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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,281 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chevrolet Aveo steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 182014


  • 123,000 miles


I stopped at stop sign moved through intersection the suddenly dove to the ditch.I was moving at highway speeds on I75 5 minutes earlier then turned on the side road S to my home.the rack and pinion broke in two sending me into ditch. If this happened 10 minutes earlier I would be dead.

- Rhodes, MI, USA

problem #5

Mar 172013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
As I began to accelerate onto the highway, I felt that my car was not picking up, I could only get to around 40-45mph on a highway that is 65mph. I nearly got rear-ended by cars flying up on me and I quickly pulled off to the shoulder just in time as the power steering also went out and the car appeared to have stopped running. I could not get the car to start again. The diagnostics came back that the timing belt had gone and it could be fixed for anywhere between $800 to needing a brand new motor. This floored me as I always had the oil and fluids replaced and the car only had 84K miles on it. I began to research the Aveo and bam, there it was, over and over again on-line. Owners all complaining of the same problem with their Aveo. The timing belt on the Aveo, especially the 04-07 models go and will require anywhere from a major fix to a brand new engine. This is a big problem on a little car. I went on craigslist to look for a new engine, but instead found 10 Aveos in one hour... that were being sold for parts because their timing belt went! please take a look at this problem, I believe there is a major problem with the Aveo deserving of a recall, and owners should be made aware of this serious problem and the persistent need to have their timing belt replaced or face a total engine replacement. I could have easily been rear-ended or worse because of the loss of power and power steering. Thank you.

- Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 252006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my 04 Chevy Aveo on June 20,06. Five days later the brakes were metal to metal. My car was not safety inspected before the sale. Since then I have taken the car back to where I purchased it several times and have even had the service manager to ride with me to show him that the brakes are sticking. (the calipers need to be replaced) tim marburger Chrysler/Dodge tried to say that is was a warped rotor due to excessive mountain driving, my car was only driven 7 miles one way to go camping and 7 miles back once a week. I would hardly call this excessive. The first tank of gas I got the mileage of 284 miles since 06/20/06 until now 10/10/06 my gas mileage for a tank of gas is now 210 miles. Nobody at the dealership has offered to fix my car. I have been cussed, talked to like a dog. The general manager denny fruith slammed my car door and proceeded to argue with me in the front parking lot in front of the showroom doors. Refused to fix my car and it was still under warranty, the dealership put my lug nuts on so tight that they could not be manually taken off. The vice president of the company Mr. Felix mcclat refused to fix my brakes and also refused to even let me come to the dealership and have them loosen my lug nuts. And the car was still under warranty. The brakes on my car will put themselves on without me pressing the pedals. And when you do press the pedals you can be going down hill and take your foot off the pedal and the brakes grab and the car will come to almost a complete stop...down hill. All this was shown to the service manager david anderson and the car has not been fixed yet.

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #3

Apr 072006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,500 miles


2004 Chevy Aveo. When driving vehicle in windy condition or near large vehicle(including pickup trucks and SUVS) the vehicle's front end is blown very easily creating dangerous swerving and front end movement. I feel the vehicle is very unsafe to drive and needs safety testing done. Also, front end pulls hard to the left in all driving conditions. New tires have been added but did not solve problem. Front end also has bad bushings or struts. Car creaks when going over bumps or when pushing up and down on the front end.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #2

Nov 192004

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
My vehicle will be driving fine and I will attempt to make a left or right turn and intermittently the steering wheel will lock up, all the lights on the dash board will come on and the car will stop! this has happened to me 4 times in 2 wks and dealer can not "duplicate my concern" I am still experiencing this problem. The vehicle has 600 miles on it, I drive 15 miles a day to and from work, no highway. Dealer can not find the problem and I am forced to drive this vehicle. It is a big safety concern because the car comes to a stop when ever it feels like it. Dealer just tells me "when it happens again give us a call", the same day I picked it up from the dealer after they could not find the problem, it happened again that night I called to report it to the dealer and he suggested I go to another dealer further away from me because they were closed for inventory. So I am driving this vehicle unsafely.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 042004

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147 miles
My Chevrolet Aveo pulls to the right, upon acceleration and driving at a constant speed. I made the dealership aware of the problem and they said that it needed an alignment. They gave it an alignment and it helped for a few weeks. Then the vehicle starting pulling to the right again. I took it for a second opinion and they said the vehicle has torque steering and with the way it is built it will drive like this. Suggested welding weights on left side of engine to make it heavier on the left side, also suggested a wider tire, but they would need GM approval first. They also gave the vehicle an alignment. I still have this problem with the vehicle.

- Oakdale, CA, USA

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