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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,385 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Sep 042007

Aveo

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had this car for awhile it had 13teen miles on it when I got it and the censor light do not go off I had them replace and it still do the same thing and the brake switch get stuck often and I do not know if my brakes lights are on most of the time when I stop and with the engine light not going off it very hard to register my car this is not right and has cause alot of hard ship for me and I have to drive my car for my job 100% of the time what can be done and I see other have had the same problem with this car too

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #34

Mar 232014

Aveo

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo ls. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the entire instrument panel failed to illuminate. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the fuel box splice connector was burned. The fuel box and wiring harness would require replacement. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ephrata, PA, USA

problem #33

Dec 292013

Aveo

  • 96,000 miles
First, the interior dash lights stopped working on my 2005 Chevy Aveo. Then on my way back to my college the tail lights and brake lights stopped working. I had not known this until I was almost rear ended by an 18-wheeler who could not tell that I was hitting my brakes! finally after bringing the vehicle to the dealership it was determined that the gray and white splicer at the top right-hand corner of my fuse box, which connects the wires in the fuse box to the engine wire harness, was so badly burnt from the wires shorting each out spontaneously. They want to charge me $1,290 to replace the part, and that is not including labor fees! in hope to find a cheaper alternative, I called every junkyard and U-pull it location and none of them had the connector because they had already been pulled out and sold since this is such a common problem. As a college student who is paying her own way, I cannot afford to take care of a problem like this, especially when it is a manufacture defect! I heavily rely on my car to get to school and work, and it is terrible to be in such a predicament. I understand this is a very common problem with the same year make and model vehicle. It is absurd that we put our trust into 2005 Chevy Aveos only to have our lives put in danger when using them and then have to pay such a large amount of money to fix an issue that the manufacture is ultimately responsible for. There should be a recall for these issues! especially since so many people have been putting complaints in about it as early as 2007, only two years after the car was made! how many lives have to be put into danger before the right party is held responsible for this?! something has to be done about this because it's not fair!

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #32

Jun 032013

Aveo

  • 10,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had trouble with fuses and shorts due to bad engine fuse box I have paid to have fuses replace 5 times they keep burning and shorting out due to bad fuse box. No one seems to know how to fix problem lights go on, and off, inside light wont work, horn wont work, running lights wont turn off, O2 fuses wont work I need help I need to know how to repair for good.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #31

May 272013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Several customers have had this same problem with defective wiring inside of the fuse box in which the splice pack overheats and causes wires to melt. This causes the electrical systems to malfunction, brake lights to go out, turn signals to stop working, dash safety indicators to flicker on and off, the radio to stop working, and headlights to stop working. This is an ongoing problem that Chevy does not want to address but it has caused a car to stall in the middle of the highway and affects safety of the vehicle passengers, the driver, and the passengers in other vehicles. I feel that the 2004-2008 Chevy Aveo is a prime candidate for a recall because of safety issues.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #30

Feb 202013

Aveo

  • miles
The instrument panel and shifter lights along with the dimmer for the clock, radio, and other interior lights stopped functioning yesterday. There have been several times the lights blinked off and back on but they are completely out now. After researching several forums (ex. chevroletforum.com/forum/sonic-Aveo-new-11/dash-lights-Aveo-20707/), I found other people who had this same issue. It seems there is a defective part in the engine fuse panel that causes this issue. This could be a major concern to many drivers because you cannot see any of the dash instruments including the speedometer, gas gauge, tachometer, and temperature gauge.

- Union City, MI, USA

problem #29

Feb 222013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My engine light stay on after I replace censor and now my brakes lights are all out my clock don't work right my low beams are going on an off and after replacing bulbs still do the same thing I just don't wont this care to catch on fire on me I have had it sense 2005 and bought it bran new and these problems are of very serious concern to me this car has serious problems and I have been reading about them on the internet why no recall yet on these cars.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #28

Feb 082013

Aveo

  • miles
First my back running light went out, next front running light went out, both out now. No fuses burnt out. Splicer is burnt and needs to be replaced. Seems to be an ongoing incident.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #27

Dec 032012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
The instrument panel and shifter lights along with the dimmer for the clock, radio, and other interior lights stopped functioning yesterday. There have been several times the lights blinked off and back on but they are completely out now. After researching several forums (ex. chevroletforum.com/forum/sonic-Aveo-new-11/dash-lights-Aveo-20707/), I found other people who had this same issue. It seems there is a defective part in the engine fuse panel that causes this issue. This could be a major concern to many drivers because you cannot see any of the dash instruments including the speedometer, gas gauge, tachometer, and temperature gauge. Many suggestions to fix this issue were to replace the part, but the part is not available through the dealer or any parts store. Another way to fix the issue was to take out the part and join all of the wires together through soldering or a connector but I think this should be something that Chevrolet fixes.

- Oxford, OH, USA

problem #26

May 122012

Aveo

  • 31,000 miles
The dashboard lights we intermittently working/not working around May. Turns to be a big problem when I drive at night since I cannot see the speed. Also, a couple of weeks ago the lights on the Pilot's side stopped working. Again, big problem because turns to be dangerous to drive at night. Luckily I do most of my driving during the day, but with the winter approaching, I'm taking my car to the garage for a fix. As you can see on the link attached, this is a common issue with this kind of cars: chevroletforum.com/forum/sonic-Aveo-new-11/dash-lights-Aveo-20707/.

- Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #25

Oct 062011

Aveo

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated all of the interior light as well as the front parking light and passenger side tail light were not working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the wiring harness was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Herald, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 182012

Aveo

  • 125,000 miles
The dashboard lights, gear selector lights, and right rear tail lights, all went out at the same time. I have replaced all of the bulbs possible and all of the fuses are normal and functional. This is a big safety issue because I can't tell my speed engine temp or fuel level while driving at night and I no longer have right taillights making my vehicle harder to see at night.

- Fortuna, CA, USA

problem #23

Jun 072011

Aveo

  • 90,000 miles
Automobile tail lights, front parking lights, instrument panel illumination lights, and gear shift illumination lights went out at the same time.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #22

Jun 122012

Aveo

  • 58,000 miles
Coming home from work, dash lights got brighter, airbag light stayed on, car tried to stall around a corner when brakes were pressed. Took in for service, had alternator and battery replaced, also serpentine belt. This was 4 months ago. Problem was not fixed, just made it less severe. Since that time, when you hit the brakes the headlights dim. The dash clock comes on and off randomly, the airbag light is on all the time. When it is cold (the car, not the weather), the transmission has a hard time shifting. As of this morning it will not start. Am going to have it looked at tomorrow morning, but do not have high hopes. Bought car in 2006 with 8,000 miles on it, have had shift lock assembly replaced, wheel bearings, battery, alternator, serpentine belt. Probably other things I cannot think of right now. The electrical problem worries me though.

- Hamilton, MI, USA

problem #21

Dec 132011

Aveo

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the instrument panel illumination and the tail lights malfunctioned. The contact was unable to read the speedometer or the fuel gauge. There was no manual switch to operate the exterior lights. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test or repairs. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Tea , SD, USA

problem #20

Feb 102012

Aveo

  • 127,500 miles
Multi fault lighting problem(dash, shifter and rh rear running lights) Aveo lt 2005 127500 miles.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #19

Feb 012012

Aveo

  • miles
N/a

- Orlando, FL, USA

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 fortune...now 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

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