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Chevrolet Aveo Maintenance and Repair



  • I've messed around with the shifter and there's definitely no problem there. Also, the coolant level seems OK.

    The crank sound has a ryhthm to it that does not quite sound normal, kind of like a major crank, followed by a double quick, and that pattern continues to repeat. Usually the crank sounds like a perfect interval ryhthm if nothing is wrong.

    I have not tried cranking it for longer than about 15 seconds, because I don't want to kill the battery or damage the engine. Did you say that you'd turn the key and hold it cranking for 15 minutes?
  • Yes, I would hold it. it almost sounded as if it was getting gas. In the beginning I was pumping the gas too, but this would cause white smoke out of the exhaust and a loud backfire, so i stopped that and would just continually hold the key down.
  • Problem Resolved. Towed it to a dealer, and it turns out my timing belt slipped off, and everything got bent up. The good news is it is totally covered by my GM Powertrain warrany.
  • tomh4tomh4 Posts: 7
    Well mine continues to be a pos, my gear shifter broke!
    All I know is I was shifting gears and it wouldnt go in, the gear shifter started floppin around like it wasnt connected.
    So I get it to the dealer(of coarse my problem) just off my factory warranty, hoping my extended warranty will cover it or the factory power train warranty(why wouldnt they)
    So I pay out of pocket for them to diagnose it ($65), they tell me theirs no broken parts just missing parts and the warranty company wont cover it :( WTF :(
    I dont understand how a part magically dissapears and im pissed because once again they found some BS excuse to not fix my car under warrranty :(
    I would love to drive this POS right threw the front of the dealership, Ive yet to find somthin my warranty WILL cover
    So the busted part is a $4.65 part (Labor $160.) BUT they cant get one till late next week and I have to pay out of pocket for a rent a car because the repairs werent covered by my warranty :(
    And I still got another year of payments on this car :( I hate this car!!!
    My rent a car is a Ford Focus it is 1000 x nicer than the POS chevy
  • I have just experienced what everyone else is talking about here. I will be going to the dealership tomorrow and hope they have the metal replacement part. I have also filed a complaint NHTSA at I know some say nothing will happen but if enough complain maybe something will. After reading all the posts I'll be paying out of pocket to get the engine checked to make sure nothing else happened. :mad: :sick:

    It only takes a couple minutes to file the complaint so far they only have about four,
    let our voices be heard. I'm tired of consumers being screwed by these companies.
  • I have about 48,000 thousand miles on my 2005 chevy aveo hatchback. The thermostat housing unit on this vehicle is made out of plastic. Over time it will wear down, and eventually crack. As a result, the engine coolant will leak out and your engine will overheat. If you see steam coming out of your car, this means your thermostat housing unit might be busted. Recommended course of action. Take it immediately to your local GM/Chevrolet dealer for servicing (The part is only sold at the dealerships). If you have a service warranty the part and labor is covered under warranty. If you don't your looking to pay a total of 160 dollars for a metal thermostat housing unit, coolant, and labor. For peace of mind, take it directly to the dealer and pay the 160 bucks. :)
  • Well, it turns out it was NOT a timing belt issue. The car started just fine at the dealer after they opened it up, found nothing wrong, then closed it and tried to start it. Seems like they unplugged the battery, which reset the computer, and removed a glitch that was sending a P0128 code and preventing it from starting. This glitch was likely the result of some bad weather, which was really wet then really cold, causing condensation to freeze on a rie and cause a very random problem.

    If your Aveo won't start and you are getting a check engine light, try resetting, either with and ODB II diagnostic or just by removing the negative lead from the battery for 5 seconds. Good luck everyone! Anybody want to buy an '04 Aveo with 42K? lol.
  • I have a 2008 Aveo sedan that has horrible paint loss and chipping in the entire area at the bottom of both passenger doors. GM service center is telling me this is normal wear and tear and not covered under warrenty. My 2006 Aveo had nothing like this. I also purchased the ResistAll paint protection which appearantly is not even a paint protection, another GM dealer told me it was simply a good wax job. Anyone else having this problem?
  • Oh my goodness, what a ride this has been.

