really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,590 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Aveo steering problems

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2008 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 262016


  • 101,000 miles


The key comes out of the ignition even while the car is running and driving. I drove the car and thought I turned it off all the way - turns out there was another 'click' to turn the engine completely off. Engine also clicks after being turned off. Headlights went out, replaced bulbs only to realize the connectors were melted, bulbs being blown are not the cause of this issue. After doing research into the problem I came across recalls for this year, make model I came across a recall from 2014 (documents on this site) that said all 2008 Chevy Aveo's were affected. I purchased the car from a used car dealership in may, 2014 - I don't believe this car should have been sold given the issues and recall notices out at the time. I only found out this week (Sept 2016) about the issues. However when calling GM and a Chevy dealership I was told there are no open recalls on this vehicle even though the issue can cause fires. This is a problem! the car goes into bryner Chevrolet tomorrow Sept 29, 2016 for a service appointment.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 282014


  • 42,000 miles
This is the second time I could not shift my car out of park. I paid lait of money and had it fixed almost two years ago. When I went to take my daughter to school this morning of course it happened again. I can not afford to keep fixing a part that I did not break. So right now I have to use the shift release button until Chevrolet realizes they have an issue. A recall needs to be made. I have only had the car 6 years. I got it brand new. These problems should not be happening. Thank you[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Burlington , NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 112013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
In March the vehicle shut completely down and the fan belt popped and wrap around the motor and had damaged the timer belt. Two months later the vehicle was driven to the post office and when cranking it up to leave it wouldn't start because it had shut down again. September 27, 2013 the vehicle shut down the steering wheel locked up and couldn't be guided and ran into a fire hydrant.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 112013

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 26,000. The consumer stated the vehicle would not start. Updated 11/18/13

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #1

Nov 252012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 88,950 miles
I began hearing a "thud" from underneath the car while making near-90 degree left turns, and occasionally when going over bumps at speeds from 5-25 mph. On 11/25/2012 I was ascending level after level in a parking ramp, making left turns. During many of the left turns the "thud" noise was heard, at one point I heard what sounded like a piece of metal falling off the rear half of the car. It made noise as it bounced around the underside of the car before falling off. I stopped, got out, and tried to find what had made the noise but after looking around in the immediate area I couldn't find anything. In the weeks after this event I noticed a slight wobble occasionally while driving the car. The "thud" noise was continuing to increase in frequency and intensity. I didn't feel that it was safe to drive the vehicle as it was now obvious that something was not right in the steering or suspension. I was worried that a tie rod would come loose on the freeway or something similar to that. I brought the car to my mechanic for inspection. He informed me that the bushings had completely rusted out on the rear axle. The axle was loose and moving around while driving! it was beginning to damage other parts of the under body. He was unable to locate any replacement bushings from parts stores or the Chevy dealership. The only way to repair the defective bushings was to completely replace the rear axle. My mechanic informed me that there were plenty of axles available in stock for this repair but not a single bushing. This indicates that this is not an isolated case, but that there is a much larger safety issue with these defective bushings on many other vehicles.

- Albertville, MN, USA

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