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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 192016


  • 100,000 miles


Air bag fault indicator has come on and remains on. Mechanic can not diagnose to repair. Airbags are critical to the safety of persons in this small lightweight vehicle. Normal driving, commuter.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 122012


  • 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 #5

Nov 222011


  • 85,000 miles
I was traveling North under an overpass when my light turned green and a car coming off the hwy heading West ran the stop light. I hit the brakes when I saw her but it was too late and she was going too fast. The front bumper on the 2005 Chevrolet Aveo I was driving hit her car on the drivers side aft quarter panel. The impact spun her car all the way around and I just rolled to a stop. I got out to go talk to her and she drove off. I got back in my car and followed her. When I caught up to her, she was a nervous wreck. I talked her into following me across the street to a circle K gas station and waited for police. She was driving a 2005, I think, Lexus 330, again I think. The bad thing was neither one of our cars airbags deployed. Her car might be correct but all my damage was straight in the front on the bumper and the hood has some minor damage but the front bumper is trashed. I was wearing my seatbelt but I did injure my back and my stomach area. I have not been to the doctor yet as I am waiting to make sure I'm not just sore from the impact.

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #4

May 142009


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the transmission locked up on his vehicle. While making a right turn, he stated that the front half of his vehicle stopped, but the rear continued to move. The speed was unknown. The vehicle rolled over three times down an embankment and was destroyed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on three occasions and they stated that the computer control transmission system failed. The vehicle downshifts and locks into gear by itself. The failure began after a recall was issued by the manufacturer. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact was the only occupant in the vehicle and was not injured. A police report was filed. GM does not accept responsibility for the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Dustine, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 162007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles
On September 16, 2007, my daughter was struck by a drunk driver. She was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. She lost control and struck a concrete retaining wall virtually head on at 55 mph. The insurance company totaled the car, due to heavy front end damage. Her air bags did not deploy, although the vehicle was equipped with them. I called Chevrolet on Sept 21, 2007, to request that they look into what happened to the safety features on the car, and why they did not work. In return, the report is bogged down in red tape, an inspector called us last week (Oct. 11, 2007), and said he would be looking at the car. So far, we cannot locate a report and Chevy is denying the inspection took place. I am sure they are stalling for time so the car is sold for salvage. This was a serious problem, and should have been looked into immediately, which is all that asked of them. In return, nothing but stalling tactics have occurred. Chevrolet refuses to give phone numbers for customer assistance, and keeps referring me back to the department I cannot get information from.

- Denver, CO, USA

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problem #2

Aug 032007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Traveling on 695 driving on an overpass from work, 05 Aveo pulled to the right. When I attempted to correct the direction of the car by turning slightly left, the car could not be corrected with steering or brake, it went left across the other lane and hit a jersey wall. Car rolled over. Speed was about 50-55. I was lucky I had my seat belt on and was not hit by another auto or truck. Whether was clear but windy. Time was 1:30pm.

- Dundalk, MD, USA

problem #1

May 182007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
At about 9:30 pm on the 18th of May 2007, my car was struck head on at an intersection in el centro, ca. My car was sitting still at the time, the vehicle that struck me was going about 60 mph. My radiator and engine were both hit hard enough to destroy them, my air bags never deployed.

- El Centro, CA, USA

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