really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,033 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Sonic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2013 Chevrolet Sonic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 082014

Sonic 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


We started hearing a rattling coming from the right trunk area took it to be diagnosed and this issue cannot be fixed trunk lid is rubbing side of car chipping paint it is unable to be aligned because body is bent most of the body lines on the vehicle are not lined

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #2

Mar 122014

Sonic 4-cyl

  • 28,700 miles
On March 12, 2014 around 8:00 P.M I had an accident with my vehicle at my home. My car is a manual transmission so when I went to turn it on, only half of my body was in the vehicle to turn it on. Before turning it on I did notice the E-brake engaged and the car was in first gear. I proceeded to turn it on knowing that I could still take it out of gear before engaging the clutch again. At the moment of ignition though, the car took off forward and took me with it. From the panic that I had, I held onto the steering wheel and pulled it to the left and the vehicle ran into another parked vehicle to the left front of me. The impact of the vehicle led to the door of the Chevy Sonic to close on my right leg and the door stayed shut on my leg since the car had ran onto the right side of the other vehicle. Upon impact onto the other vehicle, I noticed an odd smell that seemed like brakes. The car had stopped due trash cans that were at the front of it. When the car impacted the trash cans, the vehicle stopped moving yet the car was still wanting to go on ahead as if someone was accelerating the vehicle. During this time while this happened and I was still pinned between the door of the Chevy Sonic and having the door kept shut on me due to the side impact with the other vehicle, I smelled something that seemed like brakes to me. After several attempts to shut off the vehicle, I finally managed to turn it off. I then put it to neutral and disengaged the E-brake and had family members roll the car back. Upon being unpinned from the other vehicle and having my leg freed from the Chevy Sonic, my first thought was to try out the E-brake to make sure it was working properly. The E-brake did not fail to engage or disengage. I have repeated this same situation over and over. The only result has been the car jerking forward about 2 feet then stalling due to the E-brake being engaged.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012013

Sonic 4-cyl

  • 3,400 miles
2013 Chevy Sonic loud vibration noise from engine bay area when vehicle is parked or in the drive position when stopped, it also occurs with or without a heavy load (meaning radio on/off, ac on/off). As a consumer I was told this is normal operation, normal operation would mean either at the time of purchase or something that arises after high mileage on the auto. Per tech notes "case [xxx], advised a normal operating characteristic of 4 cylinder engine. Compared to similar vehicle made the same sound. Was able to deaden noise by applying pressure to front bumper.*** - tech comments: Normal operating characteristic - internal" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St Charles , MO, USA

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