really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,515 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo electrical problems

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

Nov 052007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Ignition key gets hot to touch after driving car. Unsure what cause is....this happens after every drive....did not think about it until recall notice.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #22

Jul 162014


  • 65,000 miles
My daughter was driving this vehicle when the engine died at highway speed. She lost all power assist systems including power steering and brakes. She placed the car in neutral, at speed, restarted the vehicle and continued to travel without incident.

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #21

Apr 032013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The dashboard over the speedometer becomes very hot and the key is hot when removed. I feel this may be related to recall 14236 regarding running lights. I am concerned about the recall 06133 regarding fuel line/fuse block as well.

- Wagoner, OK, USA

problem #20

Jul 182009

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 31,200 miles


My airbag never deployed during a front end collision. My car continues to get stuck in park. The passenger side window switch does not work. The ac continuous to make a ticking sound and still does not work after replacing a valve for a leak and replacing the compressor.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #19

May 192014


  • 73,750 miles
The airbag warning light came on. First diagnostic by the GM dealership pointed to a 12V power loss. Then after ~2 months the airbag light came on again. An independent car repair shop tested for 2 hours per trouble code and found the root cause was the time clock in the dashboard. Light stayed off when clock was replaced (repeated twice with original time clock). Light is off since 1 week after multiple car trips. Why does the time clock causes the airbag warning light to come on and potentially disable the airbag system.

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #18

Aug 122013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle was parked in an airport parking lot. Unexplained dashboard/electrical fire occurred at some point while parked there...vehicle was totaled. Sounds like the issue in the May 21, 2014 recall.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #17

May 182014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles


The rear end makes aloud like whish sound when driving. The hatchback will not unlock with the key you have to crawl into the back and have someone at the rear of the car to pull while some is on the in sliding the spring. The rear plug caught on fire every since then R.P.M will not stay under 2 1/2 the accelerator goes up and down while drive it stick the left turn signal will not shut off the wiper fluid will not work we have check all fuse and none are blew. When the fire happened the bulb in that was not even blew the dash smell like it burning and gets very hot.

- Crane, MO, USA

problem #16

Jun 062014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
About a week ago I started smelling something burning. Thought I was mistaken. Tried to crank the car today and the battery was dead. Had a relative jump it and found the daytime running lights stay on even when the car is off. In researching what the problem could be I found that a recall has been issued regarding the daytime running lights module but I have not received a notice yet. I only have this one vehicle and I cannot get anyone to call me about getting this problem fixed. You would think that with all the bad publicity GM is getting at this time they would want to assist quickly. Nope. I am also dealing with my daughters car which is an HHR that has had the ignition switch recalled and I was advised today that it could take 8 weeks for the part to come in. Really? I am very concerned because my 3 year old grandson rides in both these cars. I am filing this hoping someone contacts me. Next step is ken amaro.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 012013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles
Daylight bulb fused and electrical dashboard instruments stopped working. Ignition key got stuck and the gear changing stick would not get out of parking gear. There was a faint burning smell. Similar incidence has happened multiple times, everytime. Within 2 weeks of repair.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

problem #14

Jul 132011


  • 63,000 miles
I bought this car 8 mths ago, a few weeks after I bought the car the windshield wiper just flew off, a few weeks after that the cruise control quit working, a month after that the A/C kept switching off on its own and back on hours later, now the engine light has come on and the car hesitates and doesn't appear to be shifting gears when its suppose to, I took it to the dealer, they said it was a PCM update which they didn't charge me, a few days later it is hesitating again, the engine light is back on, the cruise control still doesn't work. Talk about a lemon.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #13

May 302009


  • 57,665 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the speedometer displayed a reading of 25 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who could not diagnose the failure. The vehicle was left in the possession of the dealer because the contact refused to drive it home. Upon further examination, the dealer stated that failure codes for the fuel tank and evap hose appeared during a diagnosis. The failure codes were reset. Approximately one year later the failure recurred. An authorized dealer was notified and the contact was informed that she would have to cover the repair expenses because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The manufacturer was notified, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 57,665 and the current mileage was 88,194.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

problem #12

Apr 152011


  • 75,179 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the valve cover gasket emitted oil over the engine and the vehicle would need a fuel system flush. In addition, the water pump and timing belt would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired yet one week later, all of the warning lights were illuminated as the vehicle stalled soon afterward. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer who stated that the alternator was defective and would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,179.

