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Chevrolet Aveo Maintenance and Repair

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  • Apparently, eventhough not required, you should get the timing belt tensioner and waterpump replaced at the time of the timing belt change too (labor intensive otherwise), and that jacks the price up.
  • I asked them since their 5yr/100K powertrain warranty excluded timing belt coverage after first "scheduled maintenance" which is 30000 mile, does that mean that they will not cover for engine damage from timing belt failture EVEN if you followed scheduled maintenance at 30K, 60K, and 90K?

    They refused to give me a straight answer. Which basically they can refuse powertrain warranty at any point after 30K if your timing belt failed.

    This is a bunch of BS! I can not recommend anyone buying the aveo because of this.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    I have also heard the recommendation about replacing the water pump at the same time you replace the timing belt.

    I wonder if you are covered if you have a belt failure at 45K miles, and also had the 30K mile inspection...

    Can anyone on this forum verify this information?
  • I emailed GM customer service, and they were purposefully vague and avoided the question all together. I called the customer service number 4 times, the first time, it was hung up. The second time, the woman refused to give me her name, but stayed purposedly vague, and say she can't tell, and it is up to the dealership. The third time, I talked to a man, who couldn't answer me. He transfered me to a supervisor, Glen Kuniyuki, who told me that I have to speak to "marketing support". He said he was not the right department to discuss such issue. He said that he can't tell me if GM will fix the problem if it were within 100K and if I had done everything right with maintenance.

    It seems like GM really doesn't want to put any backing to their 5yr/100K warranty when you ask them a black and white question.

    I guess it is the chase after the mythical "Lifetime warranty". The closer you get to this "life time", the less likely you are going to get a definite answer on anything.

    I guess if you are wise, you'd replace the belt at 60K, at 90K, and every 30K afterward. This belt can not be made to last.

    It seems like it is not a problem with the belt, and it is an engineering problem with the engine.

    Most likely, this engine will not last more than 120K..... If someone has an aveo that lasted more, please let us know.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    Replacement of the timing belt is a requirement on all engines equiped with such, so I am not surprised about that need. Some engines require it more often than others. As a consequence, the cost should be factored into the expected total costs of ownership when deciding to purchase.

    However, it is a manufacturer's warranty, not a dealer's warranty, so GM should have a clear-cut answer for you.

    Last of all, regarding the "lifetime warranty"...I have always assumed that meant "when it breaks, the lifetime is over", so you aren't covered...Seems that I was correct...
  • Apparently they must have the timing belt glitch worked out, or found that the 30K timing belt check is a waste of money. The 2007 manual require the 30 K check, but the 2008 manual does not.

    So the first service interval for the 2008 Aveo timing belt is 60K. Which means the belt is warranteed till 60K. Then it needs to be replaced.

    What's funny is that they don't mention that the belt need to be replaced at 120K though. I guess they don't care if you blow up your engine once the warranty is up.

    In my opinion, the belt should be replaced at 60 K, at 99K, and every 30 K after 100K. Seems like a big risk to let it run past 30K after the powertrain warranty is up.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    In my opinion, the belt should be replaced at 60 K, at 99K, and every 30 K after 100K. Seems like a big risk to let it run past 30K after the powertrain warranty is up.

    I have always changed them every 50K miles in belt-equipped engines...an easy number to remember.

    It seems a bit ingenuous to me to claim a 100K mile warranty, although you are required to perform moderate to major engine service work at 60 K miles. And, while it isn't exactly hidden from the buyer, it most certainly isn't stressed as a necessity...Of course, one could claim that all cars need "normal" maintenance (oil & filter, etc.), but I wouldn't think most buyers would think this would be a "normal" maintenance item.
  • I think based on the vagueness of how GM customer service deal with their 5yr/100K warranty, I am going to make sure we take our Aveo to a GM service center at all the major maintenance points: 30K, 60K, and 90K. I really don't want them to reject a major claim if you did the maintenance yourself, or if you had Pepboy performing the activity.

    I've read where Nissan refused a major engine repair which cost $5000 for damage to a Spyder's engine under warranty for timing belt breakage under 60K miles. The owner had taken it to a Pepboy center for the work, and Nissan said they weren't an authorized dealer. So even if the work is done by a certified mechanic using OEM parts, you can't count on them keeping their warranty if you didn't follow their rules.
  • oldleooldleo Posts: 1
    Hello, folks!
    Any suggestions for a reputable Goodwrench dealer/shop to perform the maintenance on my 2006 Aveo LS hatchback in the Buffalo, NY area?
    Thanks a lot.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    There is no glitch with the Aveo rubber timing belt that's any different from any other car on the market. Just follow the normal maintenance in the owners manual according to your driving habits. If you are one to drive a car hard than the belt may stretch out faster giving more wear and tear.

