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Old 07-04-2011, 01:09 AM
 
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2006 Chevy Aveo Hatchback
Our family has had our Chevy Aveo since April of 2006. While it is approaching 100,000 miles, it has been a great little car for us. Originally purchased because of my husband's job (he traveled a lot), the car has seen many trips to other states and never had a problem traveling. Our purchase price in 2006 was $14,440 dollars, and our vehicle had no frills. We did not have power doors or windows or even a CD player, just a standard radio. The 2006 Aveo has a 4 -cyl engine that is extremely good on mileage. On road trips we have averaged 40 miles to the gallon of gasoline. In town, we get around 30 miles per gallon.
While this vehicle has had no major problems, there have been little issues some early on in our ownership. The car at one time would not shift out of park unless you activated the shift lock release button. Doing this over and over again got to be pretty tiresome. Having that fixed was several hundred dollars. In addition, a rock hit the windshield and two cracks appeared almost instantly within the first couple of months of ownership. In addition, the chirping sound that the vehicle would make when locked with the key control stopped after about three years, so the theft device is not working.
However, one would expect some problems along the way with a smaller car that really doesn't last as long as larger cars do. As stated before, the biggest draw for the Aveo is the excellent gas mileage. The ride, while certainly not a luxury one, is decent enough. One can travel hundreds of miles without a lot of bumping around. The Aveo only holds a few small bags in the hatchback, however, the rear seat folds down allowing the driver to pack many suitcases in the car, if there are only two people taking the trip.
The power in the 2006 Aveo is not really good. If you are going up hills or trying to pass someone, make sure you have enough time, because it does not have the pickup of a larger engine. Since this car is so small, the crash test ratings are somewhat below average. There is not enough car in front of you if you experience a head on crash.
The Aveo is cheaper to repair and to maintain than some other larger vehicles. Tires are less expensive and owners can really save their money if all they require is a smaller car to get to work and back. This would be a great choice for them.
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