definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,608 miles

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problem #19

May 102019


  • 99,000 miles
Last year I bought this car in February and March is when the problems started, on I85 coming from durham the car wouldnżT let me go no more than 20mph. I have been told the throttle body has been gone bad replaced it several time and IżM still having numerous problems with it and the break line rupturing while coming from raleighi keep good maintenance on my car to not understand why this is happening and yesterday the check engine light comes on again please put this car on recall. This car has stressed me to the max and I canżT go places I want anymore!

- Manson, NC, USA

problem #18

Jan 052017


  • 50,000 miles
I have had to replace the suspension rods, (tie rods, struts, and brakes and now the ball bearrings in the tires. I bought this car in 2010 which from my understanding it was supposed to be new at the time of purchase from baum Chevrolet in clinton, Illinois. I have bought three sets of tires (new) what is up with this car? drive daily. I have reported it to General Motors who insist it is not on recall. It should be.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #17

Jun 022016


  • 50,000 miles
Had an accident when someone ran into me. Airbags did not deploy. Suspension bars had to be replaced. Also have a crack in the vacuum hose. I was driving apprx 25-30 miles.the problems had nothing to do with the accident..my question is that I should not have to replace the suspension bars this soon. Now the drums have to be replaced (why?) I only have 60,000 miles on the car but these problems started long before this.is this car on the recall list? )(hattie.hicks@hotmail.com)

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #16

Jan 082016


  • 57,000 miles
Had to replace suspension tie rods, PO171 struts, tires 3 times and now a vacuum leak. Bought car in 2010. Car hesitates when driving and take off.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #15

Feb 262015


  • 50,000 miles
Noisey, rusty hinge sound from front suspension. When googled, it appears to be a common complaint.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 142014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
While driving turning left at an intersection passenger rear tire hub and with whole tire broke off. Towing company and mechanic informed me that this is due to defected car part.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #13

Mar 282014


  • 85,000 miles
I was stopped at a red light waiting to make a left southbound turn at approximately 10:30 P.M. the Aveo malfunctioned on turning. I ended up going southbound in the northbound turning lane and was completely stopped. I was unable to start the car, change gears, turn on headlights, or turn on flashers to warn other drivers of impending danger. The car was completely stalled with absolutely nothing working - confirmed by police, a friend, and wrecker operator. It was impossible to even push the car to a safe location as the wheels would not move/turn. A manual override was required by the wrecker operator to even load the car onto the wrecker. I was blessed to have a good samaritan pull up behind me and put on flashers and wait until the police arrived as without lights or flashers, it was difficult to see the car stalled in the wrong lane of traffic - creating the potential for an accident. In the weeks preceding this complete malfunction, I had replaced both front hub bearings, brakes, timing belt and water pump. Shortly after the last repair - replacing the timing belt and water pump - the air conditioning stopped working and received an estimate of approx another $1,400 for this repair from a Chevrolet dealer in my area.

- Glenpool, OK, USA

problem #12

May 072013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 21,700 miles
Update on problems with Chevy Aveo 2009. After control arm, bearings, strut, tires replaced in April, the car still has major creaking in the front end. Customer assistance and local dealer are both backing away from further help trying to get car fixed.customer assistance says GM doesn't "owe" me a car to drive during repairs and his advice is to go to dealer and get repairs done, " your warranty has expired". I now have a car with 21700 miles on it, that hasn't been fixed, and I am thinking probably can't be, due to mfg.,design problems.what to do with a car like this, if it isn't recalled.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #11

Apr 162013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 20,550 miles
This is the third entry made trying to get the front end creaking noises from my car fixed by GM. Last week the dealer had my car from Tuesday until Friday and thought the noise had been fixed.of course, when driven home, it was still there. The noise can only be heard at slow speeds, as in parking the car, or going over speed bumps.strut and both bearings have been changed, also a control arm. I am afraid this is a design flaw that is unfixable, I have been trying since last summer, and the warranty is gone. Is it ever admitted that a car has been sold, new, that should not have been. This car has worn out a set of tires at 20000 miles, and they had been rotated regularly.although, so far, GM has cooperated, I don't know how this is going to be resolved.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #10

Apr 092013


  • 20,000 miles
Took Aveo to certified Chevy dealer as instructed by GM customer service to have front suspension problem diagnosed. While there, told my tires were worn out at less than 20000 miles. Left front strut and bearing replaced for creaking front end. On drive back to my home, with $500 worth of new tires, the creaking is still there.the tires will undoubtedly wear out again. This is a continuing problem with front suspension that GM will not take responsibility for.calling customer service again today. I had tried to get problem fixed while under warranty and was told they couldn't find a problem. Now they seem to be able to. What do I do with this car that can't be fixed?

