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Chevy Aveo Hatchback



  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I have recently purchased a black Aveo LT Hatchback with all the options except engine heater. This car replaced a 1998 4-door Metro LSI, which was getting a "little long in the tooth". The Metro was adequate in-town transportation, but nothing I would want to take out on the Interstate highway.

    So far, I am very pleased. The largest problem that I have read about on this car so far is the clock issue. If it is true that the clock it the main problem with this car, I think I can live with it.

    However, I cannot see why GM did not offer cruise control as a factory option on the LT models. Just doesn't make any sense to me why that option was not available...

    I have seen that Rostra ( manufactures a cruise control kit that is specifically for the 2005 Aveo (they make 2 kits - 1 for manual transmission, and 1 for automatic transmission-their part # 250-1753, for the auto transmission).

    Has anyone had this installed on their Aveo? If so, what does the installation look other words, does it look and perform like a factory installed unit, or does it look like a "cheap add-on"?

    Any other suggestions about adding cruise to this car?
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Where are you guys seeing the revised looks? I'd like to see what the new 06 model looks like. Thanks. Also, do both the sedan and hatchback have the turn signal repeaters on the front quarter panel?
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    which we're not allowed to point to or mention.
  • Hi gang, I just bought a new 2004 hatchback leftover and got a good deal for Canada at $9888 minus $1000 loyalty minus $700 GM visa. My car is the base model 5 speed. I notice that maybe I am having trouble getting use to the car or maybe just a break-in deal but I find shifting 1 to 2 very jerky no matter if I shift low rpm or high. When I get back into the gas, it really is jerky. The other shifts are fine likely because of the bigger ratios. Do you guys with the 5 speeds find shifting out of 1st gear at low rpms is best. The rpms seem to hang up a little if you rev past 2500-3000 in 1st. What do you think? Otherwise the car work nicely with 500kms on it so far. Can't buy a used anything for the price I paid.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    shifting from 1st to 2nd took a little getting used to for me also but I guess I just adapted to it and dont even notice any the same shift as my 99 metro but still good.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    Did anyone notice when they got your car that the tires did not have a lot of air in them. After driving for a couple of tanks of gas and noticing a very mushy ride, I decided to check the air in the tires and low and behold there was only 23lbs in I knocked them up to 32lbs and my mileage was better and I have a ride I am more accustomed with.
  • parky129parky129 Posts: 50
    I also had a Metro and the Aveo is a more refined car, no problem with wake disturbances fro passing semis or from following same on superhighways. I installed the Rostra cruise control at around 600miles I now have 7500 miles on my 2004 5door. I love it, both the car and control. When returning in the spring from Florida using the cruise 100% achieved 38-42 mpg Us with automatic transmission. The cruise is an easy install since the unit is custom made to just bolt right in, the control stalk is the only drilling necessary and it installs on panel just below turn signal. Cruise will engage at around 28-30 mph, just about what a factory unit would. Try it you will like it. Rostra makes cruise controls for quite a few original equipment manufacturers.
  • parky129parky129 Posts: 50
    Check drivers door post, manufacturer recommends 30 psi.Some inflate to higher pressures but I stick with manufacturers reccommendations. Got as high as 38-42 mpg US on trip home in spring from Florida.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I saw the tire pressure on inside of the door and looked at the max on the tire also and went with that .....the 2lb difference does not affect the ride and it will not wear the tires differently. Thanks for the reply...
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Did you say you have your tires inflated to the max stated on the tire?
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Don't you think that is a bit dangerous? Engineers advise certain tire pressure that works best for your cars dynamics. If your tires needed to be at the max pressure stated on the side of your tires, wouldn't Chevrolet advise that? I am really just curious of your rationale.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    Anyone out there notice that the clock seems to drop 1 or 2 minutes a day? My dealer knows of no suggested fixes or recalls. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, what did you do?
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Mark Salem used to be a fixture in the St. Louis radio. Like Click and Clack he actually owns a shop in the Phoenix area. He got too busy to maintain a show in the St. Louis market. He was generally pretty knowledgeable. FWIW I like to keep tires at about 36 psi. That won't hurt the tire and will maximize mileage (both gas and tire), in my Malibu and my Elantra before that, 36 didn't present any real problems. The big risk is underinflation, remember the Ford-Firestone fiasco.

    "How much air should I carry in my tires?

    There are three different places tire inflation information can be found. Your owners manual will deal with proper tire inflation, there may be a tag describing proper tire inflation procedures in the drivers door area, either on the door or on the jamb or there is inflation information on the sidewall of the tire. Don’t be surprised if all three don’t match.

    The inflation information on the tire will describe the maximum inflation of that tire cold. This is the most that tire should ever be aired to. The owners manual may describe a slightly lower inflation number. Anywhere in between will be fine for any car or SUV or light truck. But remember this:

    Using the higher inflation numbers (35-44 psi) will keep the tire cooler, give you better fuel economy but you will sacrifice ride quality. The ride of the car will be harsher than with softer tire pressures.

