New 2009 Aveo sedan 5 speed, replaces 1993 Honda Civic LX. Ref Fit, Yaris, Corolla,
Hi, New here other than an entry or two a couple years ago with the 1993 Honda Civic LX when I was considering possibly replacing the tranny. As it turns out did not replace the tranny but I did replace a lot of other parts and ended up with a high MPG commuter. Had it not been that the Civic is rotting in the rear quarters/rear door areas I likely would never have considered buying the new Aveo. The Civic was running awesome when sold. I had just replaced CV joints, again, the alternator and put new tires on it. It was running awesome.
After giving it some serious thought and at the very end of 2009 I couldn't pass up this deal so I bought a new Aveo when the rebates were too good to be true. With NO TRADE paid $4209 for a brand new Chevy Aveo LS sedan 5 speed. The sticker was $12675. After all the available rebates plus my old program GM Credit card rebate I paid $4209 - no trade - for a new 2009 car stickered at $12675. The car is bumper-to-bumper warranteed for 3/36k. The powertrain is covered 5/100k, Rust is covered 6/100k. Roadside assistance covered 5/100k. On top of that the TIMING BELT has a 100,000 change interval. Yes, 100k interval - and the powertrain is covered for 100k to back it up. A 100k timing belt interval. It also has OnStar built in and covered for 1 year. Also - it even has it's own phone number and for $5 a month it has 30 minutes - which is useful here occasionally when I'm in a bad cell location. The OnStar phone/system seems to always have a signal.
With the Civic I had been averaging 40.6 MPG over the last two years and 33k miles. So far with 1.4k miles on the Aveo I am averaging 35 MPG and this is winter in New England. 35 MPG in January/February in New England. Not bad. I knew - from reading here, ecomodders, edmunds, etc that the Aveo is certainly no mileage champ but if I can average mid-thirties that should be OK.
The Aveo is very comfortable. It has great brakes and handles very well. The drivers seat is height adjustable and even has adjustable lumbar support however it is so firm already I don't even have it dialed in. The radio has the iPod input thingy. It could use a 6th speed as I knew. Maybe someday when it needs tires I'll go with a larger circumfrence (sp?) tire. So far so good. I'm happy with my decision.