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I bought my first car, a 2010 Aveo, 2 years ago with 80,000 miles on it. Now it has 110,000. At first, I thought it was a good, cheap car and really cute. Now I hate it. Once I hit 95k miles I had to replace the spark plugs and have had problems with my AC ever since. Recently, this car has been overheating. The first thing I did was researched online about common problems with this type of car, and came across articles saying to first replace the radiator cap and thermostat, because they could be the problem and they would be the cheapest to fix. After doing that, the car still kept overheating, so I took it to a mechanic that checked for cracked heads. That wasn't the case.
After the mechanic even told me nothing was wrong with it, I just decided to keep driving it to work as my ONLY option (while searching for other cars to purchase) because I was just screwed. 1 month later and magically, my car hasn't overheated yet. But, I am having trouble driving the darn thing because it keeps losing power. Point of story is Aveo's SUCK and DO NOT get one. If you have one, trade it or sell it before it's too late. PS I will never buy a Chevy car again.
2007 Chevy Aveo - This Chevy Aveo has had brake problems for the last 3 years. Every time I take it to a Chevy place to check the brakes they say the "specs" say everything is ok. So no one will fix the problem. It has been in 4 times now. The brakes do not work at all when I first start driving the car, each day. I can press the brake pedal all the way as hard as I can and there is nothing. I have to pump them repeatedly to get the car to stop. It is taking longer and longer to kick in and stop. But the "specs" say that it is okay. So what is wrong and where can I get it fixed?
I purchased car 3 years ago. Never problem till now. Never overheated. Gauges never shown problems. Car lost power. Water pump busted and caught on fire. Thought only pump and belts. Fixed... now we know it destroyed motor. Has 92,000 miles.
The car was donated to me. I am a single mother and I needed something light on gas and reliable. It ran ok at first even with the major issues it had. No gas tank door, no door handle, I couldn't speed over 30 miles without the wheel shaking and it making a noise... but it was all I had to drive. Then before even a year the real repairs start oil leak from somewhere... hub bearing bad. I had a local mechanic look under my hood and he started to point out stuff and I started to cry... So many problems and he said "that's why the owner got rid of it." Now I can't afford the repairs and now I don't have a car.
I purchased my 2011 Chevy Aveo 5LT from a reputable used car dealer, about 3 yrs ago. The ratings for the car said it had great gas mileage and would get about 35 mi/gal on the highway. That could not have been further from the truth. We are lucky if we get 20 mi/gal. Then when it came time for a brake job we put factory rotors on the car and blew through them. We are by no means rough on vehicles and the fastest we really drive is about 70mph. So after a year we had to replace the brakes again. This time we put performance brakes on and had them custom slotted to allow more cooling so they wouldn't warp. There is really no reason for a 2-liter engine car that only has about 100 horsepower to require performance brakes (I mean come on now).
Now here we are a year later in 2016. I have owned the car for about 3 yrs now. It has less that 78,000 mi on it. The 5yr/100,000 mi powertrain warranty just expired in March. My car is making a hard grinding sound and I took it to my mechanic. First we thought a brake caliper locked up. They get it up on the lift, the tires spin just fine. No locked brakes. Then they thought maybe the axle shaft. Nope... The boot is intact. So they start looking under the hood. What do they find??? Water... Water in the transmission. Leaking from the radiator into the transmission. Well... If you have a leak in a radiator and it is going one place chances are it is leaking the opposite way too. Sure enough the mechanic flushed the radiator to take it out and replace it. He found transmission fluid in the radiator too.
Considering the radiator had various places within the engine that it connects to as well and transmission fluid corrodes rubber... I basically have a $7,700 paperweight. My mechanic called 5 different GM dealers to try and find one that would help with the repair of this car. They all refused (I'm not surprised there). What I do find to be particularly frustrating is that it feels like General Motors has realized there are serious issues with this model car and have quietly been trying to get them off the road. For the last year and a half I have been receiving letters from various GM dealerships saying that they have an "Interested buyer" who is looking "specifically" for 2011 Chevy Aveo's and that they will pay out over book value to trade it in for a newer model car. I will never be buying another GM vehicle ever again. If you are looking to buy a Chevrolet. Don't walk... RUN AWAY!!!
