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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 753 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

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."

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."

18 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Least reliable car I've owned

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Horrible reliability

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good price, attractive styling, good on fuel"

Cons: "Very unreliable and expensive to repair."

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

"I bought this car new because I liked the styling, it was a simple car I could get with a manual transmission, and the price very reasonable. Car was babied and maintenance was always done on time. This car was in and out of the shop at least a dozen times. Total value of all repairs if most weren't covered by warranty would have easily exceeded what I paid for it. The final year of ownership, after warranty was up, cost more then the full 9 years of ownership of the car it replaced, which was a 30 year old Pontiac. Experience has steered this reviewer away from purchasing another GM vehicle. I do not recommend ownership of this vehicle."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love my Aveo!

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable and economical."

Cons: "Slow acceleration, but not an issue."

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

"I bought my Aveo new 7 years ago, and I am very happy with it. I have put virtually no money into it, have taken it on several long trips with no problems whatsoever. I have a 5-door hatchback, and I plan to keep it until it won't go another foot. It's comfortable and reliable. I don't understand some of these bad reviews! I have not experienced anything bad with this car. The only thing I will note is that I can't take it through a commercial car wash. If it gets water in the motor, it doesn't run well until it dries out, so I don't do that anymore. It took me 3 or 4 times through a car wash to figure out what was going on! After a day or so it was fine, but to be safe, I hand wash it myself now and no more problems."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

ALMOST makes me want to forget Chevrolet forever!!

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Mmmm, give me a second...its red, and I like red!"

Cons: "The color is the only thing I like about the car."

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

"This car has been, in a word, lousy, in just about every way imagineable. Im not going to fault Chevrolet on this, as this is a Daewoo product made in South Korea, and I know many people who have had Korean cars that were just as bad. Slow, noisy, not nearly as efficient as advertised, poorly assembled, cheap interior bits all over, RIDES LIKE A COVERED WAGON ON THE OREGON TRAIL- I think I can make an A-Z list of cons on this heap without too much effort! It at least didnt give me too much in the way of mechanical woes during the first two years I had it, but the last 2 years have been one malady after another, non-stop. If someone wants it, let me know!!"

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Worst car I've ever had the misfortune of driving.

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas mileage when car is driveable"

Cons: "Everything else."

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

"Bought brand new off the lot w/ 36 miles on it. At 3000 miles the fuel pump went out and it took 3 weeks to get the part b/c they had to order it from Korea. This is when I found out we had bought a Daewoo rebranded as a Chevy. Fast forward to 65,000 miles-the coil pack burns out about every 6-8 months. Now my car has been in the shop for SIX weeks b/c parts are almost impossible to find for it. Timing belt and cam sensors broke. A special tool kit is needed to change the timing belt-that took 3 weeks to get b/c it had to come from the UK. Finally found a used cam which had to come from Michigan and according to the Chevy dealer it was the only one they could find in the US. When part arrived the dealer called our mechanic and asked him to hurry up and pick it up b/c they do not want any Aveo parts laying around and jinxing them-yes Chevy dealers KNOW this car is a joke. DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!! Also, interior is extremely cheap-passenger door handle broke at around 50,000 miles with minimal use and the drivers is held together by duct tape b/c it cracked in the middle. Metallic finish rubbed off before that and the seats are the most uncomfortable things since a wooden bench. Only good thing is the car does get good mileage when the coil pack isn't going out then haha you're lucky to get 10 mpg. I would not recommend this car to anyone unless it has been given to you for FREE."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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