    Using the lower inflation numbers (28-35 psi) will give you a soft, smooth ride but your tires will run hotter and your fuel economy will be between 1-5% less than with fully inflated tires.

    I always inflate my customers tires to the maximum inflation figure written on the side of their tire. The only exception is a "Z" rated high performance tire, like ones on a Corvette, Camaro, 300ZX. I do not inflate them to their maximum of 44 psi, but use 35 psi as our upper limit on these tires. Otherwise the ride is way too harsh."
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I have always (26 years) ran my tires at the higher inflation amount and have not ever had any problems with wear or other. Learned that in the 2nd gas crisies in 79. I was a common thing to do then.....funny people have forgotten that.
  • dkuhajdadkuhajda Posts: 487
    The Aveo rides funny with significantly overinflated tires, especially on the highway.

    Do not forget the correct way to measure the tire pressure. Tire pressure ratings are for a COLD tire. This means that the car had to be sitting in the shade (not sunlight on the tires) for a couple of hours to reach ambient temperature. Any other time and you are not getting a correct reading.

    10% over door label PSI is never a problem. This actually will allow for some PSI drop when the outdoor temperature falls and still be at or slightly above recommendation.

    The PSI rating in the door is to give the maximum, flattest, proper footprint of the tire to ground with a normal load in the vehicle, 4 people. Overinflation raises MPG by reducing the amount of tire to road contact, hence less friction. You are now riding on the center part of the tread of your tire. Underinflation causes the outer parts of the tires to be the main areas of contact. Both situations are not good for best all season traction. However, it is better to be slightly (and I stress slightly) over inflated versus under inflated.
  • herronmherronm Posts: 2

    Where did you get your car? Any service problems? I'm from Greenville by the way.
  • ceestandceestand Posts: 6
    I've got a 2005 LT hatchback in black. Over 3200 miles on it.

    The only mechanical issue so far is a rattling in the vent fans at the lowest setting, but it comes and goes. My clock keeps perfect time. Also, while there is ample room for me to sit in the back(6'00"), when we put my nephew in a car seat in the back, the passenger seat had to slide way up.

    I am averaging 23mpg with about equal city/highway use. I think the ratings listed by Chevy must've been made with a 0-60 time of around a minute. The Aveo has no problem keeping up with other cars in acceleration (often ~4k on the tach) or highway speed (often > 70mph), just be prepared to eat fuel economy to do it. At least with the automatic.

    As for tire pressure, I always go with 95% of the max listed on the tire. Different tires will have different PSIs. The OEM Aveo tires may be consistent with the door listing, but that's no guarantee it will always be that way. I'll trust the tire's specification over the car's generalization any day. Besides, once my warranty is up, I'm planning to replace with larger wheels.

    I changed the oil at 1500mi, should've done it earlier. Brought my own oil and filter, I have no idea what the stealership uses, but they only charged me for labor using my stuff.
    Oil: Chevron/Havolene supreme dino 5W30
    Filter: K&N HP1001
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I got my car at Ray Huffines Chevrolet in Plano at Coit and Plano Parkway. My mileage is around 31 around town..37-40 on long trips. The car has just 2600 miles on it. One service problem the night I picked up the car.....the dome light was burned out and I had it replaced at the dealer.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I think those that would rather look at the tire's specification instead of the car manufacturer's has a misunderstanding of what those ratings actually mean.

    The sidewall number is simply the max psi that the tire can be run safely at without blowing out when hot. It's there to cover the liability of the tire manufacturer. This rating would be the same whether the tires were on an Aveo or a Town Car. The psi rating on the door jamb is what engineers for that specific car have determined is the optimum trade-off between fuel economy, ride, and safe handling by providing the proper tire contact patch for the suspension setting and weight of the car. Going a little above this rating will give you better mileage, slightly harsher ride, and slightly quicker handling. Going to the max tire rating is simply unsafe, particularly when the road is wet, in emergency manuevers, and at highway speeds. You risk losing control of the car. Not to mention a much higher chance of damaging a tire and/or wheel when hitting bad bumps. Going to different brands of tires or even different tire sizes doesn't matter. You would still go by the rating on the door jamb.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I agree that taking a car up to the maximum on the tire side wall is over kill.

    Just heard some guy on TV post Bush news conference. Having everyone get their tires up to recommended psi would save as much gas as Anwar.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    Glad to hear the news about the cruise control...I got in touch via email with and they sent me the installation manual for the Aveo cruise kit...very helpful and pleasant folks to deal with. I have a Rostra unit ordered and hope to have it installed by the 1st of next week, just as soon as it arrives.

    I think the Aveo is light years ahead of the old Metro, but I have noticed what several other folks have written about earlier in this forum. The clock seems to lose about a minute a day, and one time, it reset the time to a totally new time, several hours and minutes off from the correct time. My dealer doesn't know (or says he doesn't, anyway) about any clock issues.

