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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,380 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Aveo transmission problems

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2004 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #8

May 202009


  • 99,999 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Aveo. The vehicle was purchased in November 2007 with 61,000 miles. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed a dealer and an independent mechanic who stated that the timing belt failed and also caused the engine rods to break. The repairs were at the owner's expense. Transmission computer also failed on four separate occasions. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 99,999 and the current was 103,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 132009


  • 58,900 miles
Chevrolet Aveo 2004 the ac and throttle valve locked in below 0 weather.

- Manteno, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 262007


  • miles
First thing that went wrong with the car is the clock for no reason at all it changes to 12:00 it does it when the car is on and running it also does it when you first turn the car on. This has been replaced once and has failed a second time again. Second is my gear shifter I have an automatic and it sticks in park all the time and all year long the first time it happened I was sitting at a gas pump and I was completely stuck and it wouldn't move so I had the car towed to my dealer and they fixed it but it stuck 10 + more times since 5 times I took it to the dealer and 3 times it was repaired. I bought my car in 2004 and too this day it still sticks I actually have parts being ordered again to get it fixed. Third is my key and alarm I can't use my security alarm on my car because when its set on it goes off about every half hour for no reason. Fourth is my head lights and brake lights. I was traveling in a big city buffalo when all three of my brake lights stopped working I went to an auto shop to get them replaced and they replaced them right there and the new ones wouldn't even work. My headlights go off when ever and turn back on after awhile. Even when I'm driving down the street but the dealer claims they can't find anything wrong with that part. Fifth is my ball joint was defected and I went threw 4 pairs of tires within 2 years before my dealer realized what that problem was. Sixth both the rear strut holding mounts just fell off car and my struts went threw my back bottom trunk. The dealer said he never seem anything like it. The right side went first and that was fixed then about a week later the left side went I replaced everything brand new and it happened again a third time the left strut and holding mount failed. I actually have parts ordered for that as well right now. A smaller complaint is the cig. Lighter outlet doesn't work, and that's being replaced for the second time.

- Bradford, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 302005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Aveo. The vehicle had a whistling in the brakes. Then there was noise in the ignition. This has been going on for awhile. Every time while backing out from the driveway there was a small noise. Manufacturer's recall 04069. Was issued. At this time consumer's vehicle was taken to the dealership for recall repairs. The next problem concerned transmission fluid being over filled which could cause a fire. The transmission axle was being checked.

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #4

Oct 042004

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 20 mph vehicle stalled. Consumer was able to restart vehicle. Also, rear seat belt malfunctioned, it did not retract.

- Homewood, AL, USA

problem #3

Nov 242004

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,300 miles
During cold weather the automatic transmission refuses to shift into 4th gear for the first 1/2 mile. The "hold" button is not on.

- Emporia, KS, USA

problem #2

Nov 142004

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,600 miles
While driving on I-94 made a sudden decrease in speed from 70 mph to 60 mph and car swerved out of control, and the only thing saving me from flipping the car was after market rims and tires. Thump sound, sounded like a flat tire, checked all the tires and they were fine. Checked under the hood, engine was titled to driver's side, after inspection on side of expressway found out that the half shaft was completely destroyed as well as transmission mount bolts. There is no reason for these bolts to fail if the car is driven respectively.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 262004

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,241 miles
Car went through garage door. I placed car in park to leave car momentarily. I T did not go into park properly and car proceeded forward through garage door. The cup holder had a coffee mug with a handle in it. I am assuming it stopped car from going into park fully. I had left car and shut door when car began to go forward through garage door. I jumped in and stopped car or it would have proceeded through a wall. It caused about $2000 worth of damage to car and door. This happened twice. The second time my husband was driving the car. He stopped car and proceeded to place car into park. It would not go completely into park. The same coffee mug was in holder. No damage happened this incident. We both witnessed the car refusing to go into park the second incident.

- Belgrade, MT, USA

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