22nd Apr 2007, 09:02

You're going to ruin your credit rating just because you don't like the car?

And did you even have the car inspected? The brakes and the speakers should have been OBVIOUS on a test drive.

And why are you financing the car for five years? I got my 05 SVM Aveo for $7,000 NEW. A used one, even a loaded one, shouldn't be more than $8K or $9K.

26th Apr 2007, 08:27

We purchased an '05 Aveo for our daughter two years ago. Something people seem to miss about this vehicle is the following:

1) It's cheap, one of the cheapest vehicles your can purchase new out there.

2) Most people who are purchasing cheap are doing so because they don't money, thus they don't have them serviced on a regular basis which would catch many small problems before they become major.

3) Most drivers of Aveos that we have seen are young drivers. Face it, the younger you are the harder you drive and treat the car.

4) It was cheap, it was new, it has a warranty.

5) There have been no recalls for her model year that I am aware of.

Sure we would prefer to have her in a Honda or Toyota, but money wise, this little car has been great for her needs. When she finishes college and her income improves I fully expect her to get another vehicle. This vehicle is an entry level car directed at small budgets.

29th May 2007, 10:27

I bought a 2005 Chevy Aveo on January 13th, 2005 I had to have my starter replaced in 2006!

31st May 2007, 19:34

Timing belt broke at 58000 miles, causing all valves to bend, there is a service bulletin stating that even without proof of prior maintenance, GM cannot deny warranty coverage before the 60000 mile warranty limit- I was reimbursed for my repair bill... Now at 62001 miles, I have what seems to be collapsed lifters, though it may be worse than that... I was never hard on my car, and babied it constantly, and this happens... I had better luck with junkers! If I can afford to get it fixed, it's getting traded in first thing... biggest P.O.S. I've ever owned.. I bought a new car so I wouldn't have to deal with crap like this!!!

1st Jun 2007, 13:23

5 years of payments for a car? I bet for the first 4 years this car is worth less than what you owe for it. I think it's better to buy a decent used car for cash and expect to pay a few repairs along the way. Even a new car with warranty will cost some repair money.

12th Jun 2007, 14:35

I leased my 2004 Aveo in June '04, brand new, no one else had even test driven it. I think it was 3 months before it went in for its first warranty fix. I am now one week from having it for 3 years, and had to take it back to the shop this morning. It has been in for a warranty or recall fix at least 10 times now. I have never heard of a vehicle, new or used that has had so many problems in such a short period. It seems every few months there is something new going wrong (even though this time it is in for the same thing it was in for a month ago). I have one year left, and will NOT buy this car, and will NOT do business with this dealer again. (The customer service was horrible, but I can't personally say that about all GM dealerships.) The fixes were so numerous that I don't want to bother listing them all. I can't imagine what this piece of crap will be like once it is a couple years older and not covered under warranty anymore! (but that will be someone else's problem) :)

11th Jul 2007, 15:47

We have a 2003 Aveo and the timing belt went at 59,750. GM stated they only recommends maintenance at 60,000 and that they would not cover the $2200.00 bill for the valves and timing belt. This car is crap. Now the heater fan motor gone 2 times in 3 weeks, have to buy the whole assembly for $375.00. can anyone post the link to that service bulletin for the timing belt? My thanks!

12th Jul 2007, 08:47

Yes, PLEASE show us where that service bulletin is. My 2004 Aveo stranded me on my vacation because the timing belt broke and bent the valves at 53,000 miles. It is currently being fixed so I would love to have the link so I too can get reimbursed for this early and expensive repair.

8th Aug 2007, 16:33

2005 Aveo hatchback with 21 miles on it when bought April 05- have done all routine maintenance suggested including oil changes (which include tire rotation) and alignment in February as suggested by service person.

Went for an oil service (lube, oil, filter, tire rotation and check air filter) 7/20/07 and have had nothing but problems since. Firstly, they wouldn't look up my information to find that I have the service plan that covers all my oil changes. Then they did an "ECM upgrade" which was explained to me as a computer upgrade on a recall from GM. (anyone else dealing with this too?) 24 hours later my car dies at 60mph in NJ. Had popped the car into neutral to enter a toll booth and lost everything including power steering. Got it to a dealer in MA who told me the "computer is fried" and won't hold the programs anymore. They replaced the PCM and sent me on my way.

Less than twelve hours after driving it away from service in MA and it's happening again. This time I'm on my way to VT.

VT service guy says it's the Idle Air Control Valve that needs to be replaced. (said part is three days away in Boston, MA, although the dealers are only 4 hours from each other by car).

Drove it back to VA and brought it to our usual service guy who says "air filter is clogged, tires are bald and there is a buildup of carbon in the engine". Have him replace the air filter and then drive away. Fifteen minutes later car is still doing the same original thing.

What I don't understand is that I spent all the money on the warranty and extended service plans, have done everything 'preventative' they told me to do and I still have a car that has all these problems. If they're rotating my tires and cleaning my air filters regularly, like they're supposed to be doing, then wouldn't 2 1/2 years be a bit too soon for all this to be happening?

Good to see that other people are having the same tire issues I am, but is anyone else dealing with anything like this? email missa_24@hotmail.com if so...

At this point I would not buy another GM product if you paid me to. I have loved this CAR the entire 2+ years that I've had it and would recommend it to anyone, but have had nothing, but trouble with GM service and customer services since 7/20, so horrible that it has put me off the entire company. Does anyone have a number to contact anyone at GM who can help? Customer assistance is crap and between four different "GM certified" service crews no one can tell me what is wrong, who is responsible and what I need to do to get this fixed. (other than to take it anyone who ISN'T "GM certified".