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:
100 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 042012


  • 100 miles


I turned on windshield wipers & the engine died. This was the first time it had rained after I bought the car & really did not at this time associate the wipers & the engine dying until later that same day when contacted a friend of mine to drive the car. The dealer contacted GM about the problem but they don't seem to be very concerned about the problem. The dealer replaced the wiper motor but that did not solve the problem. It is a long story & I'm very concerned for the safety of myself & others. It died the other day in traffic when it started to rain & I turned on the wipers and almost was hit by a truck. Please contact me, it would be easier for him to explain in person about the problem.

- Buchanan, TN, USA

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