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  • hydnhydn Posts: 8
    Only 2500 miles and 2 1/2 months. No rattles.

    Biggest complaints...
    - Suspension is too soft side-to-side. When I drive 80 with a cross wind the car rocks with the wind. (light/tall car). Not that I slow down though :P
    - Small tires tend to spin on take off in wet conditions.
    - Standard tires do not grip well in snow.
    - Can't fold down the back seats with the front seats all the way back (like I drive).
    - Fold down rear seats not as useful as I thought to carry large things because of the rounded design of the hole to the trunk.
    - Center console would be nice to store stuff.
    - Shifter is imprecise.

    Bright spots...
    - Engine revs readily after 1500 miles in. Gives decent performance if you are willing to use it.
    - Front seats and front room are fine even at 6'2" 250lbs.
    - Vision out the front and back are very good.
    - Ride is good over rough country roads.
  • After about 13 months of owning an Aveo, here is an update:
    (Jan 2005 purchase date)

    MPG: 30 entirely city driving
    Miles: 8,000
    Bumps,rattles, or squeaks: none

    It drives quite well, I did find out that this bad boy can hold a 27 inch tv in the box in the front seat. Rear storage is also quite good.

    stuff I hate:

    The side window deflectors are $74.99 not including installation. :mad:
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    I need a new transportation very badly, I have been waiting for these supposedly better quality cars, Yaris,Fit and Versa, but it seems forever the day they would finally arrive here in USA.
    I am in NJ and I saw the other day in the parking lot of a
    dealer one Aveo Hatchback LS for approximately $11,570.00 base price plus $850.00 automatic and $ 325.00 for a replacement of the standard Am/Fm with CD, plus $540.00 destination charges, total $13,285.00.
    This could always be debated, the main reason for this writing is that I read good things about this car and bad things from owners,

    My advice, wait for the Japanese cars -- you'll be happier over the long run. If you can pick up a loaded Aveo for 10K or less, fine, but DO NOT pay anywhere near list for one. Long-term reliability is unknown and resale value is near the bottom of the pile.

    I'm one of the disatisfied owners who've had problems with timing belt/tensioner failures, suspension problems, etc. Parts are impossible to find beyond the basic filters and repairs are expensive.

    Could be an okay car for low mileage drivers around town, but would not recommend to anyone who plans to put higher than average mileage on it. Go for Toyota or Honda with their proven reliability record. You'll likely pay more up front, but have a car that's worth more and will be less expensive to maintain.
  • seawolfeseawolfe Posts: 4
    :shades: the Aveo is a very hot car in the summer, airconditner is not much good in the very hot days. the sun shines down on you from the windshield, and the shades do no good at all.
    now if its not to hot of a day you stay nice and cool, I guess it might help if you tent your windshieald.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I tinted my windows. I live in Texas and the car is fine.
  • seawolfeseawolfe Posts: 4
    randydriver, do you have trouble with the wind almost blowing your car off the road ,even if its not a strong wind? because I do! :mad: it's a few things I hate about the car, well let me say this ,all I like about the car is it's cute :D & the blue color. the darn car scares me when im driving it. october of 2006 I will have had it for a year, cant wait ,I plan to trade it in for something better,& safer. my husband picked it out for me, he thought I would like it, and I did until I drove it. :sick:
  • seawolfeseawolfe Posts: 4
    I dont know much about cars, but I bought a AVEO 10-05 and I will trade it in 10-06, for something better. the wind nearly blows it off the road,you have to hold on tight, and my car has blind spots I almost wrecked 3 times because of it,and almost ran over my daughter, & would have if my grand son hadent saw her. the aircond. dont do much good when its a real hot day, [ but you could tent the windows ,I hear that helps]. Now, about the electrical part, that worrys me, becouse I have been hearing a funny sound in my car as I drive here lately, BUT IT NEVER HAS STALLED ON ME AT ALL. But you have to let the red light go off before you start the car, it has something to do with the electrical gas tank ,if you dont let the red light go off it says in the book that your car will stop on you.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    I haven't had any problems with the air conditioner. Extreme winds yes, but it's fairly rare.
  • seawolfeseawolfe Posts: 4
    all most ran over my daughter because of the blind spots on my car. :cry:
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    My '04 sedan has always been bad, even in light winds (10-25 mph) or behind trucks on the interstate. It's gotten worse with age as the suspension gets looser. This car feels downright scary on the highway and needs constant attention to keep it in one lane. People seem to stay behind me just for the comical entertainment of watching me fight to stay straight.

