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Chevy Aveo Hatchback

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  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    That HoneyBee is not bad for its time. My brother had the B210 and that thing was a dog. It was the slowest car in excelleration that I have ever been in.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    These aren't bad cars but some of the problems can be repaired at reasonable cost if you can do the work yourself I wouldn't want to pay for the shop time
    Unfortunately, most people don't have the expertise, tools or a suitable place to do these repairs themselves. As such, it means using the Chevy dealer or an independent repair shop and these repairs are not cheap.

    A timing belt replacement is $300 to $500 -- extra if the water pump is included. Since they don't seem to last the 60,000 miles, I'm going to change no later than every 50K. Over the lifetime of the car, that adds up to thousands.

    Any idea on the cost of control arm replacement?
  • geissajgeissaj Posts: 14
    Control Arms can be purchased for less than $100.00 each I don't know what they charge for replacement they would want to do an alignment. The timing belt is $59 and a new serpentine is $36 shouldn't take more than 1 hr in a GM shop I replaced mine in 2 hours in my driveway.
  • geissajgeissaj Posts: 14
    Thats because the gas pedal was bent
  • dkuhajdadkuhajda Posts: 487
    "A timing belt replacement is $300 to $500 -- extra if the water pump is included. Since they don't seem to last the 60,000 miles, I'm going to change no later than every 50K. Over the lifetime of the car, that adds up to thousands."

    Is this the new math here? ;)
    Even at $500, replacing 10K early every time means that at 250,000 miles it will have been replaced 5 times versus 4 times, an increase of $500, not thousands over the lifetime of the car.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Is this the new math here?
    Even at $500, replacing 10K early every time means that at 250,000 miles it will have been replaced 5 times versus 4 times, an increase of $500, not thousands over the lifetime of the car.


    No new math -- sorry if that was misleading. Just another factor to consider when purchasing a vehicle for those who expect to put high miles on it (200,000+). I hadn't considered the cost since my last vehicle needed timing belt replacement less often and it was only about $125 for the service at that time.

    When I shop for my next vehicle, I'll consider a timing chain rather than a belt as a definite plus in making a decision. I drive about 70K miles a year and 4 or 5 replacement belts does add up.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    The timing belt is $59 and a new serpentine is $36 shouldn't take more than 1 hr in a GM shop

    Looked over my receipt from a warranty timing belt replacement -- dealer noted that their repair cost for the belt and tensioner is $490 plus tax.

    On another occasion, had the serpentine belt tensioner seize up and shredded the belt. The dealer repair cost for tensioner and belt replacement was $221 with 1.5 hours labor at $84/hr. 3-day wait for parts.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Bright Blue Metallic Aveo

    Born: November 2004
    Options: Automatic + A/C
    MSRP: $11,635
    Negotiated Price: $8500 (new)

    Died: July 2006
    Miles: 26,000
    Insurance Settlement: $10,800

    Long live the Aveo.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Born: November 2004
    Options: Automatic + A/C
    MSRP: $11,635
    Negotiated Price: $8500 (new)

    Died: July 2006
    Miles: 26,000
    Insurance Settlement: $10,800


    VERY generous insurance settlement on a 2-year-old car!! You made out like a bandit considering the price you paid. I'm green with envy ;)
  • andy_handy_h Posts: 49
    Muffin Man – I know you will buy a 2006 Aveo LT with all the toys next.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    wave54 - Not sure how I got so lucky on both ends of this deal. But I'll have something to talk about when people bring up "resale" value.

    andy_h - I wish I was, because that was a fantastic car, but I think I'm going for something a size up until the g/f is a little more experienced. New Civic maybe. Sigh.
  • ron1970ron1970 Posts: 26
    Hi all,

    Just finished 5k miles with an average of 39.53 mpg. I have just seen my first tank at 42.3mpg as well. So far It has done better then expected.

    Ron
  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    Hi. New to this forum..just found it. I have a 2006 LS Aveo. Bright Blue Aveo Hatchback. Barebones. Auto and A/C, after being raked over the coals at the dealership here in Ft.Laud. Lou Bachrodt! Avoid like the plague! Out the door $10,000 with a $3,000 trade. Lots of promises,very few kept. Anyway. I just put 1,000 all city miles on it. I went to change the oil and filter. It took 2 hours to try to twist off that filter! Whatever robot put it on was on steroids! I finally had to punch a screwdriver through it to get a 'pry bar' in it and twist it off. I do all my own oil and filter changes on all my trucks/cars. BUT this tiny little filter is so small...does anyone know of a longer/bigger one that will fit the oil filters base and give you 2-3 times the filtering abilty? I spent a fortune on syn. oil and a super high grade filter. Which I always do anyway. BUT this filter is so tiny,no wonder the manual says to change the oil and filter at 3,000 miles. That went out with high button shoes!
    My Ranger,which i traded in ,had a 5,000/7,500 mile change,or 6 months. I change it at 3 months anyway,because I do 100% city driving. But this Aveo change schedule is so old fashioned. If the filter was bigger,you could go much longer between changes. So...anyone try this or know of a size that would fit? P.S. read my MPG issue. :)
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    wave54 - Not sure how I got so lucky on both ends of this deal.

