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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,857 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 engine problems

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #10

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 #9

Jan 282011


  • miles
Replaced every emissions at least four/two sets of tires/shocks/strutsengine seals/signal lights/headlight /tail light pretty much every light including inside car that I can think of/ replaced two batteries/ had corrosion taken out of different parts under hood as well replace many wires under hood. I have putting money in this car since 2009. I am done it has a total of 43,000 not buy one.

- Lller, MD, USA

problem #8

Feb 092012


  • 44,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle decelerated and the rpms began to increase rapidly. The contact was able to continue driving at a reduced speed. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 44,700.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012011


  • 61,000 miles


The thermostat casing and thermostat blew when I was on the freeway. When I took it to the repair person, he said the parts are really cheap. It's a design flaw and Chevy should do a recall.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 072011


  • 80,000 miles
Check engine light constantly coming on. June, 2011 light kept coming on even after replacement for O2 sensors. July, 2011 thermostat housing goes out without check engine light coming on. Housing replaced and light keeps coming back on again. Alternator went out right after warranty expired. Windshield cracked when temperature dropped quickly outside. Other parts replaced as well.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 132010


  • 62,590 miles
There was no specific event leading up to the failure. The failure occurred in my 2006 Chevy Aveo. The thermostat housing (made of plastic) completely broke apart and all the antifreeze flowed out. There was no warning. I have ordered a new housing and thermostat, which Chevy has re-designed to longer plastic, and my husband will be replacing. Obviously, Chevy knew there was an issue or they would have stuck with the plastic version. I believe this item should be recalled. Thank you

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 132010


  • 85,000 miles


While my 2006 Aveo was facing out from a driveway to enter a four lane road, with my foot on the brake, the engine suddenly began to race wildly, the car bucked, I put more pressure on the brake. I shut the engine down and restarted it; the engine continued to race. I repeated this and waited longer before restarting; this time the engine was at a normal idle. Considering everything going on; I thought you should be made aware.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 162009


  • 53,000 miles
My engine raced as I approached a red traffic light. I was able to stop without much difficulty. I turned off the engine and restarted the car with no further difficulty. This problem has not occurred since. I am reporting this minor incident at this time because I am told the vehicle has an engine manufactured in Japan.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 022009


  • 50,345 miles
After pulling into a parking space, my 06 Chevy Aveo's engine shut off and I started rolling backwards out of my parking space. I had to press hard on my brakes to stop me from rolling. I had to remove my key and start my engine again. I was still in drive when my engine died and everything in my car was still on ie radio and lights. There is no reason that my automatic car should be rolling backwards while still in drive. Took it to the dealership and they said my comp was running a throttle body repair. Since that would be the third throttle body in nine month, the dealer decided to contact GM and look into it. Throttle body checked out fine, and GM told dealership to run more diagnostics and put miles on my car. After a whole week, the best the dealership could tell me was that they had no idea what was wrong with my car and GM didn't know either. They said if it was replicated again, to have it towed and not to turn the car back on. An 06 with only 50,000 miles on it should not have these kinds of problems. In only nine months of owning my car I have had two throttle bodies, a new head, a new timing belt, and a new brake light switch. I will never buy this car again. Now I have to wait until this car dies again and causes me to get into an accident before I can do anything about it. I am extremely displeased with GM.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,176 miles
: the contact stated the check engine light has been illuminating since purchase. The vehicle has been to the dealership twice for this problem, but the computer displays no codes. The invoice stated the manufacturer is aware of the problem and is currently investigating a possible repair. The recommended repair will be sent to the dealerships when found.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

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