    Just had it in for brakes last Friday (bad rotors) and the mechanic says that the upper strut mounts are shot but he couldn't locate any replacements except the dealer. He could pull the front wheels back and forth while the car was up on a lift -- it shouldn't do that. That probably explains the squiggly side-to-side motions at highway speeds.

    Regarding your sound while driving, explain it further -- I have 65,000 miles and might have some info on it.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    Sorry I took so long to reply I upgraded my wheels to 15inches and different tires and that has helped the handling alot. Really if driving the smaller car is a to some of the guys in the small sedan forum they are really helpful there are a lot of small cars coming on the market that handle better. The Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Hyundia Accent, Kia Rio, and the Nissan Versa. Lots of options you didn't have a year ago. I didn't have the wind trouble after the wheel change thought.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I have been lucky mine is the 04 and I have had no suspension problems. Took to the dealer and had it check after hearing all the complaints about it. No side to side motions on the highway, or anything like that. Keep posted on what you find out though.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    How many miles do you have on yours? I have 66K miles and the handling/stability is much worse now than when it was newer. I don't have the benefit of any information from people who have high miles on their cars -- the Aveo doesn't seem to be holding up well compared to other models as it ages.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    What size tire did you go to? I know many of the 18-25 year old owners have gone to lowering springs and 16 or 17 inch wheels with wide tires and report that the handling is much improved.

    For a number of reasons, I don't want to stray too much from stock in the appearance. I'm way too old for cruising the boulevard racing Hondas.:D

    Does moving from 14 to 15 inch wheels really make that much of a difference?
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    just lowering the suspension a little nothing radical and going to the 15 inch wheels make a lot of difference. I just changed wheel size 15 inch and a little wider... the 2006 Aveo the optional wheel is a 15 incher.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Did you use lowering springs (Apex, H & R) or use some other means to lower the suspension?

    Will consider switching to 15" the next time I need tires.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    you will have to get new wheels to change to 15's. yes and the lowering springs was the correct answer.... oh check out the new wheels on the 2006 they are 15's on the LT.
  • hdguyhdguy Posts: 2

    I have a quick question on the Hatchback 2006 Suzuki Swift+ (S model). I'm interested in buying one in the next two days. I was wondering how much did you guys pay for this car out the door. I'm looking to do a cash purchase. Salesman won't budge on the sticker price. The price i've got so far is $15,190 + 100 (A/C Fee) + 20 (Tire fee) + All Taxes (canadian dollar).

    Anyone mind sharing their neogiating outcomes? Did anyone get a better price?

    PS - Is this car reliable? Any owners out there with major problems?

    Thanks for helping.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    #1 - Do you know the conversion to US dollars?

    #2 - How will the car be equipped and what's included on the "S" model since Suzuki doesn't sell that model here.

    #3 - Don't know about Canada, but the Aveo is heavily discounted in the US. Looked at a 2005 with a sticker of $13,100 and they quoted $11,400 before any negotiating. Went with a lightly used 2004 instead for $8500.

    #4 - Not finding the car to be super-reliable. Have had problems with timing belt, tensioner, brake rotors and suspension. Parts such as shocks, struts, bushings, exhaust, hoses etc. are available only from the dealers and with a wait since they're not stocked.

    If you're looking for the ultimate reliability, go with Toyota, Honda or similar makes. They cost more up front, but will be cheaper to maintain and have high resale value. I put on high miles and worry that my car won't last anywhere near as long as my payments. There's no data on how these hold up as they age -- sort of a wild card. :confuse:
  • hdguyhdguy Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info wave54.

    #1 - Its around $13,500 USD +/- a few hundred depending on the exchange rate that day. The base with manual, no a/c starts at about $11,000 USD. Price includes freight/PDI and both after $2750 CDN rebate from suzuki.

