24th Mar 2008, 12:18
We purchased a Chevy Aveo back in 2004. It was used, but only had 5,000 miles on it. We had no problems, except that the clock never said the right time no matter how many times we reset it. In January the car started dying while we were driving down the street, and not starting 80% of the time. My husband would get out and jiggle the battery cable and then it would start. We took it to 3 shops, before finally talking it to a dealership. At the dealership it only took the tech 1 day to figure out what was wrong with it. The power control module was going. They ordered the part right away. They were assured it would be overnight-ed from Canada, and it should arrive it 3 days. This was back on March 1st. They received a part 3 weeks later, but it was not the right part. The dealership is fed up. The gave us a loaner and told us to keep it until they have ours fixed. I have even called GM customer service. They cannot give me any better info than the dealership. Now they are not sure if or when the correct part will come in.
23rd Apr 2008, 20:26
I am awaiting to hear what is wrong with mine. Bought 2005 Aveo New in August 2005 - 69,000 miles and this is the first issue I have had - the piece the radiator hose connect to on the block side is not connected any longer - not the hose itself but rather what it clamps onto - can't wait to get the diagnostics after reading all of this... grrrr.
24th Apr 2008, 21:21
I posted the comment yesterday - thermostat housing - covered under MPP - car back home today - no complaints at this point...
3rd Jun 2008, 03:32
I own a 2005 Pontiac Wave hatchback. Purchased used thru private seller 2 years ago with 48 000 kilometers.
Prior to purchase I contacted the dealer to see what warranty was remaining on car. Seemed great. Warranty and affordable price.
I had it 2 weeks and the check engine light came. Took it to the dealership. They weren't sure exactly what it was but ordered something for it. Told me I could drive it till the part comes in. They called me and I took it back in. The part didn't fix it so they said they'd have to order a catalytic convertor. A week later they installed it free under warranty.
At that time I had them check for an oil leak which looks like it was coming from the valve cover. They had to run dye in it and for me to bring it back again in a couple of days. They ended up saying it was the drain plug washer. They never charged me for checking, it was under warranty.
At 59000 kilometers I took it in to have the 3rd recall done for the PCV and for them to check the howling coming from the front end and my pre-mature rusty rotors causing unnecessary squeals. They did the recall work, took them 3 days -- worth the wait cause the driveability is 100% improved.
Anyways they said they have very bad news for me. They would no longer honor warranty for my car. WTF was my 1st reaction. Apparently the car was in an accident before I bought it. I have no luck. I called the dealership prior to buying it and they said it had warranty. I never would have bought this car if they had told me the 1st time I called it had no warranty. Screwed in Nova Scotia. Caveat Emptor, let the buyer beware, yeah right. I asked the right questions and still ended up burnt.
Now today my battery light on the dash starts flashing. I feel sick. For $3000 more than what I paid, I could have bought a brand new Wave.
11th Jun 2008, 18:41
I have a 2004 also and have had the timing belt break @ 59k which also resulted needing motor. It takes me back with every person I see that has had this happen to. Wow and there is a lot which I did not know. My Aveo has days where it will die when the clutch is in, and when stopped. Will run fine for weeks at a time, then it will start doing the same thing again. No matter how fast the car is going it will die only when shifting gears. No one knows whats wrong. My car has been going this on and off for over a year now. Has anyone had a problem like that?
3rd Aug 2008, 19:53
2004 Aveo Class Action suit? Has anyone thought the need to start one? My 04 with just under 55,000 miles won't start back up after it is warm. Replaced tires at 45,000 miles and a bearing at 40,000. I will be taking it to the dealership in the morning and will keep you posted. TSB#060601021 is the number you need for the timing belt if you have under sixty thousand miles. The less than moral folks at GM gave out the technician Service Bulletin to the employees but not to the customers.
GM my father is retired and I no longer feel the need to show loyalty and will NEVER buy another one of your hunk of junk cars.
The Internet has taught me one thing, the 2004 Aveo is a pile of garbage.
18th Aug 2008, 23:46
Purchased '04 Aveo sedan in March that year. Now have 48,000 miles and had to replace the tires at 35,000 miles. Have had no other problems, period. My wife liked this car so much that she purchased an '05 LT hatchback in March of that year. Had the check engine light stay on constantly and was fixed by the dealer, under warranty. She has 25,000 miles and is well pleased. I have replaced the air filters on both cars and the spark plus on the '04 Sedan.
19th Aug 2008, 16:53
Our 2005 Aveo is in the shop again. Car loses power on start up when a/c is running. Had it in for that before, they flushed the fuel line so it wouldn't stall... before that they replaced computer chip and "down-loaded new software"...no help. They can't seem to figure out what's wrong with it.
Wondering about the suspension... it's making an awful clunking (Ka-chunk!) sound on bumps. Help. Are there any recalls on 2005 Aveo? I think our car's on the way out.
30th Aug 2008, 16:16
I bought a 2004 Aveo in Feb 2006. Only 14,000 miles, looked good, hoped to save on gas (never did somehow).
Within weeks it started shaking like crazy driving on the interstate. Took it to the dealer, couldn't find anything. Car was fine for a while. Tires went bald before 40,000 miles. Odd. Keep hearing a clunking noise from the back. It never goes away.
At 48,000 miles some hose came off or leaked and caused the car to die and smoke to billow everywhere on my 1st day of work in a new city. The mechanic said 'that shouldn't happen on a new car like this'. My thoughts exactly.
By 52,000 the timing belt shreds while I'm going 65 mph in rush hour traffic in downtown Atlanta in July. Luckily we weren't killed as the car literally stops in highway traffic. Of course, it bent the valves or whatever... $2000 +/- and 3 weeks later and the car just won't turn over this AM.
After reading the many posts here, I am not optimistic that GM will help me with any of these bills as most of the work was not done by the dealer.
For sale: Great little inner city red car, under 60,000 miles! New tires! New battery! New timing belt! Expect great gas mileage (which you will never actualize!). Any takers??