The Volt is an electric car for drivers who don't want to be limited by battery range. It usually allows you to drive gas-free for 35 miles, however the exact number depends on weather and driving style. In our testing, it ranged from 20 to 50 miles. When the battery is depleted, a backup gasoline engine kicks in to keep the electric motor running. This allows you to keep driving for up to 315 more miles before refueling.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Volt is an electric car for drivers who don't want to be limited by battery range. It usually allows you to drive gas-free for 35 miles, however the exact number depends on weather and driving style. In our testing, it ranged from 20 to 50 miles. When the battery is depleted, a backup gasoline engine kicks in to keep the electric motor running. This allows you to keep driving for up to 315 more miles before refueling. If you charge every night and your daily drive fits within the battery's range, you might never need to buy gasoline.

Running on electricity alone, the Volt cost about four cents per mile at national-average electric rates -- much less than required to fuel any gas-powered car. Actual cost will depend on your electric rates, which vary greatly from state to state. Driving on the highway also diminishes the battery's range. We got our longest electric-only drives on rural roads at around 45 mph. The Volt is amazingly inexpensive to run on short trips, but when the gas engine kicks in and trips reach around 70 miles, traditional hybrids catch up. That's partly because the gasoline engine requires premium fuel, which strikes us as out of step with what Volt buyers might expect.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 electric (150 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Chevrolet Volt 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The backup camera is now not automatically coming on when you shift into reverse"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Original camera faulty and dealer refused to acknowledge that resolution was so bad it was almost unUSble. I switched dealers and problem immediately resolved. Camera not as good as Ford, Honda or Lexus"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Display screen difficult to see

"The display is very poor, if the sunlight is directed on it (which is very often), it is impossible or extremely difficult to see"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"Probably could be fixed with a software update that Chevrolet wants me to pay for"

Todd L., FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Display required a reset at dealer. One time event."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Display freezes and you can't change anything for which there isn't a specific button. Has happened 3 or 4 times. One other time, we could not enter a destination in the Nav system. All of these problems cleared up after turning the vehicle off f"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"On starting, display screen sometimes remains black, and associated dash controls inoperable for 5-10 minutes, then problem corrects itself. Dealer unable to fix"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Display froze couple of time during the winter cold... Refused to show information until vehicle warmed up"

Howard C., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"Intermittent problem that was fixed under warranty by the dealer."

Norm K., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Display goes dim for several seconds, then comes back."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The main screen was replaced by the dealer"

Kathy O., IA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Display once went completely blank and did a re-boot while driving. Radio channel display all went to the same setting (530 AM). Radio replaced twice"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Computer needed to be reset by service tech"

Howard C., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When streaming music through a wired connection, control of the phone fails intermittently, forcing the driver to unplug and reconnect to regain control of the program. Another frustrating distraction"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"System does not recognize local addresses or local highways. It does not work well and we resort to our phones."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Often does not take the shortest route though set to do so. Told me to both take a left turn and later to do a U turn on a concrete divided highway. Display repeatedly turned complete circles. Has taken me to the wrong place"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"When speaking on bluetooth, person on other side says it is very loud and sounds like electronic interference all the time. Almost like what it sounded like placing a old phone next to old computer speakers."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"When receiving an incoming call, my iPhone is answered by the car, but the audio and microphone are not transferred to the phone. The driver is forced to wait several seconds till the option to transfer the call from the phone to the car is presented. This is a potentially dangerous situation that neither Apple nor GM has made efforts to repair."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Phone cuts in and out like a circut opeming and closing. Dealer updates but problem continues on an inermitant basis"

Gary L., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"intermittent problem with bluetooth pairing and climate control system lockup"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Radio

"Occasional crashing on start-up"

David L., NH (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Software update fixes

"no problem"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Software indicated a problem in the vehicle and to contact the dealer. It was a intermittent fault fixed by a software update."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Speakers

"This car has the Bose audio system. I've had both front door speakers replaced due to audio cutting in and out. The driver door speaker still has this issue"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Voice control commands

"Could be improved with a software update"

Todd L., FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The Voice command system is worthless. It is extremely frustrating to use, often misinterprets what you are asking and is often times rude by hanging up rather then allowing you to try again"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Failure of mechanical blending valve"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"frequently in the winter time, the automatic climate control runs the A/C at high fan speed, no matter what the inside or outside air temp is. Can make the car pretty cold to sit in."

