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Chevrolet Aveo Real World MPG



  • just filled up today. 80% highway/20 city. I got 35.78 mpg. I think that is very good. I've got 29k miles on my 07 (this was the wifes' aveo, family grew, I got her an 08 equinox) we love both vehicles. (for different reasons)
  • HELP..I got one of the 2009 Aveo5’s that gives only 18-22 mpg on average. Highway 24 mpg is a mechanical problem in my book for an Aveo. Chevrolet Customer service says my local garage has the technical ability to take care of it. My local garage seems to think I ride the brake, etc. It’s my fault. The computer says all is OK, according to them. A faulty part, wrong computer or program of something has to be wrong, but what. ?????

  • I have an 09 AVEO5 with A/T an measure 32.75MPG combined town/country in the hills of Virginia. No hwy/interstate driving.
    Once I got 27mpg on a tank and decided it was bad gas. If you always use a discount gas, you might try a couple tanks of BP.
    Some simple checks:
    Check your oil - is it dirty. If so, change it and the filter and try Mobile 1 (Make sure you use the proper weight oil (5W-30 I think.
    If you drive dirt roads - change the air filter.
    Check your brake fluid - might be some trapped pressure that is causing your brakes to drag.
    Feel the front wheels right after driving it - are they hot?
    Is there grime on the front wheels (signs of excessive brake drag).
    Lift up on the break peddle while driving on a level road and see if you feel the car gliding along any better.
    The garage may be right about brake drag being your issue, but it might not be caused by a heavy brake foot. You'll have their opinion, now you need to figure it out yourself.
    Hope this helps.
  • Good suggestions, but have tried all of them. I had the garage check for emergency and wheel brake drag. Tried different gas stations, with and without ethel, etc. Reading the previous entries I have come to the conclusion that there is a small percentage that have the low mpg problem and GM hasn't addressed it. Take a look at #1 of 6 My 09 Aveo Nightmare.. Poor guy, I hope mine doesn't turn out that way..
  • My 06 Pontiac Wave (automatic) gives 15 kms per litre on the freeway. (roughly 35.5 mpg). 65-75 miles speed.

    For mixed City-highway driving, I consistently get 11.5 kms per litre. (27 MPG). This is with thrifty use of the airconditioner. I use the heater almost all the time in the winter. I know that the mileage will fall when I do.

    - sandyr.
  • Of course it's no surprise that running the AC causes our mpg to drop. But i have found that on these little cars, it drops more than expected. You can really feel it when the compressor kicks in and with it running most of the time during the summer months, we get around from 2 to 4 less mpg. Overall though, even with the AC running, i still get the advertised mpg!
  • My 09 Aveo5 is Auto with Alum. wheels. Is it possible that my poor gas mileage could be do to larger dia. mounted tires giveing an adometer miss calculation. I read on an earlier posting that a TSB said odometer might be off 7 to 9%. Might the basic models have smaller diameter wheels and the computer is not set to compinsate. Is such info. out on 09's. This weekend I am going to check against the ionterstate mile posts. Norm
  • If they are factory wheels, it's unlikely that the odometer is wrong. I can't beleive the carmakers will expose themselves to lawsuits that way. If you added aftermarket alum wheels, the theory sounds plausible.

    - sandy.
  • Joining for first time
    I bought for 9200 also. That was in 07. I actually saw in the paper when the Eco was it's worst, a local dealer selling new for 7000.
    I have a 5 speed, and like it alot. Notice I didn't say love it? The gas mileage is great? Abt 32 or a little better under 55 mph. On the highway, not so good. 65-70 abt 25 or little better.
    The plus: Great gas mileage
    Flop down rear seats(you can fit a lot of stuff in through the trunk
    Quick and responsive little motor (1.6)
    Can carry 4 fine, 5 if you have to, but it can be done.

    The minus: This car should not, and I repeat NOT be driven on the Highway
    in the winter. NO,NO,NO. Do not.
    The chassis is a poor design in relation to the front drive wheel.
    The chassis is stiff, (the short length of car) and cannot respond
    to the powerfull front wheel torque, and that makes the tire
    want to spin in response to the engine.
    At highway speeds this is a disaster waiting to come about.
    The first sign of no traction (ICE) and you have the spinning
    event of your life.
    Big, and not so big trucks when they pass have a tendency to want
    to draw your vehicle into them. (talk about white knuckles-oh yeah!)

    Thank you for your listen. It is overall still a good little car.
  • gotta agree with sandyriver...if the wheels are factory then the odometer is probably right. use a tire size calculator if you want to test different sizes to see how your odometer could be affected (bottom part of that page)
  • Have you had any luck with your fuel mileage increasing? I know it can be a real hard problem to find. Thought if it was still poor maybe I could share some ideas
  • Disgusted, did you ever find an answer as to why your Aveo gets low mpg? My 2009 with automatic only gives 20 mpg all around driving and 27 mpg on the interstate. Totally unacceptable for an advertised GREEN car. If you found an answer, please help me. My garage doesn't care. Norm116
  • sun44sun44 Posts: 18
    Norm I just stopped worrying about it, and haven't been on a long road trip with it, in a LONG time. I just drive it around town now. As long as I'm in a bigger town, where there's nothing but stop and go traffic, then it'll probably be like that. I'm not going to put anymore money into it. I'll just have to drive it till it stops. I really never got a direct answer, and of course the dealerships don't want to answer you.
  • You may find this discussion informative:

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  • barkydogbarkydog Posts: 45
    Our 2009 Aveo5 is only a few months old with less than 2000 miles on it. We like the car very much except that the city MPG has been disappointing. The city EPA estimate is 25. The best we have been able to get is 22 MPG. After installing a scan gauge and driving very conservatively I was determined to find out specifically why the fuel economy is so inadequate.

