2008 Chevrolet Aveo Expert Review
The comfortable but somewhat flawed Subcompact from Chevrolet
I purchased My 2008 Chevrolet Aveo with the 4 speed automatic as a used car in 2017 And it has been very reliable car for me. It has always started right up and has reliably ferried me to and from work for over a year now. I'm 6 feet tall and 320 lbs. the Aveo is easy for me to get in and out of (I like that very much) and the sitting position and head room is very comfortable as well. however it has room to improve in several areas, the first is the engine power / power delivery (or drive-ability) horsepower needs to be improved without question, but I feel the real weak link is the transmission, it seems like it was done on the cheap it's poorly mounted to the car and the frame and it's common to see comments on Aveo fan sites about transmission failures and transmission mount failures, also the interior fit and finish has a lot to be desired, this also seems to be where Chevy fell short of a really quality product, everything except the head liner seems "thin" and "flimsy" tons of low grade plastics and fabrics. the dashboard ergonomics are not great but acceptable, and the digital LCD odometer and trip A & B displays fade in and out often. hope this helps.
The Aveo is Chevy's smallest and least cost efficient vehicle.
My 2008 Chevy Aveo is the first vehicle I have owned, I had purchased another vehicle for a year, but ended up going back to the Aveo after that. The Aveo is a very reliable vehicle, and very cost efficient. I can put twenty dollars into the vehicle, filling it all the way up, and drive around on it for a week. One feature I do not like about my Chevrolet is that it does not have cruise control, due to the fact I drive sixty miles to and from work, but that is just a downfall to owning an older model vehicle. I have had two issues with my Aveo. The speakers blew on me shortly after purchasing the vehicle, which needed to be completely replaced, and the a/c was went out recently. The Aveo is overall a great car, good amount of trunk space, and also very safe and reliable.
It is fairly cheap out the door but it will get you on the back end.
The first few years were great. It got decent gas mileage and was fairly low maintenance. After that, we started to have problems that might not have happened with a more solidly built car. Nothing major broke down but we started having small problems quite frequently. Our gas mileage dropped and we had to put in more and more money to keep it running. We will most likely get rid of it the next time it needs and work done that isn't minor.