2007 Chevrolet Aveo LS 5 Door 1.6 from North America
OK econo-box, poor mileage, so-so handling
Electronic displays come on frequently.
I recently purchased a new Aveo hatchback so it is unfair to rate the vehicle after only a few miles.
I have rented 2006 and 2007 Aveo 5 doors on 9 occasions during the past 18 months. It is the only practical vehicle available for lease.
All the rental cars were automatics and had between 4000 and 25000 miles on them. All the cars had electrical problems after 12000 miles. There were multiple warning lights that came on when I drove the vehicles. Two of the rental cars surged forward when I was stopped in traffic, and I had to push down very hard on the brake to stop the forward momentum. This happened one time in each of two rental vehicles. The rental company didn't seem concerned about this incident, nor the frequent electrical warning lights. They are the largest purchaser of the Aveo. They stated that they sell off the Aveos 2000-3000 miles sooner than their other cars.
Despite these problems, I chose to purchase a new 2007 hatchback with manual transmission. Not because it is a great vehicle, but because of the low price.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th August, 2007
19th Aug 2007, 17:28
I can't believe that you bought a car on price above all else when your past experience with other examples of the same model were far from convincingly good.
You could and should have bought an Approved Used model of another make instead.
Good luck with your Aveo, as this model does not enjoy a very good track record in my neck of the woods (Australia & New Zealand) either.
24th Aug 2007, 15:54
2007 Chevrolet Aveo 5 Issues in Pennsylvania.
-When I first turn the car on, particularly on cool/cold days after the engine has had a chance to cool off, there is a very distinctive popping or thumping noise at the rear of the car, audible from both inside and out.
-When there is a passenger in the front seat, the "Passenger Air Bag Off" light remains on. Obviously, this means the passenger-side airbags are not working correctly. The dealer ran a diagnostic test on it and told me that GM didn't want to fix the vehicle because even though the problem was obvious, there was no error code they could send in from the test (i.e., the car doesn't know there is anything wrong with it). I don't feel comfortable carrying passengers in the car, and worry for my own safety as well, considering the demonstration of the quality of the safety restraint system thus far.
-I purchased this car due to its desirable fuel economy and high safety rating, but I'm rethinking that decision.
12th Sep 2007, 14:28
Your popping noise from the rear is the fuel pump. All vehicles do this; it's just noticeable in the Aveo because Chevy skimped on sound dampening.
7th Mar 2008, 10:48
Hum mm, We were considering this car in a manual transmission as possibly a nice little vehicle to tow behind our RV...Looks like we'll keep looking. Thanks for your honest comments, you quite likely saved us from a big headache.