really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,488 miles

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problem #7

Apr 012011


  • 26,000 miles
My 2009 Chevrolet Aveo was bought in March with 25000 miles, in April I began having problems. After taking the car to two different Chevrolet dealerships, at separate times, the harmonic balancer was found to be worn which damaged the timing belt and had to be replaced at 28000 miles. Before this, the car was taken to the dealership for problems of not starting (occasionally). The issue could never be duplicated and was told the car was fine. Since then, the car will now act as though it does not want to take gas or that there is a "mis-fire" such as spark plugs. No lights come on. At 42500 miles when going 45 mph, the car acted as though it wasn't getting gas, or trying to "miss" and the engine light flashed three times but didn't stay on. After pulling over, turning off the car for 10 secs and restarting it, as said to do in manual, the car was able to be driven home with no security lights on. Car will once again be inspected a dealership for the same problems!!! this car should be recalled. It is not safe to drive. It "lunges" at intersections or when letting off the brake, jerks or makes a hard "miss" when traveling at a constant speed. Aveos should not be on the market. My Aveo gets great gas mileage, has no power options, which is what I wanted, but is still more trouble than any vehicles I have owned. My Aveo is driven mostly on the interstate and no more than 30 miles in each direction. It currently has 42550 miles.

- Mt Vernon, KY, USA

problem #6

Apr 012011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 32,600 miles
I have a 2009 aveo5 purchased new in March 2009. In April 2011 at approx 32600 the vehicle stalled while I was driving, cel came on, and it would not start again for about 20 minutes. Onstar diagnostics reported "internal control module failure" P16F3. I had already requested a tow truck, and when it arrived, I tried starting it again. It started and was able to move it to get it on the tow truck. Cel was still on. Took it to mike wilson Chevrolet. They kept it 1 week, said there was no cel, no fault code, nothing wrong with it. Last night, January 2, 2012 at approx 48000 miles I experienced the same problem with the same fault code. Onstar, advance auto parts, and my own personal obd2 scanner all reported the same code: P16F3. I searched online and found tsb 09-06-04-005 (February 2009) describing the exact problem and resolution: ECM recalibration. This morning, cel is off, and I went to rod hatfield Chevrolet which was the dealer closest to me, and they said that despite having that exact problem while under warranty and having it repeated now, that they would not fix it under warranty. I feel it should have been discovered the first time in April 2011, since it was a known problem and the bulletin was published before I even bought the car. Because it was not fixed the first time, I feel it should be covered under warranty. I was in danger both times when my car stalled in the roadway. This could have been fixed the first time and I would not have been in danger last night. I am in process of filing a complaint with GM.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #5

Aug 012011


  • 30,000 miles
At 24000 miles the timing belt had to be replaced due to a worn harmonic balancer. Now there are more problems which cannot be duplicated at the dealership. When trying to start the car, it will sometimes not start. After waiting about 5 minutes, it will eventually start. No engine or security lights come on. As you are driving down the road, the car will "miss" and/or lunge at various speeds. It also does not want to take gas, especially at about 30-35 mph. The vehicle "pulls back" while accelerating. Unknown whether this is fuel system, engine, or transmission related.

- Mt Vernon, KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 102010


  • 15,000 miles
Vehicle lost power to the engine. Stepping on the gas pedal did nothing. The car lurched and decelerated quickly. Power was suddenly restored to engine causing the car to speed up quickly, then engine lost power again. Car came to a stop, engine sputtered and then died. No warning lights came on. Restarted engine, car drove as normal. Took to dealership, they could find nothing wrong. Problem has continued intermittently for almost a year. Have taken the car to the dealership multiple times, they can find nothing wrong. The sudden deceleration has occurred at all speeds, including on the freeway almost causing a collision. The car went from 70mph to 40mph in one minute, sputtered for a while, and then came back to drive normally after several minutes. The problem happens within the first ten minutes of driving. It has happened twice in the same day after the car sat for 8 hours. The problem has not occurred for periods as long as two weeks but then comes back. The most extreme occurrences have been on side streets where traffic was not a problem, but if another car had been following closely a rear-end collision would have been certain. My spouse has driven the car and experienced the same problem.

- Clatskanie, OR, USA

problem #3

Oct 232010

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Car looses power then surges while driving at highway speed. Car has had to has ignition coil replaced 4 times.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 212010


  • 1,500 miles
2009 Chevy Aveo - since purchased last July have had intermittent shut downs. Will be driving and go to make a turn and with out any warning the car shuts off. I have brought it back to Chevy numerous times and they cant seem to find the problem. Told them this is a safety issue and if the car shuts off while on the interstate there is no way for me to get out of the way of traffic. I loose all power in the car. Then it takes a few seconds before the car will restart.approx 6 mo after I had the car I was told by the service manager at Chevy that there was something on their trouble board and they had to reprogram the computer. This temporarily fixed the problem until April of this year when it started again. Although I am in the process of a buyback from Chevy they still have me driving the car. My 22 year old daughter used the car a week ago and experienced this while trying to exit off of one main road and enter onto another. The car just shut off.

- Croton On Hudson, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 032009


  • 100 miles
The instrument lights on my new 2009 Chevrolet Aveo do not work. The fuse is fine but it appears to be a burnt connector in the engine fuse box. I have read online that hundreds of Aveos have had the identical problem. Thank you.

- Savannah, GA, USA