I just found this post. I know it is a very late reply. BUT...the only people to say anything 'bad' about my 2006 Aveo HB is my family!
I USE to get a NEW car/truck every 2-4 years. All my life. And because of doing that. I went bankrupt 10.3 years ago! Just coming out of it now. "Young dumb and full of...crap"! When I went bankrupt the Aveo was financed, so I could keep it. As you all know, I only drive it like 3K miles a year. So..it now has 43K miles on it. Thats it. Still looks new, no rust, no dents, 2 door dings, and a few light scrapes on the bumper from idiots! But I HAD to keep it, couldn't get finance for a long time. By that time I was so use to the car, and NO car payments, the insurance has FINALLY dropped to under $100 a month,...on a car that is trade in value of $200!
So...all the pluses, and cant buy a used car now, thy are ALL stuffed with automatic everything and SO many more computers, controlling all the new toys. The Aveo is MUCH simpler, all manual things, windows/door locks, a real key, no FOB! Just an automatic tranny, and A/C. So my nephew....26yo....always says to me it is an 'ugly car, get something new'.
So I tell him, and HIS 1998 Toyota Tacoma, that is SOOO old and rusted and ugly, but it has Lexus wheels!! AND he just got it, with like 200K miles on it! I say, 'go buy me something, pay for it for me, and insurance, and I'll take it'. 'You just bought that POS, and I have a car 8 years newer, looks showroom new, has 20% of the miles as your NEW truck, and I know its repair history. And you call it ugly?....to bad. I'm still broke, can't even fix the one problem it currently has in it,...so,..I should go buy another used car with 200K miles, stinking of cigarettes, rusted out, don't know its history??? No thanks!'
He acts like his Toyota is like a 2018, because of the Lexus wheels! Whoopie!!! My steel wheels are just as round, and have 4 new tires on them So others say nothing ,but my nephew...26yo.... is always making some kind of left handed 'complaint' about it. I would RATHER have had my 2002 Ford ranger Edge when I went broke, but when gas went to $4 a gallon, I had to get the Aveo. It gets the exact same MPG, as the Ranger did, 19MPG in the city!! Had I known that, I would have kept the Ranger with a 3.0L V-6, and manual tranny. But....it's long gone But strangers, never say a bad word about it, once in a while some people ask the age, and they cant believe it is THAT old! 'It looks NEW'. So..I get that compliment,once a year or so
Got to agree, the car feels much bigger and quite Zippy while sitting in it, but always looks so small and helpless when I see another, especially a stock one.
Most comments to me about mine, aren't really putting down the Aveo. They're because most people that know me, know me through my lifted Jeeps and large family SUT. Then they see my Large frame climb out of this tiny car. But they also understand the cost of fuel and maintenance on those Jeeps and larger SUTs. So I don't get negative comments, just more surprise.
I actually bought the car as a starter car for my wife, but she's become kind of attached to it, so I expect I'll be keeping it longer than planned. Time to start researching LSJ swaps.
My wife n I owned (5) cars. The Element was sold last fall, the 2008 Ram n 2003 MR2 are on the "for sale" list for 2019....and the AVEO...it stays on board, always garaged, well maintained. It does urban runabout duties.. saves wear n tear on the Sonic and her Cayenne 6 spd m.t.. It's a no- brainer that it is worth more to keep in service than to sell!!
Last edited by kcROB; 01-20-2019 at 08:39 PM.