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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,599 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.

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2008 Chevrolet Aveo drivetrain problems

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2008 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 042014


  • miles


My car started to shake, squeak, and jerk. This has been ongoing for a few days now, after taking it to two different mechanics. I then learned about the safety recalls for the wheel bearing, drive train, and pulley system for the engine. I called my dealership where I purchased the used car and was told they couldn't help me with recalls. I then called GM directly and was told there was no open recall on my car. I further researched and found that to be a lie, your data base alone states there is one that may cause the car to catch fire. This is my first car to purchase and with it having major safety recalls and no one wanting to help, I didn't know who else to contact.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 182012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
On the Chevy Aveo, all model years, the park lock sitch, that also makes the brake lights work, sometimes doesn't function. This makes it impossible to shift out of park when the brake pedal is depressed, also the brake lights don't come on. Therefore, when driving the brake lights sometimes don't work, which is a very dangerous situation.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 032014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
My grandmother has sought help because here key gets extremely hot. Her gear shifter locks up and she cant move it. The air bag light pops on and wont go off. Also she has asked multiple times at various dealers etc, about it and they tell her there are no recalls or anything known. We know their are problems with the daytime running light module but nobody seems to have any information on this... as I said this is for my grandmother.

- Booneville, MS, USA

problem #6

May 282014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


I put my car in park and it will not come out of park. I found out it was torque locked and had to follow all the steps from my manual and at the end it says get fixed asap. I have read that there are the same things happening to alot of Aveos 2008 and why is this not on the recall.

- Eagle Butte , SD, USA

problem #5

May 082014


  • 76,508 miles
I hear loud bangs coming from the rear section of the vehicle and took it to a local mechanic. He informed me that the axle housing bushings were worn causing movement side to side in the housing. When he called a dealer to purchase bushings the parts person said he could not sell the bushings but had to sell the complete housing because there were problems with the parts and it was redesigned. If they knew about a design flaw why did they not issue a recall for the parts. Estimated cost for new rear axle is $1,000 plus labor verses replacing bushing for around $70 plus labor.

- York, PA, USA

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problem #4

Aug 142013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 80,015 miles
We were on our way to the local market, going about 10 miles an hour, we started leaving one store to the I pull out to the light I start to hear a rattle..then a loud explosion under the hood..sparks and fire shot out and the engine died and we coasted about 20 feet and parked it.....I get out and look under the hood..the engine had dropped 8 inches from the frame and is merely 3 inches from the concrete......the engine pulleys are pushed up to the side of the car and I believe everything attached to the engine is bent one way or another and when it dropped it busted through the suspension!!!! we had it towed to clark's automotive in huntington West Virginia 25703 (304-522-3876). Everyone we talked to had never seen that happen before! thank you!!

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #3

Feb 202008


  • 3,000 miles


I bought a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo ls brand new. Rear drums of back brake replaced at 4,000 miles. Rotors turned at 3,000 miles rotors turned down at 14,000miless. Rotors turned at 22,000miles rotors replaced at 7,500 miles. Rotors /brake shoes needing replaced at 23,500 miles tires wore out at 14,000 miles dealer said lack of rotation. Showed documentation on rotation/balance because balance was an issue every 1,000 miles or so. Dealer said no defect found tire manufacture wouldn't replace, neither would Chevy brand new tires at 15,500 miles my cost!!! valvepan gasket needing replaced 20,000 miles.

- Westover, WV, USA

problem #2

May 012008


  • 500 miles
Purchased new 2008 Aveo in April 2007 which has excessive vibration. I took into dealership and was advised it was due to the ac causing extra work for the motor. Since it was summer time I went on my way and dealt with this vibration (which only happens while in drive) it is now January and no ac is being used. I took the car back in to the dealership and was told yes there is excessive vibration and we will look into it 4 hours later they called to let me know they cannot find the problem and even contacted the GM advisors and are all in agreement with this issue however since there is not service bulletin or recall regarding this I will have to just deal with it and wait and see if something comes up with a fix. I cannot believe I am having to just deal with a brand new car with issues...this car has been taken in several times already..shifter locked up and would not move from park so they replaced that...then car dies on hwy and was towed into the dealership had to fix something that had to do with the throttle, paint in now peeling and only has 11,000 miles any help would be great.

- Lebanon, OR, USA

problem #1

Jul 052008


  • 1,370 miles
About 300 hundred miles ago now 2008 Chevy Aveo lt with 1740 miles as of now and still driving. My wife and I feeling a vibrations on the car every time we stop at the traffic light. When car shift to drive it vibrate a whole lots for passenger to notice and I took the car twice to dealer and they said the car is fine with reading from computer. I took it second time and they check the motor mounts and transmission mounts ( visual inspections I think) but they said everything is fine but even the service manager says its normal for vibrations but not so when I was sitting in the back seat where I could still feel the vibrations. I like to know if the is a lemon or a defective part or what" please let me know what you think and who to contact" I was told to come at the dealer on August 4, 2008 because a GM tech person was coming to answer questions concerning cars. Manager and tech from GM did not show up so im left with a vibrations on the car that im paying unhappily. Please help. Have a nice day carmen

- Bronx, NY, USA

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