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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
22,189 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Chevrolet Aveo steering problems

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2011 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles


My daughter brought a 2011 Chevy Aveo in Wisconsin. When she came back home there were several occasions that I used her car. The first time I drove her car I drove it to work. While I was driving at 55 mph the car jerked very hard to the left. I had to really hold the steering wheel harder than usual to gain control of the car. I called my daughter and asked her about the car jerking towards incoming traffic. My daughter stated that the car did jerk sometimes. I told my daughter to go get the car checked out. I told her to have them check the jerking out and why the car was wearing out tires so fast. My daughter had the car checked and she was told her car couldn't be aligned. My mom, my other daughter, her father, step father and myself drove the car at different times and it jerked while each of us drove it. Unfortunately, my daughter lost her life in an accident in that same Chevy Aveo in 2014. I was told to come to the hospital because there was an accident on August 1 at 11:45. When I arrived at the hospital the coroner and the state trooper met me in a waiting room. They explained to me that my daughter passed away in the car accident she was involved in. She had crossed over the median line and on the shoulder. She tried to correct herself and get back in her lane and was hit on the driver side and killed instantly. When they told me that I knew that the car had jerked on her again and this time cost my daughter her life. Yes, it was foggy and damp from the rain that evening. The police stated that a tire was slick and the road was wet. I was very glad that she was talking to her friend that night. Her friend was the one who called the police when she heard my daughter scream an the line went dead. I just want someone to know that something was wrong with that car. I looked online and found people who had the same problem with their Aveo's as well....updated 02/11/15

- Bladenboro, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 172014


  • 62,000 miles
I was driving on a backroad going about 30 mph. My engine shut off causing me to lose my power steering and power brakes. I was able to get the car into a parking lot and pull my emergency brake. I then shut off and restarted my car. It started fine. It is now at a dealership where they can find nothing wrong. Although it is still stalling on them as well.

- Fort Thomas, KY, USA

problem #4

Aug 012012


  • 24,000 miles
I have been trying to get this issue resolved for about a year to no avail. My 2011 Chevy Aveo 1.4L has a very bad vibration at idle that can be felt on the whole front end and through to the steering column. I have motor mounts replaced (they had broken), replaced spark plugs, and motor and transmission shifted to sit better. Unfortunately, none of this has rectified the issue. I have been speaking with Chevy's customer service department that has proven useless and dealerships stating that this is just what the car does. I'm concerned that since this vibration can break motor mounts it can obviously cause damage elsewhere. I now have a burning smell that can't seem to be located and none at Chevy seems to be concerned.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 39,828 miles


12-1-12 purchased vehicle from [xxx], the vehicle had a slight pull and sale person said it was just the low tire. While filling out paperwork and finance docs vehicle was detailed and tire was adjusted. We had the finance people put an extra clause in about the tire and the issue being fixed. 1/3/13- car goes in because of it pulling and tire light on- they said it was just because the detail person over filled all of the tires. Because of medical surgeries I was unable to drive the car from time of purchase until January 29, 2013. I gave it a month just because I was going from an SUV to this small car and I kept thinking that it was just the difference in cars. Then I decided no there is something wrong with this car. 3/2/13 back to [xxx] for pulling and whistle noise. Shop cross rotated tires and did alignment and said car was all fixed. 3/18/13- took car back same thing car pulls at 60-65 feels like the front and back are fighting against each other. [xxx] replaced tire and forced alignment(no where on the invoice can I find that they replaced the tire but per [xxx] they did) 3/25/13- car back to [xxx] same thing, put a shim in and aligned again. (during this visit a scratch and a dent occurred while they had vehicle) 3/29/13- looked at dent and said they did it to bring car in on 4/2/13 for repairs I also advised that the car is still doing the same thing pulling. 4/2/13- car back fixed paint and two or three people test drove car and yes the car is pulling but that's just because the car is small and it's just how the Aveo drives. Bottom line I am being told is even though several attempts to repair a Chevy Aveo is just a vehicle that pulls against itself while driving down the freeway. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 242012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 6,700 miles
When turning vehicle all the way to left or right brakes fail to operate correctly. The brake pedal becomes hard and gives you less than 10% braking function. Is not intermittent, it happens every time vehicle is turned completely to left or right and the brake is applied.

- Guernsey, WY, USA

problem #1

Dec 022010


  • 607 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated while driving 75 mph, the vehicle started to pull to the right abnormally the contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer twice for a wheel and steering alignment but none of the repairs remedied the steering issue. The contact stated that the vehicle was becoming unsafe to drive and the failure could potentially cause a crash. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 607. Updated 01/14/11

- Iowa Park, TX, USA

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