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#15 of 17 Re: are they worth buying - 120,000+ miles and climbing
Jun 06, 2008 (11:29 am)
The Aveo is worth buying! I have a 2005 Aveo with a manual transmission with 120,000 miles on it and I still get 40-42 miles a gallon. I drive 170 miles a day of highway driving to work and back and I have had very little problems with the car. My Aveo is little beat up, I drive on dirt roads, so there are dents in the body, missing gas cover and a cracked windshield, but it runs like a charm. It has never failed to start even in -20 below zero weather here in Minnesota. I plan on buying another Aveo once this one reaches 200,000 miles.
Jun 08, 2008 (7:21 pm)
That's your choice. So don't worry.
#17 of 17 2005 Chevy Aveo Ls, THE BEST car I've owned
Jul 16, 2011 (11:38 pm)
I own a 2005 chevy aveo ls hatchback, I love my car ! I will tell you of the issues I have had which are not very many:
1) the gas cap was replaced under warranty, it was a recall
2) the a/c vent covers in the dash cracked due to heat and were replaced at no charge
3) A recall to re-program the car's computer for easier repair diagnostics was done at no charge
4) I was required to REPLACE my timimg belt BEFORE reaching 60,ooo miles in order to keep my extended warranty from being voided. Timing belt breakage has resulted in people needing new engines due to the extensive damage this causes. Since this was required maintenance I had to replace the timing belt at my own cost. I replaced the other smaller belt also to be safe.
5) I have heard of an issue with the plastic housing on the thermostat cracking and allowing coolant to spew on the engine in the 2004-2005 models, but this has not ever happened to me.
6) I have heard of hatchback latches breaking but mine has shown no problems.
7) the clock acts wierd and runs ok for a week or so then it loses time and has to be re-set.
NOT BAD FOR 78 MONTHS OF DRIVING SO FAR
I get about 30 miles to the gallon and do alot of short trips city driving, and get about 32 mpg on longer trips. My insurance is low and I have kept up only the minor maintenance such as brakes, tires, oil changes, oil and air filter, and one new battery. I have 70,000 miles and have not tuned-up or flushed coolant or changed fuel filter or anything major, but am about to flush coolant just to be safe. I have had the car hooked to a computer to check for any error codes and none were found. The car has never failed to start even in 9 degrees winter weather, AND IT HAS NEVER BROKEN DOWN WHILE DRIVING. All gauges work fine except the clock. It has never run hot or slow and can go 100 mph if you need it to. I am cautious when around tall SUV's cause they have trouble seeing me and they cut me off if I am in their blind spot when they go to change lanes.
Just drive more cautious because like a motorcycle this car is harder to see. But it has saved me alot of money on gas and repairs. It is comfy for two people up front and has room for three in the back, although two in the back would be better. The fold-down seat feature has come in handy when hauling home purchases and taking pets to the vet, etc..I won't trade this car until it quits on me, and the major electronics are under warranty til 80,000 miles, so I expect to get at least that much use out of it before needing anything major. How many new cars can say that and it be true? I love my Aveo, it is the best decision my husband ever made for me !