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #9

Mar 082012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
In spring,2012, Aveo front end started loud creaking noise when turning, going over bumps. Took to certified Chevy dealer in June to have problem taken care of(under warranty),they said they could find nothing wrong. Warranty ran out in January,2013. Noise got much worse.called GM who said take it to dealer for inspection, which I would have to pay for. Took on April 5,2013. Struts and bearing need to be replaced, car has less than 20,000 miles on it. I now know this problem is recurring, and seemingly can't be permanently fixed, a design flaw that GM refuses to acknowledge. I am not a single complainant concerning this expensive malfunction.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #8

Oct 012010


  • miles
Bought the new from dealership ib 2009 by October 2010 had to buy new tires. Tires had prematurely wore out. Again in 2012 having same problems with tires wearing out too soon.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 012012


  • miles
2009 Chevrolet Aveo. Consumer states continued problem with vehicle tires the consumer stated he had to replace the tires every 20,000 miles. The tires were rotated and balanced every 6,000 miles and the air pressure was checked every week.

- Potosi, WI, USA

problem #6

Mar 012012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
There is a ticking noise coming from the right side of the engine. Car is less than 3 years old with low mileage. Why is this going on" oil changes on-time, tires rotated, what is the problem????????" have seen a lot of complaints about several issues that can end up getting someone killed or others hurt. Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also, have to keep buying new tires so the car does not ride so hard and I end up killing the suspension. Tires are costly. Again, helpppppppppppppppppppppppppppp.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #5

May 032010


  • 28,000 miles
When making turns, going over bumps or parking with the wheels side-ways, the front end of the vehicle makes a growling/roaring/grinding sound.

- Mt Vernon, KY, USA

problem #4

Aug 162011


  • 22,800 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated while having the vehicle examined for routine maintenance by an authorized dealer, she was informed that the rear axle was bent. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate mileage was 22,800. The VIN was unavailable.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011


  • miles
2009 Chevrolet Aveo. Consumer states vehicle prematurely wears out tires, prematurely wears out shocks and struts and consumer states vehicle does not hold alignment the consumer stated the rear of the vehicle jumped to the right when going down a straight and level road with no wind. Also, the left rear axle was replaced.

- Omro, WI, USA

problem #2

Mar 172011


  • 15,000 miles
I have a 2009 Aveo 4 door with hatchback I bought brand new in April 2010. We have had tons of issues with it. It had a battery leak due to a bad weld job that cracked the battery and acid went throught the engine area (and all over our new home's garage and drive) all the front end has been replaced from the axle, cv boots, lower control arms (just replaced yesterday). This has been an ongoing issue with mulitple trips to the dealer and stays in the shop. Now--new issue---hubby was driving home in stop and go traffic and the car just stopped moving. It was revving up but the car was out of gear so he and his car pool buddy pushed it off the road, shut it off, and then tried to restart it but it did not want to start back up. They walked around it to see if they could see if anything was leaking and looked under the hood and seen nothing out of the ordinary. They got back in and it finally started up after 10 minutes or so and all was fine. Took it to the dealer and when I checked in the guy popped the hood and pulled out the transmission fluid dip stick. He said "no freaking way" over and over again as he put drops of the fluid on his paper and smelled it. He said that the fluid was way dark and smelled burnt and there is no way a car with less the 15,000 miles on it should have that kind of transmission fluid. Well they kept the car overnight called me today to tell me to come and get it that there is nothing wrong with it. That " the tech is unable to verify concern, scanned for codes and bulletins and found none" so therefore there is nothing wrong with it. Next time it jumps out of gear to push the onstar button and have it towed to them and they will see if they can figure it out next time. I have a handicap son and we use that car since it gets great gas mileage to get to the doctor appointments farther away and I do not want to break down on the freeway with him. After reading that our lemon Chevy is not alone with this issue you would think GM would.

- Winchester, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 072009


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated the front tires were replaced four times. The dealer advised the failure was due to the contact driving aggressively. The tires were replaced with 8,621 miles. The contact stated all four tires needed replacing at 15,018 miles. The contact believed that the failure was caused by the front suspension yet when contacting the manufacturer, the contact was advised that the tires were wearing as they were designed. The contact stated the tires that were initially placed on the vehicle stated a life span of 45,000 miles. The failure mileage was 6,000 and the current mileage was 24,000. Updated 11/9/10 the consumer stated the tires wore out prematurely and all four tires had to be replaced. Updated 11/16/10

- Holloy Springs, NC, USA