    Of course, I can live with this issue if its the the only problem I encounter. It does seem strange, though, for an electronic clock to have problems in this day and age.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    A cruise control sounds like a good ideal.

    I used to have a 99 metro black basic model with a/c and a 5-speed got about 36mpg around town,buy on the open road I was getting about 45-47. It only had 38,000 miles on it when I got rid of it. I sure do miss it.

    I have not had any clock issues but I hear about it alot from here. Hope I dont in the future.
  • parky129parky129 Posts: 50
    If I remember my Metro's right, mine had a 3 cylinder engine around 1000cc, 12 inch tires and weighed much less than my Aveo. It also rode worse was less quiet on the road and was a less comfortable seating position. The Aveo has it all over the Geo except for gas mileage which is lower because of weight and larger engine.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    found all my paper work from my car....I am doing some spring cleaning.......and came across the window sticker,and the brochure. I was 149 inches long 93.1 inch wheelbase 1830lbs with 3cyl and 5-speed. 13 inch wheel and tires, mine was a 1999 modle much more car that the 89-94 models Oh the color was Black Licorice. Engine size is 993c.c..The car looked like it just came off the showroom when I traded it in.

    Lets see my Aveo is about 500lbs heavier and 17 inches longer and has a 1.6 liter engine about the size of the old Chevette engine. and my mileage is 5-6 mpg less in town and 5-7 less on the hiway..but more room and better ride and some extra accessories.

    Hey when is that new Aveo suppose to be coming out. Seems awful close to the last models to change so fast.....I know the Kalos has been around longer.....but still.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I had a 98 Metro 4 door LSI, and it was a great means of transportation (locally, that is...). Traded it for the Aveo. Great mileage, but not much on the creature comforts. The one thing that I liked the most about it was the durability of the interior...I try to take care of my cars, but everyone has the occasional accident when a drink spills, etc. The interior looked as good the day I traded it as the day I bought it (60K miles). I hope the Aveo does as well.

    I have emailed GM about the "slow clock" issue and will report what, if anything, they tell me. I hope to have the cruise control in by the 1st of the week, but it looks very promising.

    Also, I noticed that GM has some on-line service manuals for some of their cars in pdf format that you can download, but the only ones available so far are the owners manual and some type of "new owners" brochure. I'll check occasionally to see if the manual becomes available. In the meantime, you can go to and download a manual for the older Lanos, which may be of some help to someone...
  • afaganafagan Posts: 1

    My clock is not working well, either. I took it in to the dealer and he said that there was nothing he could do...something about an "update for the computer" not being available yet.

  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I sent an email to Chevrolet about this problem, and the response I received is below (I have removed the specific "request number" for this complaint from the text).I will post the additional information on this problem as I receive it...

    The text of the email follows...

    Good evening! Thank you for contacting the Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center. Congratulations on your new vehicle purchase of your 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. I am sorry to hear of the clock concern that you are experiencing with your vehicle. I understand that the clock loses 1-2 minutes a day. You have to reset it on a daily bases. I understand your frustration and I hope that you have not received any negative feelings as to your perception of Chevrolet.

    I have documented your comments with the Customer Assistance Center and I am investigating your concern. I will contact the Service Manager to discuss your concerns. I will follow-up with you on Wednesday, May 4 between with an update or the final resolution. If you have any further information or comments, please contact us using the information provided below.

    If you should need to contact us in the future, simply reply to this message or call our Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-222-1020. Customer Relationship Managers are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

    Again, thank you for contacting Chevrolet.


    Mxxxx Axxxxxxx
    Customer Relationship Manager
    Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    my interior on my Metro was in pristine condition....but I had noticed in some older models the dash top would fade to and get all crusty and nasty I hope my Aveo takes after my Metro.

    Has anyone heard if we will get the 3-door model? I really like the way it looks and I showed a pic to my sis who is thinking of trading in her 99 Mustang for an Aveo.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Hello, I have read every post thus far and find the Aveo very interesting. I drove an Aveo at the GM touring car show last fall and was quite impressed. In my opinion for the money it can't be beat.

    I currently drive a Chevy S10 and previously had a Pontiac Lemans (1988) that was basically an Opel Cadet with final assembly by Daewoo. From my understanding it was a Daewoo 1.6 L engine, with a German Getrag transmission. The car was a pretty descent commuter and I believe I averaged around 30 mpg all-around. I kept it 4-years but it continually had electrical problems everytime it rained. I never knew if it would start if there was a lot of moisture in the air. The ignition coil was placed in a bad area and evidently was not insulated enough from the moisture.

    I originally started looking at Grand Prix's, Malibu's, Monte Carlo's, and a couple others, but I think I would like to have some money left over so its currently a decision between a Cobalt and Aveo.
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