Chevrolet’s Aveo has the makings of comic gold. It’s the cheapest car sold in America. It’s from GM, ever the stooge to straight men Honda and Toyota. And get this: despite being the first vehicle to feature in Chevy’s ubiquitous “An American Revolution” campaign, the Aveo is built in… wait for it… Bupyong, South Korea. Ba-dum ching!From where else would the Aveo hail? Daewoo is responsible for its design, manufacture, and export (under such varied monikers as the Suzuki Swift+ and Holden Barina). Chevy’s sole Aveo contribution: the bow-tie badge. But let’s give The General some credit. While Ford and DCX have ignored the fast-growing subcompact segment, ol’ Number Two has been building Aveos since 2004. Well, sort of.For 2007, Daew—er, Chevy has updated its punch line on wheels. That’s the good news. The bad news: this mid-cycle love applies only to the Aveo sedan; the Aveo5 hatchback stands pat until 2008. … [Read more...] about Chevrolet Aveo Review
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From the 1970s to the 1990s, Honda earned a reputation as the most technically innovative and ecologically sensitive Japanese automaker. Honda introduced the first hybrid to the American market. Unfortunately, its rep for green tech leadership took a big hit when the original Insight, an EV1ish tear-drop-shaped two-seater, was totally eclipsed by Toyota’s Prius. Hybrid versions of the Civic and Accord did little to stem Toyota’s PR gains. For 2010, Honda has introduced an all-new Insight hybrid. Does this car have a shot at ending Toyota’s dominance of the green car mindscape?The success of the Toyota Prius, and relative failure of all other hybrids, suggested that people didn’t want a hybrid that looked like any other car. Honda appears to have learned this lesson—sort of. Although based on the Honda Fit, the new Insight looks like no other Honda. What it does strongly resemble: the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, only with even more ungainly proportions.Inside … [Read more...] about Review: 2010 Honda Insight Take Two
Rishi writes: I am a long, long time lurker but not a poster on TTAC (yet). I have a question regarding a 2004 Honda Accord EX four-cylinder. When I am driving, the headlights flash at different intensities depending on what gear it is in (its an automatic). When I accelerate, and it drops some gears, the headlights flash a bit brighter, but then become dimmer as the car settles into fourth. Could this be a sign of water damage or a major electrical issue? Thanks so much for your time.Sajeev answers:Well, Rishi, your alternator is not especially happy at lower engine revs. From what you said, running full throttle when you need functional headlights is the way to go.Just kidding. Charging problems come from several sources, in no particular order: corroded grounds or battery cables/terminals, a weak battery or a dying alternator. There are several voltage tools you can plug into your cigarette lighter to get real time reading of when (and to what … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Dimwitted Honda Accord or Dying Alternator?
TTAC Commentator Astigmatism writes:Dear TTAC: After six months of commuting by bus from New Jersey to Manhattan, I’ve decided to treat myself by buying myself a car (my wife commutes with our 10-year-old RX300), getting a monthly parking space through my company and driving into work every day. Please don’t try to talk me out of this decision: the buses are routinely late, stop at every corner between my house and the highway, take me to the wrong part of town, and generally take at least twice as long all-in as driving in the few, blessed days when I’ve driven to the office.Criteria: mid-sized (smaller than the RX, larger than, say, a Jetta), comfortable and quiet on frequent highway runs to see family in New Hampshire, either front- or all-wheel-drive (New Hampshire again), and of course decent mileage. No manual transmission given the commute, and I won’t be carving up back roads, but after slogging around in the RX I would love something less floaty and … [Read more...] about New or Used: No More SAAB Stories On The Bus
Ronald writes:Sajeev,I’ve been lurking TTAC for a few years now and I really enjoy visiting the site every day. I think I’ve learned quite a bit about how to get the most out of my cars. Here’s my most recent car issue: I recently inherited a 2004 Honda Accord EX-V6 with an automatic transmission. It was purchased new and only has about 44K miles on it. The problem is this – it hasn’t moved in 4 years. It was in good condition before and was being driven daily. However, when the owner passed away, it was transferred to someone who doesn’t drive and that person left it sitting in a garage for 4 years until I got it.Traditionally, I have not been very hands-on in my car care, but am starting to take baby steps into fixing things myself. My current ride is a 2004 Acura TSX 6-speed manual that I bought new and currently has about 150K miles on it. Aside from a few cosmetic issues, the car runs perfectly and has been reliable so far. I also love driving … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: An Accord Awakening?
