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Chevrolet Aveo, Sedan
Jun 27, 2007 (10:15 am)
The redesign of the sedan is vital for the Canadian market and also Europe. In Canada the consumer is more open to the suggestion of buying a fully loaded smaller car, as opposed to buying less loaded larger car, much like European consumers. I disagree with an earlier posting that suggests that consumers in EU will buy the AVEO as a second car and not load the AVEO with many options. Europeans will likely buy the AVEO sedan or the new 2008 hatchback as a fully loaded primary car for their daily use. The availability of options is vital for this market. In addition, many consumers in Europe as starting to move away from the 3 and 5 door hatchback style towards a estate (sedan) as their car of choice.
The new sedan allows GM to bring the Aveo upscale and the new comfort and safety features available on the sedan reflect this. A GMDAT factory in Poland has just started production of the new AVEO sedan and will soon also produce the new 2008 hatchback 3 and 5doors for the EU market.
Jun 27, 2007 (10:29 am)
There's nothing wrong with the motor in the new Aveo Sedan. It's horsepower is lower than Versa, Fit and Yaris, but the torque is produced at a much lower rpm than those other cars. Acceleration figures for the 5speed Aveo Sedan are matched to the Yaris Sedan, and only about 1 second below the Versa and Fit.
The 2007 Aveo Sedan has a completely revised suspension system and with the optional 15" wheels, the car handles nothing like the previous 2006 Aveo/Kalos Sedan. Those who doubt me - take the new Aveo Sedan for a drive. Engine noise has been greatly improved and wind noise too. The car is very stable at freeway speeds upto 150km/hr with little wind noise.
Jul 18, 2007 (5:08 am)
I took delivery of my new Aveo last week and overall impressions are pretty good. I bought it without taking a test drive as I wanted something cheaper and easier to drive than my 04 F-150 and this car fits the bill. Very inexpensive; I got the SVM and had factory A/C added, that's it. Drives great, handles well, the engine is smooth and quiet (for such an inexpensive car), I love the easy and smooth clutch, the 5-speed is fine, plenty of power at 70+ with a/c on and 29 mpg in first tankful.
There is some real cheapness in the car-the folding armrest, the molded in side window dashboard vents, the window cranks that are all plastic and may strip out after a few years, the factory base speakers sound awful. The important stuff they seem to have done well though.
I ordered a 16" wheel/tire package from Performance, and replaced the radio with a nice JVC stereo/speaker set.
Overall, a pretty decent car.
#65 of 85 Re: 2007 Aveo 5 [nordy200]
Jul 27, 2007 (10:00 am)
A few weeks ago I went back into a Chevy dealership with a friend who was looking at the Malibu Maxx and I compared the LS with my LT/RS and found that the LS has completely different armrests, lacks the silver metal accents on the door handles and dashboard. The RS package in Canada (not available in the USA) adds an upgraded 6 speaker stereo with ipod nano and steering wheel stereo controls. I think the speakers with the upgrade are different than the base LS radio speaker, because I love the bass and overall sound from my mp3 player on my RS.
#66 of 85 Re: 2007 Aveo 5 [richard1haines]
Jul 27, 2007 (10:11 am)
Lease 2007 Aveo 5 LT automatic a few weeks ago. Fully loaded sunroof, RS package, aluminum wheels, AC, 6 Speaker in dash 6D changer etc.
I had ridden as a passenger in one a couple of times but never drove on until I picked up the car. So far very pleased with the car. Cruises fine at highway speed, spacious, seats comfortable.
Acceleration a bit slow and motor a bit noisy during acceleration but I am impressed so far with fit and finish. Mileage so far about 33 mpg.
#67 of 85 2007 Aveo Oil (and other) Problems
Jun 30, 2008 (5:49 pm)
#68 of 85 2007 Aveo Oil (and other) Problems
Jun 30, 2008 (10:02 am)
I have a 07 Aveo 5 speed. It has 14,000 miles. It developed a massive oil leak at about 5k-- dealer saif it was becasue of new "paper gaskets". They repaired. The car smelled of oil especially when coming to a sudden stop. They said it was just leftover oil. Next made horrible noise. They "tighten down" some sheet metal. Then engine raced at start and ran rough. Plus new oil leak. Timing belt was rubbing on casing-- had to "play with it" to make it fit right. Oil Pan leaked- Fixed both after having the vehicle for a couple of weeks.
NOW--- I reported a minor oil leak (about a quarter size after it sits overnight) plus a ticking noise. (sounds like loose metal-- not engine noise). Checked to seet hat oil was full before about a 100 mile drive. Car gets noisier during the drive. I called the dealer and was told "not to worry about it" if the car still had power. Continue to drive until I get a puff of blue smoke, see parts of the car flying off on either side of the freeway. Car stalls all warning lights come on.. Car now is sitting at a different dealer. I have no confidence in the car any more--- 2 questions: Anyone have any similar issues or have any ideas as to the problem(s) AND what do I need to do to invoke my rights under lemon law?
#69 of 85 Re: 2007 Aveo Oil (and other) Problems [jstolz]
Jun 30, 2008 (2:56 pm)
Engine problems as you describe seem to be rare on the Aveo...the engine design has been around for some time. Its mechanical reliability is one of the really bright spots of the Aveo.
Definitely take it to another dealer for service, as the 1st one seems suspect, at best. In fact, I suspect that is the real source of your problem.
Lemon laws differ from state to state, so I have no suggestions there. However, I suspect that a good dealer can repair the vehicle to satisfactory standards.
#70 of 85 Re: 2007 Aveo Oil (and other) Problems [busiris]
Jun 30, 2008 (4:27 pm)
thanks-- just got word that I threw a rod (after the dealer told me to go ahead and driv ethe car)
New Engine time---what you would folks do--replace the engine and he happy or go lemon law?
#71 of 85 Re: 2007 Aveo Oil (and other) Problems [jstolz]
Jun 30, 2008 (5:49 pm)
I would ask you this question...If not for the engine problems, did you like the car?
Were there any other significant issues that surfaced during your ownership?
If not, keep the vehicle.
Going the lemon law route is time consuming and never guaranteed to succeed, and almost always culminates in the pro-rated discount for mileage on the vehicle, so it isn't like you get a check back from GM for the total cost of the car.
Instead, if I were you, I would DEMAND a factory engine, not a rebuilt one done by the dealer. And, I would also attempt to negotiate an extention to the drive-train warranty. ANd, don't forget to negotiate for a free rental or loaner while the work is being done.
Good luck, and let us know how it winds up!