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#8 of 83 New aveo owner Review - I love my Aveo
Mar 11, 2006 (11:39 pm)
I bought my aveo about a month ago and So far have loved nearly everything about it.
I have a 2006, LT hatchback, with automatic trans, and i believe nearly every option available. I figured i could go all out with the aveo for near the same price as the most basic of the basic cobalts. I think i made the better choice.
-Extremely Spacious on the Inside, tons bigger than you'd think
-MP3 CD player(standard on the LT) is very convenient
- rear seats fold up to nearly tripple cargo space
- the alloy wheels are attractive and not gaudy, i tend to be extreamly picky about apperance mods, and these are not overwhelming and yet still incredibly stylish
- Sunroof is very fun
- tilt steering wheel makes it convenient for myself and my boyfriend to drive comfortably
- Economical--- maxxed out, cost less than the most basic cobalt. I went the dealership to purchase a 2001 VW Beetle, which i had been swooning over, but the brand new aveo actually ended up costing considerably less with warranty, interest rates, and mileage considered.
-Very low interest rate... GM standard rate on this Car, for qualified is as low as 1.9% for up to 3 years. I did 5 years and it only bumped it up to 3.9%.. I'm also 20, and have never bought a car before.
-Rear window Wind sheild wiper is very convient
-I can park nearly anywhere, bear in mind I've been a bit anal about where i park because i just got it, but it generally takes up about half a parking space(i can litterally parallel park by pulling straight in, no backing up or anything)
-Cruise Control- I have never owned a car with the feature before, but i will never buy another that doesnthave it. This makes driving so much more convient and comfortable. Also, the car has a feature so you can pretty much control the cruising speeeding completely from the cruise controls simply by holding the button down or tapping it a few times to accelerate or deselerate, this is extreamly conveint and one of my most favorite things about the car
-it chirps!- when you lock the doors it chirps, rather than just honking the horn, it makes a very distinct sound that was described to me by a co-worker as 'sounds like someone stepped on a rat'... but i adore it! Also, it will not churp if all the doors are not shut properly and therefor informs you the security system is not armed
-Its cute and very funy to drive... I'm constantly asked 'what kind of car is that... ive never seen that before... or Is that a European car?'
- my dealership has been incredibly helpful and I've probably called them once every 3 days since I've bought it and they have answered every question friendly and confiedently.
-No armrest! - I'm not sure if this was an option, but becuase it lacks a center console, or armrests it can be a little uncomfortable on extended drives. I feel awkward without somewhere to put my arm.
-Milelage - Sticker said 24-35. I drive to school 4 days a week 15 miles round trip. Work 4 days a week 17 miles round trip. Majority of which is highway milelage with minimal redlights or slow downs. I average about 27 MPG, which is considerably lower than I exspected. However... it could be attributed to the fact that most of my trips last less than 10 miles at a time and actually starting the car requires a great amount of gas. After my 3 months oilchange, and the intial break in of course, i will be a bit disapointed if this doesnt improve.
-Keyless Entry Range- Range for the Remote is about 20 feet... this completely eliminates opening the car from inside the house so you dont have to take this with you at 1am when you need to go get your anatomy book.
Doors- You have to make an effort to close the door. I beleive this is because they are so light weight. With my cavalier when you barely pushed the door it would close tight wihtout a problem. I have to make sure i put enough force behind closing the door. This could be with alot of the new Chevys, because I've noticed my dad's new HHR is the same way.
-Not sirius Ready- I am extreamly addicted to Sirius for various reasons and am dissapointed that its not Sirius ready. I think that GM has a contract with XM, but i dont even think its XM ready as a matter of fact. Even though the add on tuner is $300, i would have gladly paid it to have to ability to not have to have a seperate unit to clutter up the dash. I did price adding a aftermarker cd player, tuner, and all the parts peices, and labor required to keep the warranty and make sure all the chimes and alarms and such work, and for a $200 jvc stero is was something along the lines of $500. I really do not want to do anything invasive to it yet, but i absolutly hate having anything on the dash.
Overall---- I adore my aveo. I would recommend it to anyone. The most difficult thing i've noticed so far is actually trying to explain what the car is without seeing it... best i can come up with is 'kinda like a ford focus hatchback, kinda like a tiny tiny tiny mini van, or a squished up toyota matrix. I plan to keep mine for at least the next 4 years and possible longer than than depending on how she treats me.
#9 of 83 Re: New aveo owner Review - I love my Aveo [toomuchrock]
Mar 12, 2006 (6:00 am)
Yes, the Aveo does have a European background being that it was designed in Italy, and there are several cars in Europe that have the Aveo look.