Scott writes:I am a regular TTAC reader and have a question that I hope you can shed some light on. Currently my wife and I own a 2004 Accord with about 100,000 miles and in good shape and a 1993 Grand Marquis with about 90,000 miles which is also in good shape for its age – according to my mechanic we can get at least two more years with basic maintenance. I commute to work in the G. Marquis every day about 50 miles round trip and my wife put 15-20,000 miles per year on the Accord for her job (her Gas is reimbursed at 50 cents / mile).My wife wants a new car (SUV-we’re thinking FLEX) and I would get the Accord thinking we move up in fleet reliability with more room to tote around a toddler, a large dog, and related items. The Accord has trade in value ($8,500 – $9,500 according to KBB) and the G. Marquis does not ($875-$1,100 according to KBB).I think it makes more sense to keep the Grand Marquis as long as we can and trade in the Honda considering its value. My wife … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Relationship Advice, Accord vs. Panther Love?
Those were the days, B&B; the days when cash flowed like rain upon me every morning and I had not a single responsibility in this world and if I thought it would be fun to have an extra Phaeton, I just got one. Alas, 2014 is a year of unvarnished reality on the hoof, coming my way. I’ll have medical expenses from my accident that would probably be sufficient to buy a new Siebener. Thrift and responsibility are the watchwords here, dear readers. So let’s set the “Expectations” knob on our car-choosing app to “Minimal”, and let’s de-select all those tempting silhouettes of 1988 BMW M6es and whatnot, and let’s begin.Meet Your BuyersIt’s really just the two of us for right now. This might change, but we’re not expecting any new friends to hang out with us who have more than one daughter (or son), and many of the candidates for that position have none. So there’s no Brady Bunch in our future. Four seats would do … [Read more...] about Alright, TTAC, Help Me Pick My Next Car
Dodge Stratus R/T vs. Honda Accord EX, Hyundai Sonata GLS V-6, Kia Optima LX, Mazda 6 i, Nissan Altima 3.5SE, Saturn L200, Subaru Legacy L, Toyota Camry SE, Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T ____________________________________________________________________________________ 2003 Audi A4 3.0 Cabriolet ____________________________________________________________________________________ 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.0 GLS Convertible 2003 Infiniti FX45 2003 Honda Element EX 2003 Nissan Murano SL AWD ____________________________________________________________________________________ BMW Alpina Roadster V-8 Dodge Magnum SRT-8 2003 Volvo S60R/V70R 2004 Lexus RX330 ____________________________________________________________________________________ Foreign Writers … [Read more...] about February 2003
One auction. One auctioneer. 121 vehicles. 86 buyers.When you have 85 sets of eyes competing against your automotive tastes and your wallet, the chances of finding a good deal at an auction goes into a deep decline.Such was the way of last Monday. But there were some surprises.For starters, the inop vehicles were fairly marketable. Just in highly different ways. The first one that was sold at the side of the building was a 2003 Lincoln Town Car with a bad transmission and a fairly worn interior. A few scuffs and dents. 122k. I had a close friend of mine all over it. So I held off and watched it go to $2600 before selling. The price was still too rich for my blood given about $1500 in additional repair and recon costs. Old V8 cars also tend to sit a bit longer on lots these days unless they sell for a cheap price or a low down payment.Full sized new cars now have the longest average days in inventory at 90 days. Used full sized cars also reflect that like of buyer interest. So … [Read more...] about Auction Day: Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Buy Buicks Edition
“Well, I bought that car last night.” Craig has this unnerving habit of simply appearing at my cubicle while I’m trying to do something productive, like texting people or reading random articles from the Last Psychiatrist archive on my phone. He’s a soft-spoken fellow, entering late middle age the same way that I am but not showing nearly as much evidence of blunt trauma, well-compensated in his engineering job but modest in appearance and disinclined to spend money.Regarding my life and temperament, I like to follow the example of Robert Bly in quoting Cesar Vallejo: “Well, / On the day that I was born / God was sick / gravely.” I suspect that on the day that Craig was born, by contrast, God was in perfect health and settling down with the newest issue of Consumer Reports. About a month ago, Craig started seriously thinking about replacing his 150,000-mile Honda CR-V. It’s been a faithful companion for a freeway commute that takes about … [Read more...] about No Fixed Abode: Give The Customer What He (Doesn’t Know He) Wants