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  • RepairPal gave the Aveo an above-average 4.0 out of 5.0 rating, ranking it 13th out of 21 subcompact cars.
  • According to reports, this car can last over 200,000 miles as long as you take good care of it.
  • Top Chevrolet Aveo issues include engine issues, faulty turn signal switch, failing ignition coils, and transmission problems.

The Chevrolet Aveo is a practical car that gets the job done. It’s a simple car with a roomy trunk and adequate ride comfort. It also has excellent resale value. According to, a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo has a 5-year depreciation rate of only 7%. Other Aveo models may have similar depreciation rates.

Are Chevrolet Aveos Reliable?

The Chevrolet Aveo scored well in terms of reliability. RepairPal gave it an above-average 4.0 out of 5.0 rating, ranking it 13th out of 21 subcompact cars. The Aveo has all the requisite bells and whistles, like efficient handling and engine power, to accommodate all of your daily driving needs. According to reports, this car can last over 200,000 miles as long as you take good care of it. Some owners have shared that following the right maintenance and service schedule is key to making your Aveo last a long time.

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The Chevrolet Aveo is a simple car with a roomy trunk and adequate ride comfort.

Top Chevrolet Aveo Problems

Despite being a reliable car, the Chevrolet Aveo still has its fair share of problems per model year. Here are the most common issues reported for different Aveo models:

Engine Problems

2011 Chevrolet Aveo engine problems can become extremely annoying. Some owners have shared that these problems can range from white smoke emanating from its engine to sudden power loss. They’ve also shared that they encountered oil leaks, overheating, and cooling system problems, which were accompanied by an illuminated check engine light. Some owners had to suddenly pull over because it became too dangerous to continue driving their cars.

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Some owners have taken their Aveos to their dealerships, but mechanics couldn’t find anything wrong with their car. Other owners have received different diagnoses, including coolant fluid leaks, blown head gaskets, and other issues. According to reports, these problems may be repaired on a case-to-case basis, depending on which components have failed. It’s best to regularly check your engine’s parts for wear and damage, so that you can get ahead of these issues. 

Faulty Turn Signal Switch

The 2004-2009 and 2011 Chevrolet Aveo’s turn signals may not work properly because of its switch, which may frequently malfunction or fail. Some owners have experienced this problem while they were driving. They reported that their turn signals either stayed on or off instead of blinking like they were supposed to. Some owners have tried resolving this issue by replacing their car’s fuses, but it kept on happening. Other owners have shared that they’ve tried replacing relays and wires, but nothing worked. This issue usually plagues Aveos at around 99,700 miles. If you encounter this problem, consult a mechanic immediately, because it may be linked to serious electrical issues.

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Some 2004-2011 Chevrolet Aveos were reported to have faulty turn signal switches. Image source: Chevrolet

Failing Ignition Coils

One of the most notable 2009 Chevrolet Aveo problems is its ignition coils that may wear out and fail, causing different engine issues. This usually happens at around 42,000 miles. According to reports, the first symptoms you may notice are power loss, stalling, poor acceleration, and an illuminated check engine light. Some owners have shared that these symptoms may also be accompanied by abnormal smells and excessive smoke.  

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Some have reported that new ignition coils can help resolve this problem. However, your Aveo may need further repairs, depending on the extent of its engine damage. Owners have also shared that your ignition coil failure may happen again. This problem may also be linked to other issues, such as electrical system complications. It’s best to consult a mechanic to get an accurate diagnosis. 

Transmission Problems

The 2009 Chevrolet Aveo’s transmission problems are notorious for many reasons. Many owners who experienced these issues were disappointed because these problems usually happened to fairly new Aveos that only had between 9,000 miles and 63,600 miles on them. According to reports, transmission problems include erratic or difficult shifting accompanied by excessive smoke, vibrations, overheating, and poor acceleration. 

All these problems may lead to total transmission failure, leaving extensive damage that may require expensive repairs. Some owners spent at least $700 to get their cars fixed. If you’re experiencing transmission troubles with your Aveo, you’re definitely not the only one. 

Broken Idler Pulley

If your Aveo’s idler pulley keeps on breaking, you’re not alone. One of the most common issues with the 2005 Chevrolet Aveo is its faulty idler pulley, which may break in half, causing severe engine damage. According to reports, this usually happens at around 65,100 miles. Some owners have shared that they went to their mechanics multiple times to fix this recurring issue. They got their idler pulleys replaced, but these would break again after a while. Aside from idler pulley replacements, your Aveo may require a new engine. The average cost of repairs is around $2,000. 

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Faulty Timing Belt

One of the most reported 2004 Chevrolet Aveo problems is its faulty timing belts, which can cause many engine issues. According to reports, timing belt problems usually happen when the car reaches 73,500 miles. Many owners have shared that their Aveos suddenly lost power while they were driving, forcing them to pull over and get their cars towed. They’ve reported that their timing belts broke, which led to engine failure. Some have shared that this issue also damaged other components, such as engine valves and pistons.

Some owners were lucky enough to resolve this problem with a timing belt replacement. However, others weren’t as lucky and their cars required more repairs. Some of them had to get their engines replaced, which can cost a lot. Make sure to regularly inspect your timing belts, so that you can fix malfunctioning ones immediately and prevent worse engine damage. 

No matter what car you buy, your purchase will always come with some risk. It’s best to do some research about the model year of the Aveo you’re interested in and note its common issues. This can help you manage potential problems as they happen. Also, make sure to clarify important repair and reliability information with your seller before making any payments.

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Jeffrey Ortega

I already experienced engine and transmission problems. Yes my aveo white smoke already experienced it then turn to overheat you need to top overhaul to fix this problem. But the transmission problem is hard to resolve. It difficult to shift from 1 to 2 . I don’t know why even if I adjust already my clutch is still difficult to shift.


i can relate with this problem…. from 1 to 2…. or 3 to 2….

have you resolve ur problem?

Ashaby Emmanuel

My Chevrolet aveo2010 isn’t acceleration and I have change fuel pump, month sensor, control board, I have change all the sensor on the car but still not acceleration pls can some help me with what this problem may be please!!!!


Change the coils

Annita Bolding

Could be the vacuum hose to EGR VALVE.Mine was full of carbon and gunk and once cleared with throttle cleaner and a little elbow grease it fixed many problems .oh but not before I had replaced many parts unnecessarily…


Hi mine has a problem of hard shifting from 2 – 3, also it loses time. Noise in the rear wheels


My aveo stopped suddenly causing need for tow. I’m thinking timing belt. My mechanic told me no compression in one cyclender. Does this render the motor useless? Or are they telling me that because they fixed the check engine light issue a few weeks before the issue?

Robin Clarke

I have a 2005 Aveo. Purchased it two years ago from an 88 year old who had not driven it in a long time. The car only has 32.000 miles on it. While driving 70 mpr on the frwy it just shut down, stopped running. It was so scary trying to get over to the side of the road. Turns out the timming belt broke and the idler pully broke. Now they are telling me that the pistons and valves are damaged. This car only has 32000 miles on it. I am devastated and do not know what the best thing to do is?
If I replace the engine, this could happen again right? Should I just junk it? Please what you would do.

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