2005 Chevrolet Aveo LS 1.6 ecotec from North America
Great little car!!!
I am surprised with all the comments I read on this site. Apparently most people had a bad experience with this cute little car.
I bought this car used for 4900. This car is 5 years old and has 59xxx miles right now.
This car run like a champ; quick pull, smooth handling, nimble, and great on gas too.
I installed a custom muffler to enhance the sound, but surprisingly it gives more extra HP. I can smoke my friend's 2010 Corolla S, you might not believe it, but it's true... The Corolla was automatic though, so as a manual transmission, I have advantage in acceleration.
I love this car so much, and it feels spacious inside the cabin. Even my friend who owned the Corolla admits it.
If the car dies, I'm gonna turn it into my racing project car!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th September, 2010
29th Sep 2010, 12:03
These really are great little cars and I'd take one any day over the poorly made Corolla. However, be aware that these care are very prone to snap the timing belts if you exceed the recommended 60,000 mile change interval. Better be sure yours has been changed. Lots of luck! Enjoy it. I test drove a new one and found it to be a better riding and driving car than any of the Japanese competition.
29th Sep 2010, 15:31
You do know that this car is 100% Korean right (can you say KIA??)? Just checking.
I don't think the Corolla has a timing belt that'll snap and cost you over a thousand in engine repairs, so I would opt for that car over this one. Also, I would sooner buy a Kia, as they have a better warranty than GM. If you are buying the same thing basically anyway, why not go with the superior warranty, rather than a standard 5 year one?
30th Sep 2010, 16:51
The Corolla has a timing belt just like the Aveo, and a far less reliable engine (read up on Toyota's recent problems). Also, the timing belt costs $20 or so, and is not that hard to replace. Anyone paying a grand for such a minor repair should buy a repair manual and save a ton of money. I replace my own timing belts, and the highest I have paid (including new gaskets, gasket sealer and the belt) has been under $40.
30th Sep 2010, 21:24
I think the Toyota has more than proven itself more than the Kia. And actually if the timing belt breaks, you'll likely have a grand in damage to your engine. No kidding, the part is $20, but who replaces these things before they break? I'd rather buy a Toyota so I don't have to waste time working on it in my driveway. Funny how every GM affiliated car has some backyard mechanic talking about how great they are. Guess you have to be a mechanic to have any good luck with GM huh?