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#765 of 885 Re: i'm looking at one tonight [newbie14]
Sep 09, 2005 (10:47 am)
I drive the same mileage (40 miles one way) to work at two different locations, mostly highway driving with my 2005 Aveo auto/air. One location takes me through a 4 mile section of red lights, the other has one stop light. I get 36 mpg with one stop light and 32 with all the stop lights. If 8 miles of stop and go driving makes 4 mpg change, then the Aveo w/auto is not a good in town car. Others that I have talked with, that drive in town get 32 with their manual.
See #719 of 734 I wish I had your Aveo by lipreader Aug 31, 2005 (2:12 pm) in the "Chevy Aveo (hatchback)" forum.
Sep 14, 2005 (11:49 am)
yeah, the auto trans has good acceleration if you are driving mostly on level roads. If you are going up hills the engine and auto trans have to work harder to get up the hill. I don't think the manual would make much of a difference.The highest hills around me are in Atlantic Highlands and Highlands near Sandy Hook.Pinebelt in Eatontown had a good amount of Aveos on the lot most were 2005 models so you might be able to get a good deal on one.
#768 of 885 Aveo vs. Corolla, Golf, etc
Sep 16, 2005 (4:47 pm)
I have a chance to get a 2005 LT sedan auto with 5k miles on it. While sparing you the details, all I can say is that the person selling it is a friend of mine and I know it is in great shape and that I will get a price "at or below wholesale."
My challenge is deciding whether I want to spend less money up front for what appears to be a good example of a decent car -- or whether I want to spend perhaps double the amount on a new or similarly low-mileage Corolla or Golf.
I am a little concerned that the Aveo has a poor resale value when compared to the other cars I am considering. However, this goes in my favor right now because I can acquire the vehicle at a price well below retail.
I don't know whether or not the car will be financed. Probably so, but I would hope to pay down the principal sooner rather than later.
Most of my driving is to and from work (less than 10 miles round trip) and to the grocery store, Best Buy and other such places. I might occasionally have a big dog in the back seat or a passenger every once in a while. Maybe 5 times a year I would take a 12 hour trip on the interstate.
Help me make up my mind. When I look at the Corolla or Golf reports, I see they are "excellent" choices whereas the Aveo depreciates quicker and is a little cheezier than the other two (let's face it, they're right about the cheeziness.)
When I read other forums about people raving about their Golfs and Corollas, I can't help but think they are paying much more to "get in the game." Sure their cars will hold their value better than the Aveo, and they may get a tad better gas mileage than the Aveo.
Any comments or insight will be appreciated. This is my first post to this forum, so please "be gentle."
#769 of 885 Re: Aveo vs. Corolla, Golf, etc [thx1138]
Sep 16, 2005 (5:27 pm)
Sci-fi fan, eh?
A few thoughts:
* The car has one year of depreciation (since the 2006s are out now) so it should be priced accordingly. And as you probably know, cars take their biggest hit on value in the first year.
* How long do you plan on keeping it? If it's for over 4 years or so, depreciation will start favoring the Aveo--plus you'll have a lot less invested up front.
* Do you like how the Aveo drives compared to the Corolla and Jetta? Do you think you could put up with it for 12 hours, 5 times a year? Maybe your friend would let you take it on a long drive one weekend (you pay for gas, wear/tear) so you can see how you like it. Also, some rental car companies carry Aveos for a low rate so you could rent one and try it on a long drive. Also, take a long test drive in the Corolla because its driving position can be uncomfortable for taller people and even many averaged-sized people (like 5'10" me).
* One area where the Corolla and Jetta have a distinct advantage over the Aveo is on crash tests. Both the Corolla (with side air bags!) and Jetta really shine in the tough IIHS crash tests. If that is important to you, it could be worth the extra bucks.
* How important is it to you (and how much is it worth to you) to own a car that is basic transportation (sorry, Aveo fans, that's what I think it is) vs. a very refined small car like the Jetta, or something in between like the Corolla?
* How important is reliability to you? The Corolla has a rock-solid record there. The Jetta does not have a good history but this is an all-new model (which could be considered an even greater risk). The Aveo is in between.
Basically, what you need to do is write down what is important to you in your next car, and rate each of the cars against those criteria. Be sure to specify "must haves" (if the car doesn't have it or do it, it's out of the picture) vs. "nice to haves". Also figure out what you could do with all that extra money that you would NOT spend on the Aveo.
#770 of 885 The plot thickens
Sep 17, 2005 (8:11 am)
Thanks for the thoughts, Backy. I have been kind of schizophrenic with my vehicles and my wants/needs overr the past decade. I did the family thing with mini vans, the macho thing with a large 4x4 F150, the exec thing with a Lexus 400, and the yuppie thing with the Jeep Liberty. Right now the spouse's car is a fairly new Toyota MR2 Spyder.
I bought a 2000 Hyundai Accent last month with just 27k on it. Very spartan but IMO a smart choice on many levels. I just resold it to a family member more in need of cheap, reliable transportation.
The spouse insists on power windows/door locks. Other than that, she will "sign off" on whatever I want -- within reason. A Jetta, Vibe and other pricier models have not been ruled out.
Truth is, I don't know how long I will keep it. I just know I want to be a tightwad this time around.
In my area, the few used Corollas I have seen are outrageously priced. Ditto for the VWs. Also, I lack confidence in my local VW dealership.
#771 of 885 Re: The plot thickens [thx1138]
Sep 17, 2005 (10:34 am)
If you liked the Accent OK, then the Aveo should be just fine for you. It is clear that you don't need to be pretentious in your cars.
#772 of 885 Re: The plot thickens [thx1138]
Sep 17, 2005 (3:23 pm)
You hit the nail on the head - pretentious. But on a more psychologically-complex level, I am wondering if I am trying to make a statement about my unpretentiousness by choosing an Aveo.
#773 of 885 Re: The plot thickens [thx1138]
Sep 17, 2005 (8:22 pm)
In that case, you should get something like a BMW 330i, just to prove to people that it's not important to you to drive a fancy car, but you are above the need to demonstrate that to people by driving an unpretentious car like the Aveo.
This is getting very complicated.
#774 of 885 Re: The plot thickens [backy]
Sep 19, 2005 (9:42 am)
Yes, confusion reigns. I am also thinking about trading in my 20 year-old Schwinn racing bike for a mountain/urban bike and pedal to/from work (3.6 miles one way.)
If I do that, I might just have to keep the 99 Caravan -- despite it completely filling up my side of the garage