marketwatcher, I love rescue stories, especially when they are about my favorite "underdog" n underrated car; the AVEO! I've seen so many decent Aveos crushed for a defect that could have been fixed or one that could have been avoided with proactive maintenance. Keep up the good work and best of luck with your ownership. After 12 years out of production, it might be a good time to squirrel away some spare Aveo parts. My experience is that salvage yards don't keep them long b/c of low demand for parts. Our best source is from a local owner who is selling parts before junking his Aveo. Good luck!
NutsNBolts, a very wise purchase! I have the exact same 2011 LT with the (5) spd. Urban grey, pw, pb, six speakers, very nice interior with a D.O.M. of late Dec, 2010. VIN Kl1Td5DEOBB189462. Love the car! My advise, if possible squirrel away spare parts like headlamps, tail lamps, high wear interior parts, even sheet metal, if room permits. What color n model( LS/LT) is your 2011? Best of luck with your ownership!
2006 Chevy aveo hatch with 170,000 miles for 1,000$... I've replaced the rotors and brakes, valve cover gasket, plugs and wires(oil was leaking into plug wells), tie rod ends. Air intake duct(ripped in half), all vaccum hoses because I always do with high mileage used vehicles, transmission cooler hoses both were leaking, new radiator/ and lower hose, PCV valve because I broke mine screwing in back in, about to replace timing belt/pulleys/and water pump. I haven't had it long but when I got it these probelms were already there it wasnt neglected just the normal maintenance wasnt cared about good running car no doubt... but now I have a rpm fluctuation when going down hill while cruising and a slight jerking when going up hill (feels like a misfire or back fire kinda) but there is no check engine light at all I cant figure out what it is
I have the exact same problem with my 74K miles 2011 as you described....a misfire, hesitation, jerking randomly occurring when the engine is NOT under load ..high vacuum..and with NO cel. I just purchased a set of NGK Iridium plugs # ZFR6FIX-11, stk # 6441. If that doesn't work, I'm S.O.L. Let me know if you find a solution and thank you in advance.
Just bought an 09' Aveo 5 speed with 80,000 miles. needs rockers.....1,200 bucks. Drove it home 2 hrs after purchase.....ran perfectly.
Your handle sounds like you are a dedicated n motivated Aveo owner. An '09 with 80K is a rare find for what you paid. Rocker panels shouldn't be a big problem, but getting the finish coat to match might be.
recently (this week) bought a 2009 aveo LT with 80k miles for $400! amazing steal. only issues are rusted and broken exhaust flanges and a common clutch sensor electrical problem that stops the car from starting. looking for a good replacement exhaust, if anyone has a link or idea let me know!