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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,323 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #12

Jun 102010

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 19,251 miles


2007 Aveo 5, new purchase in April 2008. 1. highway driving is extremely scary, cannot drive at "posted speed limits in North America.roof howls & vibrates, we fear that roof will detach & blow Unable to reproduce. 2. freezing outdoor temperatures, defroster fails, needs hand toweling, excessive moisture & frozen ice on all inside windows set on "defrost/ fresh air/ high fan/ medium high heat, even after 1 hour still very humid & wet. Difficult to see clearly while driving. Tech:no fault found 3.air bag warning light goes off & on when it wants, with people in both front seats. Tech: Unable to duplicate 4. front end groans harshly when driving over dips in road our speed bumps. Tech lubricated. 11 failed attempts on our part/in letters to GM CEO's about our safety concerns-no response, interest or reply back. Service refused viewing our video of our highway driving, tired of GM service "loop hole excuses" gammot runaround system & getting know results. Please help us, we bought this car for road trips around North America, we clearly would be risking our lives doing hwy posted speeds that are as high as 80 miles per hour in some states. We are done with this Aveo 5!

- British Columbia, 00, USA

problem #11

Jun 102010


  • 28,000 miles
Passenger air bag intermittently will not engage when a passenger is in the seat the car has been tested and it was proven to a Chevy tech that this is a problem.

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

problem #10

Dec 012007


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. Once the vehicle is shifted into park, it will not shift into any other gear. The contact managed to move the gear out of park when she stuck a sharp object into the gearbox. The vehicle has been to the dealer four times and they replaced the gear shifter, but that did not correct the failure. The dealer also thought it was the brakes, but that also did not correct the failure. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that the dealer would repair the vehicle. The contact recently noticed that the air bag light was illuminating. The dealer replaced the front driver's side air bag. The failure mileage was 1,000 and current mileage was 37,000.

- Polk City, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 032009


  • 20 miles


We purchased a new 2007 Chevrolet Aveo from devoe Chevrolet in alexandria, Indiana, on 4-12-2007. From the beginning, the passenger side front air bag has only worked intermittently. We have taken the car back to devoe several times, but they could never duplicate the problem, or find anything wrong. Yet, the problem still persisted. They did replace the seat, checked the seat with weights, etc., but it did not fix the problem. Finally, when the air bag was not working with me (teresa shuman) sitting in the passenger seat, we took it to devoe, and rusty (the service department manager) saw that the air bag was not working with me sitting in the passenger seat. They again tried to check things out for about an hour or so while we were there, but found nothing wrong. They did finally find an older bulletin from GM that said the air bag in the Aveo sometimes did not work for the passenger if someone leaned back a lot (I wasn't), or if their bottom didn't fit the seat correctly. Devoe has no idea what to do at this point. We called stephanie (GM rep at 1-866-790-5700, ext 21936, case #71-692588437). Stephanie told my husband craig that there was nothing that GM can do to fix the problem. The car is still under warranty. We do not find this acceptable at all!!!! and, the air bag has not just malfunctioned with me, but also malfunctioned with some of our family and friends. We were not told, when we purchased the car, that the air bag would maybe not work, or would only work intermittently, if a person's bottom did not fit the seat correctly. The air bag has malfunctioned for overweight, under weight, and normal weight people. This is a major safety issue, especially in a car as small as the Aveo!!! we cannot believe that GM more or less told us to live with this problem. Please help us. And, it's important that people who have purchased an Aveo, or are thinking about purchasing an Aveo, know that the passenger front air bag may not work.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #8

May 042007


  • 8,297 miles
"passenger airbag is off" light comes on when adult is seated indicating airbag is disabled. Have had it in for service four times. Have been told we were not sitting in the seat properly. GM replaced seat and sensor, but did not correct the problem. Last service date is 12/24/2008. Was told that the problem cannot be fixed. Reported at 8297 miles; current mileage is 53783. I was informed that the airbag may not deploy in an accident increasing chance of injury.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

