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Old 01-24-2007, 08:22 AM   #1
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2006 Chevy Aveo Sedan

Then without further adieu, behold the Aveo!



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2006 Chevy Aveo Sedan
Trim Level: "LS"
EPA Vehicle Class: Sub-compact Sedan
Engine: DOHC 1.6L, Inline 4-Cylinder rated at 103 Horsepower / 107 lb-ft torque
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic with Torque Lock-up Conv. and Gear Hold Button
EPA Mileage Estimates (City/Highway/Combined Cycle): 24/34/28
Test Loop by miles: 75% Highway, 25% City
Max Cruise Speed = 65 mph
Weather Conditions over 1-day: Mild. Temp range: 60-75F
Driving Style: Average
Location Test: Urban Little Rock

MPG = Approximate mileage 18.6.

Conclusion: You're reading this correctly. I took delivery of the vehicle with the tank reading above "F", and in about 50 miles of driving, the tank gauge dropped like a rock. Being in the "Pre-ScanGauge" days, the mileage was approximated using the fill-up method.

Another driving test will have to take place for an accurate reading. But I do know this...

Editor's Notes: This Chevy is actually a Daewoo. What??? Yes, the people who bring us the "American Revolution" has a Korean-built and designed vehicle in its lineup. But that's not entirely bad.

The Aveo is the least-expensive, mass-produced vehicle you can buy brand-new in the U.S. This is basically what replaced the Chevy Metro in the lineup. Going into this, I pictured the days of the Yugo, Chevette, and Escort -- inexpensive, basic transportation. Truthfully, I was shocked! The base-model sedan with the automatic is honestly a comfortable, very driveable, higher-quality vehicle. I'm not saying it's the "Cadillac" of cheap cars, but cheap transpo apparently doesn't have to feel like 4-wheels and a seat any longer. It did come with minimal features: crank windows, manual locks, and a 2-speaker "stereo". So there are some subtractions.

But what's wrong with crank windows? Have we gotten so lazy that we need to effortlessly push a button to move the window or lock all the doors? The cranks were nostalgic, and frankly not a big deal. Since it was just me, I locked the other 3 doors, left them alone, and used the trunk and driver's door. There's a lot of weight savings there. It did have A/C, which is a rental-car requirement. The radio played NPR News just fine, and most people upgrade their audio systems anyway.

2006 Chevy Aveo Sedan



But it drove like crap, right? I'm glad I waited to write this in comparison to the base-model Hyundai Accent. The answer was, "No". The car drove like a normal car. The biggest feature was the Aveo's handling. Granted, it was softened for America, but quick-handling maneuvers were just that: quick, and precise. The car actually pulled so many g's in a corner, that a significant quanitity of coffee was able to spill out of the 3mm hole in the cup's top and right onto my pants (bear in mind the cup holder securely held the cup). Luckily I had coffee-colored pants on that day, but the fact that this car's weight is very low, is simple smile-inflicting Physics -- something the Hyundai lacked for some reason.

I'm not starting the paragraph with a question as it would be the third in a row. The 1.6L got the car up to highway speeds with enough time, but the suspension was sloppy and soft on the straights (but tightened up in corners). City power was deemed adequate as well. The automatic has a "gear-hold" feature to, well, hold whatever gear you're in. A nice touch the Koreans like to throw-in to make you feel like you have some control over the slushbox. The seats were actually supportive and comfortable -- the dash was spartan, but not inexcusably cheap. Ergonomics were OK, and a tach was standard. All of this sounds like a great deal: Chevy incentives and rebates, Asian build-quality, and "European" design! The catch from this drive was the astoundingly horrible fuel economy. I expected high 20's, at least! Time-wise, 50% was highway driving, and the other 135% must have been in the city (???) Average speed was around 35mph.

As with all rentals, at least one red-line run-up is performed to get a feel for high-RPM operation, shifting, and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness). The fuel estimate would imply that I had this car bumping off of the rev-limiter all over town. But I can honestly say that I drove it like every other rental I test -- like the average American would. In each location, I accelerate with the same speed as the surrounding traffic and I tend to stay away from the NHRA drag race semi-final qualifiers. But 18-19 mpg? Something is wrong somewhere. It's either the Driver, Vehicle, Conditions, or Calculations. For the sake of this car, I hope it's the calculations, because it was an average, beautiful day in Arkansas, I explained that I didn't treat the vehicle differently than in any other rental testing procedure, so the only other variable is the starting fuel quantity.

It is possible that the tank was lower than "Full" upon delivery and the gauge is inaccurate. The last renter could've brought it back with a gallon-shy and nobody would know the difference. It took over 3 gallons to fill-up, and I only had it for one day! Honestly, more FE testing needs to be done; otherwise, it was a decent commuter. If I were to compare it with a used Civic or Corolla, it doesn't come close to the quality and economy, but if you want a new car with a decent warranty for a small amount of money this one seems to qualify.

