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      Planning a 3400-mile road trip at the end of April ...

      So, my 2011 Aveo has about 65000 miles on it. I purchased it new in 2011.

      I currently only drive it 3 times a week to my part-time job (total 5 miles round trip) these days since I retired a few years ago. Also the store once a week.

      So, this road trip (from KC to Boston and back) will put on quite a few miles!! Two days after I purchased the car, I drove it from KC to Sacramento and back. I've driven to Oklahoma City and Springfield Missouri (once each) but other than that, it's just city driving, to/from work or the store or doctor, etc.

      It's a 4-cylinder and I don't run the AC in the summer because it really bogs down the engine. No biggie, really, since I don't drive that much! However, going up some hills sometimes it seems like the car really struggles. No engine lights have come on so my mechanic (at a Goodyear franchise) doesn't know what to look for (or so he says). Last summer they changed the spark plugs but that really didn't do a whole lot.

      I plan to get an oil change prior to this road trip (at the end of April) and really want him to go over my car with a fine-tooth comb. What should/could I ask him to look for?

      Could the gasoline I use cause an issue? (i.e., with or without ethanol, regular versus premium, etc.).

      I do have AAA so that's a comfort.

      Thanks in advance for any comments, suggestions, etc.!!



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      I would suggest getting the timing belt replaced before the trip. At 65,000 you are getting close to the replacement interval.

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      Quote Originally Posted by guitardoc64 View Post
      I would suggest getting the timing belt replaced before the trip. At 65,000 you are getting close to the replacement interval.
      The 09+ model years have a 100,000 mile replacement interval and are not known for breaking early. I wouldn't expect there to be a problem with the belt

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      Quote Originally Posted by EAD15 View Post
      The 09+ model years have a 100,000 mile replacement interval and are not known for breaking early. I wouldn't expect there to be a problem with the belt
      I'm just being cautious, because a belt failure is a catastrophe.





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