"Great car. I bought it used with 35,000 mi. I have maintained this little car faithfully. I have the oil changed every 3000 miles. I put a new stereo system in it with new speakers. Stereo has gps. Minor little things could be repaired such as the cd player stopped playing, the passenger side window button does not work. Could be a fuse, but it does go up and down from the drivers side. Someone tried to steal my car so the key lock on the outside was pushed inside the door. I have power locks and never used the key lock on the outside so I never fixed it. Car runs great."
Cons: "not enough power to accelerate up hill with AC on"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"This vehicle was bought new. 1st issue we found was wind related. When the wind blows a certain direction while traveling at a higher speed the vehicle "howls" loudly. and constantly. Next front shocks went out. Next A/C quit. Next oil leak from gasket."
"Where do I begin?!
We purchased this car off the lot with 10 miles on it. Drove in the summer as a spare car and kept it in storage during the Michigan winters.
Around 25,000 the tires needed to be replaced. Around 50K is when everything hit the fan. New water pump, new fuel pump, new clutch (stick shift), new radiator, new timing belt... it was a nightmare.
The tires have been replaced three times during the 74K miles it's been driven. It not has an exhaust leak, and the third gear is grinding when shifting.
Also, getting an oil change has been hard at times. Since this is an Asian car it has a special "star tool" that's needed to change the oil. (I'm not great with cars, but I'm assuming to get the plug out.) In short, I've been turned away many times because places do not have this tool.
I can't WAIT to trade this thing in and get something more reliable. This has been a complete money pit over the past 6 years."
"I got this 2004 Aveo hatchback car new with only the basics. Intermittent wipers, basic radio, manual transmission. I have had a few minor check engine lite issues and I lost a water pump which caused me to have to do a top end but other than that this car get 34 mpg on the highway, has great power, sufficient room. Does not burn oil. At 305,000 I am still on the original clutch. My goal is to reach 500,000 miles with this car."
"I bought this car with 60k on it and now have 103k. I have not had any major problems and routine care seems to have done the trick. There is no doubt that the interior is cheap and road noise is involved in the driving experience. However when you are paying this amount of money you had to know this is coming. My only complaint is that mine is an automatic but even so the round town MPG is only 22. Highway is another story. Took mine on a short trip and got 32 MPG which is great. If you are looking for basic transportation from A-B and need a little storage and room the Aveo is not a bad choice."