There were a couple owners that purchased arm rests a few months back. I believe there are some website links somewhere on this forum. You could try a search engine and you should find several Aveo accessories.
Mileage should improve with miles driven. I have heard of as much as 41 on the highway for some drivers.
#10 of 83 Re: New aveo owner Review - I love my Aveo [toomuchrock]
Mar 12, 2006 (7:54 am)
Your mileage probably will not change much unless you change your driving habits.
The trips you are taking are hard on any car, 7.5 miles on way, 9 miles one way (though not as hard as if it was constant stop and go and hard acceleration). Until the car reaches operating temperature, guage in the middle, the engine controls are not in closed loop operation which is where it gets the best fuel economy. In open loop operation most cars only get 60-70% of the ideal fuel economy ratings.
I would suggest you follow the severe duty maintenance schedule in the owners manual if you want the car to last with the fewest problems due to your driving habits.
As it typically takes 4 miles of highway driving to reach full operating temperature, your car is never really getting much past the warm up period. This is very hard on both the oil, engine, and exhaust system. The condensation does not have time to burn off in the oil in the crankcase or out the exhaust pipe.
#11 of 83 Re: New aveo owner Review - I love my Aveo [toomuchrock]
Apr 05, 2006 (2:26 pm)
I just read your messageof March 12 2006 at Emunds, and since you have explained everything in details about the Aveo LT 2006 you purchased , and since I intend to buy one just like yours, I would like to know, if possible, how much did you pay for it. This message I am sending, is almost a month after you placed yours. Anything negative about the car, so far?. I am in NJ. USA
Thanks,your help would be appreciated.
#12 of 83 Re: New aveo owner Review - I love my Aveo [bastid]
Apr 11, 2006 (12:52 pm)
only negative thing is still the poor gas mileage... and of course the nitpicky things i mentioned earlier.
i believe mine was something like 15900, but i didn't negotiate on price and im pretty sure i overpayed. But considering i got every option available, sunroof, premium sound, everything.... i still dont think its an unfair price for the car.
i'll have to check my paperwork though cause i could be off. I did get the 3.9% interest rate and my payments are about $250 a month for 5 years. I put down $2000.
#13 of 83 New Aveo owner.
Jul 09, 2006 (8:16 pm)
This is my first post to this forum, but I've been following your discussions lately and wanted to give my first impressions of my new 06 Aveo.
I've had it about a week, just broke the 500 mile mark. I wanted a black, manual, svm. I was only able to find one so I didn't haggle on the price. 9800 plus 1500 for dealer installed ar conditioning. Zero for 72 months financing put my payments at 160. I can deal with that for a brand new car.
The ride is very good for a small car.
The hatch is surprisingly roomy.
My fuel economy averaged 31 mpg for my first tank.
Clutch is easy to modulate.
Seating position is very high, making it very easy to get in and out.
Love how the rear seats fold up to the front.
Gas cap on the wrong side (but probably correct for right hand drive versions sold elsewhere in the world).
Driver's seat uncomfortable. I feel like I'm sliding off the front.
Not much power.
Audio system is terrible.
Pop out cup holder is worthless. The passenger's side is too small, and my shin rests right against the left side, it will not last long.
Needs a taller 5th gear. Engine really revs at 70 mph.
Overall I am very impressed with this car. I was extremely close to getting a Honda Fit, but I have not been able to find a black sport version with a manual transmission. I realized that after financing a fit for 60 months, I would have paid about 18000 for it, that's with approximate interest paid. That is significantly more than I will pay out for the Aveo, almost double. I had to ask myself, is the Fit really twice as good as the Aveo? No, it's not.
The Aveo is a great car, and so far I have recommended it. Time will tell how it holds up.
Aug 10, 2006 (4:04 pm)
Bought my KEY LIME GREEN Aveo last August right off the lot. Loved the color, thats what made up my mind. IT's an automatic 4dr hatchback with AC. Hubby tinted the windows, and installed cruise control!!!!! I really love the look now. Paid 13,268.00 tax title and license. With no trade in. Salesman was a doll and still is when I stop in. Parts people not so good. This car has the black strips on the rear doors by windows which started to pucker back in May of this year, I went to dealership was told they are under warranty and they would be ordered. Well it's August and I finally get to have them put them on tomorrow. Although the body guy that has to do it has no idea how long it will take.
Also curious if anyone else notices at low speeds a vibration in the front end? Clock loses time also for no reason what so ever will bring that up tomorrow when I bring the car in. I am sure they will love me.