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CHEVROLET SONIC - 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 113 complaints filed for the 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (11) Engine And Engine Cooling (3) Latches Locks Linkages (1) Structure (5) Vehicle Speed Control (3)
Communications (1) Equipment Adaptive (3) Power Train (39) Suspension (12) Visibility (4)
Electrical System (20) Exterior Lighting (2) Service Brakes (6) Tires (1) Visibility Wiper (3)
Electronic Stability Control (4) Fuel Propulsion System (5) Service Brakes Hydraulic (1) Unknown Or Other (13) Wheels (2)
Engine (25) Fuel System Gasoline (2) Steering (10)

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POWER TRAIN

12/9/2014 - AKRON, OH
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE TRANSMISSION BECAME DIFFICULT TO SHIFT AND HESITATED TO RESPOND. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER WHERE THE TECHNICIAN DIAGNOSED THAT THE TURBO TRANSMISSION NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED HOWEVER, THE PROBLEM PERSISTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN BACK TO THE DEALER WHERE THE TECHNICIAN STATED THAT THE VALVE, TRANSMISSION FLUID AND A GASKET NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED BUT THE PROBLEM RECURRED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER A THIRD TIME BUT WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 34,000.

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VISIBILITY/WIPER

12/8/2014 - BURTON, TX
FIRST OF ALL THE WINDSHIELD WIPER LINE KEEPS POPPING OF OF MY CAR NOT ALLOWING ME TO USE MY WINDSHIELD WHIPPER FLUID SO THE TANK IS ALWAYS EMPTY. SECOND WHILE DRIVING MY CAR RADIO FLICKERS ON AND OFF AND SOMETIMES COMPLETELY GOES BLACK NOT ONLY THAT MY CAR SPEEDOMETER IS ELECTRICAL AND AFTER 30 MIN OF DRIVING SAYS IM GOING 20/34/WHATEVER MPH IT WANTS TO READ WHEN IM REALLY GOING THE HWY SPEED LIMIT AND I HAVE OFTEN HAD TO MESS WITH THE WIRES THAT RUN TO MY BATTERY TO TURN MY CAR BACK ON SINCE ITS THE WIRES(ELECTRICAL WORK AND NOT THE BATTERY) MY BATTERY HAS BEEN TESTED MANY TIMES. FINALLY THIRD THE LITTLE SHIFT BUTTON ON MY CAR KEEPS STICKING AND WONT ALLOW FOR MY CAR TO PROPERLY SHIFT CAUSING MY CAR TO OVER REV AND NOT WANT TO DRIVE. IM NOW AT 115,000 MILES AND EVERY TIME I GO TO A DEALERSHIP THEY SAY THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY CAR WHEN I KNOW THERE IS SINCE I HAVE BEEN THE ONE DRIVING IT AND THEN THEY JUST GIVE IT BACK TO ME WHICH STILL COSTS ME MONEY WITH NO SOLUTION MY CARS STATE HAS JUST BEEN GETTING WORSE AND WORSE AND DUE TO LIMITED INCOME I CANT AFFORD TO GET A NEW ONE AT THIS TIME OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE ALREADY TRADED THIS CHEVY POS IN. I ALSO CALLED CHEVROLET'S CORPORATE OFFICE WHERE THE LADY GAVE ME A CASE NUMBER AND NEVER CALLED ME BACK LIKE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO. WHILE ON THE PHONE WITH HER SHE TOLD ME THAT THERE WAS NOTHING SHE COULD DO FOR MY CAR SINCE MY CAR WASNT A REACALL BUT I FIND IT ODD THAT MY CAR WAS MADE ON FEBRUARY 28, 2012 WHICH FALLS BETWEEN TWO MAJOR RECALLS WITH PROBLEMS SIMILAR TO WHAT MY CAR HAS ESPECIALLY SINCE ONE IS THE WINDSHIELD WIPER RECALL. SO I BELIEVE THAT THE CHEVY CORPORATION AS A WHOLE DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR FAULTY CAR THAT THEY HAVE MADE AND WHEN YOU TAKE IT TO A CHEVY DEALERSHIP THEY WILL CONTINUE TO TELL YOU NOTHING IS WRONG SO THAT THEY JUST TAKE YOUR MONEY AND NOT FIX YOUR CAR. UNSAFE&IMMORAL

