really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,271 miles

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problem #35

Feb 182014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 71,401 miles
Burnt plastic smell inside the vehicle. Front of dashboard and steering column producing excessive heat. Hot to touch and the ignition key is hot.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #34

Sep 092011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 25,624 miles
At a stop the car was put in park, ignition switch turned off and the key would not come out. Started the car again and could not move the shifter out of park. Vehicle was taken to the dealership. Ignition lock module was not sending signal. It was not grounding out as designed. Module was replaced. There was still no change in resolving the problem. Tested shifter and found internal failure of module. The entire shifter module and assembly was replaced.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #33

Aug 012014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Aveo. Consumer writes in regards to headlamp switch recall notice. The recall notice the consumer received, stated the parts were not available. Also, the consumer stated the ignition switch felt warm and the engine light illuminated.

- Burlingame, CA, USA

problem #32

Aug 022014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 77,339 miles
I was driving down the hwy about 60 mph and tried to push the gas but all it did was sputter and slowdown. Had to pull over and see what was wrong. Cod not find anything so I started it up again and the same thing. It just sputters. So I drove to a service station (very slowly) that I just had my oil change the previous day thinking they may have done something. After they checked it, they said it was nothing related to them but that they hooked it up to a machine and it was reading 11 different types of censors causing it to misfire. They had just had in a 2007 Chevy cobalt doing the same thing that there was a recall on. Wondering if the recall for the 2006 Aveo for the drl would cause these problems?! they service tech mentioned more than likely it is not 11 censors but just 1or 2 affecting the others read on the machine.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #31

Jul 012014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Aveo. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle multiple mechanical and electrical problems. The consumer stated she experienced multiple mechanical and electrical problems with the vehicle. It was not disclosed to her, that the vehicle had frame damage, it was a fleet vehicle, and the air bags were replaced with used ones. While driving 45 mph, a bolt in the broke, which caused the engine to collapse and landed on the axle, breaking it on the driver's side. Also, she had the axle replaced previously, not knowing there was a problem with the frame. Due to the frame damage and warped undercarriage, a bolt connected to the frame that was connected to the motor mount hidden under the engine had previously bent and severed 3/4 of the way through the bolt. It went un-detected and her mechanic didn't know what to look for, since the frame was not disclosed.

- Selma, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 012014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 152,000 miles
2006 Chevy Aveo I got my daughter this car it seemed to be great when we first got Aveo last year we had to replace the brake switch. There wiring issues air bag lights on and clock comes on and off this year odometer mileage is fading and headlights on no light for mileage. Low fuel and low water does not come on and on the 7/1 and two times on 7/4 her speedometer is not reading right it read 15 miles off from what the car is going faster. The three times getting pulled over and she said the gauge been acting weird then goes back to normal the one cop said I know thats why I don't have one of these cars and still gave her a ticket. So now the car sits until the recall but the best thing ( not ) I have two Aveos my husbands that sit and we get to share between the three of us is my van that's a Dodge. I cant believe wiring heating up by the day time module that will catch fire and it taking this long safety and Chevy has nothing on there site for the recall wow.

- Uhrichsville, OH, USA

problem #29

Jun 062013


  • 49,000 miles
Day time running lights work sometimes for a short time afraid of a fire. Called GM they said problem is not in their computer.

- Ellendale, DE, USA

problem #28

Jun 082014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 54,004 miles
I arrived home from work on 6/8/2014 and when I removed the key from the ignition, the key was very hot it nearly burned my hand. I literally said "ow", I informed my father who was nearby and he asked me to check the around the key ignition panel which I did and it was also very hot. I called mcgee Chevrolet (877) 823-5348 in raynham, MA this morning on 6/9/2014 and asked them about this, he ran the VIN number and said there isn't a recall on this Chevy Aveo model, but I informed him that this sounds like it could be a fire hazard and this could be a recall issue. He said that this could be the first issue for this vehicle type and could be a recall in the future. We set up an appointment to go to their service station at 11 am today 6/9/2014. He informed us that we would have to pay for this repairs as it is out of warranty, but we should keep the receipt in case there is a recall in the future.

- Middleborough, MA, USA

problem #27

Apr 072014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle experienced sudden deceleration and hesitation. The contact also indicated that the airbag sensor light was illuminated and the center console became extremely hot to the touch. The vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic but the failure continued to occur. No further information was available. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign number 14V261000(electrical). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same defect listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Kittery , ME, USA

problem #26

May 272014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
I drove from work to lunch approx 2 miles. Parked the car, turned it off, got out to go inside to get lunch, when I came back and opened the car door there was smoke coming from the dashboard. I waited a minute to see if it would stop. It did not so called 911 to have the fire department come out. While waiting for the fire department, I saw flames and the whole dashboard area of the car caught on car.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #25

May 012012


  • 64,000 miles
The passenger airbag sensor never turns off, even when someone is sitting in the seat. All of the instrument panel gauges periodically stop working and the instrument panel cluster fuse blows frequently. Also have to frequently use the shift-lock release feature in order to get the car out of park. Have had previous problems with the key getting stuck in the ignition. The daytime running lights also periodically stop working (they turn on and off randomly). Have needed to have damaged wires in the hood compartment fuse box replaced, but all problems keep coming back. Can no longer afford to keep taking the car in for repairs and cannot afford a new car, so I am currently driving with all of these problems. I do not ever feel safe in the car and avoid taking it anywhere unless I absolutely have to. Many of these same problems have been reported by other owners and there needs to be more recalls than just the current fire hazard recall.