    #2 - The "S" model is their top model, comes with extra power windows, door lock, power mirrors, alarm, fog lights, spoiler, stereo upgrade, painted moldings, alarm, A/C, Automatic and a few more minor cosmetics.

    Anyhow, I put in my offer today and basically couldn't squeeze a penny off. And the dealership wants $300 for documentation. I'm not paying sticker price for this car, and $300 for some BS paper work. I think its time to choose another car.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    What surprises me is the price you're quoting for the base model - $11,000. Base Aveos list for about $9700 in the US and they often sell for far less than that. I live across the street from a dealer and base models are advertised at $8995 with no extra mark-ups or dealer options.

    The model you're describing, though, would list for about $14,000 to $14,500. Hard bargaining could drop that down to maybe $12,000.

    How much Suzuki is willing to deal is another story. Have you tried to price a similar model online?
  • vw79type2vw79type2 Posts: 37
    Just purchased a new '06 Aveo Special Value Model Hatchback with a 5-speed manual last week. Paid just under $11,000 which included the car, dealer installed air, dealer installed splash guards, taxes, and registration. I'm pretty happy with the price given that if I had gone with an LS, it would have cost me over $1,000+ more just for carpeted floor mats, the "LS" logo, and the ability to add further options I had no intention of buying.

    So far the car has met and exceeded my expectations. From the exterior this looks like a small car but the interior is extremely spacious. Build quality is terrific. The folds in the sheet metal inside the door, hood, and hatch edges are sealed (Something I noticed new Dodge Chargers don't even have). Also was pleasantly surprised to see that a factory undercoating has been applied. Something that cost $200+ extra at the dealer when I purchased my Dodge truck new a few years back.

    The look of this car is superior to anything in it's class and price range as well as the price range slightly above. It has cleaner lines than Yaris, Scion Xa, or Honda Fit, and is a great alternative to the ubiqitous bland Cobalt. The rear of the car reminds me of a French automobile, like some of the current Renault's, while the front three quarters look very Italian, like a Fiat (because this car was designed by Italians, it shouldn't come as a surprise). the only unflattering view of this car is if you look directly at the rear-end without seeing the sides.

    The only complaint I have is in regard to the rear hatch. It would be nice if the hatch opening didn't have such a profound lip and was wider, coming down closer to the bumper and against the sides.

    The little extras this car includes like the rear cup holder, garment hooks, sun glasses holder, thoughtfully placed controls and storage areas, and the nice interior door handles on the Special Value Model really put it over the top. Even the doors and especially the hatch have a reassuring sound when you close them. The hatch closes with little effort and you can let it drop into place.

    The driving experience is very pleasant. The car has no problem getting up to 50mph in a 35mph zone without me even knowing it. I haven't noticed any noises, the steering is crisp, cross winds aren't a problem, and the engine has just enough power. Shift throws are a little long, but who cares. A sixth gear, which I heard someone else suggest on here, would be a nice improvement.

    One aspect, which I haven't had the car long enough to
    really address, is gas mileage. So far it seems that I have been getting somewhere right around 31 miles per gallon without changing my driving habits. After I fill the car up a few more times I will be able to figure out what kind of mileage will be typical.

    So far this car is better than I expected. But only time will tell, and I am going to pay close attention to the gas mileage since it is the reason I purchased the car in the first place.

    Also, the dealer is suppose to install the air this week, so I hope that doesn't create any issues.

  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    How much do they charge for dealer-installed air. I live across the street from a dealer, and they've just dropped the SVM to $8495 (with $500 factory rebate).

