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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,485 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 152012


  • 50,000 miles


The entire lock of the driver side door fell inside the door when I tried to unlock my door. First I tried to fix the problem myself, but simply could not repair the problem. However, I researched the issue online and saw that many, many others have encountered the same problem before with this model. Naturally, because I would like to be able to lock my car door, I took it in and had it fixed for $160. The customer service rep just smirked when I told him what happened and said that we must've pushed the key in too hard "or something like that". I was not happy about the cost, but I paid. However, just two weeks later, the same problem occurred with the passenger side door, which I rarely unlock with the key. Apparently the dealer does not know what causes the problem. Fortunately I was able to fix it myself this time but had to take the door apart, but it was time consuming. It is vexing to me that Chevrolet must realize there is a problem, but does not seem to want to fix it.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 152013


  • 43,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that after exiting the vehicle, the door locks failed to lock. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but the dealer advised against repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 43,500. The VIN was not available.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 112013


  • 40,000 miles
2005 Chevy Aveo, both of the inside door latches broke. They seem to be made of plastic and broke very easy. ## VIN failed ##

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #7

Nov 292010

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


The key cylinder on my daughter's 2005 Aveo on the passenger side just fell in the door without even pushing in the key. Now she cannot even unlock or lock her car from the passenger side. I called the dealership and our extended warranty that we paid so much for expired in may of 2010. I told them that it is really a defect in the car but they want to charge me $115 per hour to fix it. I see that this happens to alot of the Aveo cars. I think GM should pay for the fix.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 302010


  • 72,000 miles
This morning I walked out to my car and found the lock to my car was punched into the driver side door.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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problem #5

Feb 262010

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
The locking mechanism on my 2005 Chevrolet Aveo has been getting stuck. It does not open manually, it will not unlock with the key inserted on the door, nor will it unlock when I am inside the vehicle. The only way to open my door is with the remote. I fear that in the event of an emergency I will not be able to exit my vehicle in time. There is also the fear that I may become stranded because the batteries in the remote has died and I will be unable to open the door even though I have my keys.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 292009


  • 90,000 miles


I purchased a 2005 Chevy Aveo and I have had nothing but problems ever since. After 1 year the car broke down. The idler stuck at full-throttle and burned my timing belt off. Not only the engine but the car was rendered useless after that. I had to replace the engine (my pops did really) and now the second engine has done the very same thing at only 18,000 miles. Twice I was lucky enough to be in a position where my daughter was not with me at the time and I could push my car off of the road myself and not get killed. I called GM and they say that they cannot guarantee that they will fix the problem for me. The first time I talked to them they wouldn't even listen to me. They told me that my VIN number did not match the recalls...though these cars had the very same problem. The car should have either been replaced or I should have gotten my money back. I have been rendered homeless and jobless twice now because of this car. I've lost everything. I can't keep paying on this car with their faulty engines. If I replace the engine it will do the same thing. It's not VIN's the engines period. I could have gotten killed twice!

- Clearlake Oaks, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 212008


  • 63,347 miles
The lock cylinder fell into the driver side door. Also the inside lock peg fell in too. Now I can't open my door from the inside.

- Cambria, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012008


  • miles
While driving down highway I heard a clunk in my driver side door. When I got to my work and got out to lock the door, the lock hole was empty.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 132008


  • miles
This morning at work, I got out of my 2005 Chevy Aveo and shut the driver's side door as usual. I heard a "plink" noise, and discovered the door lock had collapsed into the inside of the door. I don't see any recalls on it, but I can't help but wonder if any other Aveo owners have had this experience.

- Parsons, KS, USA

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