2005 Chevrolet Aveo LS from North America - Comments

30th Jan 2010, 22:25

I thought I was the only one. There's a whole world out there of Aveo haters!

It was an OK car when I bought the 2005 model brand new in April 2005 - I wanted a cheap car with cheap payments, which it is (with 10 fingers and 10 toes crossed, only 3 more payments left!).

First problem was fuel gauge and clock stopped working just a few months after buying it. Never even had enough time to really know how good the gas mileage was, because the gauge died, so I did many extra trips to the gas station, just in case. Took 9 weeks to receive the part, and when it was installed at the dealership, they never properly replaced the instrument panel, so it sticks out a little bit. Probably not noticeable to anyone but me, but it's still annoying. My fault, however, that I never got it fixed before the dealership went bankrupt.

After this first incident, the first recall. Then the second recall. I think there may have been a third, but I can't remember now.

Car has just under 60,000 kms on it and I'm seriously thinking of changing the timing belt, after reading all of this. I had planned on keeping the car as long as possible, drive it into the ground before buying another and am now afraid that that day may come sooner rather than later.

Gas mileage has never been that great, and oh how it sucks even worse in the winter with winter tires on. VERY noisy car, lots of rattles and squeaks, which I never noticed right away, but would get into someone else's car and notice how quiet it was, then return to mine and notice how noisy it was.

Stereo & speakers - garbage from day one, changed it right away and replaced back speakers. Didn't do front speakers as back replacements work extremely well.

Someone previously mentioned their favorite part of this car is the sunglass holder - LOL - me too! Best little piece of convenience.

Have had trouble finding windshield wiper blades that actually work well on this car. Passenger side never gets a proper wipe and is far worse during highway driving - tried all different kinds from very inexpensive to very expensive and all results were poor.

This car has been a disappointment almost from day one and I always recommend it as a DO NOT buy whenever I hear someone talking about it. Other posters have said spend the extra $40-$50 per month on a better quality car, and I can say I wholeheartedly agree. Avoid the Aveo.

10th Feb 2010, 13:54

I bought my 2005 Aveo5 when it first came out.

I have ALWAYS had a problem with some kind of grinding sound in the front, and after many visits to the dealership, had the bushings replaced while under warranty, but the sound came back a few months later. Anyone else have this problem?

Also, my auto door locks haven't worked for almost 2 years. Apparently the way the hood sits allows a lot of water under and the sensor for the door locks is in front of the engine. The mechanic who told me about this said not to fix it (I just use the key in the door the old fashioned way) because it would rot out again.

There have been many small to medium problems with this car, but nothing that put me off the road for too long. I still love the way it drives, and I too am a huge fan of the sunglasses holder!

I paid almost twice the amount of what they are going for now, so I just may buy another one; after all, IT'S HALF PRICE!!!

30th Apr 2010, 21:58

I have a 2006 with 150,000 miles; just oil and filter changes, and two sets of tires. Love my car. Going to pass the 200,000 mark and then give it away.

28th Jun 2010, 16:35

I have a 2005 Chevy Aveo LS. I have 90000 miles on it. This car has given me so many issues, it's ridiculous! I regularly service it, so I don't know what the issue is, but I've had to replace motor mounts, thermostat pump, and timing belt, which broke, and NOW the latest issue:

My car stays on lock and I cannot get the keys out of the ignition! I am sure the car is in park. It takes me over 5 minutes to get the keys out.

I will NEVER EVER buy a car like this EVERRRRR again.

31st Jul 2010, 16:50

I bought a 2005 used Toyota Echo in 2007. People don't like how this car looks, but it's a good bet for small car. I've had absolutely no reliability issues, and it's great on gas. No recalls, or safety issues, either. It has over 100,000 kms on it. I considered a new Aveo for the same price as a used Echo, but chose wisely. I feel bad for anyone with an Aveo. I wonder what GM's newest small car offering, the Chevrolet Spark, will be like. I believe it will also be produced by Daewoo.

3rd Aug 2010, 15:07

I have 2004 Chevrolet Aveo. I need help getting the top bolt of the starter out. Any help would be nice.

3rd Nov 2010, 16:05

I owned a 2004 Aveo that I racked up to 150,000 miles on in 2 1/2 years, and gave it to my son and bought another new one in 2008. So far I have 73,000 on it and it runs great! It is a manual transmission, and it seems on both cars, when I reached 55,000, the mileage jumped up to 42 mpg. Great car for the money!

19th Nov 2010, 12:49

I bought my 2005 Chevy Aveo used from a friend. Loved it at first. Had all the recommended services done. Then at 40,000 I had the dreaded tensioner seize, and I've hated the car ever since. Seems like it is always something, and it doesn't have that many miles on it. As soon as I won't be upside down, I plan to get a different car. I'm done with this piece of garbage.

I can also say I will NEVER purchase a Chevrolet vehicle EVER again, because if their business ethics are to ignore such blatant defects, then they are not a company I support.

27th Nov 2010, 20:03

I purchased a 2009 Aveo last year during the cash for clunkers program. I do a lot of driving for my job, and now have 40,000+ miles on it. I am very disappointed not only in the functionality of the car, but in the service and overall way that it seems that GM operates.

My A/C recently stopped working. The dealer that I purchased it from closed shortly after I purchased the car. I took it to another Chevy dealer, and was told, first of all, that the bumper to bumper warranty expired at 35,000 miles. I found paperwork for an extended warranty that I thought I had purchased, only to find out that it was never processed.

I definitely will not be purchasing another Chevy or any other American made car, if I can help it. How is it possible that GM can make such claims to be the best, but not do anything about things like this?

28th Nov 2010, 11:06

First of all, this is anything but an American built car. It is a rebadged Kia. If you bought a Honda Civic, it would have been more American made than this car is... and you'd probably still have AC that works. All cars have a 3 year 36K mile warranty, so any car would not be covered at 40K miles.

Extended warranties are not cheap, so you should not have just assume it was processed. I would have been looking for full documentation and the packet of info they send you for an extended warranty. Yes, the dealer is partially to blame, but they no longer exist, which isn't really a surprise if that is how they did business.