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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 723 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
    7.4/10

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."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I love my little run about.

By on Saturday, June 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great Econo car"

Cons: "No A/C"

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

"I have had this car for 9 years when I bought it from the dealer. It has had only minor inexpensive repairs. The only thing I wish I had with this car is A/C but I opted out of it in the purchase. It is a no frills economy car that has worked wonder driving me up and down the west coast. 37 miles per gallon on the freeway and even manages well in the snow."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Good first car.

By on Thursday, June 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I paid well over what this car was worth, I bought it with 54,000 miles on it at $12,000 and now with 73,000 miles on it, it's worth $5,001 trade in or $6,275 at private seller value. I have put more into repairs than I should have to for a new car that I am still paying on. Like I said, it would be a good first car for someone who is still learning to drive. I do not have power windows, power locks, but I for some reason have automatic start."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I hate my car

By on Friday, June 13, 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
6/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Small hood, easy turns, nice exterior"

Cons: "Small Trunk, mechanical problems, light vehicle"

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

"I hate my 2010 Chevy Aveo, It is a 2010 and has manual locks and crank windows. I've had so many problems, and I take care of my car as regulated. Fuses going out, cracks in the engine, O2 sensor has gone out 3 times in 2 years. I have to put in new headlights every 5-8 weeks. The number 3 on my a/c has gone out twice. The car is very light, I feel so unsafe in the snow, winter tires or not people hate driving my car in the snow/ice. Just overall disappointed with this purchase. It's turning into a money pit and it's only been 4 years! I have 2 payments left and I'm trading in this car. I do love the small hood I can weave in and out of traffic easily, and parking is a breeze!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I had very littlle trouble with this car.

By on Friday, June 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "easy to drive. Great for around town driving."

Cons: "Not the greatest for highway driving."

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

"It was a good little car for getting around in. I would recommend this car to a friend who want ed something for normal use. The only thing that could be better would be for highway driving, but then most small cars are not made for that anyway"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Does what it is designed to do

By on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bought this new and is my daily driver mostly to and from work. The only real issues I've had are: 1) The digital clock. It was replaced under warranty and I have since replaced it again. 2) The original front brake pads were annoyingly noisy. I replaced them with Raybestos at 15,000 miles and solved the problem. 3) Camshaft position sensor failed at about 50,0000. This was the only expensive repair I've had - about $165. 4) Fuel cap required replacement. This car is nothing special, but has been very reliable and economical. When I bought it I compared to Echo and Fit, but I was able to buy the Aveo for about $5000 less. I can easily get over 30 MPG in city driving by keeping my foot out of it. The car is certainly nothing fancy or luxurious, but that's not why it exists. The only convenience feature I miss is remote keyless entry, especially when it's raining. If I were to sell it now for average KBB price, this car would be without a doubt the most economical new car I've ever owned."

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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