Originally Posted by rango88
I'd avoid the Vue if it has the GM powertrain, they are unreliable and parts may be difficult to come by now that Saturn is Gone. Plus resale value is down the tubes just for the very reason that Saturn has gone bust. If the Vue has the Honda powertrain (3.5L V6 I believe) then it's worth a look but for your money there are better options. Judging from your choices you prefer GM merchandise? Then I'd go for a cobalt, they offer probably the best reliability of that era of GM (pre-bankruptcy GM) As for the '08 Malibu, it was built in that time where GM was having trouble so it might refflect in overall product quality so I'd avoid those era of cars. but that's me based on my knowledge. If you want to stick with fuel efficient GM then I'd avoid the optra and the aveo as they are actually rebadged Daewoos. Just saying their reputation is horrible.
I hope this helps and good luck.
I have to disagree with the poor reputation that the Aveo had. When they were initially released, my neighbor and I both bought one when GM was offering 0% for 72 months on all vehicles to move iron. I had perfect service out of my Aveo, and only had to have a rear wiper washer motor replaced under warranty. My neighbor's car has been similarly reliable, only having a camshaft position sensor fail. Another neighborhood friend bought one for their daughter. She was involved in a major T-bone accident in her's so severe that the car was launched airborne for several hundred feet. She walked away from that accident with little more than scratches from broken glass and bruises from the airbags. If you buy one built after the MCE, you will also get an Ecotec engine insted of the original Opel sourced engine, eliminating the need to replace the timing belts 10k miles earlier than the schedule indicated was required.
My car was a 5 speed manual, and I had no problem pushing it north of 40 mpg by keeping my foot out of the engine, and the speeds down.
They are what they are - basic transportation that doesn't pretend to be anything more than that. These cars tend to suffer from the mindset of their owners. People bought them to use as disposable transportation, and treated them like it. I would recommend the 5 door version over the sedan due to the fact that they score better on the side impact crash tests. Find one that has been taken care of, and you'll be fine.