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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,271 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #55

Feb 102020


  • miles


It doesnt run after the side driver front light got mest up, it over heats.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #54

Apr 022019


  • 103,540 miles
My electrical panel was defective, sent in 4 times and they claimed to replace the electrical panel. It was rigged by crossing wires and lights in dash dont work and radio tapped into wipers. Then calipers, sway arms, shocks, catalytic converter was defective and also never replaced right. Paid someone to put emissions sticker to pass.

- Salem, MA, USA

problem #53

Feb 032019


  • 94,000 miles
I try to put a seat belt on a child in the back seat and it dose not work at all. The steering on my Aveo is also not safe it feels as if my axel on my car is going to brake? also this car has caught on fire as I was on the freeway coming from work. I have replace the Cadillac converter on this car as well as 2,000 other repairs into my car. It is very dangerous knowing that one day when I get in my car it may caught on fire if it get to hot. It very sad all I would like to do is go to school and work get home safe guaranteed every day.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #52

May 272019


  • 147,653 miles


So I was at home and my car was parked outside and it caught on fire in the inside. The fire department came and put out the fire. It damaged the dashboard and the window. I have read that it is a recall on my vehicle which causes it to catch on fire. Manufacturer recall numbera140093 NHTSA recall number14V261 recall statusrecall incomplete

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #51

Aug 052017


  • miles
My 06 Chevy Aveo has had issues since I purchased it last year. Unfortunately I am still making payments on this paperweight. I will never buy another cheverolet again. Thats my largest issue is that I bought a Chevy. Air bag light came on after having the battery dead twice because of the alternator going bad twice. Im up for inspection and this car will not pass. Reading how this issue has never been resolved for anyone and Chevrolet wont own up and take responsibility for very important safety feature, whats the point in even trying but to throw this vehicle in the garbage? last time I took my Aveo in for a recall on the module, they said they fixed it and they did not because its still burning up, so I just try to not drive at night. I have a two year old and three year old and if those airbags randomly deploy and we get into a car accident, they are going to have a lawsuit on their hands.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #50

Jan 312017


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that after opening the door to the vehicle, the contact observed that the dashboard had melted with flames sparking. As a result, the vehicle engulfed into flames. The fire department arrived to the scene and extinguished the fire. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot where it was deemed as destroyed. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V261000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Lehighton, PA, USA

problem #49

Aug 292016


  • miles


In fear of a fire in my Aveo!

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #48

Aug 232016


  • miles
Update on previous claim #10898024 left side tail light is out and left head light. This is all from the main connector in fuse box under the hood of car.

- Conley, GA, USA

problem #47

Jul 102016


  • 51,600 miles
About 6 weeks ago smelled something burning. Prior to burning smell, the daytime running lights all inside dash lights and clock lights and gear shift lights went out while car was in motion on a major city street. All lights stayed off for about 20 mins. Daytime running ligts never came back on. Clock lights still goes off an on. Dash lights and gear shift lights came back on once. But have been off a month now. Reported to GM. Recall on daytime running lights fixed free. But they said no recall on wiring of lights. I am not the only owner that has thos problem there are many who have written complaiys on GM. Recall website. I have pictures of burnt fuse connector relay that controls all lights. 10 mins of mechanic checking the part was so hot he couldn't touch it. On 8/09/2016 terry cullen fixed recall. I payed them $100 to check problem about lights they said they needed $400 more dollars for 4 hours of more looking. My family mechanic found problem with in 10 mins...... dealer.. all about money! I think they should have saw the problem or even knew it.

- Conley, GA, USA

problem #46

Jul 312016


  • 175,000 miles
Dash and shifter lights went out and came back on and eventually went out completely- would not come on upon startup. Some front and rear lights as well. Blinkers & flashers still work. Have checked all fuses and bulbs. Needs electrical repair.

- Peculiar, MO, USA

problem #45

Feb 102016


  • miles


On a winter morning I went out and started my car to go to work, I got on the road and realized that my dashboard, heating control, and shifter lights did not work. I moved the settings switch and nothing came on. I have checked the fuses. They are fine. I did some research and it seems that many Aveos have had this problem. And the only fix is to rewire the system. Something needs to be done. If I take it to the shop it's going to cost anywhere between 50-100 dollars or more. If its a problem to the consumers then it should be a recall and not just a manufacturing defect. If this is a wiring issue then it could possibly end up causing a fire.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #44

Aug 062015


  • 120,596 miles
The same time the recall for daytime running lights module came my daytime running lights indicator started flashing and my airbag light came on. I took it to dealer to fix daytime running lights module, I also had airbag light check and they said the wiring harness melted and it cost me over $300 to fix. Is this connected to daytime running light module problem? if so I would like my money back! let me know please.

- Clinton, CT, USA

problem #43

Oct 202014


  • miles
My key was stuck in the ignition between the "accessory" setting and having the car running. I googled the problem; recommended fix was to remove fuse for radio, so I did. I was able to remove keys from ignition but when I was ready to leave again I could not shift out of 'park.' I put the radio fuse back in, and my gearshift & transmission work perfectly. Every time I get out of my car I have to pull the radio fuse out, remove my keys, then install the radio fuse again so that I can get out of 'park' when I need to drive later.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #42

Jan 172015


  • 127,000 miles
My Aveo has had a burning electrical smell in the cab for approximately 2 years. A recall was issued 8 months ago and nothing has been done. GM states that the remedy not yet available. Since the recall the daytime running lights have stopped working all together and the electrical smell has gotten worse. This car has been plagued by electrical issues and I do believe they are all related. I really don't feel safe driving this car everywhere with my family in it due to the risk of it catching fire. GM refuses to give me any answers on this except that the remedy is in development. I think 8 months of waiting is long enough. The car also has issues with the airbag, radio, horn, security system, and headlights. All of which run through the same wiring harness.

- Centralia, IL, USA

problem #41

Dec 022014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
S101 splicer pack overheats and burnt wiring under the hood causing tail light to not work.

- Bristol, NH, USA

problem #40

Dec 292014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 111,334 miles
Dash lights did not turn on when the headlights were turned on. Also, running lights did not turn on after my headlights were turned on (front and rear right). Left rear turn signal does not work. I was told by a mechanic this was due to the splice pack melting. He also informed me this was a known issue with Chevrolet Aveo's. this should be a manufacturers issue and not the owners if it is a known hazardous issue.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #39

Dec 262014


  • 92,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet Aveo, have had recall notice for several months. Have heard nothing new, drl fail regularly as well as passenger side running lights and dashboard lights. Has been going on for years, several mechanics have been able to make slight modifications that fix it temporarily. Aveo owners need a permanent fix immediately.

- Wicomico, VA, USA

problem #38

Dec 022014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 19,050 miles
The front signal light on the driver's side stopped working, so I purchased a bulb and when my son went to replace it, it was working. About two weeks later, I went to start the car and the battery was dead. The battery was charged and it worked the next day. The windshield wiper fluid motor did not work for about two years, but recently, it started working again. This sounds like an electrical problem. I have received a recall notice for the drl, but they do not have the part.

- Lomita, CA, USA

problem #37

Jul 252014


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that burning electrical fumes were present inside the vehicle and the daytime running lamps flickered on and off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V261000 (exterior lighting: Headlights); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #36

Sep 292014


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving approximately 38 mph, the contact smelled a burning odor and the instrument panel flickered. The contact noticed smoke under the hood and discovered that all the components under the hood had caught fire and were burned. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V261000 (exterior lighting, electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Black River, NY, USA

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