really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,298 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo drivetrain problems

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 212015


  • 14,321 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that while trying to reverse, the lever was shifted into reverse but the vehicle failed to move. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 14,321.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Dec 162014


  • 59,856 miles
Car went to 500 RPM then dropped to 300 RPM then down to 100 RPM; I immediately pulled off the main road to a side street. Lost power steering and was unable to restart car again. Car taken to local mechanic after running diagnostic tests on the vehicle, determined the car was savable and that the timing belt broke causing three sets of valves to bend. The timing belt kit, head gasket, water pump and valve kits need to be changed. The engine needs to be reconditioned; new engine oil needs to be put into the car along with flushing the fluids. Since this is a massive rework of the vehicle, it will be out of service one week and the repair cost is $2,100. Mileage on the car is under 60,000, I am original owner. General Motors - Chevrolet division contacted because I did not take to a GM dealer for service (unable to afford) and because they advised me this is so far out of the warranty, they would not offer any assistance. However, I did look up a service bulletin and it did say the parts are under warranty.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #10

Aug 302014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 94,400 miles
Was driving on I-94 from milwaukee to Chicago, once in kenosha area the car choked, heard a big noise and died completely would not turn on again. Pushed it to the shoulder and called 911. The dot towed the car to safety and then it was brought to the shop. The mechanic described the problem as the idler pulley and the timing belt are broken down and this cause the valves and piston to be completely damaged. The car was always maintained according to GM recommendation, timing belt performed by hall Chevrolet dealer at 67000 and oil change was regularly done at 3000miles. Also the car has a complete 92000 miles review with heiser Chevrolet back in March with all the maintenance recommended by GM (transmission, coolant, belts, hoses...etc). The car is still in great shape. The timing belt and the idler part must be defective.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #9

Sep 132012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles


Hi I bough a 2005 Chevy Aveo with $9,000 mile I had no problem. Until one day the car completely stop and wont turn on. It had almost $23,000 when it happen. Luckily for me it stop in front of a mechanic shop. The shop check the car and said the engine is bad. I bough a used low mileage engine replace it and it turn on and drive except for the shifting. It didn't shift to fourth gear and also turn off while driving it. Then I was told the transmission is bad. I change the transmission with low mileage and still I have the same problem I had warranty change it again and still it doesn't shift fourth gear and it still turns off. I change the computer, I did a tune up, engine oil change, I've change the coils and some seal in top of the engine, and I still have the same problem. The car been sitting since then I wanted to wait to have money to fix it, thinking that maybe the shop was lying to me by asking me to replace all this things. I save I few dollars and wanted to get it fix I had another shop looked at it and it seems that is the same diagnostic was detected. I friend told me to google it and I found out that am not the only one with that problem. I just wish I google it before I spend all the money on it. Lesson learn I hope they do a recall because I too was afraid to drive and get in to an accident because it turn off on me.

- Gaithersburg , MD, USA

problem #8

Jul 172007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The shift gear does not work my back lights are all out I did not know this my check engine light stay on I have had new sensors put in one week and the next week check engine light comes back on what is wrong with this car why wont they recall it I have to drive this car clock wont keep right time gear shift light goes on an doff and my low beam and have had this car right out of the show room only 13 miles on it when I got it and know it is all mess up I don't know what to do about it!

- Cleveland , OH, USA

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problem #7

Apr 022012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
2005 Aveo (bought new) with timing belt failure destroying engine. Had this happened on the interstate at 70 miles an hour it could have been fatal. From my research GMC has known about this issue since at least 2006 and yet have not assisted consumers to correct this nor recalled their car. I have read reports on almost all years of Aveo having this problem well before the 60000 recommended timing belt replacement. Two different mechanics confirmed timing belt failure. All I get from GMC is the run around. Upset over money but more concerned about these cars being on the highways and creating some horrible accident when the engine suddenly stops working and controlling the car is difficult or impossible. Planning to get rid of mine, can't afford the thousands of dollars to fix nor do I trust this car.