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problem #7

Oct 042008


  • miles
I bought my Aveo new. At only 6,000 miles the master cylinder failed and 5,000 miles later the brake booster failed and I crashed--the air bags did not deploy. GM would fixed the brake booster but not the damage to my car! at 13,000 miles the brake drums needed to be re-surfaced, the brake rotors needed to be cut, and I had to get new brake pads--again GM would not fix it and made me pay for it. At 16,000 miles the air bag sensor for the passenger failed. At 18,000 miles the gas gauge failed and the shifter got stuck in park, and the cruise control would work on and off. At 20,000 miles the all four tires needed to be replaced. Around this time, gas mileage dipped to about 19-21mpg, but GM couldn't figure out why. At 30,000 miles I had to get new rotors and brake pads--again I had to pay for it even though they are wearing out prematurely. At 35,000 miles the transmission started to shift hard so GM recommended I change the transmission fluid at a cost $450 because the fluid has a special additive that is shipped from Korea! at 44,000 miles the engine died--more like blew up. GM said that it is my fault for letting it run too hot, though I had no warning from any gauges, lights, ect... again I had to fix it even though I had the 100,000 mile warranty. At 48,000 miles the A/C needed to be overhauled--I had to pay for it. At 52,000 miles I hit a deer and again the air bags did not deploy. The insurance company junked it. Absolutely without a doubt in my mind the worst car I have ever owned. GM should be sued for this car. They do not honor the warranty at all. The service departments treated me with disrespect. A couple of dealers refused to even accept my car for repair. The car is very scary to drive and not safe at all. With all the money I spent fixing the car plus my car payment each month, I could have easily purchased a BMW instead. GM is absolutely the worst folks to deal with. Never again will I buy or support anything from GM.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 082008


  • 39,280 miles


Airbag did not deploy in front end crash of 40 mph.

- Okeana, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 012007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,813 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving 15 mph, the passenger air bag light would not enable itself. The failure occurs intermittently and while driving various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately four or five times. Initially, the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. During the second visit, a sensor was ordered. During the third visit to the dealer, they replaced and installed the new sensor, which repaired the failure for approximately one month. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for the fourth time and they replaced the SDM. This temporarily corrected the failure for two or three months. The failure mileage was 2,813 and current mileage was 14,000.

- Takoma , WA, USA

problem #4

Jan 172008

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Accident/ rear ended another vehicle in my 2007 Chevy Aveo 5. $3,200 damage to my car and airbags did not deploy.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 102007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Aveo passenger airbag light stays on when my wife who weights about 130 lbs. I have had the auto into the dealership 7 times since I purchased it in Feb 2007 to repair this problem. They claim that they have contacted GM about this problem, but not come up with a fix for it. I called GM customer relations about this problem. They are no help either. They claim they replaced every thing connected with the air bag system, but it still don't work. My wife will not ride in the car the way it is, so I have a car that I can't take my wife with me when I go any place. Would you please look into this problem for me, and let me know what they have to say about it.

- Freeland, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 162007


  • miles
I bought a Chevrolet Aveo one month ago from a dealer in egypt, and when I was making a turn on the highway, I used the brakes slightly and what happened is that the car began moving on its left side, then flipped over two times on the road. The problem is that the airbags didn't open, I was injured... when I went to the certified dealer, he told me that this car doesn't have airbags, while all the brochures on the net and on Chevrolet's site say that frontal airbags is a standard feature in the car.. the other problem is that during the brake, the tires locked which made the car move by its side rather than doing the brake, and I was told that Chevrolet Aveo lacks ABS system... I want to know the truth because I think I was deceived in the safety of this car.. ps. I have the pictures of the crash..

- Cairo, Egypt, 00, USA

problem #1

Sep 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 212 miles
: the consumer stated that after purchasing a new vehicle, the passenger side airbag intermittently went into lock mode. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who performed a diagnostic test the vehicle was currently at the dealer and was not being serviced. The vehicle was a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. Updated 10/25/2006 - the air bag locked in the off mode although an adult passenger (155 lbs) was in the passenger seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and tested. The dealer stated that their test indicated there was nothing wrong with the system. The dealer claimed that the passenger was sitting in the seat incorrectly.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

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