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Chevrolet Bolt Change Vehicle

It used to be that admirers of electric cars who wanted a 200-miles-plus range had to get in line for a Tesla and spend upward of $70,000. The Chevrolet Bolt changed all that. Don't let the Bolt's mundane appearance deceive you and mask the car's advanced technology.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Engine Major
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Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
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Drive System
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Chevrolet Bolt owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"it froze the screen. I had to re-set my entire phone and wipe it out then re-start"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt LT Electric)

"I couldn't connect the phone to the system"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)

"system often freezes and won't connect to the device. Also the info displayed on the dash will be different than what's displayed on the console. Very temperamental."

Zach A., CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)

"Apple car play requires hard wire (not blue tooth compatible). Would much prefer GPS as part of car electronics."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)
Display screen freezes up

"WHENIT FREEZES I AM NOT ABLE TO TURN OFF THE AIRCONDICIONING IF I HAVE IT OPERATION THE DAY BEFORE, I AM NOT ABLE TO TURN ON OR OFF THE RADIO, TO DISPLAY ANY OF THE OTHER FUNCTIONS THAT YOU CAN MANAGE IN THE TOUCH SCREEN"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt LT Electric)

"I had several issues that were all related to the infotainment system. Sometimes when I would start my car, the screen would be frozen on my backup camera, which doesn't allow me to control the radio volume, the climate controls, etc. since they are all controlled from that touch screen. One time this prevented me from turning off the heat when I wanted A/C. One time the radio volume was WAY too loud and I couldn't change it. I had to take my car in to the dealership several times, but they finally fixed it by completely replacing the infotainment system in the car. Since then, I have had no issues."

Anonymous, (2018 Chevrolet Bolt LT Electric)

"No really freezes, when put into gear, sometimes the screen shows the front camera even when driving. i have to reset the system then all is good. its an infrequent chronic issue."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)

"CHEVROLET dealer had only 1 technician qualified to fix this. Took several days to get it fixed."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)
Display screen goes blank

"Sometimes when starting the car the display screen does not come on or comes on only with a logo. The radio will not operate when this happens. After 3 or 4 minutes or so, the system comes on. It is almost as if it has rebooted itself. I have not yet taken this to the dealer to fix."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)

"The message says it is loading software while display screen is blank. Takes up to 10 minutes to start the screen with commands"

Anonymous, (2018 Chevrolet Bolt LT Electric)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Creaking, squeaking noise was caused by the stabilizer bar having a problem. It was covered under warranty and they had to order parts. Took a few days, and gave us a loaner car. (not a Bolt)"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)
Wind noise

"EVEN WHEN THE WINDOWA ARE COMPLETELY CLOSED WHEN I AM IN THE ROAD AND DRIVING OVER 60 M/H YOU CAN HEAR THE WIND NOISE. IT IS NOT VERY LOUD BUT IT IS THERE"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt LT Electric)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The sensor had come off during an accident and was not replaced during the repair."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"After sitting idle for 3.5 months, main battery would not charge. Not resolved after 5 weeks. I love to drive this car. It's quick, maneuvers well, looks good, roomy. Next time I will buy a Tesla model Y which is a better car."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Springs or torsion bars

"had creaking sounds like a rocking chair squeaking. It was discovered that we had to have the stabilize bar replaced and the bushings are part of that system. It was a bulletin, that they knew about?, but it wasn't a recall where they sent us anything on it. Took a few days to fix. got loaner car."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Electric)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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