hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,599 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 262016


  • 46,000 miles


I bought this car brand new and kept up the maintenance religiously! I was horrified to find out that my timing belt went out at 46,000 miles! my manual says to replace timing belt at 60,000 miles. I've read there was a recall issued in 2006, but it didn't go to owners; just service shops...I was never alerted, that was definitely a mistake on GM's part. I feel as though I should be compensated!!!

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #14

Oct 012016


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the timing belt, engine, and valves were melted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #13

Feb 212015

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 105,750 miles
The mileage and speed are approximate. I was backing out of my ice and snow covered driveway in February 2015. There is a small dip where my driveway meets the street so I accelerated so as not to get my tires stuck in the icy dip. As I was backing my car into the street, and my car was in the lane of traffic the car shut off. I was unable to restart the car. My neighbor, and another gentleman who stopped to help, pushed my car back into my driveway. I attempted to start the car several times after the incident. The car never again started. I borrowed a vehicle until I had enough money to have the car towed to a mechanic for repairs. A mechanic looked at my vehicle and told me on May 11, 2015 that the car needs a new engine, the price of which is $4,823. The mechanic further told me that the aftermarket/remanufactured engines company they deal with does not have an engine for this make and model car because this engine has so many problems that the company will not touch it. I believe that the oem engine has serious defects that have been overlooked due to the lack of reporting and lack of serious injury associated with the defect/failure. My car has shut off on me on three different days within an approximate six month period. I had a mechanic look at the car to figure out why it was shutting off on me in traffic and there was no indicator of any issue. My check engine light never came on, even after the recent engine failure. Please investigate this engine.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #12

Nov 142014


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the engine stalled. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000. Updated 02/24/15

- Fort Mohave , AZ, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Feb 102014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that when attempting to accelerate from a stop, the engine rpms abnormally increased without warning. The vehicle was not taken to dealer for a diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The consumer stated the accelerator pedal became stuck. She tried to release it with her hand, but it didn't move. Updated 11/18/14

- Marquette, MI, USA

problem #9

May 162014


  • 118,231 miles


We were driving home from austin going 65 mph on highway 290 when the car just shuts down. Car had over 1/2 tank of gas, no lights came on, just seemed like the car turned off while it was going. Almost got into a car accident trying to pull over ( not to mention my husband was driving, im 6 months pregnant, and we had our 4 year old daughter in the backseat), checked the car out, and nothing was wrong. Had to wait 3 hours before anyone could tow us home to houston. Been working on the car all day today, nothing is found wrong with it. Everything works, just doesn't want to turn on?!

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #8

May 142014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Driving down the road and car just shut off. Almost got into an accident because of it.

- East Bethany, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 282014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
I just bought this 2005 Chevy Aveo 2 wks ago when the alternator went out of my car and I was having surgery the next day then would need a car for work 2 days later, so I had no time to properly look for a car. I just came off the exit of a 4 lane highway 1.5hrs away from home. As I was slowing to stop there was a bunch of white smoke (turned out to be steam) billowing out from under the hood and the car engine stopped running. A man helped push the car off the road and they looked under the hood and discovered the thermostat housing split apart. It's plastic! the housing was clearly defective since it was sheared in half as if cut with large knife. How stupid! he gave my husband a ride to the nearest Napa auto parts where the ordered from another dealer. We had to wait 1.5hr and the owner helped replace it. The new one was metal! put antifreeze in and tried to start the car several times and it won't start. Had to have the car towed. I got on the computer for help diagnosing the problem and discover a million complaints on edmunds.com, automotive forums, etc. That GM has known about this and other problems with this car for years such as plastic pully, timing belt breaks that completely kills the engine. That's where I found this site.this car is a lemon and should be recalled!!! heck on this site there are complaints from 2011 and still no recalls! from what I learned reading all the complaints just about everything in this car is junk. I am not going to put another penny into this car. It's at the mileage range to replace the timing belt, the plastic pully, and the water pump, not to mention the electrical stuff. It would've been cheaper to rent a car for the 2wks. Struts busted. I'm gonna take the loss and never buy Chevy again! please help us owners get Chevy to make this right. They and you have known the many problems a long time! please do the right thing!

- Ford City, PA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jan 072014


  • 65,205 miles


My wife was driving our Chevy Aveo 2005 on a major 4 lane highway during the morning rush hour. She is doing about 60mph in the inner left lane on an icy Tuesday morning commute.then she loses all power and acceleration, every light in the car comes on and she realizes there is a problem. She is mid way up a hill and has to get over. There is an on ramp to her right and more traffic so she had to go into the left berm. By this time she has peaked the top of the hill and is on the flat mesa. There is very little room to move over and she is over as far as possible. State and local traffic enforcement come to her aide and allow her to wait for me and a tow truck to get the vehicle moved. Nearly a dozen cars almost hit them after I arrived on the scene before the determined that it was unsafe for us to wait with the vehicle. They tagged the car and we had it towed. It turns out that the idler pulley has snapped and it is a very common problem with Aveos. A very common problem that put my wife, two officers and I in harms way. Let alone that recalling the small part would have saved everyone a $1900-2500 repair job. I understand that many consider this style car disposable but I say it as an affordable energy efficient commuter vehicle. However these features are not worth human life...

- Berea, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 152013


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated while traveling approximately 20 mph, a loud noise was emitted from the engine compartment and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was found that the idle pulley had. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 032012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated while driving 50 mph the vehicle stalled and all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing and the contact was informed that the engine locked and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. One year later, the vehicle began to overheat frequently. It was returned to the dealer who confirmed that the head gasket would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Warrensville Heights, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 072013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 91,392 miles
I was driving down the highway at 55 mph and the car started to lose acceleration. I pressed on the gas and nothing happened. I started slowing very quickly and I pulled off to the side where eventually the car completely shut down all on its own and the battery light came on the dash. I turned the ignition to off and restarted the car. I was able to keep going without another incident. The next day on my way home from work the same thing happened again. My check engine light was on at the time for which I just had my fuel cap replaced because it was not locking at all. After a few days my check engine light has gone off. I am seriously concerned about this as this car is my main means of transportation back and forth to work which is an hour drive for me. I just recently purchased this car (within the last 3 weeks) from the Ford dealership in tillamook or and of course they did not report any of these issues.

- Cloverdale, OR, USA

problem #1

Feb 152013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
This vehicle has been a nightmare beginning with ignition locked and unable to get into drive had to replace ignition solenoid. My interior lights no longer work. The thermostat went out then replaced the valve cover gaskets. And finally going down I95 my engine just made a very loud noise and just quit. I was told by a mechanic that this happens a lot in this make and model from the timing chain. So I now will need to relace the motor.

- Mims, FL, USA

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