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Chevrolet Aveo, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#182 of 199 Got a great deal on an Aveo....twice!
Feb 07, 2009 (9:54 pm)
I just purchased my second Chevy Aveo 5-door SVM from Mike Anderson Chevrolet in Merrillville, IN. They advertise the car for $9,890 and minus our $3,000 in GM Card savings + TTL, we paid $7,800 in the end. It has the auxilary jack for the iPod and it's sport red (which is our favorite color). The first Aveo we bought, we got incredibly lucky and bought it for $6,000 with only $500 in GM card money. Some crazy Chicago dealer was advertising the basic Aveo for $6,000, of course when we went there they said it was sold and all this other nonsense. Once they heard we were going to sue them, they caved but by this time we found Mike Anderson who agreed to match the Chicago price.
We absolutely love both of our Aveos. The first one has over 82k on it and has never been in the shop for more than a day (only for wear and tear items like brakes). It is such a good car, it averages 35 mpg if we drive it nice and not like a race car driver. We get so many compliments on them especially our new 2009 Sport Red Aveo which is just stunning. Our family has never bought two of the same car so it is such a first to do this. We plan on buying another Aveo next year with $4,000 in GM card money.
Compared to the Yaris, Fit, Scion, and other comparable cars, this is such a better deal. Why pay $15-20k for those cars when the Aveo is so much better. I would not recommend anyone buying the overpriced Aveos that top off at $18k, spend that money elsewhere like on a full size sedan. The basic Aveos are great for city driving and just using them when you need to run errands. I highly recommend this car to anyone who wants something that is fun, affordable, and reliable.
#183 of 199 Re: Got a great deal on an Aveo....twice! [VwEnthusiast]
Feb 25, 2009 (2:38 pm)
Magazine and on-line reviewers generally give lower marks to the Aveo than to the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, etc., but I think the same thing is going on here that is going on with quality ratings: the differences are real, but they are such a small order of magnitude compared with 10 or 20 years ago that they are no longer meaningful. I keep looking at the Aveo and keep wondering what's not to like - the quality of materials and construction, to my rather picky eye, matches the imports.
It's good to hear your early Aveo ( I assume earlier since you have 82k in miles on it already) has held up. That's what readers like me want to hear.
So I do have a couple of questions for you. The 2009 Aveo hatchback is greatly revised, with supposedly more or smarter soundproofing, and a new engine. Can you tell any differences compared to your first one?
#184 of 199 Re: Got a great deal on an Aveo....twice! [micweb]
Feb 25, 2009 (3:14 pm)
In response to your message, my family and I definitely noticed the difference between the two Aveos. The 2009 (although it has a "new" engine, it has Dual Continuous Variable Cam Phasing which makes the engine appear faster or more efficient when in reality I believe it has the exact same horsepower as the older one or maybe one more horsepower like 106 hp for the 2004 and 107 hp for the 2009) is really quiet and appears to have a much better fit and finish both inside and out. We like the interior of the new 2009 one so much more because it is more polished, uses chrome pieces as accents, and has a nicer dash display. The soundproofing is definitely there in the 2009 and you can barely hear if the car is on compared with the 2004.
After putting 420 miles on the new 2009 Aveo, I would highly recommend it because it looks a lot sharper than the old one with the new front end and redesigned tail lights, it is way more advanced (ours is a manual transmission and it even tells you when to upshift, which is kind of unneccessary but neat at the same time), and it just feels like a better quality car. We all fight each other to drive the new Aveo and we are even considering buying another 2009 or 2010 one if the price is right!
#185 of 199 Re: Got a great deal on an Aveo....twice! [VwEnthusiast]
Feb 25, 2009 (3:55 pm)
#186 of 199 Re: Got a great deal on an Aveo....twice! [micweb]
Mar 31, 2009 (12:04 am)
Don't pay up for these cars... There may be a huge shooting gallery for most cars in the traditional may-july inventory reductions. A 90 day supply is considered bloated for most autos.
Industry's Big Hope for Small Cars Fades - WSJ.com
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Last summer, when gas cost $4 a gallon, buyers snapped up small cars so fast that dealers couldn't keep them in stock. Now, with gas prices half that level, almost 500,000 fuel-thrifty models are piled up unsold around the country.
