When I initially purchased my Aveo in 2008, I was in love, however, my love has since turned into hatred for this car. Not even a week into having my car, I was forced to deal with the lovely howling noise, the car dies when it is very cold outside, it would get stuck in park & I would have to turn off my car just to get it to release, my gas mileage has decreased dramatically, I have had problems with the acceleration of the car (RPMS shooting up and not accelerating), and now my steering wheel shakes terribly. My car now only has about 52,000 miles on it.
Prior to the warranty expiring, I took my car into the dealership several times to have the howling looked at and I was always told that there was nothing wrong with it. The same with it getting stuck in park. After being beyond frustrated, I emailed Chevy & I was able to take my car in at another dealership, and they were kind enough to pay for the repairs. I was told the they didn't find any problems with the gas mileage (I log it when I get gas when this problem started happening, there is totally a problem there), in the summer they were unable to recreate the response to extreme cold, fixed the cause of my car staying stuck in park, and supposedly fixed the howling problem. Not to mention the fact that I was told my car would be done in a few days and it ended up taking a lot longer, and here I was car-less in the meantime.
Unfortunately, it is not fixed at all. My car howls just as bad as it did before. The acceleration is poor and as I mentioned above, the shaking of my steering wheel is ridiculous. I just had to change my brakes and when they were done, the rotors are bad and I got told that they there was really unusual wear on them.
I really feel like I have a death trap. I loved the car's looks, the room in the car, it was perfect for everything that I needed it for (a nice reliable little car for getting to school 4 days a week, a two hour drive round trip), but the problems are just never ending. If I sat down I could make a huge list of everything...but overall I am quite disappointed that the howling persists, even after it was "fixed". I was looking at other cars (the Cruze really intrigued me), but I am so reluctant now to even get anywhere close to the lower-cost Chevy cars.
I have taken great care of the car, maintenance always on time, but it