    As I write this it is 2/9/09. My '04 Aveo's first failure was 12/18/08. On that day, I was driving home, and my check engine light came on. 2 days later the car would not start. I got an OBD II sensor from AutoZone and retrieved the codes P0128 and P0128p (pending). These both indicate an ECT or thermostat failure. Had to have it towed to a GM dealer. They told me the timing belt had slipped before even looking at it. Later, they saw the timing belt was fine. The car started for them right away. I was told it was likely a CPU freeze caused by bad weather here in MA. Towing and service were both covered under GM Powertrain Warranty (I am at 5 years 42K).

    About 3 weeks later, I was driving and my check oil pressure light came on. I immediately pulled over and checked the oil level, which was fine. I decided to have an oil change to see if that would resolve the issue. Sure enough, after the oil change, the light went off. I drove about another 20 minutes, and stopped at the toll booth. As I was handing off my ticket, I heard 3 or 4 loud revolutions, and then the car died. I was unable to start it again. Had it towed once again to the GM service center.

    This time, I was told there was a leak in my water pump, and the spark plugs were completely fouled (I saw them, they were pitch black). With diagnostic charges parts and labor I was looking at $1200 (including an elective timing belt procedure). I filed a complaint with Chevy and negotiated lower rates down to about $200 for spark plug replacement, water pump replacement, and timing belt replacement. This took about another week or so. At 2:30 they told me it was running fine and to come pick it up. At 3:30 I went and paid, got in the car, and it would not start. They pushed it back in the garage.

    Today, I am told the problem is a blown head gasket, and will be 100% covered. The blown gasket was causing coolant to leat into the motor. They are going to do a pressure test and a replacement, and it will take approx. 1-2 weeks before my car is ready. I am really hoping this solves the problem for good (it seems like the most on point diagnosis thus far).

    2 months 2 tows and $200 later I am still waiting for my Aveo to be fixed and in good driving condition. :lemon: :lemon:

    DO NOT BUY this Daewoo piece of metal. They are not worth the hassle. Buy a Honda or Toyota that is made in America, since this is the only viable option anymore to support American Autos.
  • I lost practically all of the paint off of my front bumper over the course of the first two years of owning it. I basically divorced myself from the dealership over this car (let the buyer beware, right?!), so I had a local body shop do it. Sad that these issues happen with a car that's so new. Mine has less than 40k on it. My 3 year old could have put finger paint on this that would have lasted longer!
  • I work at a chevy dealer in CA and I can tell you that the paint has a 5yr 100,000 mile warranty. If the chipping is due to defect and not road hazard damage (ie stones or solvents on the road) it would be covered. In addition to the factory warranty the resisall paint protection you purchased may cover the damage if caused by road hazards. Review your documents on the paint protection and contact them directly. I am not personally familer with the brand resistall, but most of those products are backed by a insurance policy to cover the repair.

    In answer to your question "anyone else having this problem", we have sold over 50 of the Aveos and have not had any paint issues.

    Hope this helps.

  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    A Toyota or Honda that supports American, are you kidding me. They support themselves in taking their money back to Japan to invest. Toyota has only about a 50% domestic content and Honda not much better. Chevrolet is 70% currently. The Aveo brings the average down with its % at 5% if I recall.

    Toyota takes away jobs from American companies like Ford, Chevrolet. They use part-time employees to profit and avoid paying benefits. They build facilities in non-union states. So really there is no trade off and this is bad for the trade deficit and America. American auto companies were forced to outsource parts to stay competitive and in business. In doing so hundreds of small American companies, most in Michigan closed up losing thousands of employees.

    Please get your facts straight when you post.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    A neighbor of mine and their Nissan Sentra were not to happy when they lost their engine beyond repair at 115,000 miles. I could name more problems with Japanese cars than I can with American. When is the last time you saw a 20-year old Japanese car still on the road? Chevy's are known to last for ever and mine is 17-years old and very reliable.
  • I'm not looking to argue the benefits or downfalls of buying american made vs. american owned vehicles. That's a debate for another day. All I can tell you is my family and I have had several cars through the past couple decades, and the 2 most reliable by far have been the 2 Japanese models, Corolla and CR-V. The Ford Escort, Chevy Aveo and Ford Taurus that we had all died within 11 years or 120,000. We have a Corolla right now at 115,000 and has a Bluebook value $4000 higher than my Aveo at 42,000.

    I didn't cite any facts, so don't accuse me of not having facts straight. The above info is a fact, though. This is just my opinion. If this board has not convinced you that the Aveo is a clunker P.O.S. then heaven help you.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    They same can be said about the Corolla though I wouldn't call it junk. People come to the forums generally to vent their frustration and problems. Go over to the Toyota forum and you will also find those people over there. No different.

