hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,374 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo lights problems

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Jun 032013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 33,150 miles


I was driving and my daytime running lights first went off. The car still ran but the dash light indicating the lights were working also went off. This is something that happens intermittently. It can and has happened right when I start the car, or while driving on the road.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #20

May 132014


  • 49,000 miles
In addition to the daytime headlights randomly shutting off, the clock in the center of the dashboard will disappear until I turn on the headlights then it reappears. ~ just before the vehicle stalls just after starting in the morning here in the fla. Sun, all the gauges go up then back down. ~ this 2005 Chevrolet Aveo lt hatchback, is having more and more electrical problems but the dealer, rosner Chevrolet, refuses to fix the problem without a charge, since the vehicle is not a fire hazard or on a recall list. ~ I feel as though GM and the dealer, are hiding serious electrical issues from the buyer either due the cost of repairing the problem or due to some of the manufacturing being done in South Korea. Or until people start dying from these problems. ( or until we start getting lawyers ).

- West Melbourne, , FL, USA

problem #19

May 072014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I was driving home from picking my kids up from school when my all my gauges stopped working. Then my brake lights and tail lights stopped working and then my car died while I was turning left across a two lane highway. My wife and 3 kids were nearly T boned by a semi. Two days prior I had to have the ignition replaced. I have seen hundreds of complaints about the same problem. I think GM should have a recall before somebody is killed over their faulty wiring.

- Centerville, IN, USA

problem #18

Apr 042014


  • miles


2005 Aveo lt ~ day or night the safety headlights (headlights / other) will just shut off for no reason after being on for less than an hour. ~ it's not fun driving on I-95 here in East central fla. And all of the sudden your headlights disappear ! ! ! ~ one month after we bought the car (used) from rosner Chevrolet (melbourne, fla.) the front end suspension started squeaking, ~ and the thermostat housing came apart.

- West Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #17

Dec 292013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
First, the interior dash lights stopped working on my 2005 Chevy Aveo. Then on my way back to my college the tail lights and brake lights stopped working. I had not known this until I was almost rear ended by an 18-wheeler who could not tell that I was hitting my brakes! finally after bringing the vehicle to the dealership it was determined that the gray and white splicer at the top right-hand corner of my fuse box, which connects the wires in the fuse box to the engine wire harness, was so badly burnt from the wires shorting each out spontaneously. They want to charge me $1,290 to replace the part, and that is not including labor fees! in hope to find a cheaper alternative, I called every junkyard and U-pull it location and none of them had the connector because they had already been pulled out and sold since this is such a common problem. As a college student who is paying her own way, I cannot afford to take care of a problem like this, especially when it is a manufacture defect! I heavily rely on my car to get to school and work, and it is terrible to be in such a predicament. I understand this is a very common problem with the same year make and model vehicle. It is absurd that we put our trust into 2005 Chevy Aveos only to have our lives put in danger when using them and then have to pay such a large amount of money to fix an issue that the manufacture is ultimately responsible for. There should be a recall for these issues! especially since so many people have been putting complaints in about it as early as 2007, only two years after the car was made! how many lives have to be put into danger before the right party is held responsible for this?! something has to be done about this because it's not fair!

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

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problem #16

Jul 052013


  • 63,000 miles
Dashboard cluster lights began to malfunction intermittently then after two days they wouldn't illuminate at all. The gear shifter lights and one tail light were also affected. After repair it was determined a wire harness that leads to the underwood fuse box had melted shorting the electrical wires. Having spontaneously burned, the interior and exterior lights wouldn't work. This made it impossible to see the speedometer, fuel gauge, engine fluid monitoring gauges, etcetera. Also, the exterior lights affected made for a dangerous driving condition as well as a traffic offense. After researching this I learned there are many, many cases of exactly the same problem with exactly the same year, make, and model.

- Oakdale, NY, USA

problem #15

Jul 012013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles


Letter from senator corker on behalf of constituent re issues with Chevrolet Aveo. The consumer stated the instrument panel lights went out on the dashboard. A mechanic informed the consumer, a part under the hood, in a fuse box, known as a splitter, had burned out. The consumer received a recall notice in July 2014 and the parts are still not available. Recall #14V261000 updated 02/23/15.

- Newport, TN, USA

problem #14

May 272013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Several customers have had this same problem with defective wiring inside of the fuse box in which the splice pack overheats and causes wires to melt. This causes the electrical systems to malfunction, brake lights to go out, turn signals to stop working, dash safety indicators to flicker on and off, the radio to stop working, and headlights to stop working. This is an ongoing problem that Chevy does not want to address but it has caused a car to stall in the middle of the highway and affects safety of the vehicle passengers, the driver, and the passengers in other vehicles. I feel that the 2004-2008 Chevy Aveo is a prime candidate for a recall because of safety issues.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #13

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

problem #12

Feb 222013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
My engine light stay on after I replace censor and now my brakes lights are all out my clock don't work right my low beams are going on an off and after replacing bulbs still do the same thing I just don't wont this care to catch on fire on me I have had it sense 2005 and bought it bran new and these problems are of very serious concern to me this car has serious problems and I have been reading about them on the internet why no recall yet on these cars.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #11

Feb 082013


  • miles


First my back running light went out, next front running light went out, both out now. No fuses burnt out. Splicer is burnt and needs to be replaced. Seems to be an ongoing incident.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #10

May 122012


  • 31,000 miles
The dashboard lights we intermittently working/not working around May. Turns to be a big problem when I drive at night since I cannot see the speed. Also, a couple of weeks ago the lights on the Pilot's side stopped working. Again, big problem because turns to be dangerous to drive at night. Luckily I do most of my driving during the day, but with the winter approaching, I'm taking my car to the garage for a fix. As you can see on the link attached, this is a common issue with this kind of cars: chevroletforum.com/forum/sonic-Aveo-new-11/dash-lights-Aveo-20707/.

- Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #9

Jul 182012


  • 125,000 miles
The dashboard lights, gear selector lights, and right rear tail lights, all went out at the same time. I have replaced all of the bulbs possible and all of the fuses are normal and functional. This is a big safety issue because I can't tell my speed engine temp or fuel level while driving at night and I no longer have right taillights making my vehicle harder to see at night.

- Fortuna, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 072011


  • 90,000 miles
Automobile tail lights, front parking lights, instrument panel illumination lights, and gear shift illumination lights went out at the same time.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 132011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the instrument panel illumination and the tail lights malfunctioned. The contact was unable to read the speedometer or the fuel gauge. There was no manual switch to operate the exterior lights. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test or repairs. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Tea , SD, USA

problem #6

Feb 102012


  • 127,500 miles
Multi fault lighting problem(dash, shifter and rh rear running lights) Aveo lt 2005 127500 miles.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 012012


  • miles

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 152011


  • miles
Cluster lights and right tail light wiring shorted out and burnt to a crisp @ distribution power box.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jan 012009

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Complete failure of interior lights. This also affected the right rear driving light. It only comes on when brakes are applied. This is the 2nd complaint I have filed for this vehicle/lemon.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

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