The turnabout comes at a bad time for the struggling U.S. car industry, which has revamped factories and shifted product plans to produce more small cars in coming years. The moves are prompted by coming stricter federal fuel-economy standards and the Obama administration's car-bailout plan, which encourages auto makers to boost their vehicles' mileage.
Practically every small car in the market is stacked up at dealerships. At the end of February, Honda Motor Co. had 22,191 Fits on dealer lots -- enough to last 125 days at the current sales rate, according to Autodata Corp. In July, it had a nine-day supply, while the industry generally considers a 55- to 60-day supply healthy.
For other models the supply situation is even worse. Toyota Motor Corp. has enough Yaris subcompacts to last 175 days. Chrysler LLC has a 205-day supply of the Dodge Caliber. And Chevrolet dealers have 427 days' worth of Aveo subcompacts. At the current sales rate, General Motors Corp. could stop making the Aveo and it wouldn't run out until May 24, 2010.
"I don't think Americans really like small cars," said Beau Boeckmann, whose family's Galpin Ford in southern California is the country's largest Ford dealer. "They drive them when they think they have to, when gas prices are high. But we're big people and we like big cars."
The logjam of small cars is caused in part by the recession, which has sapped sales of all types of vehicles. But it also underscores how badly gasoline prices have whipsawed the industry
GM Has 161 Day Supply Plus Massive Cash Burn
GM struggles to reduce cash burn
Automotive News | March 2, 2009 - 12:01 am EST
Here's the scary thing about General Motors' fourth-quarter operating loss of $5.9 billion: There's little reason to expect much improvement in the first three months of 2009.
Despite drastic cuts in production, employment, marketing and capital expenditures, GM still is hemorrhaging cash.
How bad is it? In a conference call last week, CFO Ray Young said GM's cash burn this year would be less than last year, which it put at $19.2 billion — but admitted the cash burn in 2009 would be "front-loaded."
Translation: The short-term bleeding will continue. It will be hard in this quarter for GM to reduce its cash-burn much below the $5.2 billion consumed in the last three months of 2008.
And that won't be popular in Washington, where bureaucrats analyzing GM's bailout request seek assurance that they aren't throwing good money after bad.
One of GM's biggest headaches is a stubbornly high inventory. Despite drastic cuts in production, GM had a 161-day vehicle supply on Feb. 1. A 60-day supply is considered ideal. In unit terms, GM had 792,600 vehicles in stock, down 69,800 from Jan. 1. That's a reasonable figure by historical standards.
But sales have collapsed, so unsold cars and trucks still are piled up on dealership lots. GM's January sales totaled 122,728 units, down 48.9 percent from January 2008.
GM sales analyst Mike DiGiovanni expects GM's February sales to be "about the same" as January, and he sees only modest improvements in the months ahead.
At current selling rates, Chevrolet has more than a year's worth of unsold HHRs and Aveos.
#187 of 199 Purchasing new HHR - what can I expect to pay?
Apr 03, 2009 (10:42 am)
We want to purchase a 2009 LT2/cloth seats. What is a fair amount to expect for an out-the-door price (including tax & license and $2500 in rebates)?
Apr 08, 2009 (5:26 am)
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#189 of 199 Re: Purchasing new HHR - what can I expect to pay? [sgarz]
Nov 17, 2009 (9:49 am)
I bought a 2009 Pontiac G3 (same as aveo) 5 door during the cash for clunkers. Price was $15000 sticker, -4500 cash for clunkers -3500 factory rebates, so I paid 7000 plus 450 destination charges. (my clunker was a true junker, worth $200) I like this car. It is a stick shift, air conditioning, but thats all, no cruise, no extras. I drive 17 miles to work and back each day, I drive gently and at 55 mph, and average 34MPG. I believe that the important fact is how much you pay per mile you drive, price and fuel milage, so it may not compare as well as some other compacts in some areas, including mileage, but if it proves reasonably reliable, it will be less pennies per mile than all the others, and is a good car for me. I have 3000 miles on it. It is easy to change your own oil, once you get used to the paper filter and Torx t45 tool to drain the oil. I would recommend this car to drivers who pay a small price like I was able to, and just look for $ per mile.
#190 of 199 Just bought used Aveo
Nov 30, 2009 (8:04 pm)
I just purchased an Aveo 2008 with 15,000 miles for $7799 from Miller Chev in Rogers, MN. Great experience....great car at a solid price. Most Blue Book MSRP's have it for over $8000 on dealers lots. Very happy!