2004 Chevrolet Aveo 1.6 from North America


Chevy = Cheaper Heaps EVery Year


Having the car only a few weeks, and had to take in for a ticking noise at around 3000 miles, the top half of motor had to be replaced. Not sure exactly why. Dealer said something about seeing scratching marks inside motor. They had the car for 2 weeks. They don't have parts in stock for this car.

Had another issue with the engine still ticking, and overall not sounding right. Dealer said something about having to replace lower half of engine, and had the car for another week.

Ticking noise from the engine from the beginning; not all the time, but it was there. Took it in several times, and they said they could not find a problem. At 8000 miles or so, a bolt that holds alternator snapped off, causing serpentine belt to break and taking out the cylinders and pistons, having to have the engine replaced. Also left me stranded in the middle of no where. Car was in the shop for 3 weeks.

Several problems with the car pulling. Had it in for alignments. And 2 tie rods had to be replaced. Leaving me stranded again. They held the car for a week.

The Aveo had problems with the oil leaking; the dealer said that it was the oil plug that the oil change place uses, and I have to use the ones they have that cost $10.00.

General Comments:

Overall, the car was good on gas and handled well in the snow in Michigan.

But had so many problems that I filed a Lemon Law and won.

There are many other problems that I had with the car, but too many to list; those were the worst ones. The others were minimal compared to the motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 2010

7th Mar 2010, 10:48

"At 8000 miles or so, a bolt that holds alternator snapped off, causing serpentine belt to break and taking out the cylinders and pistons, having to have the engine replaced."

If your serpentine belt breaks, it's not going to have any effect on your pistons... Did you mean to say the timing belt broke? If the timing belt broke, then that would result in damage to the valves, and pistons if the car has an interference engine, which I believe the Aveo does. However, even if an alternator bolt broke, the alternator isn't driven by the timing belt, so this still wouldn't cause the timing belt to break.

7th Mar 2010, 11:02

The Aveo is really just a Daewoo marketed as a Chevy as a shortcut for them to get into the subcompact market. Why a company such as Chevrolet would choose to stain their name further by selling a cheap Korean car and calling it theirs is beyond me. But don't use the experience with Aveo to turn you off Chevy for good.. their Cobalt and the new Volt are pretty decent small cars.. (especially that Cobalt SS) :)

7th Mar 2010, 11:07

^^Just posted the last comment and had to correct myself real quick, its the Cobalt and CRUZE (which replaced the discontinued Cobalt), the Volt is a super-high MPG (well MPC it would be I guess cuz you charge it, not fill it) electric concept car they will hopefully start mass-producing in the near future..

7th Mar 2010, 16:57

Another example of why GM has hit the skids.

7th Mar 2010, 20:27

It's a Daewoo, not a Chevy.

Your cute title makes no sense.

9th Mar 2010, 18:16

You had an alternator bolt break and it ruined your pistons and cylinders? For one, the alternator really has nothing to do with the pistons. The piston's drive the alternator through the crankshaft pulley and serpentine belt, but if that belt broke, the pistons would continue on unscathed.

And two, the only way the piston's could become damaged is if the timing belt breaks and causes the pistons to hit the intake and exhaust valves. However, even if an alternator bolt breaks, this still will have no effect on the timing belt or pistons.

That being said, Daewoo or not, Chevy Aveo's really are junk. I believe this person's review entirely, just not how they say it happened.

2004 Chevrolet Aveo from North America


Replaced timing belt and water pump at 100,000 miles.

Replaced front brakes at 98,000 miles.

1 tune up at 100,000 miles. The car now has 169,000 miles on it and still runs strong.

I strongly believe if a car is serviced properly it will last. I have put over 300,000 miles on several different models, and the Aveo will be another one to use up and throw away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2010

30th Oct 2011, 07:18

You got lucky. I've got 60,000 miles, the timing belt broke, and took out the valves, and now I see it has happened to a lot of others also.