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2008 Chevrolet Aveo

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2008 Chevrolet Aveo Review

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The 2008 Chevrolet Aveo, a smartly styled subcompact, offers excellent fuel economy, a long list of standard features and a bargain-basement price. The Aveo's appeal extends to budget-conscious first-time buyers, retired folks on limited incomes and those looking for a thrifty second car. Available as a sedan or five-door hatch, the Aveo's uncommonly high roof means tall occupants can sit comfortably both front and rear, a major bonus for those who might stay clear of small cars due to their cramped interiors.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for budget-conscious, efficient basic transportation 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?

Fresh from its 2007 makeover, the 2008 Aveo has only minor changes. A tire-pressure monitoring system is standard across the line and LT trims receive 15-inch aluminum wheels and chrome door handles.

Driving the Aveo

Driving Impressions Driving a car as uncomplicated as the Aveo LT releases you from constantly checking the myriad of messages or dealing with the intricate controls found on the 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. 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.

Auxiliary Audio 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.

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

2008 Chevrolet Aveo Details
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 simplicity at its best, clearly showing all the information the driver needs. 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 good-sized boxes or long, skinny stuff like skis.

Exterior

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 give it the appearance of a larger sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Despite its entry-level status, the Aveo LT offers 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 adjustable headrests are unexpected extra conveniences. Music lovers will appreciate the LT's standard CD/MP3 player and 180-watt six-speaker system with auxiliary input jack. Power windows and door locks lift this model above many of its similarly-priced competitors.

Optional Equipment

The four-speed automatic overdrive transmission with Hold Control uses adaptive-shift technology. It helps to reduce wheel spin and loss of traction by allowing the driver to manually select and then hold a gear so that torque to the wheels is reduced, much as with a true manual transmission. Like audio controls at your fingertips? The Aveo LT has 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.

1.6-liter in-line 4
103 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
107 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 (manual), 23/32 (automatic)

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2008 Chevrolet Aveo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.0
Out of 10

Based on 728 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.1/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    7.2/10
  • Comfort
    7.4/10
    Styling
    7.5/10

takes a wallop

By on Sunday, September 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,195

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "takes an impact and keeps cabin safe"

Cons: "gas mpg a little disappointing"

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

"A little disappointed in gas mileage but convenient and comfortable to drive. Took a wallop by a minivan that didn't even touch the brakes going through a red light and the Aveo absorbed the impact and kept the passenger cabin intact. Seat belts and airbag did their jobs. Surprisingly safe for a little car!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love this car

By on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "great gas mileage,versatile storage,reliable"

Cons: "rough ride, noisy,seats don't fold flat"

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

"We bought this new in 06 and the most we have done is tires and tune-ups, the ride is kinda' rough and the seat cushions are thin. My husband gets about 30 mpg and if we were not looking for comfort and a smooth ride at our advanced ages we would keep this car until the wheels fell off."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great little car

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A lot. Very great car for the price."

Cons: "Mileage is just ok."

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

"This car is great. I have had it for 8 years now and I love it. It had some issues with the belts after 6 years but other than that, its been perfect. I would buy this car again. I think the only complaint I have is that gas mileage isnt all that fantastic for the size of the car. There could be lots of factors for this but it just seems to me that the vehicle should get about 5 more MPG's than it does."

Best Little Car We have ever owned!

By on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun little car to drive."

Cons: "Can't find any ...."

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

"This little car has been problem free and a charm to own. No bells or whistles, very simple to drive. Great pick-up and power for a little car. Great gas mileage and regular maintenance has been inexpensive. We would buy another one if they were still being made."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Vehicle rides well and gets cool quick. Gas mile++

By on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,622

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great gas milege"

Cons: "Everything is automatic"

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

"For the money you really cant beat the price. You get a dependable car that rides smooth and cools you down quickly. I have never had a car that gets better gas mileage. The only bad thing about this car is 3 tiny rust spots (pupil size or less). The only reason I gave it a 8 out of 10 is because it's automatic. I get the car serviced when needed and keep it in excellent running condition."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

An adequate vehicle for in-town use.

By on Saturday, July 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Adequate in that the vehicle meets basic needs."

Cons: "accelleration--less than stellar gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"My Chevy Aveo LT is a vehicle equal to daily use in and around town. Its little 4-cylinder engine looks like a bread box. The car is OK on gas, averaging 23 mpg around town. The ride is poor overall, making you familiar with every small irregularity in the road surface. It's rather like sitting on a box of rocks as you drive. The cabin has adequate room for my 6'3", but is noisy. Steering is OK. Accelleration is poor--probably because of the little 4 cylinder front wheel drive power train. I wouldn't want to take this car on a cross-country trip, but it is adequate--barely--for around-town transport. VERY basic transportation."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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