really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
73,393 miles
Total Complaints:
56 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. buy a new engine (17 reports)
  2. not sure (11 reports)
  3. rebuild the engine (10 reports)
  4. replaced timing belt (5 reports)
  5. Sell it for whatever...it's a lemon! (5 reports)
  6. check your timing belt (3 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Aveo engine problems

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2004 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #16

May 252010

Aveo 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


I bought this car less then a year ago and was told every thing was fine. The other morning while driving home it sputtered to a stop. Nothin we do right now wil fix it. We can buy a cheep belt but the cost and work that has to be done on it is ridiculous!! If anyone has suggestion on how to get GM to do something please email me fishergirl_08@hotmail.com

- , West Burlington, IA, USA

problem #15

Feb 022010

Aveo 1.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,125 miles

Our 2004 Aveo had its timing belt break at 56,125 miles. Engine was destroyed. We have tried to get GM to fix it with no success. I have now heard of this problems from a number of people and in an effort to get the word out started http://aveosfail.com to work unite owners. Please pass on your story and follow the site on Twitter @aveosfail


Update from Apr 7, 2010: We have file an Alaska Small Claim Court compliant against Chevrolet. So far they have said that they will fight the action and not stand behind their product. I'm waiting to see what happens next. If you are interested in what's happening, please contact me at alan@aveosfail.com

- , Valdez, AK, USA

problem #14

Feb 172010

Aveo 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,200 miles

i have a 2004 chevy aveo 1.6L 4Cyl and at only 58,000 miles the belt tensioner stoped working which caused 8 of my cylinders to get bent which ended up costing me $1,500 to fix the problem,i got lucky that when my car broke down i was driving 25mph and i heared a weired noise i pulled over right away ,or else the pistons on my car might have broke and then i would of had to get a new engine which probably would have cost me three times as much. At such a low milege i dont why it broke down on me at of nowhere every three months i would change the oil and checked if every thing was ok.

- , Pasco, WA, USA

problem #13

Jun 162008

Aveo LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The timing belt broke and I had the engine head and valves totally redone. Now at 85,000 miles the timing belt broke again and now I am told I need a new engine. There has to be some remedy to this situation as I cannot believe I only have 20K on a replaced upper motor and now the same problem and the whole motor is destroyed.

I will NEVER buy an American car again. Is there anything I can do about this travesty? Please help as I cannot afford a new car at this time and cannot afford to keep replacing engines as well. I was very faithful in maintaining the car as well. Please help me!

- , Thornton, CO, USA

problem #12

Jan 312010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

This car was for my Daughter in college. She was driving along minding her own business and WHOOLLAAWWW the car stopped! Take it to the dealer who states it will cost 2700 dollars to fix. No warning, no notice from my dealer that I need to change this timing belt at 50,000 miles.. I wish I would have done research prior to the car going bad!!! It horrible and now I have to ship my daughter my other car or pay the loan shark (Chevy) to fix it.

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 272009

Aveo LE 1.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 63,000 miles

This car should be covered under lemon laws. Disgusting and criminal design.

- , Santaquin, UT, USA

problem #10

Aug 142009

Aveo LS 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,416 miles


If anyone can give me assistance in how to fight GM for costs of engine rebuild

due to premature timing belt failure--please contact me at my e-mail susannpowell@hotmail.com with necessary info to get GM to stand behind the inferior "daewoo" sold as CHEVY and pay the damages incurred by their far inferior $15.00 timing belt--which would be the consumers repair in most cases--NOT the engine rebuild that follows such "interference" engine type calamities!!! Please, I really need some documentation of what GM can and will do...the Lander Motors dealership where I bought this Krummy K. KAR will do nothing about the $9995.00 cash invested and is "sorry" that I only put 8000 miles on it since the purchase!!! They are a fast growing monopoly throughout the Wyoming area...a new super-store of Fremont Motors is opening next week!! I hope people as dissatisfied as myself will join me there to witness this coming event!! I plan on wearing a "sign"

- , Lander, WY, USA

problem #9

Aug 102009

Aveo 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

My Chevy Aveo 04 just stopped on me. I have own this car for over five years and the warranty is out. I had a mechanic tell me it is the timing belt. I could not believe this was the problem because it only has 31,000 miles on it. It will cost me over a thousand to get it fix. I had a toyota that ran for 11 years ,and I never had a problem of this kind. I will never buy a Chevy car again. I hear this is a problem with these cars. This might be a factory defect and it should be covered for free, warranty or not.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Jun 142009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

I'm really hating this car, since I got it in 2005. The Aveo's timing belt failed and I had to replace it. The first problem happened in one year of owning this car.

- , Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #7

May 042009

Aveo 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,351 miles

water pump bearing stuck and timing belt slip out, engine valves bent, i call the dealer, got a new engine cost $5500 canadian dollars. buy a used engine, would cost around $1500 canadian dollars, but take risk. so, rebuilt the engine seems the cheapest way and reliable, cost around $1500 canadian dollars (including change a new water pump, tensioner pulley, idle pulley, and almost 12 valves, 6 intake valves and 6 exhaust valves).

- , Hamilton, ON, Canada

problem #6

May 062009

Aveo 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


This is in reference to the 2004 Chevy Aveo timing belt breakage. Basically, the owner must have it replaced at the 60,000 mile maintenance interval. Should breakage occur prior to that, IT IS covered under the power train warranty. Also, should the break occur before the 60,000 mile interval, the owner IS entitled to reimbursement. Finally, an inspection of the belt IS NOT required prior to the 60,000 mile replacement. I have a copy of the TSB which outlines all of this. If you would like a copy, please feel free to e-mail me at dyeazell@hotmail.com, and I will make a copy available to you.

- , Daleville, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 272009

Aveo LS 1.6L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

Ok was on my way to work this morning and heard a clunk and the engine died immediately on the interstate, had it towed to the dealership and they told me it was the Timing Belt and it had screwed my engine up and i needed a new one and that it would cost me around $2700.00 bux. To much of a piece of junk car to spend that much money on the garbage so said to hell with it. Stay away from this car nothing but troubles await you.

- , Huntington, WV, USA

problem #4

Sep 022008

Aveo 1.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,223 miles

on that day i was coming home i work nights i was jumping on the freeway and my car just quit running i pulled off to the sholder got it towed to home the tow bill costing me $165 that night for the tow i took it to my mech. he said that he would look at it he called me and told me that the timing belt went and i messed up the headers and the pistons and fried the water pump i was a only 56K when it happened it costing me almost 2900 to get a new motor to any one that buys a Aveo get you timing belt changed every 50K miles

- , Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #3

Feb 202009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My cute little Chevy Aveo was running just fine .. until the timing belt went out of timing. It was very costly to learn that my timing belt problem ruined my entire engine. So costly it is not worth fixing. This is devastating to me. I placed numerous calls to GMAC .. yet they had no empathy .. no sympathy. The dealer I bought it from said "I guess you got a bad one." The dealer never told me how important it was to get timing belts changed. The only time I had a timing belt go bad in a car was once .. and it was a simple fix (Ford Mustang) .. simply change the timing belt. NOT TRUE with the Chevy Aveo .. it destroys your entire engine. I am devastated. I still owe a little bit on my car .. there is NO WAY to pay to have the car fixed and also meet the car payments. Hard times going on here. And I will NOT buy another car from GM .. they have done nothing to help me. I even asked them if they would consider putting the car repair bill onto the balance of my loan (if I chose to have it repaired) and nope .. no help from them at all.

To all of you with Aveo's ... CHECK YOUR TIMING BELT .. have it changed ... so you are not in a desperate situation like I am.

- , Heron Lake, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 012008

Aveo LS 1.6L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

I was only merely bugged by this (in the beginning). I've never had a timing belt break before, but then again, I have them replaced at the recommended intervals. We were getting really close to the 60,000 mile recommend replacement... but with Christmas coming, I thought I'd wait until afterwards... Whelp, we didn't make it to the 60,000 mile point; it snapped, damaging the valve train. I was told that I would have to replace the head with a reman�d part. After being revived from hearing the cost, I decided to Google and ebay the engine information. This is when I started to get really p-o'd. Try googling the "aveo timing belt failure", you�ll find (literally) countless others who had suffered this same failure. I take very good care of the cars we have and I feel that even though this was a lower-cost vehicle...I shouldn't be stuck with having to buy a "wrecker" engine. But that's what I did, because it was cheaper than having the dealer fix the original engine. I trusted GM to acknowledge the problem after showing them 30 printouts of the exact failure...but they just wanted to sell me a new car (yeah, like I'll ever buy another vehicle from them again!). No wonder they are in such financial shape; they deserve it!

- , Santa Maria, CA, US

problem #1

May 222007

(reported on)

Aveo 1.6L I-4

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,000 miles

This problem is systemic in all Daewoo 1.6L engines including the Chevrolet Aveo. Go to your dealer and insist on EARLY replacement of the timing belt at 45000 miles to avoid a very expensive repair. The failure of the timing belt caused bent valves and cracked pistons which means a total engine overhaul or the purchase of a new engine. If this happens to you, ask the Chevrolet dealership to look up technical service bulletin number 3936 (NHTSA No.: 10020573). It details the problem and Chevrolet's liability. Chevrolet is hiding this failure information as a lot of these failures are happening just outside the warranty period. Be sure to push them for total compensation as they are 100% liable!!!

- , Vero Beach, FL, USA

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