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My car surged and went through the intersection while I had the brake on. I had to put it in park to stop it. Has anyone had this problem? This car has had many problems with it since I bought it used. I have not had it for a year and I have already put $2200.00 in it. Problems with front end. Squeaking from the front end that is continuous and brakes that squeak even though I have had it all checked.
2009 Chev Aveo lT - I bought this car in 2010. Since then with keeping up on all maintenance it is a great car. This car had 38,000 miles on it when I purchased it. This car was bought at Balise Chevrolet in MA. Nice mileage - tires have been replaced 2 times. This is because both times I have purchased inexpensive tires. I notice now if you buy cheap you get cheap. I have had the reg maintenance on it and always showed up at regular maintenance. It was their internet special and also was a former lease car. Timing change and 2 sets of tires a tune up.
2009 Chevy Aveo 5 Speed Manual Transmission - I bought my 2009 Aveo in June of 2009 and have generally been quite satisfied with the vehicle. It usually needs tires every year but I don't usually have to invest more than $300 (not including tires) to get it to pass motor vehicle inspection each year. I feel that this is reasonable because the car is paid for and with repairs and tires this car is still within my budget. Certainly, less than the payment on a new car.
Well I don't know if this will help anybody but my 2011 Chevy Aveo was a good car until about 4 months ago when my car lost power. After 3 months of not running it was finally fixed, the problem was this car has 2 converters on it. I had the first one replaced but the second one was clogged as well so my mechanic removed it and replaced it with a pipe and now my car runs like it was nothing wrong with it. The information I gave was obtained from my mechanic.
My husband and I bought a 2005 Aveo from A-auto car dealer. At first, It was a nice car. Got good gas mileage. We drove to West Palm and the whole car vibrated. I took it to a tire shop for a front end alignment. Turned out the tires were shot. Three were bulging and the other had bad wear on it. This was $400 I didn't expect to pay. After about two to three months, the light on the battery was lit. Thought it was the battery and I replaced it. The light stayed on. It turned out the alternator was bad.
After replacing the alternator, things started going wrong. The list on repairs are: replace the two plastic door handles, the timing belt, thermostat housing, hoses, thermostat, plugs, wires, throttle body sensor, blower motor and window control. That's what was done, there are more items that need to be done. The two o2 sensors, two cam sensors, valve cover gasket. The new problem that has arisen is the car pulls badly to the right. The tire doesn't look good. I am hoping it is the tire or alignment and nothing else. Just wish we had gotten a better car instead of this garbage.
Chevy Aveo 2008 is a piece of crap. Heats up, change spark plugs every 3 months, loses power, and just quits going down the road. Sensors goes out and it fixed too many times to count. Never buy a Chevy car again! Chevy should do the right thing and recall it.
We purchased last year from Regis Towing Car in Anaheim, Chevrolet Aveo LS with over 60,000 odometer. To me, car was not worth $4,000.00 only by seeing how it looked inside & outside. I told my granddaughter, "If someone did not care how car looks then never took care of important things like change the oil, tires, etc.” But she was one who found an ad on Craigslist, believed that you could trust in low mileage, and rest could be fixed. We didn't get pink sleep for very long time, unable even to register this car for 2 months. Very soon problems started. The gaskets had to be fixed, cost us $1,700.00. Now transmission has to be fixed for $1,500.00. So, just warn other consumers. Don't trust ads from Craigslist. Don't do business with Regis Towing Car in Anaheim, don't buy Chevy Aveo!!!
I have had my head gaskets go out twice in three years with this car. The gas cover door broke right of and the AC doesn't work and it's only a couple years old.
I have a 2010 Chevy Aveo and it has stalled on me several times, since 2010. The time that topped the cake was when it stalled on me while I was on the highway, and I almost got rammed by a semi truck. Got the car towed to a Chevy dealership June 19, 2015. Now July 31, 2015 I'm having the same issue. Car is stalled, thank God I'm alive messing with this junk of a car.
I have a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo and it only has 74,000 miles on it. Whenever I attempt to accelerate it just simply will not go. The car is only 4 years old. It is beyond ridiculous that ANYTHING should be wrong with the transmission. The fastest that it will go is 55mph on a good day. Are there any recalls on this model? Has anyone else experienced this? Please help!!