Thanks to all who continue to support the thread! I have about 10 more cars in the queue to enter, and more every week: some of which include the Chrysler 300, Chevy Impala, and Nissan Sentra. See you next time at the airport...

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Old 02-07-2007, 07:11 AM   #2
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Don't think you can get an accurate read on the FE with only a ~3 gal fill-up, especially if you didn't make sure it was full at the start. Even a few tenths of a gallon can alter the FE result significantly at that level.

Would be interested in seeing a re-test over an entire tank or using scangauge.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:18 AM   #3
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Don't think you can get an accurate read on the FE with only a ~3 gal fill-up, especially if you didn't make sure it was full at the start. Even a few tenths of a gallon can alter the FE result significantly at that level.

Would be interested in seeing a re-test over an entire tank or using scangauge.
That could be close the epa site here
has 5 users one of which only gets 22 mpg with 100% city driving. With mixed it up close to 30 mpg. Long Live the DAEWOO
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:08 PM   #4
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Aveo in LR

I've only had the chance to drive the Aveo in urban Little Rock, Arkansas -- which is a terrible place to do a decent test: not enough miles traveled (with short trips) and lots of stop-and-go driving.

I haven't had the chance to drive one since to get a solid FE number. Check out KickFlipJr's review for some better numbers on a long trip.

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Wow, the EPA estimate of a 2005 1.6L manual transmission Aveo is a lowly 27/35mpg. Compare that to the EPA estimate of the 2002 Saturn SC with a 1.9L and manual transmission: 28/40mpg . I think that's pretty messed up (granted average user mpg is higher with the Aveo).
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Just a quick note, I paid attention to my gas gauge after filling it up yesterday. I put on 70 highway miles to school and back, or roughly 2.5 gallons before the needle fell to the "F" line. When I got to school I could have easily passed the gauge off as reading full even though the tank was down a bit over a gallon...

Not trying to criticize. Thanks for the link to the other test. Another gear would be nice with those RPM's on the highway!

Peakster: there can definately be a huge discepancy between EPA and real world, both high and low! My daily drive has a lot more elevation change than most drivers see and I get a bit over the EPA highway numbers. Just what does the highway test involve? On drives in flatter terrain I will easily beat the EPA by 20%.
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I own an Chev Aveo and am in South Africa. Here it has an 8 valve 1500 cc engine with stick shift.

It is a nice car but underpowered and not light on fuel at all. Also the suspension creaks a lot.
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I know a person that bought a Aveo. He drives from Oklahoma to the Gulf and back every two weeks, maybe three weeks. He works off shore.

He is not impressed with the car at all. Hes going to trade it for a Yaris or Fit and try to get out from under it before its not worth a nickel.

He says it drinks gas. Granted he drives as fast as he can with it and not get tickets. Also runs the A/C alot. But in his words 27 mpg sucks. I dont think I could get that in my Civic going backwards at redline.

The build quality is awful,,, <<<< His words. The drivers seat is already breaking down. The cars has more squeaks and rattles than his 1980 Buick has when he sold it to buy the Aveo. Hes not happy with all the hard plastics in the car either.

He also paid close to MSRP for it. BIG mistake on his part IMO. Talk about getting hosed.

My next door neighbor also works off shore. I think he will be getting a used Yaris when his Tarus gives out.

Of note. The above complaints seem to be the main stay from folks around here that have purchased Aveo. Not knowing what there doing and going into panic mode. Everybody Ive talk to that owns one around here dislikes them. Most feel they paid to much and didnt get a good car for there money. The mistake was thinking. I like my Chevy truck or Impala so Aveo should be just as good. Then they start finding out what a bad move they made. And how bad they got took over brand loyalty.

Cobalt owners are having the same issues.

Once again. GM puts out bad cars and wonders why they arent the power house they use to be.

Death to GM

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I had hoped that the Cobalt would end up being a good little car. Sad to hear that it is not working out that way.
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Sad thing about Cobalt is where its sloted. Its bigger than a Civic, Smaller than a Accord and the like wise Yotas and it dosent even seem to get Accord like mpg.

My wife just turned in this morning a 38.5 mpg tank in her I4, 5AT Accord. She drive 90 miles a day easy. 15 miles of it Tulsa city driving. I would come unhinged doing her daily grind. Thats why we dont carpool anymore.

I think what would help Aveo is a taller 5th gear. I hear they wrap up at hwy speeds. As does my Civic. But with its engine mangment system it seems to handle high steady state rpm's pretty good compared to others.

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