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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,541 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #19

Mar 262016

Aveo

  • 82,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car idles rough and shudders in park and while stopped at traffic signals. Car has died at stops numerous times but usually starts again with no problem. When driving at all speeds and depressing the gas the car has no response or loses power and will not accelerate, then the rpms shoot up and the car lunges forward. This is dangerous! replaced the maf sensor thinking this could be the issue. This did not correct the problem and car is still acting up. Intermittent failure. No trouble codes and no check engine light.

- Blacklick, OH, USA

problem #18

Oct 272015

Aveo

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving 20, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the speed control sensor and accelerator pedal failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure.S the failure mileage was approximately 78,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #17

Jun 182015

Aveo

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving at 35 mph, the vehicle would accelerate without warning. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the spark plug and the air filter were replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Calvin, OK, USA

problem #16

Mar 072015

Aveo

  • 19,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

In August 2014, I purchased a used 2009 Chevrolet Aveo for my daughter. The vehicle had low mileage (16K) and, according to carfax, two previous owners with no reported maintenance problems. I had the car inspected by my local Chevrolet dealership before finalizing the purchase from a Nissan dealership and there were no problems detected. On the date in of the incident, my daughter was traveling on the highway coming home for spring break. She was driving approximately 68 mph when the car began to decelerate - the speed dropped from 68 to 58, then from 58 to 48, then, when the speed dropped to 38 mph and the car repeatedly failed to respond when she pressed the accelerator to regain speed, she was forced to pull over to the side of the road. She called me and described the problem. She waited about 5 minutes and then cranked the car again. The car did respond when she pressed the accelerator so she thought everything was okay and merged off the side of the road back into the flow of traffic on the highway. The car speed topped out at 45mph and then began decelerating. She pulled over to the side of the road again. She waited another 5 minutes. She again cranked the car and pressed the accelerator. The car would not move although the RPM needle moved appropriately. At that point, she called onstar and arranged for a tow truck to pick up the car. The vehicle was taken to a nearby Chevy dealership. The service manager verified the problem. Their recommendation was to replace the transmission in a car with only 1900 miles on it.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #15

Sep 252014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I was driving the vehicle home from work and while slowing down at a stop light, the vehicle started to shake and the check engine light came on. After that I went to accelerate when the light changed and the car would not go above 2 mph, even with the accelerator all the way to the floor. I brought it back to the dealer for the third time since I bought it 7 months ago and they are working on it now. They said it was the part that allows fuel into the engine.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #14

Sep 012014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
As a father I am writing this on behalf of my 18yr old daughter. This vehicle has lost steering, brakes and acceleration 3 times over 2 years of ownership. Each time has been at low speeds (2mph - 10mph) while driving at low speeds in traffic, the Aveo will loose the ability to accelerate, no matter how far the gas pedal is pushed down. The brakes only work slightly, and the pedal is hard push down. The steering is very unresponsive, similar to the brake issue it's hard to steer. While the above 3 issues happen at once, the engine is at idle. To fix, she has to turn the car off and restart.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #13

May 202014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving up hwy 31 in columbus and my car was like it wasn't getting gas. The engine continued to run. I pushed the accelerator to the floor and it made a connection again in approximately 1 minute. This happened twice and I took it to poynter Chevrolet in seymour. Nothing showed up on the computer and they kept my car 3 days and could not get it to duplicate the problem. My car was only doing this once a week, now it is doing it most of the time. You have no warning that it is going to slow up, only moving from the momentum of the previous speed. I looked on the computer at "problems with Chevy Aveos" and there are several people on the internet with the same problem. I called Chevrolet and they said they only do recalls from calls from mechanics who have fixed the same problem several times. How can I get this fixed if they don't know what is causing the problem? this could cause a fatal accident several ways so I'm afraid to drive the car. If I am on the highway going 70 mph and the car decides to just quit, I could get hit. If I'm making a left hand turn and there is on coming traffic I could get hit. I have a 2009 Chevy Aveo and I am afraid to drive it. Please look at the internet at all the other owners having the same problem.

