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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 11
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,311 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #18

Jun 082010

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles


I have a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo that has given me numerous problems. A little over a year ago I noticed I could not shift my car out of park I have to use a screwdriver to shift my gear out of park. Soon after I noticed my brake lights stopped working. I bought a box of fuses but this only fixed the problem for less than a week. Every time I put a new fuse in the brake lights went back out in a day or two. One day while I was on the freeway my car just suddenly stopped without any warning. I took the car to the dealer it was still under the power train warranty. It was a electrical problem causing all of these problems and cost over $2,000 to fix. A year later the problems started again I can't move my gear without using a screw driver, my brake lights and headlights are out. If I slam the hood of my car one headlight will come on which shows that something is wrong with the wiring. The engine light and hold mode light flashes constantly. I feel this car is dangerous because there are no brake lights which can easily cause an accident. I was pulled over by the police because of no brake lights a $125 ticket. I am in a bind because I really need my car for work but I do not have $2,000 (no longer under warranty) to fix this car only to have the same problem happen again months from now. Also, I have noticed a strong gas smell from the car that has me concerned. I have read so many internet post from other people complaining about the same problems. This car seriously need to be recalled because it is endangering people lives.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #17

Jul 252011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 131,092 miles
2005 Chevy Aveo hatchback, electrical system...I have taken my car to the mechanic 3 times and he can not find out why my brake lights blows the fuse. I go through a box of fuses a week. Driving down the highway yesterday, my speedometer, went to "0" and odometer quit working. The dash clock only works when it wants to. Now this morning the engine light is on. I have replaced sensors that cost a what ?

- Chico, TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 032011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 532,801 miles
I have purchased a 2005 Chevy Aveo approximately 3 years ago since then I have had to have the drivers door lock reinstalled the bolt holding it on fell off. The right side windshield wiper has worn out 8 times due to it extending beyond the windshield and ripping the end of the blade and the last event was two weeks ago the key would not come out of the steering column due to the switch under the shift column failed and had to replace it naturally it was a dealer only item my car has 53000 miles and I was always a Chevy fan but now I am rethinking this. Hope no one else has this problem but if you do disconnect the battery terminal and the key will go into the lock position allowing it to be removed.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #15

Jun 092008

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Hi there, I have a 2005 Chevy Aveo, hatchback, and had to take it to a dealer in bellair Ohio called autochoice. The reason I took it to the dealer, is because, I was driving, and my entire dashboard lights went out as well as the shifter lights! they had temporarily fixed the problem at $180 dollars later, and currently, they seemed to rig it someway with black electrical tape. Originally I smelled a lot of smoke and seen that it was burnt where the additional fuse box was located, bellowing from the hood when the incident did occur! in the past 6 months, my rear, right and left parking lights, as well as my license plate light will no longer work! I tried contacting Chevrolet recently, and they said I had to pay a $110 dollar check to see what was wrong with the car to see if it was the dealer's fault, in which it was! I asked Chevrolet why there was never a recall, and he muttered, because we really haven't had too many problems. I was like yeah right, I googled the problems and found several thousand of 2004,2005, and 2006 Chevy Aveo's with the same issue! please help. Maybe Chevrolet will listen to you, because they really don't care about the consumer!

- Singer Island , FL, USA

problem #14

Apr 122011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
2005 Chevy Aveo quit on a busy highway. Chevrolet dealer fix the problem; it was the timing belt. Engine light was on when I picked it up from the dealership, spoke to one of the reps and I was told it was nothing and that the engine light will go out soon. Well it did along with the panel lights and flashing radio light about six months later. I replaced the fuses and ask the mechanics at express lube to check my fuses etc...of course they couldn't find anything and was offering me a chance for their mechanic to look at it for X amount of dollars...(too much cash). So I drove the car and finally the dash lights came back on for 3 to 4 days during January 2011. By mid March, my engine light came on again. I drove my car with no problem. On Sunday, April 10, my car did a jerk when I put it in reverse; today, April 12, I left my head lights on and tried to charge my dead car with battery cables. As I turned the switch, a burnt wire smell had aroused in mid air and I thought it was something else. Next, smoke begin to blow out from my cd player. My son, his friend and other teachers were around my car at this time. I am thankful that the car did not catch a fire.

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #13

Jun 152010


  • 51,000 miles
Was driving to work and went through a drive through for coffee. Noticed that while idle, my car started to over heat. Continued on to work approx 1 mile down the road. When I got there I opened the hood and found that a hose was no longer connected to the thermostat housing. Then I noticed that the plastic housing itself was cracked in half and hanging off the car. It cost me about $80 for a replacement metal part which I had installed by a friend. This happened during the summer 2010; car had approx 51,000 miles. It is now December 2010, and car has approx 56,00 miles. My check engine light is on and I brought the car to a car part store to have them check the code. Apparently now I have to replace the oxygen sensor, which costs about $150 + labor. I bought this car used in 2007 and still have about 2 years left to pay on it. The warranty is no longer good.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Jan 102007


  • 40,000 miles
Dash lights do not work on Chevy Aveo ls and we cannot see our instruments because there are no lights at night and how fast we are going. We feel very unsafe for night driving.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #10

Oct 012010


  • 101,263 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the dashboard lights and instrument panel would not illuminate. The contact inspected the fuse and discovered that the wiring connectors were burned. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that there were no recalls on the vehicle. No further assistance was provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 101,263.

