fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,438 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Sonic miscellaneous problems

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2013 Chevrolet Sonic Owner Comments

problem #12

Nov 012016


  • miles


Rough idle at stop and sluggish propulsion while driving to where it can become dangerous while merging onto freeway traffic and busy city streets. Upon further investigation on online forums, there is a mass issue with the air intake tube/hose from air box to throttle body. The issue being major cracking or holes in the tube/hose causing too much airflow. This cracking happens sometimes before or after the O2 sensor. The cracking I found happened to be after my O2 sensor, therefore not even triggering the check engine system to activate.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 142013


  • 6 miles
The car hesatates, the radio some times does't come on, the seat belts do not tien up when you buckle up, and the seats are very low to the ground for a handicap person

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #10

Aug 052016


  • 45,245 miles
Shift button sticking. Key stuck in the ignition unable to remove. Car can not be put on full park which is causing engine and battery to fail. Electronic key release not working. This is a huge safety issue as the park can easily move becuase it's not fully parked due to ignition key failiure. This is a manufacturer defect but there hasn't been a recalled so we had to pay out of pocket to fix.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #9

May 012016


  • miles


While driving my car for the past year now I have noticed my RPM gauge sticking and revving on its own. It is starting to happen more consistently. When I'm driving downhill the RPM gauge will rev high and stay stuck high. Then when I put the car in park it will rev high on its own and stay stuck and eventually come back down. Something new I have started to experience is when I'm at a complete stop the RPM gauge will start revving up and down on it's own while my car lights brighten and dim and my warning light comes on that I'm sliding which is impossible since I'm at a complete stop. I have also noticed the transmission has started to feel jerky lately with everything else. I just purchased this vehicle almost 2 years ago and I only have 58,000 miles on it.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #8

Jun 032016


  • 23,000 miles
The gear shift button sticks when in gear or park.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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problem #7

May 062016


  • 45,000 miles
My Chevy Sonic has had a clicking noise since I purchased it. It goes dead when gas cap is removed and will not crank back. I had it worked on at a dealership $306 later it is still doing the exact same things. I purchased vehicle with 21 miles on it. I am on the road for my job. This vehicle has been a headache since purchase. I cannot afford another payment. Sure cant afford the bill from the shop when it doesn't fix any of the problems. The vehicle has had to be jumped off to start. I purchased new battery even when auto parts store tested old battery and stated it was good and alternator was charging. I am furious. What is a honest person to do"???"when dealership doesn't hold up to correcting the problem. Nothing to them it ruins your credit, not their name. I have had to be towed due to vehicle not cranking even when being jumped off. Help!!! dealership/GM should be honest and fix the problems. Apparently they don't value repeat customers!!!

- Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 052016


  • 18,000 miles


When the you start the car, it hops, jerks roughly, and it takes longer than what it should to start even in fair weather. Hesitates to shift, jerks into gear, very slow (unsafe on highway), a gutless wonder, and acts as if the transmission is slipping when the real issue is unknown. It shakes and shutters, this was a continuation off of the Chevy aveo platform. The Chevy aveo did not have these type of issues. I'm afraid that if this vehicle is continued to be driven, you wouldn't be able to get out an emergency scenario due to the sluggishness, it's an absolute gutless wonder. And again, it's unsafe to drive on the highway. Doesn't want to go into 2nd gear too well, which is why I said it's unsafe on the highway especially. All around a slow and unreliable car, it is devastating

- Schoolcraft, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 152016


  • miles
When I have a passenger in my car the light will stay off for the airbag and so will the sat belt light when I am seating still anywhere from a parking spot to a stop light anywhere my car will idel up to 2500-3000 rpms and my feet re on the break and clutch if I dont watch closely and let the break off any my car will take off

- Lewsiville, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 152015


  • miles
The gear shift button sticks when in gear or park.

- Neodesha, KS, USA

problem #3

Feb 022015


  • 31,460 miles
Vehicle has been losing coolant for last six months. There is a strong odor of coolant inside and outside of the vehicle and there is water inside cabin air filter box. Dealer acknowledged the issue and inspected vehicle with a GM engineer, but could not find the cause of either issue.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 082014

Sonic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cpsc:I1480205A. 2013 Chevy Sonic. Consumer stated that he is having problems with the key fob for is car. The consumer stated he hit the key fob fairly hard which caused the key to turn, and the vehicle shut off.

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252014

Sonic 4-cyl

  • 22,550 miles
Car is smoking from engine and exhaust and creating extreme heat.

- Hammond , IN, USA

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