really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,245 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 252016


  • 7,552 miles


This Aveo has only 7,552 miles and when accelerated to pull out it has no power.when you do get out in road it only goes 15-20 mpg even when acceleration is to the floor.I had to pull over to the side of road-turned it off and restarted then drove it about 2 miles and it did it again-very dangerous-unsafe-hope someone looks into this.

- Spruce Pine, NC, USA

problem #9

May 272016


  • 58,000 miles
My car has had multiple issue within the 8 months is have had it. My car has 68900 miles on it and is a 2011. My car was in the shop for a total of two months because, my breaks stopped working on the interstate, it was running hot, my acceleration ( pickup speed) will not work properly. My car is always drifting to the left when I do drive. My check oil light came on, took it to the dealership and had a full tank of oil. They told me again nothing was wrong. A large amount of liquid comes out my car after parking it, assuming it is from my A/C but its more then usual. My A/C does not get cold all the time, its pretty hot. My steering wheel has been shaking since I purchased it, when I go up hill my car wont go past 40 mph, then when it reaches to 60 mph it wont stop increasing, when I hit my break going down hill the steering wheel shakes, and the car too.the dealership keeps telling me nothing is wrong with my car.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #8

May 122014


  • 68,000 miles
The car struggles to accelerate and can barely go over 40 mph. When pressing on the gas pedal the gar shakes and stutters uncontrollably and the car randomly stutters while driving on the road. The car has terrible fuel economy and literally your foot can have the gas pedal to the floor and you can barely reach over 30 mph, the issue progresses and gets worse with time. The car is barely drivable and places the driver at risk of being run off the road.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #7

Nov 012015


  • 55,000 miles


So as I'm driving (in motion) whether it be 30 mph or 70 mph my car dies out. Does not shut off, but I do not have any acceleration. I have to immediately pull over because I cannot move. I spoke to mechanics and they are saying it is the throttle body. As I research this, there has been so many complaints regarding this against GM and nothing not one thing has been done. Do they not understand that as your driving 70 mph and then have no control of speed in the passing lane or regular lane that you can get killed my another car? if you go under Chevrolet you can see complaints about this. I asked if this was under warranty and it is not. It is not part of the power train. Yet GM knows there is a defective part and they are just not willing to fix it. They will wait til someone dies first and then fix it. I am filing a complaint regarding the throttle for it is just not my car for I have researched how many cars this has happened to, and knowing that GM knows about this indicated on complaints to GM this needs to be fixed for safety reasons. If something was to happen while I was driving my grandchildren around or when my daughter drives the car I will never forgive GM. Especially where they know about this part. Now I put this as of 11/1/15 but that is not the only time it's been ongoing since then. I am very worried to drive this car, yet it is very expensive to have this fix and it is not under a $2,000 warranty insurance I purchased when I bought this car. April 2014 is when I bought this used car and have had it towed 2X already and engine lights on 2X had to have repaired. So thinking there has to be recalls on this car and nothing is being shown.

- Bradford, NH, USA

problem #6

Aug 222014


  • 55,000 miles
I bought a Chevy Aveo back in Feb 2014. Was on way home sometime in August and getting on to highway from ramp would not accelerate and running hot according to temp gauge. I got it towed to shop and called the next day to find they could not find nothing wrong!! so I picked up the car and about three weeks later on way home this time only on back roads doing 35, the car does same thing. What is it gonna take for Chevy to fix this issue that I have seen numerous complaints about. I am not able to just go but another car!!!! wake up Chevrolet!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 152014

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Vehicle lost all power & had to coast to the side of the road. Took numerous times to try to start it again. Not happy with this.

- Forestville, CA, USA

problem #4

May 012012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


I have had several instances of lacking power and once I even lost total power and had to coast onto a side road. I can hit the accelerator and it slowly accelerates to speed. It generally tends to occur at a speed of about 50-60 mph and flares up when the temp is about 60-65 degrees F outside. The safety issue is that it has happened while pulling out into traffic as well and we were almost hit by an oncoming car. Now my check engine light finally came on after under 2 years of this issue and it says catalyst system efficiency below threshold. Bank 1 (code # P0420). There are only just over 41,000 miles on my car now.

- Harrisburg, OR, USA

problem #3

Aug 022012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that while driving with the cruise control set at 70mph the contact fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into six cable poles. The driver side frontal air bag deployed. The vehicle continued to accelerate at 70mph unto oncoming traffic and the contact was able to depress the brake pedal to cancel the cruise control. The contact believes that the cruise control cable should have disengaged at first impact. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 40,000. Updated 10/10/12 updated 10/15/2012

- Park Hills , MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 262012


  • 10,249 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power and decelerated rapidly. The failure occurred four times prior to the most recent failure and was repaired. The vehicle was able to be restarted and was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. After diagnosis, the dealer advised the contact that they were unable to diagnose the failure but they would try replacing the wiring harness in the instrument panel cluster. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assitance. The failure mileage was approximately 10,249.

- Twin Lakes, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 112011


  • 650 miles
I have been at the dealers repair shop like 10+ times for the same transmission problem. Today I was out on a quick trip to the store and when I changed gears from reverse (to get out of my drive way) then to drive the gear shifter became hard to move? and then the "hold" light came on. After that my car went on and off acceleration dragging, then on my way out of the parking lot of the store, I pushed to accelerate and then my car barely moved like slower than the cars regular cruise (like when you let the car move on its own in motion off the accelerator) it went slower than that. I am about up to my shoulders in frustration with it, now the hold light wont come off and I almost got in a car accident now it feels unsafe to drive.

- Converse, TX, USA

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