27th Jan 2008, 01:04
Alright everybody, I'm posted the original review. The 1.4L Aveo is still alive. Many things have happened. Here are the details.
1. In mid-2006, I ran over a drain by accident, but at a pretty low speed. The car broke the concrete reinforcements. Thank goodness it was going pretty slow. I was attempting to park the car, but didn't see that they damn management removed the drain covers. The undercarriage and suspension was unscathed. However, I suspected that the ABS sensor wires took damage. As a result, the ABS warning light was always on.
2. In Mar-2007, the car was fitted with a CNG kit. Yay! Cheap natural gas to run this car. On the day I collected it from the fitting, I crashed into the rear of a taxi. A Toyota Crown taxi. Radiator was damaged and it leaked. So was the right headlight. Bonnet was crumpled. I can't feel the impact so the crumple zone definitely worked. My children were in the car and my daughter wanted me to do it again! The damage on the taxi was just a dent.
It was fixed in a week. Was happy using natural gas after that.
3. In Aug-2007, was driving along minding my own business when some biker fell off his bike in front of me. Well, I managed to stop in time even w/o the ABS working and the guy have to thank me for not killing him, but a Proton Saga crashed into my rear. Damage wasn't great, but the damage on the Saga was. His steering column broke.
With that said, I don't think the car is a tank or something. It is the energy; A stationary car with brakes on needs a lot of kinetic energy just to dent or move it. Usually the impacting car has more damage. I still can drive the car around for a week before bringing it for repair. Got the bumper replaced and some body work in 2 days.
4. Jan-2008. I was overzealous, driving in Malaysia. I went through a yump in pretty much high speed. This time the brake sensor wires are screwed. The brake warning light together with the ABS warning light is always on. Brakes still work though. The rear brake lights don't come on unless the brakes are used. It is very much the damaged sensor wires. It's gonna cost me a lot to replace them all. Will be doing this in Mar-2008.
All in all, this car serves its purpose; a people mover fit for an abuser.
27th Jan 2008, 01:31
Oh yes I forgot to add:
The ignition coils and the flywheel pickup sensor burned itself to a crisp at roughly 100k km mileage.
If you have gotten an Aveo that is close to that mileage or have exceeded it, make sure you change everything on the ignition. Namely, the ignition wire set, the coil pack and the flywheel pickup sensor.
The main symptom is difficulty starting the car. There cranking, but there is no ignition.
29th Feb 2008, 17:14
I have a 2005 Aveo LT. It as 34,000 miles. I am having problems with it. 3 months after I paid almost 8,000 for the car the wheel cylinders had to be replaced and the crankshaft blew out. Chevrolet fixed that; then the day after I picked it up from the shop, it broke down in my driveway. This car is a piece of crap. I wish I had never bought it. I had to pay $600 to rent a car for 2-3 weeks while I was waiting for parts; now I have to go through that again.
Please never buy this car. The aveo model was made for chevrolet in Korea, and it has a Daewoo engine. We all know Korean cars are not built to last.
3rd Mar 2008, 16:39
To the poster of 29 Feb, the engines for these little POS cars are actually made by GM's Australian subsidiary, Holden.
Looks like GM has an almost exclusive monopoly on crap.
3rd Apr 2008, 15:16
"23rd Nov 2007, 11:21
2004 Chevy Aveo purchased three months ago with 80,000 miles on it. Recently we replaced the timing belt which failed causing bent push rods etc."???
I could be wrong, but I didn't think these engines had push rods. I thought they were overhead cams with the shim and bucket type valve adjustments.
25th Jul 2008, 21:23
Just to clear up who makes the engine on this car, I just did an engine replacement on a 2004 aveo and there are multiple places on the engine and electronics that say "Daewoo". It seems quite rare that you fine anyone that has had one of these cars last 100K miles without major drivetrain repair. And I can tell you from experience, those guys charging lots of money to work on these things are earning every penny.
4th Aug 2008, 09:41
I purchased my used 2004 Aveo used last year, it had 40,000 miles on it at the time. I have since put 15,000 miles on it in a year and a half and my timing belt just went. I was told it does more damage if your driving it at the time.. well ya think!!! It bent the valves and caused massive engine damage. I had a trusted garage look at it first, estimated at least $2000 for repairs, I purchased an extended warranty at the time. Come to find out, the factory warranty was good until 60,000 miles... i only have 55,000...so 3 toe's later (at my expense) its at the local Chevy dealership for about 1-2 weeks; all repairs covered. I've already been without a vehicle for 5 days... soooo not happy with the whole situation.
I'm thankful that the repair expenses are covered, but I'm concerned about what will happen next.
Reading about all the other problems really makes me consider getting rid of it... if I didn't owe another 3.5 years on my loan, I wouldn't even have to think about it!!
Certainly won't ever purchase another one and wouldn't recommend to anyone! I read a comment earlier on here... someone said they should have bought a Toyota. Well I should have done the same thing!!!
20th Aug 2008, 23:50
I LOVE my 2004 Aveo LS. I bought it in November of '04, and the only time I had to take it in was when I got an oil change and they didn't tighten something properly. I'm just now looking at new front tires, after almost 4 years. I get terrific gas mileage, it's fun to drive and easy to park. And it's really spacious inside; I can fit 3 people in the backseat fairly comfortably, and with the backseats down I can haul a ton of cargo!
I'm so happy with this car and have no regrets.
22nd Aug 2008, 07:49
Hi I have a 2004 Aveo. Had to replace the engine with one we found that only had 24k on it. My issue is that the engine light will not go out and it will not shift into over drive. Had the car to a transmission place and they said the transmission is good. Need to resolve issues with the engine light because when reset, the car does shift into over drive,but engine light comes back in 5 minutes. Anyone know how to solve this issue?