6th Sep 2008, 20:34

We have a 2004 chevy aveo with about 80k miles. Tonight the thing would hardly shift out of "park", and the brake lights quit working. Anyone know whats wrong with this car? THANKS.

9th Sep 2008, 03:55

I drive a Chevy LS 2004 1.4.

My ignition coils caused the CEL light to come on. Mileage is only 42k km and 3+ years ownership.

15th Sep 2008, 17:38

I have 2004 Chevy Aveo LS. The car only has 60,000 miles on it. The timing belt broke and has no compression going to the engine, which made the engine go up. I will never buy this car again. I see I'm not the only one that had the same problem with this same ordeal. Maybe Chevy needs to have this fixed.

3rd Oct 2008, 18:22

I am the owner of a 2004 Chevy Aveo. It has been the most troublesome vehicle I have ever owned. Chevy should have passed on this one. Bought it use at a Chevy dealership with 58k on it and the timing belt let go at 65k 1200$ later back on the road. 2 weeks later the thermostat housing split where it was glued(factory). 40$ later back on the road. At 85k both front struts let go 300$ later back on the road about 90k right front cv joint/axial went 294$ + 50 to a friend back on the road. Now My son overfilled the crank case with oil (about 2 qt over) and it is knocking loudly on the top end. drained the oil new filter and correct amount of oil and it still knocks. any ideas? oil pump? wiped cam? I sure wish I had left this one alone!

8th Oct 2008, 06:26

I purchased a 2004 Aveo. I went through the stock set of tires in about 20k Kms. The balancing should have come stock no?

I then had an air box assembly go; it was seized shut. (not even a year old, and not covered by warranty).

I then had my head light issue. About every three months I was changing one or the other.

I didn't get anywhere near the gas mileage they suggested I would.

My factory car alarm would go off for no reason, and not work other times.

My clock would reset all the time; this was covered and they told me it was just a fuse. Kept happening.

I then got the car to 99K kms and the car stopped running (with no warning). I now have the cutest little lawn ornament.

I would recommend this car to absolutely no one ever unless they did me wrong. So whom ever built it, I recommend this car to you. I'm very upset...

16th Oct 2008, 19:37

Yesterday, I spent $227. to have the transmission on my my 2005 Aveo flushed and power steering fluid replaced. I was given an estimate for the 60,000 mile service--$1400! After reading the other comments, I definitely won't let it get all the way to 60,000 (I have 5,000 miles left.)

Today, the gear shift lock is on. This means that every time I stop, I have to remove the shift lock cover, press the key into the shift lock, put the car in neutral, and re-start the car.

Does anybody know what this will involve to fix? Yikes!

14th Nov 2008, 22:45

If you cannot move your gear shift lever out of park, your brake light switch is bad. This switch controls both the brake lights and shifter solenoid. (Check to see if your brake lights are working). The switch is easy to replace and cheap. It is located under the dash at the top of the brake pedal.

1st Dec 2008, 19:52

I could not shift out of Park, I took the car to the dealer... they already had a bulletin from Chevy (headquarters I guess) stating this is a known problem.

They said they found the solenoid shorted and the brake light switch had to be replace, cost $230. Apparently, the dealer charged me for finding out what was wrong, although there is a bulletin that already says it.

Never buying car again and don't recommend it.

I hear everyone's pain.

5th Dec 2008, 21:38

Hello everyone and thank you all for your comments on the Aveo. I am here to see if I could find some back up to the clock issue.

We have a 2005 LS hatchback, bought it used in 2007 with 19K miles. We purchased it from a Toyota dealership as a second car, next to my 2008 Scion xB. Luckily, unbeknown to myself, when checking the paperwork package, I come to find out that the original purchaser had purchased the GM protection plan that increased the warranty to 5 years, 75K miles, full coverage, with zero deductible. I had to find the original owners in order to transfer the warranty, and pay the 50$ transfer fee... it was worth it! Luckily the Toyota dealership took the car in on trade so they contacted the original owner for me.

The car now has 53K miles and, it's having its first problem: erratic clock; it goes on and off at will, and now when it does it, it resets itself to 1 o'clock. I called the GM service number at 1.800.222.1020 and mentioned the problem, and they said take it into a Chevy dealership and have it fixed.

Despite all that you have read about this car, let me say that this car has been excellent so far. I will say that we have performed some mods to the suspension. We've increased the tire and wheel size to 195/55/15 with 15x6" wheels. The tires are hi performance and run anywhere from 30 PSI (Aveo recommended) to 44 PSI. We've also added the H&R lowering springs, lowering the car 1-1/4" in front and 1-3/4" in back. It has made a world of difference. All the while, this car gets 31 to 35 MPG on the freeway; not bad for a car that'll do almost 110 mph flat out!

Yes, the suspension squeaks, but we've gotten used to it. The brakes are good and are wearing evenly, which is not typical for cars. Usually it's the fronts that wear out first. BTW, with the suspension work, the car was 4 wheel aligned, and it was off quite a bit. I am now looking into getting the timing belt replaced before the 60K mile service. I will take it to a repair shop to have that done, for a cost of 250$ as part of the full, manufacturer's 60k mile service requirements, for which the total cost is less than 500$. The dealerships I called gave me estimates of 600 to 900$.

I am in no way trying to convince anyone that this is a car to buy, merely informing you what my experiences have been. This car is my lady's car. She drives it every day I maintain it. I change oil every 3K miles and change the air and cabin filters. I inspected the plugs, which at 53K miles, still look excellent and clean.

Would I buy another one? No. Why? Because this car has no resale value. Why? Because not enough people buy this car. So what does that mean? You can pick one up cheap. My lady's next car will probably be a Honda Fit.

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