned by lemondriver4 -- premature timing belt failure (38K), tensioner freeze-up with serpentine belt shredding (48K), truly excessive suspension noises and looseness - bad upper strut mounts (since 18K), exhaust leak (67K), defective brake rotors (65K).

    I don't have any information on the 06 models to indicate whether any changes in those components were made. I've seen a high number of complaints about the suspension crunches on 04 and some 05 models, others have had timing belts fail before 60K and there have been a rash of Aveos that have needed all the valves replaced due to improper seating. There was a recall (not well-publicized) for 2004 models for the valves.

    My engine, except for belts, and the transmission run fine -- I've had no problems at all. Unfortunately, the overall quality appears to be spotty and needs far more repairs than I'd like. Very reminiscent of 90s Kias -- you might reach 250K but it will nickel-and-dime you to get there.

    I hope the newer models are better than what I've experienced. Without more information, though, I would still not recommend an Aveo to anyone. Like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates -- you really don't know what you'll get.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Early model Aveo's from what I have read were not the best as are most new cars. Have you seen the Civic or Corolla boards recently?

    Most people come to the forums to voice complaints rather than praise. Would you have felt the same way if you had bought a Toyota and had problems?
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Most people come to the forums to voice complaints rather than praise.

    Depends on the forum. Belong to one that's just for the Aveo, and it is more a general discussion group with a number of topic headings. Seems to be a young crowd, interested in "mods" and "tuning". Have gotten some good insights from other owner's experiences, though.

    The dealers and independent garages are in the dark when it comes to this model, so we're kind of on our own to come up with solutions and find parts (other than OEM).
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Hard to believe, but right you are Wave about the lack of shock availability. Out of curiosity I called shock warehouse last Friday and asked them about Aveo shocks and he looked up his suppliers and found none available, accept for the dealer. He said that this is not just a GM thing and other manufactures are sharing in this unethical practice for greedy profit. He also suggested to speak with the dealers parts guy (not service) and he may be able to give more information as to what will work or is available.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    I don't want to replace shocks/struts with identical OEM parts from the dealer. When aftermarket units are available, will get upper strut mount bushings and maybe even lowering springs installed at the same time to reduce the wandering and sway.

    No one has them listed yet -- have tried: Sears, Monro, Firestone and major manufacturers such as Koni through their websites. Sears told me it usually takes 2 years for a new model to be listed, so this should be the year.
  • sparxxxsparxxx Posts: 14
    Anyone seen any of these "spring edition" aveos? Some type of blue...either maui or ocean. Anyway I saw a pic from a chevy dealer of one of these and it looked awful close to the icelandic blue that has been around a little while. There is also a spring edition HHR from what I hear. ;)
  • bowsersbowsers Posts: 14
    I found one for my 2004 Aveo LS in the JC Whitney catalog. It in not permanently installed but fits tight in the space between the two from seats and color matched charcoal gray.
  • aladdinsanealaddinsane Posts: 182
    It seems Chevy excludes OnStar as an option on the upper level versions of both the new Aveo sedan and "5" hatchback. What's up with that? I'm sure that some who purchase this machine would want such an item, considering its small size, as additional "peace of mind" upon driving it. I know I would. ;)

    Chevy, are you listening? :confuse: Wake up!

  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Don't mean to be smarmy, but I think most Aveo buyers are lured by the super-low pricetag, not premium features with a monthly charge. If I truly wanted "peace of mind", I would have bought a bigger, safer car to start with, not the cheapest econobox on the road.

    But... there was a budget to stick to :(
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    This car was intended to be an inexpensive economy car and they probably figured very few purchasers would be interested in this option. It also doesn't offer XM radio like the premium compact Cobalt.
  • vw79type2vw79type2 Posts: 37
    I posted a message awhile back that my dealer had said there wasn't going to be a 2007 Aveo hatchback. Now it appears there is going to be one according to Edmunds. I also heard in a magzine that the 2007 Aveo hatch isn't going to be redesigned. Anyone here know anything and whether the hatch will be redesigned like the sedan?

    I am the owner of a 2006 Aveo SVM hatch and am so pleased with it I'm considering getting another to replace my Dodge Dakota.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    My mom has decided to wait and get the new 2007 Aveo. She likes the way the restyled body lookd and how they redid the interior. I had movies from the auto show and a 2007 broucher. We switch cars for a few days.........Her Oldsmobile just gets 22mpg on the highway. She said she was getting close to 40 with my car ....good for a long comute.
  • aladdinsanealaddinsane Posts: 182
    I don't agree, wave. I will NOT debate the point except to say that I'm sure there are still others who would want this feature, of Onstar and mayber XM radio too. It's not a question of getting a larger machine with these particular features, of which the Cobalt for example hold LITTLE interest (speaking for myself). A "cheap" econobox on the road, as you so rudely called it, is not what I'd call the AVEO. It is an economical, inexpensive vehicle. The word "cheap" would better describe the Yugo of many moons ago. Some ARE lured to purchase the extreme entry level of the AVEO for economic purposes. They should have the opportunity, if they so choose, of having OnStar if they wish for further "peace of mind" as anyone buying the upper, more expensive levels of the Aveo should too.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    No, it's not worth debating. We each have our own expectations and definitions of quality. After 50,000+ plus miles of driving one, I find it to be a transportation device -- nothing more.

    That's all I needed and if it holds up another year or two, I won't be terribly disappointed.
  • aladdinsanealaddinsane Posts: 182
    To each their point of view, wave. . .

    I wish U well, though. . .

    Peace! :D
  • aladdinsanealaddinsane Posts: 182
    I'm glad you dig your '06 AVEO hatchback. As far as I can tell the 2007 AVEO "5" will NOT be redesigned, for some reason. Perhaps a freshening will come, in time. Strange, isn't it?
    Perhaps they want to encourage more sedan sales with this new shell and revised interior. . .

    GM works in strange ways. . .lol-

    Peace! ;)
  • andy_handy_h Posts: 49
    Motorweek found city/highway driving for the Aveo is 30 mpg, and the Fit is 33 mpg. So, the Aveo is not that bad in mpg. Plus, the Fit costs 2K more and does not come with a moonroof.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Are you comparing similarly equipt cars? The Aveo starts at $10,000, the Fit starts at $14,200, but includes air conditioning and anti-lock brakes.
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