19th Aug 2006, 16:10

Please help! I am looking for some information, as the dealership is not providing me with much in the way of assistance. I own a 2005 Chevy Aveo and as of late (I have owned the car just over a year) I have had a considerable deal of trouble starting the car - regardless of how long it has been sitting, etc. Thank God it has been covered under the warranty, but my warranty is about to expire and the problems continue. The dealership has assured me that they will cover anything that deals with the issues I have been having, in the meantime my car is not very reliable and it is quite bothersome to have your vehicle towed into the dealership over four times in the past two months. I am, in essence, looking for anyone who may shed some light or may have had similar issues with an Aveo of this year. I need something to back me up when I go back to the dealership - possibly to get rid of this car that I actually liked!

31st Aug 2006, 06:00

I wrote earlier (may) with timing belt problems which Chevy would not warranty. This was due to the fact I did not check my timing belt at 50,000kms.. therefore a lack of maintenance I was told. I can't wait to get rid of this car!.

I don't know what the maintenance manual states in the USA, but I strongly recommend to read the maintenance manual and check it at it's set times.

2nd Sep 2006, 12:30

I think it depends on what you did. For example, if you always took your Aveo into the Chevy dealer for maintenance then GM should honor the warranty and pay for the belt since THEIR mechanics were allegedly following the rules.

But if you took it to an independent repair shop or did the work yourself, GM shouldn't necessarily honor the warranty if you did not follow proper maintenance.

A woman I used to work with told me she hated BMWs. I asked her why and she said because they were unreliable. But the reality is she never changed her timing belt as outlined in the manual and her engine seized.

You can't blame the car if you abused it.

13th Sep 2006, 17:39

My 2005 Aveo is experiencing problems with starting on damp mornings. The first time this happened, it took several attempts at starting to finally catch and turnover. The next time, a few days later, I sat in the car and tried starting it for eight minutes before it started. Two mornings ago it just would not start. I had to call a tow company and take it to a dealership.

I explained that the problem occurred only in the mornings when there was a heavy dew and always park in the shade (I don't have a choice). The dealership kept the car overnight, parked it in the morning sun, and had not checked it until I arrived at 8 oclock. By then the hood was warm, and of course the car turned over. They still have it, parked in an area that receives morning sun. I'll stop by in the morning to assure that they check it.

19th Sep 2006, 07:43

I also have had trouble with the key getting stuck in ACC. And I also can't get the shift out of park. It's stuck. It's in the shop right now, for the 3rd time.

27th Oct 2006, 19:44

I was going to get an Aveo in April of 06. I needed another car for my new wife. I wanted a reliable foreign car that got high MPG. I already had a 2001 Prizm (Corolla) and the only problems I'd had with it was a blown blower motor relay that I replaced myself for $22.

On the way to buy an Aveo I swung by the local Toyota dealership. Low and behold they had loaded $17,500 Corolla LE's for $13,900. I haven't looked back. If you can luck into a cheap Corolla or Civic do it. If you get an Aveo don't expect 150k of trouble free miles like you'll get with a quality import. I didn't laugh all the way to the bank with my Corolla, but I don't cry all the way to the service department either..:) - Joe.

21st Nov 2006, 12:06

My husband and I own a 2006 Chevy Aveo and over the last 12 months, it has been very good to us. We use the car a LOT (we already have 30,000 miles on it) and it has held up well. The only problem we've ever had just started last week, and from reading the above comments, it seems to be a design flaw: our key got stuck in the ignition. We can turn the car on and off, but we can't get the darn key OUT. It won't turn far enough to "lock" and therefore allow itself to be pulled out. Also, the car is stuck in park. We found a temporary solution to the problem: stick another key in the hole on the top left of the gear shifter, it's labelled as "hold" or something. While pressing down, shift the car out of park. I guess it is sort of a release button for the shifter. Meanwhile, we still haven't been able to get our key out, so my husband is at the dealer right now.

Any one have any experience with this? What did the dealer do to fix this? Did the problem come back? We're worried because we only have 7,000 miles left on our warranty.

23rd Nov 2006, 18:11

Chevy Aveo - Key Stuck.

I just rented a Chevrolet Aveo in Honolulu. The key would not remove from the ignition switch, and the automatic transmission shifter got stuck in park. I figured out how to release the shifter lever after reading the owner's manual, but the key was still stuck.

I had to have the car towed away, as it was after hours, and the car rental agency was closed for the night.

I asked the mechanics on the tow truck if they have seen this problem before. They said yes, this is a common problem on 2005 and 2006 Chevy Aveos, Cobalts, and one other Chevy model. I had to get another car the following day. What a waste of time while on vacation.

25th Nov 2006, 11:05

I have a Suzuki Swift (same as Aveo) and have had continual problems with noise in the front end. Squeaks and groans everytime I hit a bump etc. It's been in 5 times to have it repaired and now that I am getting too close to the end of the warranty, it seem the dealer doesn't want anything to do with me. (I'm assuming it's because they know that the problem will persist past warranty). I've been waiting for six weeks now for parts that somehow, are no longer available quickly. Could it be that there too many Aveo's and Swift's out there with the same problem or am I getting the run-around?

Anyone else having these problems?

27th Nov 2006, 11:29

My 04 Aveo just died on me and the dealership says the timing belt broke at only 41,000 miles! I have never had this car serviced because its too soon and now because the belt broke, it bent my pistons and my entire engine needs replacing. Can you believe GM doesn't want to pay? Isn't there a powertrain warranty on these vehicles after the standard warranty expires? I will NEVER buy another GM vehicle again.