    After considerable research I found the transmission is made by Aisin, a Japanese manufacturer with a good reputation for quality transmissions. It is an ordinary 4 speed, with no overdrive. The same transmission is found on all Aveos made from 2004 to 2010. I recently found the service manual for this transaxle, Aisin 81-40LE. It can be found on-line at:

    The graph on page 5A2-12 shows the manufacturer’s specification for shift points. (The graph is stated in KMH, so I’ve converted the figures to MPH for this discussion.) The graph shows the shift points will vary somewhat according to the TPS (throttle position) reading. On my car a scan gauge registers the TPS reading at idle at about 16; very conservative (slow) acceleration would be about 25; brisk or above average acceleration would be about 35 TPS.

    According to the graph, at 25 TPS the shift points should be at about 11, 20 and 27 MPH. At 35 TPS it should shift at about 12, 22, and 32 MPH. I compared what I am actually getting on my car, at about 35 TPS, which would be considered average or brisk acceleration. I found it actually shifts at about 15, 25, and 45 MPH. In other words, the upshift into the highest gear (fourth) is much too late. Most 4 speed transmissions typically shift at approximately 10, 20 and 30 MPH. The delayed shift into high gear at around 45 is a major reason for delivering poor city FE. I live in suburbia. On major roads, typically the speed limit is 40. Unfortunately, when there is traffic it is impossible to break 45 – thus the car is spending most of its time in first, second and third gears at best, and it virtually never goes into high gear, which would yield the best fuel efficiency.

    The transmission shift points are entirely determined by an electronic module called the transmission control module (TCM) which was designed and pre-programmed by Chevrolet. The shift points for which it is programmed are widely different than the documented specifications of the manufacturer, Aisin. I visited a Chevrolet dealer and spoke with the service manager to see if the TCM could be reprogrammed. He told me that they could do nothing to change it, unless Chevrolet had issued a service bulletin update for the program (which is has not done in the past five years that Chevy has been using this transmission on the Aveo). In other words, unless and until Chevy engineering rewrites the programming of the shift points and offers it as an update for dealers to install, nothing can be done to rectify the existing discrepancy. I then visited my local transmission shop (AAMCO) and asked the same questions. They confirmed that there is no way to reprogram the TCM unless Chevrolet rewrites the programming for it.

    From what I have read on the web this is a very common complaint for Aveos. Most owners are unaware that their cars are late in shifting into fourth gear and frustrated with their poor city mileage. Seeing that there is documentation supporting the fact that the TCM programming of Chevrolet is greatly divergent from the specifications of Aisin, the manufacturer of the transmission, I believe Aveo owners have a valid grievance against GM and should press to have the situation rectified.

    Who can we complain to? How can we unite to complain effectively and have Chevrolet correct this situation?
  • HabsmanHabsman Posts: 3
    I am getting about 27 mpg highway.There has got to be a problem with this car,there alot of water coming from the exhaust,the car works fine,no engine lights,I have heard there might be a valve problem.
  • I drive a 2009 Chevy Aveo LS, 4 door, sedan, 4 cylinder 1.6 liter Ecotec engine. It has a manual transmission, 5 speed.

    I get 42-46 driving 65-70 mph on interstate or highway all the time since buying it, checked it numerous times on long trips. I have never got below 33 mpg on a tank of gas. Driving in city usually ranges 33-35 mpg, city and highway usaully average 38-40 mpg on tank of gas. That would be like 60-70% highway and 30-40% city driving. Live in St Louis, MO area.
  • try replacing the spark plugs. the are installed by a machine and can break. My brother had similar problems with gas mileage on another make. Took it back to the dealer many times, only to be told there was nothing wrong. Finally changed plugs and gas mileage increased to normal expected range. The plugs were cracked from over tightening by the factory robot. My daughter has a 2009 Aveo 5 speed and it gets rated gas mileage.
    Good luck and hope it works. Can't hurt to try it.
  • Didn't think it possible, but on my most recent tank of gas, after a fresh oil change, I got the lowest mileage ever.
    16.5 mpg.... on this tiny little pinto of a card. 16.5 mpg and I driver her very softly.
    16.5 mpg is less than I get in my Santa Fe. :mad:
    How depressing.
  • Hi all,

    My 82000 mile average is 39.97 mpg in mixed driving. I was hoping to stay over 40 but a new timing belt at 59995 seems to have cut down the mileage a bit. I will be going on the 3rd set of tires soon.

  • I just bought an 2008 Aveo with a 5 speed i get bete=ween 35 and 37 MPG running 60-65 I am going to get a K&N air intake hoping to get 39-40 at 55
  • im4eestorim4eestor Posts: 7
    edited February 2011
    Somehow, you link to the transmission PDF it truncated: Could you send it directly to resqdogz at , please?

    I, too, sufffer from abysmal fuel economy with my 2008 Aveo LS 5 door...

    Thank you!
  • barkydog: Thanks for your work on this! I guess I will need to try to go slower, or faster. Really can't go over 45 in town though, so would have to go slower. Probably not worth it. Chevy should have fixed this long ago. Typical lack of true concern once they sell a car.
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