I have, well had a Chevy Aveo Hatchback 2009. I have almost been killed multiple times in this car. Car has completely stalled out and lost power while on the freeway. When I try to accelerate to get onto a freeway fast sometimes it takes a minute to get up to 60 mph. This car is not cute, comfortable or safe. My Aveo only has 55,000 miles on it, I used it to drive around my college campus and town. With only 55,000 miles on it I have already spent $3,000 on repairs and these repairs were done when it was 40,000-50,000 miles. Now I have learned that my A/C won't work because of the compressor. Got quoted for a compressor and the cheapest one for my model is $2,500 for labor and materials. So this car cost $14,000, has only 55,000 miles and already over $5,000 worth of repairs needing to be done on it. That is absolutely crazy and it should be illegal for Chevy to be able to sell a product like this.
Our family has owned a two Suburbans, 4 Chevy trucks and 2 Camaros, because of this Aveo and their total lack of caring to help fix a car with only 55,000 miles on it with so many problems has solidified that we will never ever be a Chevy family again. We now own a Land Rover and I bought a used luxury car with 100,000 miles on it and it is 1000000000x better than the Aveo. Take your 14,000 and buy a used, nice car. Believe me it will save you money and headaches in the long run. Carmax will only give me $1,500 for the Aveo. Pretty much $13,000 got me a car that worked for 40,000 miles after that you will be putting in thousands of dollars of parts replacements. I really can't believe that 55,000 miles will only get me $1,500. BIGGEST WASTE OF MY MONEY EVER.
I have had my 2011 Chevy Aveo for almost a year. It has 65,000 miles on it and when I tried crossing a busy intersection I tried accelerating and the mph would not go past 20, I barely escape the oncoming traffic.. I was almost hit because my car wouldn't go. (The traffic that I was crossing had a red light so I had clearance to go.) I've read others' complaints on this, however, the dealership keep stating nothing is wrong.
2007 Chevy Aveo - I've had so many problems with it. I've replaced the thermostat and thermostat housing twice, replaced the cooling fan bearings, the tie rod, multiple hoses. I've replaced the starter and now the power steering bracket snapped. I've spent around 4k fixing it and that's after paying 10k. I've only had it almost two years and every time I turn around something is wrong. It's the most unsafe vehicle known the market and Chevy should buy them all back.
I have replaced my old headlights due to the lights melting the front of the light cover.
I have had my 2011 Chevy Aveo for almost 2 years. It has 84,000 miles on it and when I tried crossing a busy intersection I tried accelerating and the rpms went to 5000 and stalled in the middle of the road and the traffic started coming... I was almost hit because my car wouldn't go. (The traffic that I was crossing had a red light so I had clearance to go.) I literally avoid intersections without a stop light or stop sign because it continually stalls... Is there a recall because I can't seem to find one and I've read others' complaints on this.
I've had this car for almost year. I've had issues with the a.c. right away. They fixed it still to this day. A.C. when you driving on the highway not circulating through the car just about die in it. Then when it's windy out the car does not handle well at all. When you are going on exit ramp to get on the highway, has no power. About 40 miles/hour approaching highway very deadly. These Chevy are nothing but piece of junk. Got a lemon from rusty deck Ford in Wichita ks. Told them one day after I sign for this car that I wanted something better, never by Chevy again.
I bought a 2012 Chevrolet Aveo 1.2 LTZ diesel 18 months ago. It had less than 2300 miles, all the extras imaginable and I was/am happy with my purchase. Apart from a VERY annoying rattling noise on poor road surfaces. Sounds like the brake calipers are about to fall off, (goes when brakes are applied) then there's the occasional clonking noise coming from the rear left underside. I have now done over 13000 miles, been to the local Chevrolet dealership for annual service and to complain about noises. Dealership couldn't hear rattling noises or clonking! See what happens when I take it for its first M.O.T test in September.
I have had my 2009 Chevy Aveo for almost three years. Two weeks after my warranty expired, my tranny went out. Chevy isn't doing a recall and the dealership in which I bought it from could care less. I've done all of my check ups since I've had it, but it still gave out on me. I use to only buy Chevy, but after this experience I probably will never buy another.
