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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,254 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.

2008 Chevrolet Aveo engine problems

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2008 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 192013


  • 72,000 miles


As I was driving on the 805 freeway between H St and L St in san diego California my car started to smoke from the engine. I decided to pull over to let my car rest. This has never happened to me before. When I pulled over at 10:09 am the smoke started to come in through the air conditioner. I then got out to avoid smelling the smoke. When I got out of the vehicle not even a minute later the engine caught fire. I called 911 and a fire truck showed up at 10:18am. The flames devoured the whole front of my car, my engine, my interior, my vehicle is completely totaled.

- Bonita, CA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Dec 232011


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact was notified that his vehicle was on fire. The fire department reported to the scene and a fire report was filed and the vehicle was towed to an auto body shop. The cause of the fire was unknown but originated in the engine. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 192009


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving approximately 50 mph the driver struck a deer in the roadway. The vehicle spun out of control. He then gained vehicle control, and pulled over to the side of the road and exited the vehicle. Suddenly, the vehicle engulfed into flames without warning. The fire department and police were called to the scene. There was minor injury sustained. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The cause of failure has not been determined at this time. The failure and current mileages were 36,000.

- Byron, NY, USA

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