- Au Train , MI, USA

problem #9

Jul 152010


  • 107,895 miles
2005 Chevy Aveo hatchback/all electrical. Electrical windows will roll down and then completely stopped working. Car has never been in an accident and has never had any damage. Bought car brand new.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #8

May 292010


  • 75,000 miles


05 Chevy Aveo the plastic splice connector in underhood fuse box is burnt to a crisp between the purple (rt illum light) and the first brown wire (cluster lgts).

- Bonne Terre, MO, USA

problem #7

Feb 192010


  • 122,000 miles
My Chevy Aveo 2005 has a short within the fuse block, this has caused all things in the inside of the car no to light up. Still searching for a way to fix this problem.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #6

Nov 042009


  • 63,100 miles
I have a 2005 Aveo ls just purchased 21 days ago. The instrument panel lights no longer work. The intermittently would come on and go off, but now do not work at all. Took to a mechanic and he initially replaced the dimmer switch because it was burnt. However, that did not solve the problem. After further investigation, he says that the purple wire leading to the splice pack has burned. In trying to obtain the part, Chevrolet will only sell the entire splice pack; to the tune of $5,100!!! after researching online, I have found hundreds of people with the exact same problem. No there hasn't been a fire yet!

- Conley, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 052009


  • 39,570 miles
Interior lights, headlight warning on light, and cabin illumination light failed.

- Lunenburg, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 012009


  • 92,256 miles
Car type: 2005 Chevy Aveo problems I have had with this car; 1. oxygen sensor needed replacement by 41, xxx miles 2. at 82, xxx mi. Wiring problems in fuse box wires came loose (possibly a fire hazard) burnt the wiring harness. (char marks on the wiring harness) caused the interior (instrument cluster panel) and exterior lights (daytime running lights)(yellow lowbeams that control turn signal) to turn off while driving the vehicle during the night time. Fix cost me $125 plus tax 8.25% this isn't the first time I've heard of this happening in fact its on many online forums as happening to several other people. 3. at 92, xxx miles. Thermostat housing cracked in the center where the thermostat is located at (thermostat housing is plastic) very cheaply made. No parts houses carry this item. Its a GM part. Got stranded 44 miles from home and had to get a tow truck to bring car home. Cost; $115 + tax corrections made to vehicle; 1. purchased a new oxygen sensor for about $120 2. taken electrical problem to a shop and had the shop fix it for $125 +tax 3. problem still pending. Parts not available at part houses I.e. autozone O'reileys A-line, advanced auto, etc....I believe parts houses do not wish to carry these parts. Part is too cheaply made for them to carry I believe the part should have been made out of metal.(steel, aluminum. Etc....) property damage: Damage to wiring harness in vehicle Chevy Aveo fire: Burnt wiring harness in vehicle, wires had to be soldered from a separate locality in engine compartment.

- Taylor , TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 042008


  • 64,500 miles
I lost all interior dash lights in my 2005 Chevy Aveo. It was finally determined that there was a short in the power distribution box. They ended up rewiring it from another location. "rewired ckt 309 from splice to SP103".

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #2

May 152007


  • 30,000 miles
I traded in a 2004 P.T.cruiser to get a 2005 Chevy Aveo at the time it had 21000 miles when I got it. My warranty was good till 36000. I had lots of issues with a noise that still to this day has not been corrected even after three attempts under my car by the Chevy service dept. I then had a computer recall or something that had to be replaced I also had a gas cap that malfunctioned and a clock that had to be replaced. Those are the non life threatening issues. I had an incident inside of the original warranty where the car threw parts out of the engine. It was the serpentine belt and the bracket that was metal that it was mounted on broke out of the engine as I was driving it. I am currently at 55000 and I have the power train on it. In the last month I have had the car in my possession 1 week the rest it's been in the service dept. A month ago the plastic and yes that's plastic housing for the thermostat blew apart on the interstate causing us to have to dial 911 to get help because we were trapped. Two weeks ago it spit out the timing belt and the valves got bent and the valve cover was damaged. We don't know what particles ended up in the engine for now. I have contacted Chevrolet on all these issues and I asked them before my warranty went out and right after the first incident to give me back the money for the car. They called me today and said I didn't have a case because the warranty was out I reminded them I had been asking since before at the first incident with the serpentine and bracket and they said sorry the warranty is out. I reminded them I have pictures of those parts and can prove it but that still wasn't good enough! I spoke to hannah a district specialist today and that is who lied to herself and said these occurrences were after the warranty. I have proof can you please help before my family dies and then we have dependents who will own the very company the gov't is trying to bail out. I need you to intervene before I go to court over this.

- Graniteville, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 292006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving 55 mph, the engine and transmission hold lights illuminated and then the vehicle downshifted into third gear. The contact had to shut the vehicle off in order to shift out of gear. The dealer inspected the vehicle five times and was unable to diagnose the failure the first three. On the fourth occasion, the dealer stated that the vehicle misfired. The dealer replaced all of the spark plugs and the air filter; however, the failure recurred nine days later. The dealer stated that the vehicle misfired again and the electronic cam shaft position sensor failed. They reprogrammed the electronic cam shaft position and, as of December 3, 2007, there had been no further occurrences. The failure mileage was 21,000 and current mileage was 45,000.

- Unadilla, NY, USA

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