I bought the Chevy Aveo 2008 with very low mileage. Paid $11,000. Biggest waste of money in my life. $11,000 is a lot of money! Especially when you have to sink in $1000's in repairs!!! For an ugly, cheap looking, piece of crap that's scary to drive! I lose power when pressing the gas and the car stutters when idle or braking! I'm only at 90,000 miles! What the heck Chevy?! Very unsafe driving this piece of junk. How am I going to get it to the repair shop tomorrow?
I already have to pay for a new coil pack or throttle or hose (maybe all if the garage can't properly diagnose it), so I cannot afford a tow truck too! You shouldn't have put these unsafe cars on the market. Air conditioning, I'll live without. But I can't drive a stuttering go cart around the city! And who's going to buy this from me? As far as I'm concerned, I'm out over $10,000 and it's all Chevy's fault! Thanks for putting me in the poor house, Chevy!
My wife's 2009 Chevy Aveo has been a pretty good little car for the last 4 years until she had a power problem going to work this week and blinking dash lights (Engine and Hold blinking)! I went to her work after her telling me it had a loss of power and would not go into high gear! I drove it to my mechanic and thought for sure something was wrong with power and the transmission!!! I had it looked at by my mechanic and first he changed the spark plugs, didn't solve the problem. I had read on other sites some had same issues! We talked it over and we both thought the coil pack needed replacing and he replaced it and problem was solved! The coil pack was all one piece cost $180 and the computer check said it was the #3 coil pack! It is running great, no blinking lights and trans shifts smooth, no problems and goes in to high gear fine!
I bought a 2006 Chevy Aveo LT in 2010. It had less than 32,000 miles on it and had great gas mileage. It was my dream car for about the first six months and then when winter and below freezing temperatures arrived, the problems began. If the air temp was around 20 degrees or below, the car would either not start at all or would start and then die completely. This happened a couple of times on a very heavily traveled road which as you may expect was extremely frightening.
I have taken it to AutoZone several times when the "Check Engine Light" is activated and there are usually only two codes - one for a Throttle Sensor Issue and another for Dashboard Panel Relay (electrical system). I have even called GM with my concerns and have received no reply. The car has only 82,000 miles on it and I fully intended to drive it until the wheels fell off - battery has been replaced, transmission is original.
The rest of the year it runs pretty well even on long distance trips but the fact that it does not run well in colder weather makes me feel it's unreliable and therefore not safe. I can't really afford to go into debt making car payments but nor do I want to spend $$$$ to fix issue after issue. The other comments on here re: the Aveo have been extremely helpful. Thank you.
I purchased a 2009 Chevy Aveo used at a Chevrolet Dealer on Feb 17, 2014. When I was looking at the vehicle, the battery was dead and the salesman had to jumpstart it. I did not think there was an issue, just a lot person who moved it left a light on too long. After the sale, I drove off the lot and within 5 minutes the speedometer needle went down to 0 and back to my current speed. On March 18, exactly 30 days after purchase, I brought it back to the dealership for the plates and brought the issue up and they took it for a test drive, and could not replicate the issue. On March 26, I had to go back again. The check engine light came on and the engine would cut out while I was driving. I would hit the accelerator and the vehicle would not go faster, but would continue to slow down. They ran a check and replaced the Pre Cat O2 sensor. I paid a $100 deductible for the extended service contract warranty plus $7 for NJ state sales tax.
I received the vehicle back the next day. The next incident was on June 16, I had the same issue. The engine would cut out while I was driving and the check engine light was on. They checked for codes and it threw P0442 which is an evap leak (gas cap was not on tight) and it also threw P0138 which lead them to replace the HO2S High Voltage Sensor 2. They then informed me that exhaust pipe was broken and leaking, which was not told to me when I purchased the vehicle. I brought up the issue with the needle going down again, and also mentioned that when the cruise control was engaged, it would do the issue and cut the cruise control off while on the highway. I received the vehicle back on June 26. On September 25, I brought the vehicle back again with the same issues of the engine cutting out while driving. This time the vehicle shook violently and it still would not accelerate when I press on the accelerator.