- Elizabethtown, IN, USA

problem #12

Jun 172014

Aveo

  • 57,700 miles
While waiting in drive-thru for my order, my car began to shudder violently. I was idling at 1 RPM on the meter. Suddenly, my car accelerated itself up to 4 RPM. Had I not had my foot on the brake, I would have rear ended the vehicle in front of me. This persisted throughout the drive-thru and onto the roadway. I tried to accelerate and shift into second gear, but the car lost all power and then would rev up to 35mph without warning. Not once did my check engine light come on. Brought it to the dealer and was informed that my information cluster needed to be replaced and that Chevy doesn't cover that part outside of the warranty period. I just paid my car off and the extended warranty just expired. I'm looking at paying $700 and they're not done looking at my car. This is unacceptable. Something needs to be recalled because from what I've read, my car isn't the only one that has experienced this.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #11

Feb 102014

Aveo

  • 63,000 miles
Bought 2009 Aveo ls sedan brand new for daughter so she would have a safe car for college. When the car warms up it will not respond to gas pedal inputs. This happens on and off at random times, sometimes in the middle of an intersection, other times on the highway. We have parked the car as it is unsafe for our child to drive in the current condition. Trips to the dealership result in "we can't find anything wrong". frustrating.... this was an expensive lesson to never buy a GM product again!

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 312012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 106,234 miles
Just put it in drive give it gas wont go over 20 mph, put in nutreal it reves up rpms go up and sounds good put back in drive back to 20 mph even when giving it gas no rpms no go just 20 mph wont go any faster. What is going on. This seems to be a problem...

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 152011

Aveo

  • 28,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that as she removed her foot from the brakes in an attempt to leave a traffic stop, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The failure recurred intermittently. The contact stated that prior to the acceleration failure, the cruise control was activated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure and advised that the failure may have been caused by the floor mats. In addition, the electronic door locks were inoperable and was erratic. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000. The VIN was not available.

- Keokuk, IA, USA

problem #8

Aug 132011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
On the first incident, when driving at 40 mph started shaking like it wanted to stall and stopped accelerating. The next day when stopped at a light it started shaking and the RPM gauge was going up and down. It didn't happen again until about a month later, which is when I took it in, but the dealership couldn't replicate the problem. It kept happening -- the car would start shaking while driving like it wanted to stall and would slow down. Once while driving it dropped the acceleration to about 20 mph and would not go any faster, then just lost power to the engine. I took it again for one week but they couldn't replicate the problem. I got the car back and it was fine for about two weeks but now is happening regularly. Sometimes it just shakes quickly but something the acceleration completely drops and the car will just stop while I am driving, which is scary. I'll try to accelerate and nothing will happen, then finally it will go again. Sometimes I will stop and then the car will lurch forward. The RPM gauge is always moving up and down. There is no pattern as to when it happens. I've taken the car in two more times and still nothing. They just installed a data recorder and I recorded four instances and gave it back; I'm waiting to hear the results. It's very dangerous, because I will be driving in traffic and my car will just stop, and since I am not braking there is no indication to the car behind me. Also, no lights are coming on (no check engine light, etc.). I had my oil changed the first time since I was about due but that made no difference.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 302011

Aveo

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated while driving various speeds and merging onto a highway when the accelerator pedal was engaged he was unable to increase speed. After coasting to the side of the road in order for the vehicle to reset the vehicle was taken to a dealer who advised him that there was a wire loose on the sensor for the acceleration. The loose wire was repaired. Approximately 4 months later the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 9,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hempfield, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 052011

