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2007 Chevrolet Aveo

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Review

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Chevrolet brings its re-designed entry-level, economy subcompact four-door Aveo into dealerships as a slew of other fuel-efficient small sedans race into showrooms to beat the continuing gas crunch. Appealing to its target buyers by matching marketing strategies with webcasts for the digital generation, the affordable Aveo model line is aimed at first-time buyers, young singles, small families and train-station commuters.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for budget-conscious, basic transportation that doesn't pretend to be something it isn't, you'll like the Aveo LT. Practical, utilitarian and with no complicated high-tech systems to learn, the little sedan is also a good choice for RVers looking for a haul-behind car. Another plus: The high seating position for driver and passenger.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the LT if you expect instant response from the automatic transmission. You may also find that child carseats are the best bet for occupying the back seat. With the front seats all the way back, there is very minimal legroom for rear-seat passengers.

What's Significant About This Car?

Barely two-and-a-half years after its 2004 debut, the Aveo has undergone a complete exterior makeover, while the interior is not only wider, taller and longer, but also fully equipped with a few standard and optional features not found on competitive cars in its price range, such as the Kia Rio, Scion xA, Hyundai Accent, Suzuki Aerio, Honda Fit and Nissan Yaris.

Driving the Aveo

Driving Impressions Driving a car as uncomplicated as the Aveo LT releases you from constantly checking the myriad of messages on lavish instrument panels in pricier cars. With an eye occasionally on...

the speedometer, the driver is free to enjoy the surprising capabilities of the Aveo LT's zippy little 103-horsepower engine once you reach your preferred cruising pace. There is no available stability-control system, although anti-lock brakes (ABS) are an option. A slight lean is noticeable on corners taken at speed but the overall driving experience is precise and pleasant, with the car holding the line during straight, hard braking. As to be expected from this category of car, some tire, wind and engine noise is par for the course.

Input Jack
With an eye on youthful buyers who enjoy music 24/7, the Aveo LT has an auxiliary input jack for iPods and other music players and electronic devices. The sound is carried through the car radio and six speakers with exceptional quality.

Fuel Economy
Saving on gas bills is high on everyone's list and Aveo buyers are obviously looking for this benefit. The LT's automatic transmission rewards you with 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, depending on road conditions and driving style.

2007 Chevrolet Aveo Details
2007 Chevrolet Aveo photo Interior

Small touches of metallic grain and satin chrome trim give an upscale look to the interior. Front seats with tilt headrests, storage pockets in doors and seatbacks, a sunglass holder and six-way adjustable driver's seat are features you'd expect in a higher-priced car. The dashboard is a masterpiece of simplicity, clearly showing all the information the driver needs to get from point A to point B. The front passenger seat reclines and, with a trunk capacity of 12.4 cubic feet and rear 60/40-split seats that fold almost flat, there's plenty of room for the longest skis.

Exterior
2007 Chevrolet Aveo photo

For what it is, a full-featured economy subcompact built by General Motors Daewoo in Korea, the Aveo LT is a competently-designed four-door whose sheetmetal blends smoothly together to present a neat package. The V-shaped hood and strong grille reveal its Chevrolet heritage and emphasize its wide stance. Large "shoulders" over the wheels, oversized front and rear lights and a height of almost five feet gives it the appearance of a larger sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Despite its low-end status, the Aveo LT houses a surprising amount of useful equipment found on more expensive cars, including remote keyless entry with alarm, cruise control, air conditioning with rear vents, side airbags and power heated sideview mirrors. The remote trunk release saves time fumbling with keys and the rear window defogger, tilt steering column and headrests are unexpected extra conveniences. Music lovers will appreciate the LT's standard CD/MP3 player and 180-watt six-speaker system. Power windows and door locks lift this model above many of its manual-handle, similarly-priced competitors.

Optional Equipment

Chevrolet's Hold-Control four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive uses adaptive-shift technology. It helps to reduce wheel spin and loss of traction by allowing the driver to manually select a different gear so that torque to the wheels is reduced, much as with a true manual transmission. Like audio controls at your fingertips? The LT installs them at thumb level on the steering wheel. Other options include a sunroof, leatherette seats, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, an engine block heater and an anti-theft system.

Under the Hood

General Motors' 16-valve four-cylinder engine powers the Aveo LT, producing 103 horsepower. An electronic throttle control and variable induction system help maximize power across the rpm range for consistency and fuel economy, and the four-speed automatic transmission's Hold Control mode provides a pseudo-manual operation the driver can select for sportier or more controlled driving. The re-tuned 2007 suspension helps with handling.

1.6-liter in-line 4
103 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
107 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 (manual), 26/34 (automatic)

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.0
Out of 10

Based on 757 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.1/10
  • Reliability
    7.7/10
    Performance
    7.1/10
  • Comfort
    7.3/10
    Styling
    7.4/10

Overal poor car

By on Sunday, August 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "pretty good gas milage."

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."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Don't Chance the Purchase

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"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 have had many run about cars put this a top

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 305,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Low Operating costs"

Cons: "No Cruise Control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"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."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Expensive to maintain.

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The 06 Aveo is the worst American car ever made. An exercise in cheapness, I would rather drive a Pinto."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

So far, so good....

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Easy to handle, can fit it anywhere."

Cons: "Gas mileage disappointing."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"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."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Good gas mileage, bad reliability

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Cheap, good gas mileage."

Cons: "Completely unreliable."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I've found this car to be comfortable, and surprisingly roomy for how small it is. Additionally, it has great visibility and decent power, along with great gas mileage. Despite all those positives, the car is of very poor quality. It was not made well. Parts are constantly failing and breaking. My wipers, door handle, and gas cover have all broken off during normal use. I easily spend as much keeping this car driveable as I do on car payments. I would not recommend."

25 people out of 39 found this review helpful

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