New Aveo owner with some concerns
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After its first month, I have a few things that aren't sitting quite right with me.
I've gotten about 1400 miles on it thus far... drove it nice and gentle in the first 5-600 to break it in and everything, I work about 10 miles away, and usually go on the highway, so after a bit more, I eased it onto the highway and have been doing my normal routine since then. Took a day trip to Narragansett at one point, too, to see how well it held up on a long-ish trip.
-Love the handling, very responsive... I always know where it is on the road.
-I like the interior, basic but functional. Not worried about passenger room, either, as I like driving alone.
-Underpowered, but I knew this going into the ordeal; certainly wasn't expecting to be thrown back in the seat by any means :P Just a little difficult sometimes since I live in the northwest corner of Connecticut, ie: nothing but hills EVERYwhere...momentum is key.
So yeah, for the most part, everything is cool :) took a couple pics when I first got it, too:
So far, the most common response I've gotten from friends and passers-by has been "Weird." Most people don't like that it DOESN'T LOOK LIKE EVERY OTHER LAME SEDAN OR STUPID SUV ON THE ROAD, and the orange especially turns them off... those are two of the reasons I
love the damn thing! :P
Since the car arrived, though, I've been monitoring my gas. I've spent more than half of my monthly load payment on gas in a single month. I haven't broken 26 miles per gallon, not even on the trip to narragansett (which was nothing but highway driving). I'm not quite sure what is causing this... I've been told it might have to be broken-in more, but I hear reports of other cars getting their
estimated mileage right off the line. I do not drive like every other person my age, I'm gentle and conservative with my driving, and I know how to drive efficiently, but I just don't know where all that gas goes! I've tried all three octane ratings, and it doesn't make a difference between them. I'm very worried that I will end up spending a fortune on gas for a car that is supposed to be an economy car... 26mpg may seem like the second coming of christ to most people accustomed to American cars, but it's horrible for me... I'm lucky if I can get 240 miles out of my Aveo's 12 gallon tank, where I can easilly and consistently pass 250 miles in my 10 year old Civic's 8
gallon tank. I've scheduled my first oil change tomorrow, and will have the dealership check out a few things to see if they can get any kind of answer.
The other strange thing is the alignment seems to be off a bit. To maintain a straight line, I have to keep the wheel turned to the right a bit, and if I straighten the wheel, I pull to the left. I, first, found it odd that a brand new car should come off the truck with poor alignment... but then it made me think, if the alignment is off, then that could attribute to the horrible gas mileage as well. I don't know to what degree, but surely to some.
I saw a woman in the parking lot at Stop & Shop earlier today, walknig back to her Daewoo Nubria wagon. I approached her and (trying ot keep it short) basically found out that she gets about 26mpg in her full-size station wagon, doing nothing but around-town driving; and gets over 32 EASY on the highway. This is with a larger car, to boot.
I've also heard claims of people online getting OVER the estimated mileage.
I'm sorry to make such a lengthy post (first one to the community jorunal even), but I figured I'd see if anyone has any insight to offer... Hopefully more people will buy into the little car and stumble upon this... I really want this car t o work out for me. If I still have problems like this after the first couple oil changes, and after it gets warmer- I'm just going to stick it in the garage and go back to the Civic until the poor thing finally dies. I'll pay off more of my loan for the Aveo, then sell it or trade it in and get something else (Honda or Toyota).
I'd love to hear any feedback, if anyone had the patience to sit and read through all of that :P