I as well purchased a 2007 Pontiac Wave. In the first 6 months the bearings, and the rotors went. So far, for the past 3 and 1/2 years, the bearings and the rotors have gone 4 times. Thank god it is still under warranty, because apparently these parts are supposed to last more than 6 months. The rear axle was replaced 4 months ago because the bushings went and you can't just replace the bushings... and to top it all off, the rear passenger strut mount just broke about a week ago.
During the first 3 months that I had the car, I was using the cigarette lighter, and as I was pulling it out of the lighter socket. The entire guts of the lighter ripped out of the socket. We took it back to the dealership to show them, and they told us that nothing was wrong with it. They couldn't explain to me why it wouldn't work though. Just recently the same thing happened to the center 12 Volt adapter by my E brake. I pulled out my iPod adapter and the entire guts of the socket ripped out. And oh yeah... the driver arm rest fell off during the first 6 months.
I will never, ever buy another GM vehicle for the rest of my life. Like the last guy said... these cars should retail for around $9000 new. Even if they did, I still wouldn't buy one.
I've read problems about Aveos/Waves/G3 that I didn't even know existed. It's almost unbelievable how bad these cars are. No wonder both GM and Daewoo went bankrupt. I actually considered buying one of these cars back in 2007, but I'm so glad I chose a small used Toyota.
To the previous poster above me, I see your comments all over the place, yes you love your Toyota, we get it, stick to the Toyota forum, and leave the GM side to us who own their products. I don't go over there and slander Toyota, so I'd appreciate it if you showed the same courtesy.
I'll post wherever, and whenever I want to on this site. It's my right. I'm not breaking any rules set out by carsurvey.org. If they tell me different, then I'll listen. I see people trashing Toyotas all the time, and they don't own them, nor are they exclusive to the Toyota side, whatever that is. GM or Daewoo owners DO NOT have a lock on this site, nor an area that is exclusive to them.
And yeah, I get it that GM produced a truly awful car with the Aveo, but that doesn't stop people from posting or talking about it, so why should my experience with my Toyota restrict me from posting? So once again, I really, really, love my little Toyota!
I agree with you completely, it's like this Toyota owner thinks their car is a BMW/Mercedes. Haha..err... it's a Toyota (who have had their own share of significant problems), so why not get back in your 2005 Toyota and leave GM alone.
OK, could people please calm down. Things are getting rather too personal here.
There are no rules about who can post where, but the most recent comments (both sides) were unnecessarily inflammatory. If a comment irritates you, don't reply until you've had time to calm down.
Steven Jackson, CSDO Media Limited
I am the so called Toyota owner, and I never stated nor do I think my car is a BMW/Mercedes. I am not delusional, nor unintelligent. I own a simple 05 Echo. It's an economy car, and I realize that.
I believe it is perfectly acceptable to compare it in quality and fuel economy to the Chevrolet Aveo/Pontiac Wave. People dump on my car all the time. They say it's ugly, and slow, and even dangerous.
Therefore I am tempted to fire back when I see a negative review of an Aveo/Wave from an actual owner, especially when I truly did consider and want an Aveo before I researched this site, and found out that it did have owners who were frustrated and found their car was very problematic. GM disappointed my father so much that I may make too many comments, but I still feel it is within my right to express opinion based on fact, even if it does bother GM owners.
I bought a 2007 Pontiac Wave, and I have had nothing but problems. First I had to have the timing belt changed at 80,000 kms. The mechanic installed the belt wrong and the top of my engine had to be replaced. Seven days without my car. The front end alignment keeps having to be done every month, and the tread on tires are wearing out fast. Come to find out that the bushings in the rear end are worn already, and I have to replace the whole rear axle and trailing arm. Over $500 plus $200 for labour.
I have a 2007 Pontiac Wave and I love it! No problems and only but excellent service from my dealer!
I have had my Pontiac Wave for past three years, and it has cost me too much money. Parts that need to be changed or repaired are supposed to be working for at least 10 years in other cars. Every mechanic I showed my car to; they were telling me the same thing, that these parts shouldn't be broken in a new car. Even with a warranty, dealers were giving me hard time, and they were trying to blame it on me so I have to pay.
I didn't know that the Pontiac Wave engine is Daewoo, made in Korea, not a Pontiac from General Motors engine. When I heard that, I felt I had been cheated and tricked. I would never recommend it to anyone.
I have never owned a Wave, and I am on this site to research how the product has been in the past. I feel that the comments posted can be very helpful in making an informed decision. I appreciate all feedback from any car owners that have experience that I may not.
I find that the comments in this forum are unnecessary, especially when it is an emotional reaction, because you have had good luck with GM products, and are hooked on them. Good for you, I am glad you have had such good luck. Same with Toyota owners, I have seen good and bad in all makes / models.
Please, don't drive away the researchers by lashing out and saying things based on emotion. I am just here for the facts about different vehicles.