Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is fairly new & is already showing an early trend of transmission problems.

Owners report hesitation when shifting & grinding/hard shifting into gears. Some dealers are calling the condition "normal". Another owner reported his dealership replaced the transmission under warranty, but the new transmission had the same exact grinding problem. Design defect?


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,500 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Owner Comments

problem #1

May 302012


  • 1,500 miles


The outside door mirrors are small and have blind spots. I've lost sight of vehicles I know where behind me. When GM became aware of this overlook in design of the 2012 Chevy Sonic, 2013 models were installed with the same size mirror with a small convex as part of the mirror to detect areas previous mirrors could not detect. This is a safety issue and I feel there should be a recall by GM to replace these mirrors.

- Lewistown, PA, USA

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