I was able to pull off the road and wait. It did go back to normal long enough for me to get home. (check engine light on the whole time). This time it threw P2135 which relates to the Throttle Body Sensor, which they replaced. I received the vehicle on Sept. 29. On Oct 08, I brought a friend to the dealership and we asked them to take a look at the speedometer needle issue and when they hooked it up to their machine, it threw 7 different codes and the computer stopped responding. They then proceeded to replace the Instrument Cluster, 2 fuses, and a module. (Codes B1517, B1440, B1380, B1370). According to the paperwork, the VCIM was spiking communication circuit. They also put in a second new battery. (The first was the day I bought it). I went to pick it up about a week later, and the vehicle was not starting.
"No crank, charged battery, found 100 amp fuse blown, radio fuse, and several other fuses, was told later that someone jumpstarted car possible reversed polarity and caused damage" (direct from service report). They also said that the vehicle would not come out of park and that the IPC was faulty and was replaced a second time. They then replaced the ECM and the vehicle was working for a while. I received the vehicle on Oct 31 (23 days later). On Dec 17, the same issue with the engine came back. I would press the accelerator all the way down, and the vehicle would only do about 20 MPH. The code thrown was P2135 again. The ECM faulted at circuit 426 and they replaced the ECM for the second time. I received the vehicle on Jan 6. I have had nothing but issues with the car and would never recommend anyone buy one.
Bought one used for my daughter with 140k miles. Didn't know much about them, but the car needed brakes and a timing belt. These could not be easier jobs to accomplish. Local AutoZone had the brakes and eBay had a Gates timing belt, water pump tensioner and pulley and can gaskets for $70. A steal! Because I am a car enthusiast, I bought 15 inch rims and tires which increased handling. The car reminds me of earlier Honda civics. Quick, nimble and no frills reliability. All these complaints here can be traced to a lack of maintenance and reliance on dealerships for service. These cars are great, going to buy another one asap!
I am writing this review on behalf of my 85-year-old Mother who bought an Aveo in 2009 new. She began having problems with the car by the 3rd year of ownership. The first major event occurred when she placed the car in park (still running) my driveway, got out and then the car popped out of gear, went downward at a left angle and into my neighbor's porch.. The insurance company had it towed to their choice of garage, fixed the body damage and transmission/gear problem.. A few months later, the car began to not shift smoothly from park to drive and would randomly gear down or get stuck in like 3rd gear. It was taken to a mechanic and it, again was a problem with the transmission getting stuck or breaking loose. It was repaired. The AC went out prior to this event.
The last major event occurred while Mother and I were driving along a curvy road. The car started feeling and sounding like something was broke. My mother had become car sick and scared about her car. The car was pulled over to the side of the road. We were both getting out of the car when it "popped' and started to roll backwards. The emergency brake was on and the car just took off and went over the bank, wrecking and totaling it. Mother and I were so scared and crying because we both would have been killed had we been in the car.
I had been a big Chevy fan until that time. That car was so cheaply made, had dangerous defects apparently. Even the door handles were fake chrome paint that peeled and cut into your hands as you opened or closed the door. The car only had like 36,000 miles on it too. Nothing was ever said about the defect or what caused the car to kick out of park the two times. My mother received payment for another vehicle replacement, NOT a CHEVY. We are lucky to be alive and my legs still bear scars where the door knocked me to the ground as it rolled off.
Bought this car new, planning to run the wheels off of it. Little over 90,000 miles at 4 year anniversary. This car just kind of works. Comfortable design for driver compartment with simple controls.
(Negatives) Last of the 14 inch wheels and the car does eat tires about every 30,000 miles which is bad. 30 avg mpg is bad for the size of car. AC will ice up and must be shut off about 10 minutes each hour on very hot days. Big thing... insurance on this car is very high because of crash test rating and no ABS.
(Pluses) Car just runs. Starts every day down to 30 below and will heat the passenger compartment. Easy to park and just a fun get-about car for point to point driving. This is not a snow or ice car but I enjoy the challenge with finding the ditch once in the last 4 years and having a raccoon doing $1,000 damage to the front dumper.
Remember the timing belt must be replaced at 100,000 miles and before 2008 models the belt is a big issue with plastic pulleys. If you can buy a 2008 model or later cheap, it can be a good buy. I would not buy this car for a teenager. Not forgiving handling and driving mistakes can kill you.
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