I bought used from rental company with 38k miles.
My alternator was out immediately, which is not supposed to happen until 150k miles according to dealership. Beware of where you take the car to get it fixed, because Midas quoted me $600 for part alone (which is not accurate, but part is rare).
Gas mileage is way lower than advertised - I am very disappointed. I drive all highway and my 2007 Kia Sportage got better gas mileage than this car. Worst part of vehicle is acceleration. It will not accelerate quickly, which is scary when turning onto busy streets or merging onto freeways. This car has to try so hard just to do basic things. Constantly makes noises and RPM jumps around.
I like the exterior look and size. Mine has an AUX cord which is nice.
First, let's discuss what the 2011 Aveo is not: it is not a luxury car, nor is it a sports car. It is also not a hyper-mileage car that gets 40+ MPG. If you are expecting any of those things, you are sorely mistaken (and, for the price in the low $10,000's, you are also crazy.)
What is it? It is a good value for the price. It is a car that get's you from point A to point B. And it does it in reasonable style, reasonable comfort, with reasonable mileage for a good price.
I'm at 3,600 miles so far and things are going great. I track my mileage carefully and get on average 30-31 MPG combine (I do about 50/50 Hwy/City). Admittedly, I drive in a conservative way. No maintenance issues so far.
- MPG compared to price points. They say "there are better competitors for the price;" which is true, BUT every competitor I reviewed was at least $5,000 more.
In one example, a comparable USED Kia Rio was $3,000 more than a NEW Aveo.
- Warranty: 36,000 mi. bumper-to-bumper, 100,000 mi. power train / perforation.
- Basic yet important features work great: AC, cruise, defrost, radio, aux. input jack, etc.
(I got the 1LT with Auto, Cruise, manual locks and seats - $13,300 new)
- I've not experienced it yet, but according to my OnStar report I won't need my first oil change for 8,000 miles. Many reports I've read support that.
- Seat/door/steering wheel ratio is OK, but not "super comfortable" - any trip over 2 hours is a bit much.
- Outside noise is a tad loud. Not too much.
Other than that, no complaints. Great little commuting car (plus the occasional longer trip) that I expect should last me 6-7 years. I'll let you know if that changes...
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