    An Escort or Taurus that doesn't go beyond 115,000 miles obviously was not maintained. I bet you don't treat your Japanese cars that way.
  • I have a 2004 Aveo and the paint is in near perfect condition except where people have hit the bumper or scratched it in the parking lot, etc.
  • 1john4101john410 Posts: 2
    well, I'v read this entire thread and I too have had this problem of the thermostat busting and I'll share my experiance of that. First I have to say after reading all of the storys of this problem I have felt some what fortunate that mine lasted about three and half times longer than anyone elses that I know of. My thermostate housing did not bust till I had 119,000 miles on the car. So to introduce you to my daewoo aveo..... It is an 2004 hatchback version with a manual transmission. I drive the dog out of this car. a typicle day is 95-120 miles. 5 days a week. I have had all the "standard aveo problems" which I'v gotta sounds like quite a few people on here absolutly freak out at ANYTHING going wrong with their car. I'v had the key lock fall in the door just like anyone who has owned one of these for more than 5 min....not a big deal. It took 1 hour to take the door cover off and fix it permenantly. Dont get me wrong I would rather have not done it at all but come on.....its an aveo, not a caddillac or mercedes. A few posters seem to think this low end car is supposed to hold up like 60k+ luxery ride. Also had the "slow start" at about 80,000 miles. fixed it with a new starter. No biggie. Three bolts, an hour of my time and a part that cost less than $100 and I was back on the road. Then I had the timeing belt changed at 76,000. It was a little latter than the manufacture recomended but still in time. most people wait till this breaks and it cost 4x as much to fix. if you do it when they suggest at about 60,000 it will cost you $300 and save you $900 in repairs. anyway. my thermostat housing broke and I did like most and called every part house to find it was a dealer item. I was not willing to pay $95 for a part that normally cost $10 or less for any other car. So I found one on for about $25 that came shipped to my house. changed it out and went back to the road. then my check engine light came on and the code was for "coolant temp below norm". My new thermostat was running about ten degreese cooler than the old one. at about 180, degreese. It ran fine for about three days then I was coming down the interstate and it started getting overheated. so I turned off the a/c and turned on the heat full blast to vent some heat off the engine and started pulling over to check it out. about that time the temp guage suddenly cooled down to normal. I was totaly confused now. so I took it to my trusted shop jsut to have them take a look at it sense these things apparently have aluminum heads I didnt want to risk blowing it. We'll see what the problem was tomarrow when I get the diagnosis.
  • satman73satman73 Posts: 1
    The same problem has happened to my wifes car twice. The dealer changed the part the first time for 160 dollars and just replaced it with the same plastic part this was at 38700 miles now at 76459 1459miles past the warranty the exact same thing has happened now they want 89.99 for the replacement part and two hours of labor at 100.00 an hour plus the gasket o-ring and replacement coolant, and by the way they are the only place that sells the part locally. I dont think that this is in any way a good deal and should not be treated as one. If you have had the same problem file a complaint with the about this problem. Seems this needs to be a recall for this car but more complaints are needed. I did find the part online at for 58.22 including shipping made from aluminum. Good luck to any one who purchased this car..
  • tomh4tomh4 Posts: 7
    Im just waiting for my T stat housing to break again, Ive had nothing but problems with this car from day 1!
    I took it home (brand new) with a bad CV, the ac stopped working a day after they put it in.
    Last week I had some sort of big expensive vaccume leak and the ac stopped workin again.
    Just for fun I looked up the blue book value, Its under $3000, Im still making payments on this car :(
    As I type this one is advertized just to the right and it says prices starting at $12625, as shown $16025 + tax title license dealer fee and optional equipment extra who in their right mind would pay well over $16k for a Aveo?
  • 1john4101john410 Posts: 2
    ok, so I am now coming back with a perfectly running aveo. I found out the mistake I made. When I replaced the plastic T-stat. I orderd the cheapest one I could find online from It was jsut a new T-stat that was plastic like the old one so It busted also. I had to go ahead and get the aluminum one from the dealer. Now cruising with 120,000 miles and running strong! I think I'v been fortunate with my aveo because I was not stupid and get a loan for it. These cars are so cheap their disposable. buy one for cash, one or two years old and when its worn out just throw it away and get another one. why in world would you pay payments on car you can buy for cash if you would just save your money for 3-6 months?
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