    The rule of thumb with water pumps is to replace with the timing chain which is done at 100,000 miles because you will have everything apart at that time and it doesn't cost but another $30 for the pump. Now that most/all 4 cylinder cars have rubber belts the changing of the belt is in the 50-60,000 range. Is it necessary to replace the water pump on a four banger at that interval, probably not. I would definately change it at the second timing belt change. If the owners manual says to replace the pump at a specific interval than that is what id do.

    The GM 5-year warranty will cover all engine and engine accessory problems for that period including a water pump as long as you follow warranty guidelines and have maintenance done and documented at specific intervals.
  • tomh4tomh4 Posts: 7
    I have a 05 aveo and it over heated last night, turns out I had the exact same problem.
    My thermostat housing looked like someone cut it perfectly in half.
    So I called around and I guess Its a dealer only part and being Sunday the stealers parts department Isnt open.
    I have an extended warranty and i guess i could try and have them tow it and fix it but it would take me two minutes to fix it myself so thats whats gunna happen tomarrow.
    It looks like the housing is two pieces glued together or somthing, it broke perfectly like it had a seam.
  • tomh4tomh4 Posts: 7
    I have a 05 aveo and it over heated last night, turns out I had the exact same problem.
    My thermostat housing looked like someone cut it perfectly in half.
    So I called around and I guess Its a dealer only part and being Sunday the stealers parts department Isnt open.
    I have an extended warranty and i guess i could try and have them tow it and fix it but it would take me two minutes to fix it myself so thats whats gunna happen tomarrow.
    It looks like the housing is two pieces glued together or somthing, it broke perfectly like it had a seam.
  • moortinmoortin Posts: 4
    I just had the same thing happen. It looks like it the housing just broke in half. I am going to try to replace it myself. Have others that had this problem had subsequent problems I should be looking for. Also, it is sounding like a pissed off weedeater--any ideas of what to look for?
  • moortinmoortin Posts: 4
    I have 130,000 miles on my aveo, but yes, the timing belt broke at 60,080 mile and has sounded like a pisssed off weedeater since then.It was covered by the warranty, due to a servie manager that kept going until they agreed. I had to shw that the scheduled maintenances were done. Also, the thermostat housing just broke in half this weekend. Still running though. I will be trading it off as soon as possible.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    Thats a fair amount of miles on an Aveo...Were there any other problems/issues that you had with the car?

    Boy...80 miles over the recommended change interval...that's what I call close!
  • smk0926smk0926 Posts: 1
    This just happened to me last night. I just want to make sure I am doing this right, so does anyone have any directions or advice when replacing the housing? Thanks...
  • moortinmoortin Posts: 4
    It was really simple, get the part at your dealership. It goes right back on easy, other that wrestling with the hoses.
  • tomh4tomh4 Posts: 7
    It was very easy to put on it only took me like two minutes, u can put the hoses on first, it makes it easier.
    But their cheap plastic part could have cost me alot more, what if it got to hot and blew the head gasket or warped or cracked the head or block.
    Im sure Chevy would tell me I overheated it and Its not covered under warranty.
    My wife was driving when it happened and Im surprised she didnt just try and drive all the way home the way it was.
    I know Its a cheap car and I know chevy didnt even build it but this part sems to be a weak point in the cooling system, it couldnt hold a whopping 16lbs of pressure.
    Im sure someone has brought htis to their attention.
    They should have known glueing the thermostat between two plastic parts wasnt gunna hold long.
    I dunno I guess Im still pissed and needed to vent.
    POS chevy wannabe
  • moortinmoortin Posts: 4
    I am trading mine in as soon as possible. I am thinking about a Chevy Cobalt- but am going to research these same issues before I make up my mind. I have to drive 100 miles plus a day and don't want to be driving around with the damage probably incurred when this part broke. It was stupid to think glue would hold this part together.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It sounds like this is starting to become an issue as of recent. I am positive GM would cover your engine if something serious were to happen especially if its maintained and under warranty. There may be other manufactures who refuse warranty service but GM is not known as one of them.
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