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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,580 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Aveo drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 202014


  • miles


My key was stuck in the ignition between the "accessory" setting and having the car running. I googled the problem; recommended fix was to remove fuse for radio, so I did. I was able to remove keys from ignition but when I was ready to leave again I could not shift out of 'park.' I put the radio fuse back in, and my gearshift & transmission work perfectly. Every time I get out of my car I have to pull the radio fuse out, remove my keys, then install the radio fuse again so that I can get out of 'park' when I need to drive later.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 152014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving various speeds, there was an abnormal smell of rubber and the vehicle failed to accelerate without warning. The vehicle would not shift out of the drive position. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #7

May 022008


  • 28,756 miles
The engine would loose power and surge also check engine light came on. The throttle body was replaced. It happened a second time and again the throttle body was replaced this was on August 10, 2010. Now a third time the throttle body is being replaced September 19, 2014.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 092011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 25,624 miles


At a stop the car was put in park, ignition switch turned off and the key would not come out. Started the car again and could not move the shifter out of park. Vehicle was taken to the dealership. Ignition lock module was not sending signal. It was not grounding out as designed. Module was replaced. There was still no change in resolving the problem. Tested shifter and found internal failure of module. The entire shifter module and assembly was replaced.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 012014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Aveo. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle multiple mechanical and electrical problems. The consumer stated she experienced multiple mechanical and electrical problems with the vehicle. It was not disclosed to her, that the vehicle had frame damage, it was a fleet vehicle, and the air bags were replaced with used ones. While driving 45 mph, a bolt in the broke, which caused the engine to collapse and landed on the axle, breaking it on the driver's side. Also, she had the axle replaced previously, not knowing there was a problem with the frame. Due to the frame damage and warped undercarriage, a bolt connected to the frame that was connected to the motor mount hidden under the engine had previously bent and severed 3/4 of the way through the bolt. It went un-detected and her mechanic didn't know what to look for, since the frame was not disclosed.

- Selma, CA, USA

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problem #4

Jul 072010


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that she could not remove the key from the ignition. In addition, the vehicle would not properly accelerate on an incline. The vehicle was taken for inspection however, the mechanic could not diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of problem. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Live Oak, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 272013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that after parking, the vehicle rolled away in reverse. The contact engaged the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the shifter cable tab fractured and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 78,000...updated 12-30-13 updated 1/17/2014

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 112009


  • 35,983 miles
2006 Chevy Aveo hatchback, throttle box had to be replaced, not under warranty.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 272009


  • 38,857 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the key was stuck in the ignition and the gear was unable to be shifted out of park. The key will not move from the locking position. In order to turn off the vehicle, the contact must disconnect the battery. The battery must then be reconnected to restart the vehicle. The dealer stated that the repair would cost $300. The failure mileage was 38,857.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

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