    Not lucky about the accident, but driving a car for 2 years and coming out $2300 ahead must soften the blow a bit.
  • geissajgeissaj Posts: 14
    Does anyone have access to TSB's for 2005 AVEO There are three suspension and steering TSB's listed in the NHTSA web site. GM should offer these for free but you have to pay for them Through ALLDATA or some other aftermarket resource. TSB's are repair procedures for defects that the manufacturer recognizes but hasn't killed anybody so NHTSA doesn't investigate. They are covered under warranty but not after. Any GM repair shop has these and should be aware when you bring your car in for repairs.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    I had one of the problems addressed by a TSB just after the warranty ended (clunk, pop noise from front suspension over bumps).

    The dealer lubed the lower control arm bushings and charged me $60 or so. Didn't help at all -- noises were still present driving out of the dealership.

    Their response: Shrug shoulders and offer to replace lower control arms (at my expense, of course)!
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Nobody was hurt - lucky enough without any extra money.
  • kris14kris14 Posts: 5
    http://www.euroncap.com/
    EuroNCAP crash test for the Chevrolet Kalos 2006 (hatchback) is now available. Front crash test rates 6 out of minimum 13 for a modern car. This is only marginally better than the rating of only 3 for the 2007 Chevy Aveo Saloon. :lemon:
  • optus3optus3 Posts: 7
    I had the same problem with my Kalos in Australia. The dealer first told me it was a the brakes, which they offered to replace so I didn't argue. The noise was still there. They then lubed the lower control arm bushings. This did help for a while, but of course it comes back. Just had to keep it lubed i guess
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  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    My 2006 automatic heats up VERY fast. Does everyone elses heat up fast. I mean under 3 mins! The temp. gauge is at the halfway mark,well just under it..and it always stays there,while the car is hot. I make such short trips, I was hoping the car heating up fast would be a good thing. But it sure isnt saving gas. Usually a temp. gauge is of no use. Kind of like the 'idiot lights' of the 1980's. It always goes up to just a smidge under the half way mark within 3-5 mins. No matter how long or short i drive it..it never goes higher. It does go lower after a long time sitting, so I know it works. But how about the rest of you? Do your Aveo's heat up fast? I guess in cold areas it would be a nice thing. Here in south Fla. it is of no use of course. Just wondering if this is common, or do I have a problem I should go to the dealer and have them look at and laugh at me for a while.
  • living in texas a temp gauge is always of use.....if it is hot weather you want to know if you car is about to overheat. and it can happen when it is 106 outside like yesterday.
  • One of the first things I noticed when I got the car, is how quickly the engine heats up, even in cold weather. And I'm talking Minnesota winter weather, so it's a GOOD thing. For a 4 cylinder car, it gives out very good heat. Like your guage, mine sits just below the half way mark all the time, except when the engine is first started after it's cooled down.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    That sounds normal to me. Every vehicle I have every owned shows the temperature at the middle reading. If it goes into the red zone you know there is an overheating problem.

    New cars like the Cobalt, HHR, Malibu, etc., have an actual digital temperature gauge on their information center so you can see the progress after a few hours of driving, etc.
  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    Yes, I know its good to know if the car is going to overheat. But it seems like the 'standard heat range' is just under the half way mark. At least mine is not the only one that heats up VERY fast and then the needle sits at the middle of the temp. range.
  • My Aveo warms up pretty quickly, too. After it reaches just under the halfway mark it stays there. Actually the only other car I've owned the warmed up this fast was a '93 Miata.
  • Please help!! I am searching, thus far in vain, for some answers. I have had my Aveo towed into the dealership four times in the past two months - warranty is about to expire - for issues with the car not wanting to start. They have given me a variety of answers and fixed a number of things, however the problem continues. They have assured me that they will continue to cover any issues that stem from this once the warranty has expired; however, at this point I am truly frustrated. Who wants to spend a great deal of time waiting for their car to start???? Let alone the thought of being stranded at the store, etc. One of the things that the dealership has suggested is that I pump the gas...this truly threw me for a loop since my car is fuel injected...I am looking for anyone that may have had this similar issue and if so, what did you do - besides get rid of the car??? :lemon:
  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    Well if they are willing to replace the fuel pump,TELL them to do it. Dont ask,just tell them. It could be clogged with junk from some bad gas you put in it..or it could just be breaking down. But the fact this has happened before your warranty expired means they MUST keep trying to fix it. At least you have that little comfort. Does the lemon law apply for you? What age is your Aveo? It might be covered under the lemon law,read the booklet you got with the car about the lemon law in your state. If they try to fix something like 3-4 times and cant,dont they have to replace the car or something like that,if it is a NEW car, i know that applies. But how old and how many miles do you have on yours? A starting problem can be a battery,the starter,fuel pump,ignition,the key part of the ignition to! What have they replaced or fixed so far? I smell a lemon law issue :lemon: you might have a case.
  • Thanks a lot for your insight...I own a 2005 Aveo and the past four times I have been told a variety of things - carbon deposits in IAC valve and passage, carbon on throttle plates; loose battery cable; carbon deposits on valves and TBI - recommended running high end fuel x3 fill ups; told to pump the gas when trouble starting (pump the gas with a fuel injected vehicle???) The car is at just under 36,000 and I have owned it for just over a year now...going to look up the lemon laws for my state and take my car back into the dealership tomorrow. Thank you for your prompt response :) Guess we'll see if it is truly a :lemon:
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Number one: Many dealers don't seem to know that the powertrain warranty is 5 years/60,000 miles, so you are surely not out of warranty yet.

    My local Chevy dealer advised me to use Shell gasoline since the other brands could clog the fuel injectors. They said that some vehicles had come in with that problem and needed servicing due to fuel of insufficient quality for the Aveo.

    Honestly, I disregarded the advice and use any brand I want with no problems.
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