2004 Chevrolet Aveo Base 1.6 from North America




91,000; timing belt broke, so heads had to be re-machined, valves replaced, and 1 cracked piston because of the zero clearance engine, costing $2,000.

180,000; heads had to be re-machined, valves replaced, and 1 piston shattered because of a timing belt, costing $2,000.

The car vibrates really bad; window knobs broke.

If you use the power point, it blows a fuse due to an electrical problem.

Wheel bearing within 2 years of owning; very expensive and hard to find.

General Comments:

Fast, great MPG, sometimes 43 MPG, and very versatile.

Good tranny, but rusts badly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st June, 2012

6th Jun 2012, 00:26

The money you save on gas will go towards repairs.

1st May 2013, 17:52

Umm... how about changing your timing belt when you're supposed to, to prevent major engine damage?

10th Jul 2013, 16:40

Our 2004 Chevy Aveo had the belt break at 54000 miles. Cost $2200 to repair. Just broke again at 83000 miles. Would not recommend this car. You can buy lots of gas for the $ spent fixing it.

2004 Chevrolet Aveo Basic model 1.6 from North America


OK for small journeys. Watch that timing belt closely!!!


My husband and I bought this car in 2006 with 26,715 miles on it. At that point, the dealer had told us that the timing belt had already been replaced on the car. Since we thought that was weird for the timing belt to go that soon, we have been watching it very closely.

I had to replace one of the side tail lights.. for those being small, they are sure costly!

The hub caps are a joke! It seems like every time I turn a corner with this car, I am losing one! We're looking at replacing the wheels themselves.

We replaced the seals on the control arms. I would put the brake on, and it pulled really hard to the right. The part was only $10, but cost me over $100 in labor on each side!

General Comments:

I only drive this car to school a couple times a week and little errands around town. For this kind of driving, the car has been pretty good. If you're looking for an Aveo for long journeys, I really don't recommend it! The car was not designed for comfort at all!!!

We also own a 2004 Chevy Impala, and that baby runs like a dream... with 181,124 miles on it! If you want a decent car, I recommend one of those! :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2011

2004 Chevrolet Aveo Base LS? sedan 1.6L? from North America


An embarrassing choice for someone who usually does their homework


Drive belt was replaced under warranty by a small town Chevy dealer the day after I bought it.

The clock display flickers constantly. As I've also lost a number of bulbs (headlight and turn signal), I suspect a wonky electrical system, or simply systematic 'moderate' build quality.

Crunching noise that gets worse in cold weather, but apparently isn't the front end suspension exploding.

Really random fuel economy. In town, in moderate weather, as low as @ 23 mpg. After two years, occasional highway or mixed driving can get @ 40 mpg or better. Difference seems extreme, and highest is still not as advertised.

Body has several small dents, especially around trunk - suspect from people leaning on it or resting things on the trunk lid.

General Comments:

My last car was elderly and much abused, but continued to be a happy surprise for reliability, build quality and just good passenger car engineering. Plus it looked cool (red wedge, 1989, built 1988, with pop up headlights). I also miss the A/C and non-leaking sunroof.

I do believe that concerns about build quality in this car, and the horrible reputation of the factory installed drive belt letting go before 100 000 km, mean it is a substantially inferior car to my ancient Toyota.

I wasn't in a position to maintain my old car, and thought it would be 'prudent' to get a car that still had warranties on it, as well as supporting people who make cars in North America, and buying locally at a small shop.

It cost me much more to buy this car outright than to rebuild the body on my old car. This 'American' car is apparently designed and built by Daewoo of South Korea, who as far as I can tell, went out of business building construction equipment in an area of the world where economies continue to boom. And the dealer didn't check out the drive belt specifically, as I requested.

The car is not completely awful. I am 5 feet tall and can drive it comfortably. I do find that, as in most American cars, pillars block many sightlines (not so bad in a 2 door, but this is 4). I like the fact that I apparently can't lock the driver's door from the inside while it's open - so way harder to lock keys in. The electric blue would look way better on a classic Camaro, but makes the car easy to find in a parking lot. Easy enough to handle. Seats are more comfortable than some of the old family Fords.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2010