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#1 of 17 are they worth buying
Jan 24, 2008 (8:02 pm)
would it be worth buying a used 2007 Aveo LT with only 10,000 miles on it for 13500? or would i be better off buying any other car besides the aveo? i ask because some pple write about the aveos being horrible cars and that they arent reliable. So, should i buy that aveo or any aveo for that matter.....or should i not trust this car and look elsewhere?
#2 of 17 Re: are they worth buying [bobokadof]
Jan 25, 2008 (7:57 am)
I haven't looked at the prices recently but if I recall a totally loaded Aveo was about $15,000. That price seems a bit high for a year-old model. The 5-year warranty is very good but the decision is yours. Keep in mind that you may find just as many complaints at the Toyota Yaris site as you will here. Most people on the forum are here to vent frustration and that is only a minority of the buyers.
#3 of 17 Re: are they worth buying [poncho167]
Jan 25, 2008 (9:14 am)
well this was a fully loaded 07 LT. a new one w the same features costs about 16500 here.... which puts me in the price range to buy a new yaris which from consumer and expert reviews seem to be a better car. or at 16500 i could go up a thousand dollars more and open my options even more HHR, Civic.... ect. but i dont really want to spend that much unless i have to. i just dont want to buy this car and then all the bad stuff i've read about it comes true.
#4 of 17 reliability?
Jan 24, 2008 (8:06 pm)
#5 of 17 reliability?
Jan 24, 2008 (8:06 pm)
how reliable has your Aveo been?
#6 of 17 New isn't much more
Jan 25, 2008 (5:42 pm)
Personally, I'd see what your local dealer has in the way of a new LS. You might find you won't give up too much to step down from the LT to the LS and get a new 2008 instead of a 2007 with 10,000 miles on it.
Then again, I'm somewhat cheap. I've never owned a car with power locks or windows and don't really care to. Too many people I know who had large repair bills because of them, no matter what the make or model. My last car was the first one I owned with a Sunroof. I'll never do that again. $1200 repair bill after 4 years because of it (thank goodness it was covered by my insurance), and it broke AGAIN this summer at 7 years old. That's the car I traded for my Aveo. LS Sedan, the only option I got was the upgraded 6 speaker stereo with MP3 CD player. I really wanted the stick instead of the automatic. Much more enjoyable for me.
I imagine that if the LT has been well maintained, it won't give you any significant problems vs. a new one, and the powertrain warranty is transferable, but I'm wondering why someone would be selling it so soon. Was it a program car?
You'll find that there are just as many horror stories about the Yaris and the Fit out there as there are about the Aveo. It's true that people are more likely to pipe up and complain than they are to compliment something.
I believe that the Aveo had nearly a 46% share of the subcompact market in 07 (or was it in 06? Not sure on that), and there are an awful lot of them on the road. Strange that I never really noticed them till I started looking at one. Now I see them everywhere.
#7 of 17 Re: New isn't much more [timseh]
Jan 26, 2008 (12:32 am)
You'll find that there are just as many horror stories about the Yaris and the Fit out there as there are about the Aveo.
Wrong! I've followed every message on the Fit/Yaris/Versa boards since they were introduced and there are virtually ZERO problems by comparison. A couple of glitches with some sensors on early Versas and a dashboard rattle on the Yaris seems to be it for complaints.
It's arguably a decent used car at $8-10K, but at $13,500, I'd go for a Toyota/Honda before another Aveo. Quality seems to be inconsistent and some replacement parts can be very pricey vs other brands.
#8 of 17 Re: New isn't much more [wave54]
Jan 26, 2008 (6:27 am)
The Honda Fit just had a recall for air bags not working. The Yaris complaints that I have read are the poor interior layout, quality of materials, butt ugly appearance, and mileage. Most of those complaints are the owners fault for buying the car based on previous perceptions of Toyota quality and not giving it a thorough going over before purchase. Based on looks alone I would buy anything but the Yaris, I couldn't live with that. Oh I forgot, Toyota dealers service writers have a reputation of brainwashing customers into believing that defects are just normal wear and tear issues.
#9 of 17 Re: New isn't much more [wave54]
Jan 27, 2008 (10:01 am)
This particular site isn't the only source of information. All things being equal, I'd have to say that the Fit is probably a better car than the Aveo, and the Yaris is probably about on par with it, though I don't care for the look of the Yaris at all and I think the interior fit and finish is not on par with the Aveo...
But all things aren't equal. For one, the price of both the Yaris and Fit is substantially more (when you're talking about this price range at any rate) than the Aveo. It was made even more so for me thanks to a GM Supplier discount.
#10 of 17 Re: New isn't much more [poncho167]
Jan 27, 2008 (12:38 pm)
I was referring to long-term reliability, not appearance and interior layout. You can see that at the dealer's lot. What you can't see is how a car will hold up at 100K or 200K miles -- every modern car sold is expected to last a bare minimum of 150K miles over its lifespan. Many will go much higher than that.
I bought my Aveo for the attractive price compared to Honda/Toyota, but the maintenance and repair cost, compared to other cars I've owned, has more than erased the initial savings.
It's not a bad car for those who will keep it less than 50K miles and then trade, though.