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jijboi25
01-02-2005, 08:19 PM
Saw this article on autoweeks forums:<br> <A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/02/automobiles/02AUTO.html?ex=1089777600&en=07db4c817723fd6d&ei=5006&partner=ALTAVISTA1" TARGET="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07...ISTA1</A><br><A HREF="http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2004/07/02/travel/02auto.184.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://graphics7.nytimes.com/i...4.jpg</A><p>Dana White<br>New York Times<p>Four months ago, my husband Nick Massios and I brought home our new baby. <B>It's small, red and Korean. We call it "the bug" because it's so tiny, like a ladybug.</B> Nick and I have had a couple of used cars, real clunkers, but the Aveo is our first brand-new car. I don't have kids or pets, so buying my first new vehicle is the closest I've come to being a first-time parent.<p>Everything Nick and I do with the car is so exciting. We took it to the car wash for the first time, and even that was exciting. We play games with it, seeing who can maneuver it into the smallest parking space. And I'm overly protective of it. Nick is a musician, and I cringe every time he crams his amp into the back seat. When my friends get in the car, I tell them "no cigarette smoking." Once I went out of town and said to Nick: "Don't let any of your friends smoke in here." He said, "Argy, you're a little bit on a power trip. You've got to relax." But I can't. My car is my baby.<p>The Aveo is a brand-new model, so not only is it adorable, it's unusual. A week after we brought it home I was sitting in a parking spot on Queens Boulevard going through some mail. Three big guys started circling the car like sharks. I was getting nervous. As I started to drive away one of them tapped on the window and asked: "Is this a new car? We haven't seen it before."<p>Nick and I thought we could get by without a car. We live near a subway stop, so it was easy to get into Manhattan, where we work and hang out. Getting anywhere else was a problem. We used to share my sister's car, but the logistics became a nightmare. And if we needed to get to a family function  in a Greek family, there are a lot of them  we'd be like, how are we going to get to this wedding or baptism? We were fed up.<p>There is a Chevy dealership near our house. In January, Nick and I were walking by the used-car lot and decided to take a look. The cars were $9,000 and $10,000, so we figured, if we'd going to spend that much why not add on a couple of thousand and get a new one? I wanted to be supportive of United States industry, so buying a Chevrolet seemed like one way to buy American. We walked into the showroom, and I spotted a blue Aveo hatchback. It was so cute and tiny, so stylish, and it only cost $15,000. Then we looked at the sticker and saw that the car was manufactured in South Korea. Turns out the Aveo is a Daewoo in Chevy drag. But it was too late: I wanted it.<p><B> I'm an impulsive buyer; I can walk into a shoe store and walk out with three pairs of $300 shoes and not think twice about it.</B> But a car, that's a real financial commitment. For a few weeks we looked at our budget and researched our options on the Internet. But the size and cost of the Aveo were perfect for us. The blue one had been sold, but the salesman found a red one for us. It's so much nicer. I was like, "It's fate  we were meant to have a red one."<p>I'm familiar with Daewoos; they are all over Greece. My parents emigrated to the United States in the 1950's.<p>I'm enjoying my new independence. <B>I've been to Ikea five times in the last month and totally redecorated my bedroom.</B> And I've gone to the beach much more frequently than before we had the Aveo. My mom rode in it for the first time on Mother's Day, when we took her and my grandmother out for coffee. "I'm so happy you finally got a car," she told me. I didn't tell her it's my baby. She'd prefer the real thing.<p>Argy Koutsothanasis, 31, fashion stylist, Forest Hills, Queens <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by bluedevil1550 at 7:11 PM 1/3/2005</i>

ricerammer
01-02-2005, 08:31 PM
LOOMA

Nick
01-02-2005, 10:09 PM
well...I guess if you live in New York, the Aveo is a good purchase being that it is a small, easily maneuverable car...although that woman seems somewhat obsessive about it...

knicks125
01-03-2005, 02:32 PM
15K for a Aveo hatchback? If I was her, I would take the money and get myself a Korean brand that's actually selling well. Here are some of her choices she could've picked:<p>Hyundai Elantra <br>Kia Spectra<br>Hyundai Accent<p>Quote from the article: "I'm an impulsive buyer; I can walk into a shoe store and walk out with three pairs of $300 shoes and not think twice about it. But a car, that's a real financial commitment. For a few weeks we looked at our budget and researched our options on the Internet. But the size and cost of the Aveo were perfect for us."<p><br>Really, lady? I'd say the purchase was still an impulsive buy <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0">

Naga Royal Guard
01-03-2005, 02:38 PM
she shops at IKEA, nuff said

knicks125
01-03-2005, 02:44 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Naga Royal Guard</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">she shops at IKEA, nuff said</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>LOL <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">

Redline
01-03-2005, 02:45 PM
A few weeks, looking on the internet, and you still pay $15,000 for an AVEO?! That's pretty bad.

knicks125
01-03-2005, 02:47 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Redline</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A few weeks, looking on the internet, and you still pay $15,000 for an AVEO?! That's pretty bad.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>and sad <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>just for kicks, let me even add the Tiburon to that list <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Krypton
01-03-2005, 02:48 PM
doesnt it start at 9,000. What could you possibly put in a avea that almost doubles the price, she got ripped off and knew about it, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/aliensmiley.gif" BORDER="0">

knicks125
01-03-2005, 03:33 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SLR</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">doesnt it start at 9,000. What could you possibly put in a avea that almost doubles the price, she got ripped off and knew about it, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/aliensmiley.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Believe the base version starts at 10k and the hatchback version starts at 13k, she probably added another 2k of options, which are 2k too much, at least. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/werd.gif" BORDER="0">

Krypton
01-03-2005, 03:38 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>knicks125</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Believe the base version starts at 10k and the hatchback version starts at 13k, she probably added another 2k of options, which are 2k too much, at least. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/werd.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>yea, i thought she bought the sedan, anyway she could of gotten a better car

Rugbyplaya91
01-03-2005, 03:52 PM
lol

jijboi25
01-03-2005, 07:29 PM
Heres the Picture of her on her Aveo <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2004/07/02/travel/02auto.184.jpg" BORDER="0">

Naga Royal Guard
01-03-2005, 07:31 PM
NO!!!!!<p>TO FEEL SORRY FOR HER MAN OR HER CAR<p>i need to look pictures of "nice" things,

Naga Royal Guard
01-03-2005, 07:32 PM
NO WONDER SHE SPENDS 300 DOLLARS ON SHOES, GET IT AWAY!!!!!!