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Okay I need a fuel saver car for construction I feel bad using the Hummer as my veichle for work I usually get very dirty do I think a nice little car like the Aveo would help me and besides I belive it has 0% APR so it sound like a good deal
 

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I just traded in my '06 Aveo for my new Impala. I put 46,000 miles on it in the time that I owned it. I had only one issue with the car when I bought it, and it was minor - a defective rear window washer. After that warranty trip, the car was mechanically flawless. Unfortunately in my case, the car seemed to have a target on it, and I had it in repeatedly for minor body work. Once to repair scuff damage from a reckless driver passing me on the shoulder entering a construction zone, another to replace the front bumper skin, grille, and paint damage from a rock the size of a cantaloupe falling off of a rock truck, a third time to have dashboard scratches repaired from my neighbour's backpack, and a fourth time for paint work on the driver's rear corner when I ran over a nail that had something attached to it.

Keeping to a max speed of 55 mph, netted several 40 and higher mpg figures on solid highway only trips. My overall average was 35.3 mpg for the entire time I owned the car. Drive faster, and mileage will drop significantly.

Finally, the one notable issue that needs to be known about, is that the E-Tech engine in this car has weak timing belts. They had a history of premature failure when they were used in the Daewoo Lanos. I've heard of a few failures in the Aveo, but not as numerous as the earlier cars. The accepted workaround was to replace the belt at 50K miles instead of the scheduled 60k miles.
 

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thanks for the info and by the way i do know how to drive stick
 

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Would you be getting the sedan or the 5 door? We were planning on getting an Aveo until we actually looked at one. Just didn't seem big enough for us.
But that's just us. If it were up to me, I'd just get the Cobalt XFE with the 5 speed manual.
 

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I sat in the new Aveo at the car show and was impressed with the room. It had plenty of headroom (something so-called designers nowadays think is unimportant) and I thought the driving position was ideal. I didn't drive one so I can't say anything there.
 

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Frankly there is no reason not to go with a Cobalt XFE model. Better mileage and a much better car for practically no extra money.
 

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The Cobalt is actually less roomy.

The Aveo is a generally pleasant car, but it has some questionable safety scores and its gas mileage isn't outstanding for such a small car. For similar gas mileage and space at a similar price, with a bit more power and refinement and with higher safety scores, you might want to consider the Nissan Versa. For similar safety scores and pricing, a smaller rear seat but higher gas mileage, consider the Hyundai Accent.

And as a money-saver, used makes more sense than new.
 

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Also I get discount from circuit city when I buy gm cars
 

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The Cobalt is actually less roomy.

The Aveo is a generally pleasant car, but it has some questionable safety scores and its gas mileage isn't outstanding for such a small car. For similar gas mileage and space at a similar price, with a bit more power and refinement and with higher safety scores, you might want to consider the Nissan Versa. For similar safety scores and pricing, a smaller rear seat but higher gas mileage, consider the Hyundai Accent.

And as a money-saver, used makes more sense than new.
I thought by your own tests the Accent was not recommended?
 

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My Mom has a 2007 and she has had good luck with it. Only thing we had to have done is to get it aligned. It pulled slightly to the left. But othet than that it has performed very well in its 7000 miles with us. It is more comfortable for us than the Cobalt is. Rides well,handles well, fuel economy has kept right with the ratings or slightly above. It accelerate well from 0-40. After that you feel like you have to push hard to get it to 70. But once there it holds speed well. It doesnt have a really good right armrest though. Overall a very good car for the price but it is clear to me that it was designed to be more of a city car rather than a long distance cruiser. For us thats ok, I have 3 other long distance cruisers.
 

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For similar safety scores and pricing, a smaller rear seat but higher gas mileage, consider the Hyundai Accent.
The Cobalt XFE gets 25/36 mpg (30.5 average).
The Accent gets 27/32 mpg (29.5 average).

Oh, and the Cobalt is made in Ohio by an American company.
 

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get the cobalt. i have the 2007 g5 gt 2.4l5speed and i get 28mpg all city driveing. and it had alot more power then a aveo and 2.2l cobalt.
 

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The Cobalt XFE gets 25/36 mpg (30.5 average).
The Accent gets 27/32 mpg (29.5 average).

Oh, and the Cobalt is made in Ohio by an American company.
That one is a no brainer. The Cobalt and the Accent rate about the same in quality surveys as well.
 

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Well, no, they don't.

There's also a significant price difference between them.
The Accent rate's better then average?

Also the price difference is made up for by the fact that the Cobalt is safer and in general is more car then the Accent is.
 

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In MRSP or in final actual selling price?
Either.

The Accent rate's better then average?

Also the price difference is made up for by the fact that the Cobalt is safer and in general is more car then the Accent is.
I mentioned the Accent only as a car that is comparably priced, comparably safe, yet more fuel-efficient than the Aveo. But if you step up to a higher price bracket, and there are better cars than the Cobalt.

But CR puts the Accent's reliability as dead-on average, while the Cobalt's is below average.
 
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