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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
84,550 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace bearing (1 reports)
  2. replaced with brass bearing cage (1 reports)
2012 Chevrolet Volt transmission problems

transmission problem

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2012 Chevrolet Volt Owner Comments

problem #2

May 242016

Volt 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles


table saw noise from the electric transmission

This plastic bearing cage fails at all sorts of mileage numbers. It is not question of if it will fail, it is a question of when will it fail. The manufacturer is banking on the majority to fail after the warranty is over, the dealerships will earn a hefty payday when the bearing cage fails. See this website for more details: . Rumor is this part was changed from brass to plastic when the test drivers reported a slight noise in the drive train, so now we owners get to pay the price of having it replaced with a brass part, when the plastic one fails. We should not have to suffer from a part failure after the warranty is over, considering using a plastic part was/is a poor engineering decision. They know it was a poor engineering design, since the replacement is now brass. As these 2011 to 2013 vehicles age with mileage, I suspect there will be more and more of this particular failure. It needs to be tracked, so a recall can be issued.

- Michael B., Dodd City, TX, US

problem #1

Jun 192015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,040 miles

This noise began slowly and got worst with time. In less than a week, I got to the same noise level as in the video. I still had the extended warranty. Luckily and the dealer had to dismantle the transmission to find the faulty bearing. If it wasn't of the warranty, it would have cost me $1500 for the repair plus a whole week of waiting. Since the dealer didn't know which bearing to order, he had to find the right part and then wait the replacement before reassembling the transmission.

- Philippe D., Saint-Hubert, Canada

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