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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,811 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #9

Nov 012011


  • 110,000 miles


The interior instrument panel lights all went out. This is an issue I found out from other owners has happened to all of them.

- Mulberry, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 022011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Driving vehicle through residential area, smoke and subsequent flames seen coming from center dash of 2006 Aveo. Vehicle stopped in street and fire extinguisher used to control fire and battery disconnected. Fire department responded and inspected vehicle. Vehicle towed to mechanic shop and inspection revealed drl module, airbag control module, and evaporator core housing blackened and melted along with multiple areas of the wiring harness melted. A report was filed with General Motors customer service and a claim submitted to their central claims division for consideration. Vehicle has not been repaired and is currently in storage awaiting decision from General Motors.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 072011


  • 37,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet Aveo instrument lights failed, rs tail light failed, rf parking lamp failed, shifter lights failed, and headlamp on warning indicator failed. Due to a wire short that appears to be common in this year/model. Created dangerous condition for my wife. Wires melted together, could have been fire hazard.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #6

Aug 282010

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Instrument cluster lights (speedometer, gas gauge, etc.) lights on shifter, and right rear taillights all went out at the same time. Fuses were all still good, light bulbs still good. Eventually tracked it down to a burnt out wiring splice, which had to be replaced. The loss of interior lights and brake lights is a serious hazard - especially when the fix requires hunting down bad factory wiring.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jan 022010


  • miles
I have a 2006 Aveo. In the last 12 months, the car has been in the shop for loss of power twice, throttle sensor replaced. Battery replaced, headlights blow out within months of being replaced. Ignition gets extremely hot. Radio blew out, A/C no longer works, passenger side airbag light has now burned out, instrument panel/shifter lights going out. And the car is now back in the shop with a bad alternator. The cost of repairing this vehicle in the last 12 months is ridiculous...not to mention the towing, the strandedness and stress. I also have a 2000 Toyota corolla that has never been in the shop since I purchased it other than routine repairs.....the Aveo is not worth the money, even when purchased used.

- Rosamond, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 242010


  • miles
2006 Chevy Aveo hatch back my wife had purchased the 2006 Chevy Aveo and just one month ago it started to have problems 1- battery went dead purchased 2 new one before it w okay 2- lighters did not work had it checked and they could not find problem could be wiring 3- alternator goes out leaving my wife stranded 4-alternator goes the next week again leaving my wife stranded for at least an hours and a week before the item could be fixed 5- thermostat has broke in half and now since I live on guam item is not in stock help us on guam

- Tamuning , GU, USA

problem #3

Oct 282009


  • 28,675 miles


2006 & 2007 Chevy Aveo svm models. Both alternators failed within 1 month of each other. Dealer claims to have replaced 'many' alternators for Aveo model in just the last week. Dealer claims that Aveo has this problem with alternators, but they are not covered under warranty. Alternator causes massive electrical problems throughout car. One car lost battery, dome light, radio, wipers, throttle sensor due to malfunctioning alternator. Alternator on Aveo should be a recall item as it is a prevalent issue for the model. It should not be a 'dealer makes money' since car is 3 months out of warranty.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 052008


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that his headlights burned out every two months. The contact stated that the failure was electrical. The dealer and manufacturer have not been notified. The VIN number was unknown. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Bainbridge Island, WA, 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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