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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,879 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Chevrolet Spark engine problems

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2013 Chevrolet Spark Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 162014


  • 30,000 miles


Chevrolet Spark would no shift out of 1st gear when acelerating on to freeway. The cause is due to defective transmission range sensor dtc error code P0705. Known service bulletin (#pip-5101). This is the 3rd time this has occurred. Extreme life threating problem when a vehicle is merging the freeway and will not acelerate to the speed of freeway traffic!!!!!!!! Chevrolet dealer has not resolved the issue.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 262014


  • 10,374 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Spark. The contacts stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently without any warnings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the failure was cause by the floor mat. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 10,374.

- Dallas City, IL, USA

problem #4

May 142013


  • 875 miles
While driving on the highway with the cruise control set at 70 mph, the vehicle kept accelerating and slowing down. By watching the tachometer, I could see the rpms go up and down continuously, and feel the vehicle surging forward and slowing again. The vehicle also did this with the cruise control set at 60 mph. While driving on the street and coasting, you can feel the transmission shifting up and down, and the vehicle will suddenly accelerate on it's own, making this a very dangerous situation since if you are not alert, you may be driven into the back of the vehicle in front of you.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 122012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Spark. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, her size twelve foot got stuck between the accelerator and brake pedals which caused her to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN and mileage were unavailable.

- Plaintation, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 052012


  • 25 miles
Buttons on steering wheel that work the cruise control, hands free phone, and radio controls do not light up when lights are on at night. This creates a dangerous situation as the buttons can not be seen in the dark. GM is aware of the situation and has repaired it in models built after October 25 2012, but will not fix it in the models built before then. When I purchased the vehicle in November of 2012, I was not informed of the change before the purchase, leading me to believe that GM and its dealers intentionally mislead me into buying a car that they had already deemed as having an unsafe feature or they would not have changed it.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 022012

Spark 4-cyl

  • 1 miles
Lack of button illumination lights for the cruise control, hands-free phone control and audio control on the steering wheel for night driving. The lack of illumination lights on these buttons creates potential safety issue when attempting to use the cruise control, phone call or audio functions from the steering wheel at night. This problem seems to be only for 2013 Spark models with production prior to October 2012.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

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