29,000 miles and doing exactly what is expected of it, with no issues. Auto averages 29 mpg in WV terrain. The door does lock without the key! Just lock the door then hold out on the door handle when you shut-it and it'll stay locked. A little word of advice for those of you who are planning on owning for a good while. Keep the pil changed and use good quality oil. The oil pick-up tubes in these engines are very small and will sludge-up creating a blow-by which will cause the exhaust to smoke and loss of oil, power, and potential over heating, and small engines don't like being overheated.
Power windows, power locks, ABS, cruise control, alloy wheels, 6 speaker stereo with cd and mp3, OnStar.
Independent rear suspension would improve ride not that it's bad anyway, rear disc brakes would be nice but keep in mind drum brakes are way cheaper to repair if they experience a mechanical problem.
If money were no object, some relatively minor improvments would make the Aveo a contender. So, for the price paid ($10,400 brand new off the lot!), this car was a fantastic deal. Since new, and now with 11,000 miles, only two minor problems: a tire pressure sensor went on one wheel. No biggie. This was repaired by the dealer with no issues. Developed a front-end shudder due to improper lug torque on both front wheels. Again, an easy fix. Design and build quality is excellent. Seams are even and tight. Not a squeak or rattle has developed. Motor remains perky and trouble-free (easy starts, no stalls). There is a buzz in the gas pedal over 60 mph, but have learned to deal with it.
Peppy performance (but affects economy). Classy, roomy interior. Excellent seating. Great sound system. Roomy trunk. Includes "upscale" features (cabin filter, oil and tire monitoring systems). Dependable to date and virtually hassle-free. Excellent warranty includes 5 years road-side maintenance.
Add convenience lighting. Move cup holders and "air bag on" indicator. Dull the high-beam indicator. Tighten up the manual shift (a bit loose). Tighten suspension (tends to roll in turns and high wind). A little more insulation against road noise and cure the buzz. Fix these and it's a big winner!
Averaging 28mpg with mixed highway and city driving. Sound system good, rides nice, my son loves it. He can't wait to drive it and he's 12. Only issue is the tire pressure monitor comes on when temps go below 20 degrees (gotta love New England)
Easy handling, looks good, roomy
Passenger needs an armrest, redesign the cupholder/storage area.
2008 Chevrolet Aveo 5 Special Value 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car as a winter/mileage maker instead of driving my 05 GTO. I average 35 mpg on country road driving. The price and warranty were excellent. I paid under 8k with incentives. If you are looking for a cheap reliable car with 100k mile warranty this is it!
This car not only was darned cheap to buy, it also has proven to be dependable. It's also surprisingly roomy and pretty quiet. For basic transportation, this about as good as it gets. I used to be very wary of Korean-built cars, but I"m sold on this one.