Greg A., OR (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"jan-april 2013's were misdesigned so that in pure-electric modethey could not heat the passenger compartment til battery fully heated. Volt acknowledged, redesigned heater and cntrols, and installed new heater/controls on all early 13's incl mine"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Multiple software issues"

Brian H., IA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower motor began making a louder-than-normal whirring noise for a couple of months. When I took the vehicle in, it was discovered that the motor was failing and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Evaporator

"This developed a leak when the car was 5 years old. It required replacement. This was done at the dealership."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Musty odor that the dealer can't seem to eradicate"

Dane V., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Heater system

"Electric coolant pump failed, $700.00 repair bill. No heat in winter, nothing."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Very limited heat output unless has engine engagement. Heated seats were sufficient in PA weather but would be noticeable in colder areas. GM claims this is not a defect but there seem to be technical bulletins associated with this complaint."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The car always has difficulty keeping the passenger compartment warm between 35 degrees (when the gas engine starts) and about 55 degress. The a/c runs to cool the batteries, but it also blows cold air into the cabin. The owners manual says to close the air vents, but that's not very practical or convenient."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The heater stopped working. It was a relay module, total service cost $500 CDN."

Mike F., ON (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"heater stop working"

Ramon O., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Needed $700 heater pump."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Although my dealer kept telling us that we didn't know how to operate the heater, I found, on GM's website, a known problem with the heating system in Volts. I printed it our, brought it to the dealership, and low and behold, they acknowledged and r"

Lindalou R., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Heater did not work at all"

Dominique P., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Hot water circulating pump failed. Result was no heat when driving under battery power. Was replaced under warranty"

Gary S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Heater unit failed"

Thomas B., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"can't reliably get heat in the car. the climate control panel is a distraction and does not send heat. even when you set the temp to 80, the AC still goes on"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"System will intermittently not blow hot air when needed for cabin heat and/or defroster"

Brent W., WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Heater did not heat very well. They did a computer reset which made it better. But still not great"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"The heater was not working at all, blowing cold air when it should have been warm. When defrosting the windshield, it actually created frost on it"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

"it appear to have been a small leak at the Schrader value."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Lower radiator had a hole in it. This car has 3 radiators and they think a rock from the road caused a hole in it. Of course it was out of warranty and it took the dealership two weeks to get the part. Another week to fix it and it cost me $1,200."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Unexplained minor refrigerant leak which I will probably just keep adding refrigerant due to high cost to repair"

Gary S., OH (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"AC stopped working and in AZ that is a bad thing. There was a leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

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.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Taillight had a leak which caused it to let in moisture."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Left rear taillight leaked right after warranty was up, cost $300.00 for the replacement taillight."

Kenneth L., KY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Taillight allowed water intrusion."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Right rear taillight failed after 3 years. Not covered under warranty. Because it's a sealed LED unit and because its replacement requires removal of the rear body panel, the repair at the dealer cost $500. It used to be that you could buy a replacement bulb for $5 and do the job yourself. This would seem to be a design flaw"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"excessive moisture buildup in left tail light. No damage has ever occurred to it"

P S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Headlights

"Headlight went out and the car makes a clunking noise when I turn on the brights."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Front right headlight went out only after 2.5 years of use"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Keyless entry

"driver rear door does not unlock when fob in proximity. This handle has been replaced, and still does not operate."

Greg A., OR (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The button on the door handle to unlock/lock the doors failed. Had to have all 4 replaced"

Regina M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"The car kept telling me the remote was left in the car when it wasn't. A code update to the car totally fixed this issue, others should ALWAYS ask if there is an update for their car when in for service"

Stephen M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

"One of the tire pressure monitors failed. I chose not to replace because of the expense"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Warning lights

""Battery in Fob needs to be replaced." With new batteries the warning light will not go away. The beep when seat belts are not fastened is not working"

Nancy G., CO (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

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

Driveline vibration

"After a few years of driving this car, it no longer operates quietly when it still has an electric charge. It sounds like the gas motor is running, and there is a vibration to the drive that previously only occurred after the electric charge was used up and it was operating on gas only."

