Hi, my name is Mark Nelson, I live in Vermont and make videos for a hobby.
I decided that my eZip (electric bike) wasn't sufficient, and needed something that was usefull for longer distances and more varied weather, so I purchased a 2008 Aveo with 79,000 miles at auction for $1300 (plus $71 auction fees)
It's a red hatchback with a manual transmission, and the base model with all the great weight saving features like no AC, crank windows, and manual door locks. Pics are coming soon!
I'd like your recommendations for what I should repair, replace or fix on it, and what to look for to make sure it's in top shape and I won't get any nasty surprises down the road. So far I plan on changing the timing-belt/pulleys/water-pump, as well as the valve cover gasket (it's leaking) and I'd also like to switch out the radio for an after market one with bluetooth and the steel rims for some nicer alloys.
I ran a carfax, and it seems to have been well maintained, and the oil+filter, brake pads+front rotors, alternator, battery, wheel bearings/hubs, tires, have all been replaced since 74,000 miles/in the last two years, as well as an exhaust repair.
I think that's pretty much everything, but if there's anything else I should do I'd love to hear it.
I think this is gonna be a fun ride, and I look forward to finding lots of info on the site, as well as maybe posting some of my own!