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

12/8/2014 - BURTON, TX
FIRST OF ALL THE WINDSHIELD WIPER LINE KEEPS POPPING OF OF MY CAR NOT ALLOWING ME TO USE MY WINDSHIELD WHIPPER FLUID SO THE TANK IS ALWAYS EMPTY. SECOND WHILE DRIVING MY CAR RADIO FLICKERS ON AND OFF AND SOMETIMES COMPLETELY GOES BLACK NOT ONLY THAT MY CAR SPEEDOMETER IS ELECTRICAL AND AFTER 30 MIN OF DRIVING SAYS IM GOING 20/34/WHATEVER MPH IT WANTS TO READ WHEN IM REALLY GOING THE HWY SPEED LIMIT AND I HAVE OFTEN HAD TO MESS WITH THE WIRES THAT RUN TO MY BATTERY TO TURN MY CAR BACK ON SINCE ITS THE WIRES(ELECTRICAL WORK AND NOT THE BATTERY) MY BATTERY HAS BEEN TESTED MANY TIMES. FINALLY THIRD THE LITTLE SHIFT BUTTON ON MY CAR KEEPS STICKING AND WONT ALLOW FOR MY CAR TO PROPERLY SHIFT CAUSING MY CAR TO OVER REV AND NOT WANT TO DRIVE. IM NOW AT 115,000 MILES AND EVERY TIME I GO TO A DEALERSHIP THEY SAY THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY CAR WHEN I KNOW THERE IS SINCE I HAVE BEEN THE ONE DRIVING IT AND THEN THEY JUST GIVE IT BACK TO ME WHICH STILL COSTS ME MONEY WITH NO SOLUTION MY CARS STATE HAS JUST BEEN GETTING WORSE AND WORSE AND DUE TO LIMITED INCOME I CANT AFFORD TO GET A NEW ONE AT THIS TIME OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE ALREADY TRADED THIS CHEVY POS IN. I ALSO CALLED CHEVROLET'S CORPORATE OFFICE WHERE THE LADY GAVE ME A CASE NUMBER AND NEVER CALLED ME BACK LIKE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO. WHILE ON THE PHONE WITH HER SHE TOLD ME THAT THERE WAS NOTHING SHE COULD DO FOR MY CAR SINCE MY CAR WASNT A REACALL BUT I FIND IT ODD THAT MY CAR WAS MADE ON FEBRUARY 28, 2012 WHICH FALLS BETWEEN TWO MAJOR RECALLS WITH PROBLEMS SIMILAR TO WHAT MY CAR HAS ESPECIALLY SINCE ONE IS THE WINDSHIELD WIPER RECALL. SO I BELIEVE THAT THE CHEVY CORPORATION AS A WHOLE DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR FAULTY CAR THAT THEY HAVE MADE AND WHEN YOU TAKE IT TO A CHEVY DEALERSHIP THEY WILL CONTINUE TO TELL YOU NOTHING IS WRONG SO THAT THEY JUST TAKE YOUR MONEY AND NOT FIX YOUR CAR. UNSAFE&IMMORAL

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/8/2014 - BURTON, TX
FIRST OF ALL THE WINDSHIELD WIPER LINE KEEPS POPPING OF OF MY CAR NOT ALLOWING ME TO USE MY WINDSHIELD WHIPPER FLUID SO THE TANK IS ALWAYS EMPTY. SECOND WHILE DRIVING MY CAR RADIO FLICKERS ON AND OFF AND SOMETIMES COMPLETELY GOES BLACK NOT ONLY THAT MY CAR SPEEDOMETER IS ELECTRICAL AND AFTER 30 MIN OF DRIVING SAYS IM GOING 20/34/WHATEVER MPH IT WANTS TO READ WHEN IM REALLY GOING THE HWY SPEED LIMIT AND I HAVE OFTEN HAD TO MESS WITH THE WIRES THAT RUN TO MY BATTERY TO TURN MY CAR BACK ON SINCE ITS THE WIRES(ELECTRICAL WORK AND NOT THE BATTERY) MY BATTERY HAS BEEN TESTED MANY TIMES. FINALLY THIRD THE LITTLE SHIFT BUTTON ON MY CAR KEEPS STICKING AND WONT ALLOW FOR MY CAR TO PROPERLY SHIFT CAUSING MY CAR TO OVER REV AND NOT WANT TO DRIVE. IM NOW AT 115,000 MILES AND EVERY TIME I GO TO A DEALERSHIP THEY SAY THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY CAR WHEN I KNOW THERE IS SINCE I HAVE BEEN THE ONE DRIVING IT AND THEN THEY JUST GIVE IT BACK TO ME WHICH STILL COSTS ME MONEY WITH NO SOLUTION MY CARS STATE HAS JUST BEEN GETTING WORSE AND WORSE AND DUE TO LIMITED INCOME I CANT AFFORD TO GET A NEW ONE AT THIS TIME OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE ALREADY TRADED THIS CHEVY POS IN. I ALSO CALLED CHEVROLET'S CORPORATE OFFICE WHERE THE LADY GAVE ME A CASE NUMBER AND NEVER CALLED ME BACK LIKE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO. WHILE ON THE PHONE WITH HER SHE TOLD ME THAT THERE WAS NOTHING SHE COULD DO FOR MY CAR SINCE MY CAR WASNT A REACALL BUT I FIND IT ODD THAT MY CAR WAS MADE ON FEBRUARY 28, 2012 WHICH FALLS BETWEEN TWO MAJOR RECALLS WITH PROBLEMS SIMILAR TO WHAT MY CAR HAS ESPECIALLY SINCE ONE IS THE WINDSHIELD WIPER RECALL. SO I BELIEVE THAT THE CHEVY CORPORATION AS A WHOLE DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR FAULTY CAR THAT THEY HAVE MADE AND WHEN YOU TAKE IT TO A CHEVY DEALERSHIP THEY WILL CONTINUE TO TELL YOU NOTHING IS WRONG SO THAT THEY JUST TAKE YOUR MONEY AND NOT FIX YOUR CAR. UNSAFE&IMMORAL