- Midpines, CA, USA

problem #24

Jan 012012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My daytime running lights have pretty much never worked, I have always had to manually engage my lights otherwise the dtr lights would go for a few minutes then burn flicker and short out, only working when I turn the lights on the manual way. My back turn signal shorted out around early 2012. Not only did it stop working but it melted the light socket housing, making it so I had to replace the whole light socket. Most recently, either May 14th or 15th, I started up my car, but I couldn't put it into gear, it was impossible to get it into gear, so we tried to turn off the car to figure out our next move. But the key would not come out, so we had to restart the car and finally got the gear to engage, and we took it home and had to unplug the battery because we could not take out the key but did not want it to wear out the battery.

- Rochester, WA, USA

problem #23

Oct 232008

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I have contacted you before. First, some months after I purchased car when I turned off car ignition would not turn completely off. Went on for two + years used wd forty finally got it to work most of the time. Had to go back to car hours after driving until it would release key and turn all the way off. The dash light stayed on and drained the battery. I noticed, (not all the time) that the gas pedal under my foot felt really hot; thought it was because it was a warm day etc, but it happened in cool weather also. Replaced head gasket seal twice still have oil leak. About three years ago + or -, had to have ball something in front wheel replaced. It broke again had it done again. When I accelerate left front wheel rattles. I drive slow in it and only go to school to get grand kids and to store primarily. Went to a big city and car( dragged, would not accelerate )on up ramps, went to orlando once to visit family, same thing. Two weeks after purchase car acted dead, would not start, took off battery cables, replaced them and car started. I called the ph # in owners manual at onset of problems, they said I would have to pay for diagnostics. I had repairs done by mechanics not assc'd w/ dealership, because of cost. I spent a lot on repairs from early on after purchase. I bought a car for reliability, to Transport my gkids and get to go visit my family members I fl and tenn, but I only went to visit orlando once because I was afraid of driving in the mountains. Updated 4/1/15

- Live Oak, Fl, FL, USA

problem #22

Feb 042014


  • 88,000 miles
Arrived at a hotel five hours away from home, parked my car and could not get my key out of the ignition. Fortunately I had my spare key with me so I was able to lock the door. Took it to a dealership and it cost about $500 to fix. They said the problem was the ignition lock solenoid. I read a lot of similar cases with this model online and it is unfair that we all have to pay to fix this issue. Recall!

- Midpines, CA, USA

problem #21

Apr 012013


  • 84,000 miles
Have taken the car to Chevrolet dealership multiple times and everytime the problem is "fixed" it happens again a few days or sometimes weeks later. First, the instrument panel cluster fuse kept blowing. Seemed to happen when fuel gauge read 1/2 full. Eventually, after many trips to dealership to fix it, it worked for three weeks and the fuse started blowing again. Then, RPM gauge started moving erratically for about a week and then stopped working altogether. Fortunately, this fixed the problem with the fuse blowing, but overtime, my temperature gauge did the same thing, and now my fuel gauge is starting to go. If I drive over 55 mph, sometimes the RPM and fuel gauge will move, but not accurately. When I did think that the problem was fixed for those three weeks, I had taken the car in for another problem. Speedometer/instrument panel lights not working interior lights not working tail lights or brake lights not working all of this happened suddenly when I was driving at night. I checked online and found that the wiring design inside the splicer in the hood compartment fuse box was prone to failure (a lot of people have had this problem). I mentioned this at the dealership and sure enough that is where the problem was. They also said that my other electrical problems had to do with this as well. They fixed the problem, but then three weeks later, the initial problem with the instrument panel cluster fuse was back. I cannot afford to keep taking the car in for the same repair. I have researched online and found that many people have this problem with this car. It is incredibly dangerous to have a car that isn't electrically reliable.

- Midpines, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 172014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Driving and lost steering and brakes and ran into a truck. Tried to steer and stop and could not.

- Amberg , WI, USA

problem #19

Apr 252013


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the instrument panel failed to function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they could not determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #18

Oct 162013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 19,814 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated she removed the keys from the ignition however, the engine continued to operate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, who stated that the shorted shifter switch would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacture was not made aware about the failure. The failure mileage was 19,814. Updated 5/27/14

- Gratna, LA, USA

problem #17

May 182011


  • 30,000 miles
First my clock would go out then my miles would disappear while driving my horn went out and then my radio, when checked out it was not my fuses it was told to me it was my electrical system and my car should not be having these issues.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #16

Nov 272013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that after parking, the vehicle rolled away in reverse. The contact engaged the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the shifter cable tab fractured and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 78,000...updated 12-30-13 updated 1/17/2014

- Mesquite, TX, USA

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