Josh K., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Driveshaft or axle

"I noticed a click sound if I stepped on the accelerator or let up from the accelerator. I took it in to investigate and they determined the bolts had loosened, and had to be reseated. I didn't fully understand what they were explaining, but they fi"

David G., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Detected problem with rear drive shaft. Dealer replaced left wheel drive shaft and transmission side mount under warranty"

Robert K., CO (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Electrical failure

"The high voltage charging system failed, preventing the battery from being charged and limiting the range to what was then already in the battery (27 miles)."

George V., MD (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"One section of the Voltec battery pack failed and was replaced under the warranty. Two months later another section of the battery pack failed it is at the dealer for repair,each time aut is at the dealer at least a week."

William H., MO (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Battery for the electrical drive is not charging. It started around beginning of July 2020. Car is at the dealer being repaired."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"While on the highway, the term System Failure suddenly appeared. The car lost all drive capabilities and needed to be pushed to the side of the exit ramp. The car was towed to the dealership where a part of the drive battery needed replacement. A few weeks later, there was a recall on the drive battery software."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"A connection to the drive system came loose after an oil change at a dealership"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Had to bring in for service 3 times because it would not take a charge"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Car would not switch from battery to engine power generation"

John C., FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"the door to charge the battery failed to open and the check engine light came on"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Charge door motor failure"

P S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

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.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The electric switch that opens the hatch has stopped working, preventing the hatch from being opened."

George V., MD (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Strut broke causing hatchback to be very heavy"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"trunk latch reciever screws have come loose several times since I have owned the car"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Tailgate struts required replacement prior to recall"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Recall issue"

Brian H., IA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Recall for hatch stuts that can come loose and damage car. Replaced under warranty at an oil change"

Sharon E., WI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"The gas "spring" that supports the rear hatch was faulty from the factory and disassembled itself at about the time that Chevrolet issued a recall for this part. It did extensive damage to the roof panel and hatch requiring repair and painting, thankfully covered by Chevrolet. The gas spring has since sagged and I replaced it myself"

Antoinette B., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Windows

"Window assembly has deteriorated in both front passenger windows; required replacement; expensive fix"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"window regulator failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Complete failure of 2 computers controlling my brakes. Complete loss if brake function while driving"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"This is common for GM vehicles, all the way back to the Cavalier—a vehicle in which I immediately removed the ABS fuse. When the Volt detects a low-traction situation, brakes briefly (for about 1/2 of 1 second) don't function much if at all before ABS fully kicks in. Mazda vehicles noticeably apply rapid, effective ABS in similar situations. This failure is consistent and occurs in situations up to and including gliding over a pothole in the road, which briefly lifts a wheel from the ground (it's a hole…), causing that wheel to lock under even minor braking force and causing the brakes to shut down immediately while ABS kicks in. Again, a 2008 Mazda 3s behaves completely-differently under similar conditions, with ABS kicking in immediately."

John M., MD (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Parking brake

"Parking brake locked up due to low use and corrosion of braking system due to regen mode primarily used on car"

Gary S., OH (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"left rear brake caliper self adjusts too tight and causes the rotor to be hot and the inside brake pad to wear out prematurely, typically after 15000 miles."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Noticed a noise, took it in, said I needed new rear disc brakes. Only 54000 miles on it. Thought that was a little early to be needing new brakes."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Regular brake failure

"Intermittently, while braking at slow speeds, i.e. parking lot speed or approaching a stop sign, and on dry pavement, the brake pedal would go soft, the traction control light would come on and the car would not continue to slow/stop"

Alex D., OH (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Rotors

"rotors show uneven wear and seem to be defective dealer said there was nothing they could to unless I wanted to pay!"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Squeaking

"It seemed to squeak related to the brakes, but after the brakes were repaired the sound changed, but continued."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

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

Bushings

"I have had my rear passenger side bush replaced on two occasions. Once at 20,000 miles, and again at 50,000 miles. Now I at 60,000 miles on the car and they sound like they are ready for replacement again."