- Fairport , NY, USA

problem #11

Mar 282011

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
Brake lights do not operate. They just quit working. Checked all fuses and lights. Cruise control no longer works--just stopped.

- Pierz, MN, USA

problem #10

Mar 282011


  • 54,802 miles
The mechanical brake switch sticks in the open position. The driver depresses the brake pedal but the switch does not close and the brake lights do not come on. At least eight other complaints about this issue appear to be listed on the ntsb web site, however, many drivers appear to be unaware that the brake lights do not work and instead, they complain about a second symptom of the stuck switch: That they are unable to shift the car out of park. The owner's manual does describe a way for the driver to overcome the shift interlock problem but fails to mention that the brake lights may fail when this problem occurs. It appears that a number of people who encounter this problem continue to drive the car and rely on the shift interlock override without realizing that their brake lights are not working. I do not know if this same switch is used to disengage the cruise control, but it is common in other vehicles for the brake light switch to also disengage the cruise control. If that is the case with this model, then the stuck switch might also prevent the cruise control from disengaging when a driver taps the brakes.

- West Bath, ME, USA

problem #9

Dec 102010


  • 48,500 miles
The car is having electrical problems. Started with the headlight going out on the drivers side, then the shifter started getting stuck in park. Later the dash board lights went out, along with all the gauges. Now my tail and brake lights are no longer working and when I turn off the car, the key gets stuck in the ignition and cant be removed. All this happened over a 3 day period. I took it to Chevy and after 2 hours, they stated they could not identify the problem. They wanted to charge me eight additional hours of diagnostic fee at a rate of $109/hr to try and find what the problem is. I took it to another mechanic who diagnosed a problem with the fuse box. After looking online I see that this problem is common amongst hundreds of customers with Aveos from 2005 up to 2009. I contacted GM and they took the stance that their technicians will have to be the ones to find the problem and they will not cover the diagnostic fee; even though I already paid the Chevy dealership for 2 hours of diagnostics. At this point, I am lost because GM will not intervene and I truly trust the Chevy dealership.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 122010


  • 36,000 miles
I bought this 2007 Chevy Aveo brand new with only 9 miles on it. After I put about 33,000 miles the A/C went out... on a brand new car! then the console with the shifters lights went out, blinkers would stop blinking and just stay green. I went to start my car at 10pm and it wouldn't start it acted like it was going to be then kept clicking. So I jumped it and drove around to charge the battery. I had the battery tested and they said everything was fine. Go back and the next morning it doesn't start again, all I got was a clicking sound when trying to start the car. I took it to a mechanic and he said that it could be the starter or the alternator and that I should pay to get them both tested and replaced if needed. There has got to be some type of a recall if I google it and everyone has the same electrical and engine problems. There is no way that a 3 year old car should be needing major A/C repairs, electrical, and engine repairs so soon. Please please please look into this!!

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 032010


  • 80,000 miles
I was about to pay off my 2007 Chevy Aveo....I am having electrical problems....when I was driving I notice that sometimes the dash lights and controls and the radio and electrical systems die....they come and go...if I try to park while this is happening....my key gets stuck in the ignition...I can start the car but cannot shift gears...stays in park....when I try to turn the car off...the key is stuck in the ignition....it is a problem that comes and goes....took to the dealer....rented a car and left it there for 1 week....they said it was a fuse block....they were speculating because the car would not do it for them......I paid 700 plus 300 for the rental....one week later it did it again....left it with a mechanic friend for 5 weeks....he thought it was an ignition switch....replaced it....but it is doing it again.....no one seems to be able to help me.....we cannot go anywhere because we are afraid we will get stranded....keeping paying money to mechanics who are not fixing the problem.....someone please help me....

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 162009


  • 27,000 miles
Clock has begun to fail, 10 weeks out of warranty. Suspect electrical problem.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 072009


  • 22,453 miles
2006 & 2007 Chevy Aveo svm models. Both alternators failed within 1 month of each other. Dealer claims to have replaced 'many' alternators for Aveo model in just the last week. Dealer claims that Aveo has this problem with alternators, but they are not covered under warranty. Alternator causes massive electrical problems throughout car. One car lost battery, dome light, radio, wipers, throttle sensor due to malfunctioning alternator. Alternator on Aveo should be a recall item as it is a prevalent issue for the model. It should not be a 'dealer makes money' since car is 3 months out of warranty.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 272009


  • 28,120 miles
During hot wether or when the heater is on, the car radio wont operate.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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