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CarComplaints.com 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?

6.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic steering problems

steering problem

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 012013

Sonic

  • 11,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. The contact attempted to notify the dealer and manufacturer about having the vehicle repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V315000 (power train: Automatic transmission), but was unsuccessful. The contact also heard a popping noise coming from the steering wheel and noticed a strong persistent odor of fuel coming through the ventilation system. The dealer stated that the steering column, fuel pump, and caliper pins needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failures recurred. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Nitro, WV, USA

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