I've had my Aveo for 1 year, 5 months... No problems whatsoever... it sounds like you got the lemon out of the bunch.
I've had my Aveo for nine months. I have had it in the shop 3 times for brake problems. Still not fixed. Yesterday, when I was driving it, it completely lost power and now will not go over 5 miles an hour. Had to have it towed. Clock and other gizmo's have never worked correctly. Seems like I spend more time in the repair shop than on the road. Thank goodness, it is still under warranty, however, would never buy another one. Chevy had a good idea. It's a shame that it turned out to be junk.
Had mine since March 2005 and so far no much has gone wrong. During changes in climate overnight, the driver's window won't go down easily. And there is some sort of squeak coming from the shocks/suspension only when I have weight in the back (passengers/heavy load). The brakes work fine although they feel weird.
I DO really not trust Chevrolet dealers so I dread having to go in to get these things looked at. And the fact one of them wanted over $50 for an oil change was ridiculous.
Overall you can't blame Chevrolet, but Daewoo for any problems since the Aveo is simply badge engineering. Daewoo has mixed reliability.
You're absolutely right. The shoddy workmanship overwhelmingly typical of today's Volvos tips the scales unfairly toward that Korean-built subcompact.
I just bought a 2004 Aveo (hatchback) with the 5 speed manual transmission. Not one problem has occurred since I've owned it. I think the problem everyone else has with this car is their own inability to take care of a car. As another post mentioned, these are things that you should have noticed in your test drive.
That's true, but this Volvo had 200.000 miles (and was 10 years old) and cost less than 10.000$.
I wish Chevy Aveo could get this mileage.
I really take issue with the people who are posting saying that we should have noticed these things in the test drive. We are not stupid people. If they had been noticed in the test drive, I would not have bought the car. During the test drive, the brakes did not squeal, it did not lose power, the tire did not fall off, and the engine didn't blow up. During the test drive, which by the way, I was able to keep it overnight, everything appeared fine. After one week, it started having problems. My son bought an Aveo from a different dealer in a different state, 2 days after I bought mine. Three days later, his was in the shop. I've had mine for 10 months now, and it is now in the shop for the 11th and last time. I will take a loss on this vehicle and buy something else. It's really a shame, because I really liked the car when I saw it and drove it for the first time. My son's Aveo has been in the shop 6 times. I have had several new vehicles in my lifetime, and there was only one time that I had to put a vehicle in the shop, and when I did, it was fixed the first time and never had to go back. For those of you that has not had problems, good for you, but you will. My sister bought one a month before I did. I was fussing the other day about my car and she said that I just got a lemon and she loves her. The next day, her transmission went out. Good luck to you all.
So when you said:
"The transmission sucks, with long throws and a vague, rubbery feeling. The clutch is also very rubbery, and does not snap back like it should. Basically, the transmission is this car's biggest weak point."
You are now telling us this was not evident when you test drove the vehicle? HMMMM, funny I noticed this in the first five minutes of my test drive (although I disagree with your clutch assessment).
What, were you under the influence of the new car smell?
Again, I have had my Aveo for nearly a year, and it hasn't seen a Chevy dealer yet. It has a minor squeak when weight is placed in the back, and I will have that corrected. Yes, this is unacceptable in my mind, but it isn't the end of the world, especially for the $6995 out the door price (plus taxes) I paid for it new.
Other than the squeak, it has started every time, heats up faster than any car I've ever had, and does everything I ask of it.
I won't swear by its ultimate reliability, since Daewoo has a spotty record, but it is not the "junk heap" you are claiming, unlike my friend's 2000 Focus that was in the shop 6 times in the first 12 months of ownership.
I've had the AVEO for about 16 months and here's my list.
3 month: car died rolling down the road at 55, all engine power gone. had it towed to the dealer. they couldn't "recreate" the problem after getting it running.
3 month/2 weeks: it happened again, seemed to be common denominator was rain. towed again, dealer checked with other dealers and found out there was a piston recall, replaced pistons, seals, rods and valves.
12 months replaced tires at 16,000 miles. one rear tire blown out on highway... tread OK. front tires at wear indicators.
15 months AUTO transmission will not shift into 3rd gear during cold of 25 degrees for first 5 minutes of driving. Car stays in second gear even at 60 MPH.
What year is your Aveo? Most of the real horrible problems seem to be from the 2004 model year, not the 2005. We've had rain here and I drive very aggressively in my 2005 and have not encountered anything near what you have.
Just saw that comment above. Hilarious!
Yes, people should do research before posting here. I had one person swear up and down my car was made in China of Chinese parts. Funny given the window sticker says made in Korea.
The Chevy Aveo is a horrible machine, Copying what Ford did with the Aspire, but instead stamping the CHEVY nameplate on a Kia Spectra. To all you Aveo enthusiats- The reason people buy GM products is because they want displacement and don't care about fuel economy. If we did, cars like the new GTO and Corvette would never have been produced. Just because the Aveo is a GM product that doesn't make it a good car. So in conclusion its better to go out and buy that crappy new Civic than drive a Kia with a chevy sign on it. But you actually bought an Aveo! HA-HA It comes with a 5.7L V8.
Gosh, you're right. The Aveo IS the same as the Suzuki Swift/Geo Metro etc. You need to alert GM of this important information. They are currently building the Aveo at the GMDAT factories in South Korea. The same ones that make Daewoos. No doubt they would be interested to know that the Aveo is the same car they used to build in Japan and Canada as the Swift/Metro. Now that you've impressed us with your vast automotive knowledge of things that even the automobile manufacturers did not know about, is there anything else that you are an expert on? Let us know!
We could use a good laugh...