Aveo

  • 22,000 miles
I bought my 2009 Chevy Aveo a year and a half ago. When my car was at 6,000 miles, I drove my car to school and parked it in a parking garage. When I returned to my car at the end of the day it would not start. My car was towed to a dealership and a faulty fuel pump was replaced. When my car reached 16,000 miles I began experiencing shaking at stop lights and stop signs, and very slow delayed acceleration when starting to drive after stopping. The shaking and delayed acceleration would occur randomly yet was very likely when my air conditioning was on. I brought my car to the dealership yet they said the problem could not be replicated. My car is currently around 22,000 miles. Over the last week my car has begun decelerating and then suddenly lunging forward while I am driving. The deceleration and lunging forward is happening when I am driving on local roads at about 30mph and when I am on a highway driving around 70mph (and everything in between). Today, pulling out of a parking lot, my car was very delayed in acceleration. When I stopped at a stop light, my car began shaking and then shut off. This problem is sporadic, yet increasingly worrisome and dangerous. Dealerships have not identified a problem and insist there is nothing they can do.

- Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 012011

Aveo

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that while driving at any speed the vehicle would unexpectedly decelerate, surge forward and then shake while slowing down. The contact would have to apply repeated pressure to the accelerator pedal in order to continue driving at a normal rate of speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed an engine coil and cylinder head failed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 16,000 and the current mileage was 17,000.

- Marysville, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 042011

Aveo

  • 38,250 miles
My 2009 Chevrolet has had serious stalling or non responsive acceleration for 6 months now. On a regular basis the car will lose power to the engine; when stepping on the accelerator pedal. The car acts like there is no signals from the accelerator pedal to the throttle assembly. There are days when it does nothing at all. There are times when it happens then the engine will just seem to return to normal, then out of the blue the engine will lose power again. There are never any warnings or check engine lights. None have ever come on. We have taken the car to 3 different Chevrolet dealerships; and to one independent garage; who did have the problem happen once while I was driving with the owner, but the otc genisis device could not identify what was happening, it just recorded the history of the event. None of the Chevrolet dealers could get it to duplicate or find any codes in the 10 days they had the car. The problem seems to be getting worse. I have been taking videos with my htc droid when the car is having its problem (for all the good that will do). It is like keeping a journal. I show the RPM spikes and drops; the sudden deceleration and the ?no response when the gas peddle is pushed. The problem has occurred at all speeds, including when on the freeway. We have already spent over $600 on various (so called fixes); including a complete fuel system cleaning (including the throttle body cleaning) none have ever helped. I was told by a Chevrolet dealer it was a bad O2 sensor (but no check engine light had ever came on). O2 sensors always cause a check engine light to come on. I think it may be the entire ECU computer; but no dealer wants to admit that. I was told by the dealer today 01/04/2011; there is nothing more they will do; because we have too much negitive equity. They will not do a buy back. They have washed their hands of the issue. To bad there is no used car lemon law. 4 repair attempts and the problem is even worse.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 112009

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving the vehicle at a slow speed, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The dealer stated that they are unable to duplicate the failure. The contact was concerned since they were driving out of the driveway, which was on an incline. The vehicle continued to accelerate after taking her foot off of the accelerator pedal. The failure mileage was 25000 and the current mileage was 50000. Updated 10/05/10 the consumer stated the problem has worsened. The dealer claimed it was normal. Updated 10/07/10

- Carsonville, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 102010

Aveo

  • 13,421 miles
At any given time, during normal driving conditions the vehicle loses power and reduce speed without warrant, the RPM gauge will show at least 3 fluctuations of speed from 500 to about 3000 RPM when this occurs. Attempts to step on the gas pedal will not correct the situation. Second reaction from the driver would be to step on the brake pedal, and the vehicle will try to accelerate on its own. The vehicle will also stall if this occurs when being stopped at a traffic light and trying to accelerate. The dealer could not duplicate the failure in any of the three instances the vehicle was taken to them. Current mileage 13,421.

- Ozone Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 282010

Aveo

  • 10,682 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. When driving at speeds of at least 35 mph, the vehicle would lose power and decrease in speed without warrant. The contact would apply constant, steady pressure to the accelerator pedal until the vehicle would regain speed and resume normal operation. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was contacted but did not provide any further assistance. The failure and current mileages were 10,682.

- Mumford, TN, USA

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