26th Jul 2007, 00:25

About the mileage claims: I got a Wave - I drive it conservatively and get 36MPG in mixed driving.

If it starts over consuming 10.00L/100KM or over in mixed conditions) for whatever reason, I'm dumping it... Although it's tremendous value for the money, I just won't be able to afford the fuel.

Wish I didn't have to rely on A/C all the time, I mean, I never had to turn it on in my previous car because the air was cool enough.

Heating is... Wow. Can't wait to drive this Winter. :V.

17th Aug 2007, 17:38

An excelent vehicle 2006 aveo 5, 52.545 km. not one major problem, heck not even a minor one. Only thing needed was the tires re-balanced. WOW!! all for under $12.000.

30th Aug 2007, 20:41

Don't believe the story's about this vehicle getting 18-20 mpg's. How stupid!, my 1979 24 foot R.V. with a 401 cubic inch engine gets that kind of mileage. I own a 2007 Wave and it gets 35-40 mpg since new.

19th Sep 2007, 14:06

I lease my Wave (a 2005).

The gas mileage is horrendous. I get around 24mpg in the city and around 31 on the highway. If I had known this, I would have kept my Explorer; it got 20mpg in the city and 32 on the highway.

I want to know if anyone has ever had any problems with the engine? At 12,000 the engine needed to be rebuilt. Now at 29,000 it is needing major engine work again, after complaining that it is making a ticking noise. I was told it was a stone in the tire, and now I have to pay for the repair because I missed an oil change; they are saying that I neglected the engine, and many major components have worn. Any comments?

Should I have to pay for this or should I go directly to GM? It is sitting at the dealers with the engine in a million pieces.

22nd Sep 2007, 18:04

If you had to have your engine rebuilt at 12000 km, and now at 20000 km the engine needs to be replaced, then you obviously have abused this car and have driven it into submission!.

This is why you have poor gas mileage as well; the pedal always to the floor will result in poor mileage and sooner or later a burnt engine.

I have a 2004 Aveo 5 with just under 122.000km. NO major problems!.

For the $$$ it is a GREAT buy!! (I am buying a second one, a 2007 Pontiac Wave :)

5th Jan 2008, 01:16

My Wave is also a piece of junk, new engine at 13,000 km, new transmission at 20,000 km, it is just one thing after another with the car. I am glad I leased it. There are 20 months left on the lease I will be a happy man with it is over.

My last car was a '97 Honda Civic which I sold for $4000 with 200,000 km on it. I used that as a down payment on the Wave. The Civic was a far better car than the Wave. It nine years I never once did anything more than replace wear and tear items. The Civic was also much easier on gas than the Wave, which burns gas like a much larger car.

That combined with the terrible service of GM dealerships has cemented my relationship with Honda. My next car will be an Honda Fit.

6th Feb 2008, 14:03

My wife has a 2004 aveo. It has been great. However, we recently had a cold snap and the battery was down prior. It would not start. I put a battery charger on it to charge up the battery and although it would turn over it would not fire. Ended up towing it into the dealership as it is still covered by warranty. The dealership said the battery was almost shot and when the battery is down it activates the anti-theft device and this is the reason the car would not start. Anyone else had problems of this nature?

11th Feb 2008, 18:09

My girlfriend owns a 2007 Pontiac Wave. She has owned it for 7 months now and has had a few problems. The CD Stereo had to be replaced TWICE cause it was fubar (wouldn't turn on, turned off automatically). Now it is leaking oil right underneath the motor. We have some pretty severe winters here, so that may be a factor in the leak. Anyways, we're just getting our problems out there to see if anyone else is running into similar problems with their new Wave.


20th Apr 2008, 14:55

I have a Suzuki Swift+ (2006 model purchased in August 2007 used from a dealer (probably was used as a rental car) with approx 31000 km). Nice car but gives about 7 km per litre in the city. Haven't tried out on the highway yet. Will report back later.

One alarming thing that has happened a few times is that if I press the brake a bit harder at times, my foot also hits the gas pedal or some connector and the car lunges forward. At first I was wondering if something was wrong with the brake or a sticky accelerator. And I don't have a very large foot either (12). Just would have to retrain myself, I suppose!

I notice that with this car, if I press the gas a bit faster, the car really takes off, but if I press it a bit slower (gently) the gear shift seems to drag on a bit. Again, maybe I was spoiled a bit by driving a Villager and Tercel earlier!

4th May 2008, 10:28

Hi everyone. A month ago I got myself a Pontiac Wave 2008 because fuel is getting so expensive, but still I have not been getting the all the kilometers that they said I will get, and reading all the comments, left to break in, but when, or do I have to go to the dealer and tell them?

25th Jun 2008, 00:47

People... As an automotive tech, I gotta tell you that the gas mileage figures are at 80kmph, on a very flat straight road, with properly inflated tires and no load in the vehicle, and cruise control where possible. Driving habits make a HUGE difference. Google hyper milers, for more info.

You will almost never get the rated fuel economy. If there is no check engine light on, and there are no symptoms to go by, it is very hard to do anything with the poor fuel mileage of todays vehicles. Federal emissions must be met, and as such, the manufacturers will almost always burn more fuel to ensure that the emissions are met. I have been a tech for over 20 years, I am a master Ford tech, and I have 12 years with Chrysler. I can tell you with all assurance... THEY don't CARE!. I am allowed, literally about 18 minutes to attempt to verify a problem with your vehicle, if there is no obvious signs or issues, I will return the vehicle as a normal or intermittent condition, and you will have to pay for it... Their rules, not mine.

I am beginning to really hate my career choice...

11th Aug 2008, 07:23

I just purchased a 2008 Pontiac Wave Sedan at the beginning of May. I have over 6000 km on it and I am still getting terrible gas mileage. I realize the break in period is 10 000 km however I am only getting an average of 380 km a tank. That is not even all city driving. It is both city and highway.

I'm just wondering if this seems completely unreasonable or is it expected until I hit the ridiculous 10 000 km break in period? My first three tanks I got just under 300 km per tank and since then it has been fairly consistent. This past tank we just broke the 400 km mark doing all hwy driving on one tank. That's what I'm supposed to be getting driving all city though. It is a 45 L tank.

6th Oct 2008, 15:18

Hi everyone! I just bought a 2005 Pontiac Wave, it has 80,000kms on it. I am very impressed with the rate at which fuel is consumed. I believe that if you come from a car that is old and sad in some ways, then you will LOVE what your new car offers you. And I do. From a 1991 to a 2005, make no mistake, this little car is luxury to me. I don't pull away from lights with speed, I pull away softly and I don't tail people and slam on the brakes. Petrol is 1.09 right now in Canada (where I live) that is the lowest it has ever been! This car is fun and I didn't buy it to floor it either, so it will treat me the way I treat it.

16th Mar 2009, 21:46

I own a 2005 Pontiac Wave Hatchback. I have about 70,000 Kilometers on the vehicle now and am constantly waiting for it to kick the bucket. It is now revving up to about 4000 RPM before shifting (and this is not when I am kicking my foot into it either, simply in normal, easy driving conditions) and when it finally does shift it very rough. If anyone has any ideas let me know.

P.S. I also own a 2004 Honda Civic and regret ever spending a dime on this Wave, would rather ride a reliable bicycle.