- Warrenton, MO, USA

problem #6

Apr 012011


  • 93,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate when changing gears and in addition, the heater was inoperable. The contact would also smell smoke coming from the vents sporadically. The dealer and a local mechanic were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 93,000 and the current mileage was 105,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Windsum Salum, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 082010

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo that has given me numerous problems. A little over a year ago I noticed I could not shift my car out of park I have to use a screwdriver to shift my gear out of park. Soon after I noticed my brake lights stopped working. I bought a box of fuses but this only fixed the problem for less than a week. Every time I put a new fuse in the brake lights went back out in a day or two. One day while I was on the freeway my car just suddenly stopped without any warning. I took the car to the dealer it was still under the power train warranty. It was a electrical problem causing all of these problems and cost over $2,000 to fix. A year later the problems started again I can't move my gear without using a screw driver, my brake lights and headlights are out. If I slam the hood of my car one headlight will come on which shows that something is wrong with the wiring. The engine light and hold mode light flashes constantly. I feel this car is dangerous because there are no brake lights which can easily cause an accident. I was pulled over by the police because of no brake lights a $125 ticket. I am in a bind because I really need my car for work but I do not have $2,000 (no longer under warranty) to fix this car only to have the same problem happen again months from now. Also, I have noticed a strong gas smell from the car that has me concerned. I have read so many internet post from other people complaining about the same problems. This car seriously need to be recalled because it is endangering people lives.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 272009

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving the vehicles engine was became hot. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility for inspection. The technician replaced the main computer. The current and failure mileages were 85000. Updated 01/05/10. The consumer stated the vehicle was manufactured with a plastic temperature housing which eventually melted due to extreme heat in Texas, which caused the vehicle to get hot and the engine to burn up. The engine and computer were replaced. After 2 months of driving, the transmission failed. Updated 01/07/10.

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 152009


  • 60,000 miles
On Sunday evening I attempted to put my 2005 Chevy Aveo into drive after putting my key in the ignition and starting the vehicle but the shifter was stuck in park. The Aveo has a feature called the "shift lock release" which is a hole on the shifter console you can put a screwdriver or other tool into to release the shifter into drive in these situations. I was able to put the car in drive and make it home safely after using the shift lock release but when I got home I realized my key was stuck in the ignition. My car sat unlocked overnight because I could not get the key out. On Monday I called my local GM dealership in salem, oh and they stated they would not be able to take a look at my car until Tuesday. I spent the entire day researching online and found many customers who have experienced this same issue with the Aveo. Later on in the evening I realized my brake lights weren't working but there was not a blown fuse or switch. I tested both of the brake lights and they were still good. On Tuesday I took my car to the dealership and it cost me $80 for the mechanic to tell me the shifter is bad, which I already knew. They also stated it would be $300 to repair the shifter. I strongly believe the failure of the brake lights, the shifter and the ignition are tied together and should be replaced by GM at no cost to me. My vehicle is sitting unattended with the key in it, which runs the risk of it being stolen. Not to mention when I am driving I have no brake lights to alert the other drivers I am slowing down or stopping which could cause an accident. Each time I attempt to put the car in drive I have to insert something into the shift lock release to shift the car and this has been going on since Sunday.

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #2

May 152007


  • 30,000 miles
I traded in a 2004 P.T.cruiser to get a 2005 Chevy Aveo at the time it had 21000 miles when I got it. My warranty was good till 36000. I had lots of issues with a noise that still to this day has not been corrected even after three attempts under my car by the Chevy service dept. I then had a computer recall or something that had to be replaced I also had a gas cap that malfunctioned and a clock that had to be replaced. Those are the non life threatening issues. I had an incident inside of the original warranty where the car threw parts out of the engine. It was the serpentine belt and the bracket that was metal that it was mounted on broke out of the engine as I was driving it. I am currently at 55000 and I have the power train on it. In the last month I have had the car in my possession 1 week the rest it's been in the service dept. A month ago the plastic and yes that's plastic housing for the thermostat blew apart on the interstate causing us to have to dial 911 to get help because we were trapped. Two weeks ago it spit out the timing belt and the valves got bent and the valve cover was damaged. We don't know what particles ended up in the engine for now. I have contacted Chevrolet on all these issues and I asked them before my warranty went out and right after the first incident to give me back the money for the car. They called me today and said I didn't have a case because the warranty was out I reminded them I had been asking since before at the first incident with the serpentine and bracket and they said sorry the warranty is out. I reminded them I have pictures of those parts and can prove it but that still wasn't good enough! I spoke to hannah a district specialist today and that is who lied to herself and said these occurrences were after the warranty. I have proof can you please help before my family dies and then we have dependents who will own the very company the gov't is trying to bail out. I need you to intervene before I go to court over this.

- Graniteville, SC, USA

problem #1

Mar 152006


  • miles
2005 Aveo 3rd time with this problem it will not come out of park it sticks.2 times the dealer told me it was the shifter. 3rd time they told me it was a bad connection to the brakes. Know sense they stated it's fixed when you press the brake the shift clicks loud also you don't have to push the shifter down it just slides up and down.. not safe I need a good car that I feel safe in.

- Inverness, FL, USA

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