Timing belt catastrophe
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Disappointed in Detriot

Romulus, MI

#149 Feb 5, 2013
they say BUY AMERICAN.. this is NOT an american vehicle or company for that matter.... next time I'll go with Toyota, they are actually built in Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN with Michigan employees and their products LAST and they help with something goes wrong - NO MORE GM, or FORD or CHRYSLER products. I have always bought from them, had them from NEW and NONE of them stand behind their products - my brother-in-law has had Honda &Toyota and wehnt heir engine went at 80K they replaced it at n/c and gave a free loaner & when it went again at 160K they replaced it FREE again... they admitted it was a flaw and took care fo them!
bob

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#150 Feb 10, 2013
just bought a used 2005 aveo and didn't know the history of the problems with their timing belts.
if i had, never would have bought it.
i called gates and gave them the numbers on the belt
0361SS and they said that means it was changed in
the 36th week od 2011
can anyone else confirm that.?
i would have thought chevy would have a recall on this problem as seems like everyone who owns a aveo
has a belt break... im scared to drive the damn thing.!!!
barb n

Bountiful, UT

#151 Mar 10, 2013
this car sucks are you suppose to get the pulleys done with the price of a timing belt too..
ang

Lancaster, PA

#152 Mar 12, 2013
bought 2005 chevy aveo in sept 2010. had 55000 miles on it. I was unaware of the timing belt issue, and when I read about it, had timing belt changed, along with water pump, tensioners, etc in May of 2012 at pep boys. A few days ago, driving to go out to dinner and it makes a noise and dies. 10 months and 11400 miles after paying almost 700 dollars to have it replaced to prevent just this problem. I called pep boys, NO help there. They were nice, said maybe could put a used engine in it and maybe at reduced labor. Not helpful. I dont know if they did anything wrong or not, and will never be able to prove since timing belt is shot, valves bent. etc. My "car" guy, will be able to fix, new valves, rebuilt heads, etc. So far bill is up to just under 1400. Which means I have basically spent 1900 so far on timing issues with this car. I still have 9 payments on it, just hoping this fix lasts long enough to trade it in 10 months!!!
Aveo BBQ

Kansas City, KS

#153 Apr 11, 2013
Bought 2005 chevy aveo new in 2005. Car now has 28,300 miles on it and timing belt broke, bent valves, etc. I am way, way under the 60000 mile service advisory for changing the belt. Dealer says not covered due to the car being 8 years old. Called GM - so far no help. Cost of repair is $2800. At least the Dealer gave us a loaner to drive until it is fixed.
Heather

Keyport, NJ

#154 May 20, 2013
My 2004 Aveo, with 68000 miles on it, just lost its timing belt today. I had two very fortunate things happen: the car came to a stop in front of an auto shop, and my father-in-law, a retired mechanic, was able to convince the shop to cut me a break ($230 for repairs... against all odds my valves somehow came away unscathed). It should be fixed by tomorrow morning, though I'm nervous about driving it now.
CorA

Sheridan, IN

#155 Feb 13, 2014
GMS2006 wrote:
I have 165000 on a 2006 Aveo. I have never replaced timing belt, but you can Bet I am going to now!!.. thank you!.
. I have a2006 and just turned over 202,022 miles and the belt broke. If I knew it needed replaced I'd still be driving it.
chris

Ballwin, MO

#156 Apr 6, 2014
http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Recalls+&...
everyone here who has had a problem with there chevy aveo timing belt should contact and submit a report to the national highway safety administration.
they can demand that gm replace this for free of charge because of fault component and knowing there is a problem and still continuing to use faulty parts.
good luck.
Sarah

Durham, NC

#157 Apr 9, 2014
I had a string of problems with my 2004 Aveo in 2010 that were directly related to things that should have been recalled. First my thermostat housing unit (the cheap plastic ones that they KNOW they should recall and refuse to) snapped on a perfectly normal day at about 65,000 miles. Repair cost two days (it was a weekend) and $200 (could only get plastic because metal part was not available anywhere). Then, driving on the freeway at 67,000 miles my timing belt snapped. Thank god I was in the right lane and was able to coast off an exit or I probably would've been killed. Long story short I spent three weeks and countless hours on the phone with chevy both the dealership and corporate because I'd taken the car in for her "60,000 mile" full service at 50,000 miles (I was still under warranty and just had the car) and they'd told me they had replaced the timing belt. Only that had been three years prior and neither the dealer nor corporate would accept culpability for lying to me and almost getting me killed. Cost me $2700 to have my entire engine essentially replaced (including another 200 for them finally putting in the metal thermostat housing unit even though they had my records and knew it had been replaced two months prior and never asked me before charging me for the switch to the metal part - and I quote because it was a "safety issue" - re: they know they should've recalled that part). I only took it to the dealer because corporate repeatedly promised me it would be covered, as did the dealership. All lies. There is no reason for a well-cared for car (oil changes every 3k on the dot) to have a timing belt snap like that at 67,000 miles, and Chevy knows that. You all know that who have had it happen. And for them to have lied and told me they'd replaced it and then refuse to own up? We've gone from life-long Chevy customers to never buying one again. She is a good little car, but I will never forgive Chevy for the way they treated me and the lies they told. Judging by current recall issues of other cars - this is just their corporate attitude. I should've just had the car totaled at that point, but I was near moving and not monetarily in the position to buy a new one at that time and they were holding my car hostage for three weeks at the dealership while corporate refused to acknowledge my frequent phone calls. Disgusting excuse for customer service.
josh

Mountain View, CA

#159 May 29, 2014
Mike wrote:
My 2007 Aveo has just over 21,000 miles on it. I hear a popping sound when braking around corners. Are the ball joints gone? Anyone?
It is your CV axles. 100%
chevy pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

#160 Jun 4, 2014
Aveo BBQ wrote:
Bought 2005 chevy aveo new in 2005. Car now has 28,300 miles on it and timing belt broke, bent valves, etc. I am way, way under the 60000 mile service advisory for changing the belt. Dealer says not covered due to the car being 8 years old. Called GM - so far no help. Cost of repair is $2800. At least the Dealer gave us a loaner to drive until it is fixed.
i had the same problem in similar situation. brand new chevy aveo of 2005. this weekend the timing belt was broken when the car is on 38000miles. they are asking now for about 4k for the replacement of the engine (a used one) or new engine for 6k. or giving 500dollars to buy the car as scrap:((((( i have two months left to drive in the country/ so should i follow up this issue? it is really not fair. there should not be a problem before 60000 miles... no dealership or service is helping out or reducing price on labor.
bob

London, UK

#161 Jul 23, 2014
Hi does any body know the tappet clearance for the 1200 .16v engine ? Please help,,
Leachmark707

Minneapolis, MN

#162 Nov 17, 2014
How can I avoid a timing belt catastrophe? Is there a certain point that I need to replace the timing belts? How often should I consider replacing the timing belts? How much do they cost?
Mark Leach | http://www.athensautoworks.biz/our-services
badvehicles

Canal Winchester, OH

#163 Mar 31, 2015
everyone will rethink about buying gm
whitedog

Harrisonville, MO

#164 May 25, 2015
Mike wrote:
My 2007 Aveo has just over 21,000 miles on it. I hear a popping sound when braking around corners. Are the ball joints gone? Anyone?
Most likely the CV counts .

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