Todd C., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Electronic or air suspension

"Steering would get "stuck""

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Shocks or struts

"strut failed early; groaned; was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Springs or torsion bars

"The problem was diagnosed after I heard clicking sounds when turning. I had it fixed within 30-45 days"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"have had it into dealer twice, once to get rack and pinion replaced, steering sticks, scary thing"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Wheel bearings

"Started hearing a scraping sound. My mechanic diagnosed a wheel worn bearing. Easy fix, back on the road that afternoon. No problems since."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front CHEVROLET grill bowtie, cracked and fell off. Not damaged, adhesive failed, water penetrated and adhesion failed. One rain channel on roof is loose."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"EV charging port door is supposed to open at the press of a button, but sometimes gets stuck and needs to be pried open by hand"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Volt logo on the drivers side came loose. May have been caused by an automatic car wash"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Chevrolet bowtie on front fell off. Rain draining trim on roof is loose"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is starting to chip off and discolor"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leaking thru unsealed joint in floor"

Tim C., OR (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

"When running on the gasoline engine, the engine has a harmonic noise around 33 mph and around 66. Repeated service calls have not found the source, and those two speeds are used a lot. Happily we rarely use the gas engine (i.e., 40 miles on the battery is usually sufficient for a day) except on long trips."

C H., AL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Back wind spoiler pops loudly as temperature changes. Rear suspension rattles when taking hard turns."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Rear suspension squeaks and grinds when turning to the left or to the right. It is as if some nuts and bolts have become loose"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Wind noise

"Extremely loud on highway. Lot's of road and wind noise are let into cabin."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The passenger seat empty light would come on while my wife was riding in the car. If I tugged on the wire under the seat, the light would sometimes work normally. The CHEVROLET dealer said it was a $1,200 repair. I thought it was a loose connection. I am concerned the bags might be dangerous and go off accidentally. Of course I am concerned about an accident. I have not made the repair. It is an uneasy situation with a car I really enjoy and admire."

Henry D., FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"There is an intermittent passenger airbag inoperative warning. It will show up a few times one day and then disappear for a month or two only to reappear again. I have heard been told that this is a common problem with this vehicle. This information came from a Volt forum and is not official information."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The user interface sucks"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Problems crop up every few months.SHould have Analog buttons instead of two touch systems. just the other day, touchscreen would not turn on, could not control air output in the rain, so entire car fogged up and had to pull over"

Stephen M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

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

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"Car died on highway when switching from battery to engine power. Car towed to dealer. Several battery cells had too much voltage deviation from other cells. Entire battery pack replaced under warranty. Took almost 3 weeks to located replacement battery pack and replace. Dealer provided free rental car during this time."

Tom C., IN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"Battery charging system problems took a month to repair. Once the battery was installed incorrectly. Problems with the charging system were not correctly diagnosed by dealer and Chevy tech contact. The replacement battery heater failed because of pro"

J M., IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Would not take charge. Needed replacement of charging connector (on side of car). Common problem according to web comments"

Peter T., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Car wasa making a noise. Dealer said it was the transmission. They replaced it under warrantry and gave me a loaner while the car was in the shop."

Russell P., FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

""Engine unavailable" message and died on the highway. Required a new planetary gear transmission"

Ullas G., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Brand new on way home EGR light came on. Returned and system system update performed and problem solved"

Pamela E., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

"Catalytic converter failed at 44,000 miles (~11,000 miles on gas engine). Covered under warranty, but VERY early failure for a part that should last at least 100,000 (gas engine) miles"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"Sames a previously discussed re fault codes and clearing of same"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Car flashed warning, then stopped; towed; fault codes indicated problem with solenoid boy / valve. Cleared code and fixed itself. Took dealer four working days to figure out. No real answer - was told it might have been some dirt in the valve or at t"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"engine was replaced due to leak"

Dennis O., IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Check engine light. Occurred and resolved multiple times"

Peter T., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Engine Cooling

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

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