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POWER TRAIN

12/1/2014 - MOUNT SAVAGE, MD
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. THE CONTACT RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION FOR NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V315000 (POWER TRAIN). HOWEVER, THE PART NEEDED TO DO THE REPAIR WAS UNAVAILABLE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE MANUFACTURER EXCEEDED A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THE RECALL REPAIR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE ISSUE. THE CONTACT HAD NOT EXPERIENCED A FAILURE.

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AIR BAGS

11/25/2014 - DUMPRIES, VA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. WHILE A PASSENGER WAS SEATED IN THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT, THE AIR BAG SENSOR LIGHT WOULD FLASH OFF AND ON. THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT THE AIR BAG SYSTEM WAS FAULTY AND MAY NOT DEPLOY WHEN NEEDED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 53,000. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

11/18/2014 - PORTLAND , TN
MY CAR WAS LOSING SPEED EVEN UPON PRESSING THE GAS, IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAFFIC THE RPM'S WENT ALL THE WAY TO 7 AND THEN I LET OFF THE GAS AND THEY WENT ALL THE WAY DOWN. THEN IT FINALLY STARTED REGAIN SPEED.NOW THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON AND THE CODE WAS PERTAINING TO THE FUEL SYSTEM , I AM VERY FURIOUS DUE TO THE FACT THAT ME AND MY CHILDREN RIDE IN THIS CAR DAILY AND THIS HAPPENED I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES BUT I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE A CALL IN THIS MATTER BECAUSE I HAVE CALLED THE TOLL FREE NUMBER TWICE AND THEY ARE GIVING ME NO INFORMATION AS FAR AS WHO I CAN REACH OUT TO GET THIS FIXED BEFORE THERE IS SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN. I DON'T PAY FOR SOMETHING TO PUT MINE AND MY CHILDREN'S LIFE IN DANGER. WEATHER OR NOT THIS IS A RECALL IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED BY THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT . THANKS MARY & HARVEY LAMB

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

11/18/2014 - PORTLAND , TN
MY CAR WAS LOSING SPEED EVEN UPON PRESSING THE GAS, IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAFFIC THE RPM'S WENT ALL THE WAY TO 7 AND THEN I LET OFF THE GAS AND THEY WENT ALL THE WAY DOWN. THEN IT FINALLY STARTED REGAIN SPEED.NOW THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON AND THE CODE WAS PERTAINING TO THE FUEL SYSTEM , I AM VERY FURIOUS DUE TO THE FACT THAT ME AND MY CHILDREN RIDE IN THIS CAR DAILY AND THIS HAPPENED I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES BUT I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE A CALL IN THIS MATTER BECAUSE I HAVE CALLED THE TOLL FREE NUMBER TWICE AND THEY ARE GIVING ME NO INFORMATION AS FAR AS WHO I CAN REACH OUT TO GET THIS FIXED BEFORE THERE IS SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN. I DON'T PAY FOR SOMETHING TO PUT MINE AND MY CHILDREN'S LIFE IN DANGER. WEATHER OR NOT THIS IS A RECALL IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED BY THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT . THANKS MARY & HARVEY LAMB

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POWER TRAIN

11/17/2014 - NOMAD , UT
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE BUTTON ON THE GEAR SHIFTER SEIZED. AS A RESULT, THE SHIFT LEVER BECAME LODGED IN ONE GEAR. THE FAILURE RECURRED DAILY AND NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER. THE TECHNICIAN DIAGNOSED THAT THE ENTIRE GEAR SHIFTER NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE ISSUE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 60,000.

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POWER TRAIN

11/7/2014 - GREENWOOD, IN
BUTTON ON SHIFTER KNOB THAT ALLOWS CAR TO BE PUT INTO GEAR GETS STUCK AND EVENTUALLY BREAKS. THIS ALLOWS THE CAR TO ACCIDENTALLY BE PUT INTO GEAR. THIS PROBLEM ALSO DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO REMOVE YOUR KEY FROM THE IGNITION, FORCING YOU TO LEAVE YOUR KEY IN THE IGNITION IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE THE VEHICLE.

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