    New England is just too humid in the summer not to have A/C. 70 degrees in the evening can be unbearable around here in July/August.
  • vw79type2vw79type2 Posts: 37
    You should probably figure on at least $1,400 to $1,500 for dealer installed air. I was able to get it for significantly less because the dealer and I settled on a price and ordered a car before he actually checked how much it was going to cost him to install the air. I ended up getting air for about $700. He told me that it actually cost them slightly over $1,400 for parts and labor, but I told him I would only go with the price we originally agreed on. :)

    However, given that your dealer is offering such a low initial price, you probably will still be paying close to what I paid, even with $1,400 air, which is much less than a Aveo LS. I wasn't about to fork out an extra $1,200+ for an LS just to get some carpeted floor mats, LS logos, and the privilege of having more options to choose from that I wasn't interested in. :)
  • shelbydshelbyd Posts: 1
    I bought mine for 10,400 on 12/04 with all options with rebate and GM discount. It listed for 14 something. If you are doing the same more than a year later and the car is fully loaded you are doing good.
  • heyphillipheyphillip Posts: 13
    I was looking at one at a chevy dealership today and couldn't believe what they wanted for the car a new 2006 black Aveo fully loaded including sunroof was a sticker price of 14,997.00. I live in NJ and the dealership was in Cherryhill. which is a problem in itself your going to pay more for any car you by in that town because it's expensive to live there. I will wait until the 07 model comes out. i plan on paying cash for a Aveo next Feb. i will have on hand 12,000 dollars i will walk in a dealership and tell them what i want and if they give me any static i will walk out and go somewhere else. car salesmen like to play games and with that kind of cash i will have i don't have time for games.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Were you looking at a sedan or hatch? The 2007 sedan is redesigned (new sheetmetal and interior) and due out this summer, but the hatch will remain the same as the 04-06 models.

    I doubt 12K will get you anything fully loaded with a list of 15K unless the dealer is truly desperate to unload the car. There is a significant amount of leeway in the pricing though, unlike the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris where you'd be damned lucky to get a few hundred off MSRP.

    Really hard to tell where prices will be by next Feb. Lots of new sub-compacts out or due out (Accent, Rio, Fit, Versa, Yaris) make it a different market than 2004 when the Aveo was almost alone with the lowly ECHO.
  • heyphillipheyphillip Posts: 13
    It was a 4 door sedan. your telling me that if i walk in a dealership with 12,000 cash money i couldn't talk them down at least a thousand dollars on a 14,000 dollar car. money talks and BS walks
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Sure, $1000 off a $14K model -- no sweat, but you had mentioned one that was $15K (fully loaded) and I wouldn't expect a dealer to drop by $3K to the $12K you were planning to spend.

    I looked at a sedan with auto and air that had a sticker of $13,100 and sent a request by email for a price and they replied back with $11,400 without any bargaining. Ending up buying a lightly used Aveo for $8500.

    Also, the power of cash is greatly overestimated. Most dealers would rather finance the car since they get a cut from that on top of the profit from the sale. Walking in with a handful of greenbacks doesn't impress much, I'm afraid. Nothing personal -- I think it's an old phrase from a time when credit was tight that's lost its power to sway a dealer.
  • rinehart2rinehart2 Posts: 2
    I also just purchased a 06 aveo, my car cost was 11900 before tax, but I got the 4 door with air,cruise,door locks,auto trany,am fm cd player,the sticker was 13500, and I got it down to 11900, Williams of traverse city, said they would go 11500 but when pressed they refused, so much for the "we will not be beat advert" I wanted an auto trans. and cruise, and air. They had the cars with no air,cruise, or door locks, for 9978, and would go down to 8900 with not to much effort. I have 1000 miles on it and my wife was sitting at a stop light, when some kid, dropped his cigarette and was fumbling with his cell phone, trying to pick up his ciggie, and hit my new car in the [non-permissible content removed]. I am so pissed, his company will pay the deductible but still, I am out my car for 10 days while it is being repaired.
    We traded a Subaru in with 150k on it and it never had a day in the body shop.
    WTF? any way, I really like the car, I am a Subaru fan, but that company has taken the price of the base car up so much it is not funny. and the quality has dropped some on them, and the gas mileage has dropped. I had an impreza that got 36 mpg and now they are rated at 20-24. and the wrx they want a sticker price of 27k lol, they can keep it. I rented an aveo in las Vegas last year and was so impressed I started to look at getting one. I am a firm believer that a vehicle is a way to get from a to b, not a weener extension. MPG so far is 32 with a combo of city and highway. not to bad, all highway and another 2k down the road to get the engine worn in, should produce 35 36 mpg anyway. so far so good.
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