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Ever since it appeared on the electric car scene in 2011, the Chevy Volt brought a measure of practicality and peace of mind with its supplemental gas engine that would kick in to extend the Volt's limited battery-only range. Now, redesigned for 2016, the Volt returns as a more mature and capable car.

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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Most Common Trouble Spots
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Overall Reliability Verdict
NA
Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
NA
Engine Minor
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
Transmission Major
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
Drive System
NA
Fuel System
NA
Electric System
NA
Climate System
NA
Suspension
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Brakes
NA
Exhaust
NA
Paint/Trim
NA
Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
NA
Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2017 Chevrolet Volt owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Updated software to fix rough idle issue, warranty fix, it also temporarily fixed sparadic cruise control not turning on”

Anonymous, WA (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Rough running until reprogrammed. Applied to all gen.2 Volts”

Anonymous, MI (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Total and sudden loss of power at freeway speed. The Chevy engineer in Detroit told me that it could not have been the fuel pump even though the car worked after the field technician replaced the pump. He thought it was a failure of a power bus”

John A., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Oil leaks

“The engine oil pan leaked when I first got the vehicle (200 miles) and is in the shop now for the same problem”

Douglas B., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“At 2,700 miles, engine oil pan started leaking. Instead of a rubber gasket, the oil pan has a bead of sealant. The sealant failed and was replaced under warranty. This repair involved two days of work. The oil leak issue is a common issue reported by other 2016-2017 Volt owners on online forums”

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Minor oil leak after one month of ownership. Dealership fixed the problem at no cost to me”

Paul M., MI (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“The car shipped with a leaky oil pan. After the third visit to the dealer, they replaced the oil pan and the car has had no problems since”

Christina O., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“After 3 months, I noticed some small oil drips on my driveway. The car has a small oil pan that was leaking, but this oil pan is not held together by bolts and a gasket. Instead, the pan is held together by a sealing adhesive, which takes 24 hours to dry properly. This results in what is normally a 30 minute gasket replacement to take over a day and requires the use of a loaner vehicle”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Minor oil leak corrected under warranted service”

Christopher A., TX (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

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

“Display screen went blank, although if you touched the right areas, you could still control it (but you have to go by memory). Took the car in, and they updated some software and that fixed it. I suspect just unplugging the car and plugging it back in would have fixed it, but hopefully the upgrade will make it never happen again”

Trainor S., FL (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“USB ports were dead on delivery of brand-new car. This required two visits to the dealer to correct -- once to diagnose the problem and a second visit to fix it, since the dealer lacked the necessary parts”

Anonymous, RI (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Sound goes off and on while listening to audio book on my smart phone. If I turn off Bluetooth and listen via the speaker on my phone, the sound interruptions don't happen”

Henry F., MD (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Does not always recognize iPod”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“The pairing is inconsistent and is similar to the problem i had on the 2013 volt. The device will consistently try to improve”

Louis D., MI (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Radio

“wouldn't play -- computer issue”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Radio worked inconsistently and had poor reception from start (late Sept). After several months, radio reception turned to nonexistent or inconsistent and poor. Took car in, and they ended up keeping it for almost 2 weeks waiting to get a new radio module. Finally they found out none available. Just last week, after around a month, was informed that module was available and received by dealer”

Anonymous, MA (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl 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

Cruise control

“Adaptive cruise control cuts out randomly when driving down the highway. Dashboard alert just says it is "temporarily unavailable". After a while it will work again. On an 8 hour drive it cut out 5 or 6 times”

Donald H., MB (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Turn signal control stopped working properly within two months of purchase. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

“I bought winter tires (on new rims) from Canadian Tire and bought tire pressure monitors for them. When they put the summer tires back on (the deal when I bought the tires was that they would do this free for the life of the tires) the pressure monitor did not work. Canadian Tire tells me that they will charge $50 to reprogram it. They can't tell me if this is something that will need to be done every time I switch tires”

Donald H., MB (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Warning lights

“As I said, not only the air bag warning went off, but the tire pressure and another engine issue. The dealer said it was some other electric issue. We had to take it in twice after having it less than a month”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Wiper motor or washer

“Wiper motor failed three months after purchase. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-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

“Air whistle during windy conditions from the front passenger door frame. This is being troubleshooted”

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Rear hatch rattles when it's cold outside”

Anonymous, MN (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Driving over 20 MPH with any window all the way down results in a high amplitude, low frequency oscillation that I fear is strong enough to rupture an eardrum. Rolling the window up 1/2 to 3/4 of the way alleviates the issue, but this is something that should have been taken into account during the design”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Leak in a coolant hose not found prior to delivery. Needed replacement host to be shipped from factory. Shipped wrong hose the first time. Got it right on second attempt”

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Overheating

“leak in coolant hose not found before delivery”

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-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

Electrical failure

“12 v battery failed to charge Service heater”

Anonymous, MA (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl 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)

“Check engine light came on. Dealer installed software update -- did not fix problem. More diagnosis followed. Dealer ordered solenoid valve part. Took 2 days to install it due to complexity of connections (dealer provided free loaner). Problem has not recurred”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-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

Locks and latches

“All exterior door handles have a button which senses key fob in your pocket or purse when you approach the car. When the button is pressed, all the doors unlock conveniently. On one of the back doors, this button was not working. The dealer fixed it promptly”

Jo G., IL (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“After owning the car for 3 months, the transmission died and I had to get a new one. It was under warranty so I didn't have to pay for any of it”

Anonymous, PA (2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-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

Parking brake

“Car tells me to check the parking brake. There is nothing wrong with it”

Fred C., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-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.

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

Climate System

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

Paint/Trim

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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