really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,131 miles

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2014 Chevrolet Volt electrical problems

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2014 Chevrolet Volt Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012016


  • 20,289 miles


Chevrolet Volt 2014 head unit reboots while vehicle in motion (city streets and freeways). No user auxiliary device plugged in. Fh daily san leandro could not identify problem. Rebooting occured approximately 1 month ago after manufacturer recall repair. Car was last serviced 11/22/16 for stated problem. Head unit rebooted 12/1/16 while in motion on city street. Head unit provides vital information including vehicle off/on status and audible tones.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 302014


  • 1,000 miles
Ignition shut off on Massachusetts turnpike when trying to change from normal (electric) to hold (gas) mode. Mode button is too close to ignition power button. I had to stop in rush hour traffic to put car in drive and restart, could have been hit. I called onstar emergency service in the moment, but they were not aware of a way to restart the car while it was rolling. Discovered later that there is a 3-step process to restart the car while it's still moving, but it is complicated and difficult to remember while panicking about the danger of being hit. There is no automatic way to restart in case of accidental shut off. This should be fixed or someone will get hurt or killed. This has happened to me several times on the highway and I have been very lucky not to have been hit while figuring out how to restart the vehicle. I commute daily into boston and have to keep eyes on the road at all times; with the mode button next to the power button, there is constant danger of shutting the car down at precisely the moment when I expect and need to be accelerating.

- Acton, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 052015


  • 48,600 miles
Saturday on 09/5/2015 around 12:00 noon while driving our 2014 Chevy Volt, while I was passenger, my wife who was driving the car suddenly noticed the car computer program has gone crazy and started throwing all kinds of errors starting with 1) program cluster error 2) ice may be possible 3) washer level low 4) some other kind sensor errors 5) battery level started showing zero ( it was full ) 6) fuel level was zero ( had over 1/2 tank fuel) 7) odometer indication had changed on its own to km from miles 8) no proper vehicle speed indication.9 ) suspension need adjustment etc all these errors kept repeating over and over while driving causing a big panic to driver and passenger (me) besides resulting in distracted driving. Both driver and passenger seat heating kicked in on its own. For a short period we were not sure whether the vehicle is moving under our control or not. On the center panel also the information system was showing all kinds of errors like, battery was showing empty, the ambient temp was showing - 27C although it was quote hot at that time and the miles had changed to L / km etc. Looks like all the units changed in the car to metric on its own. All the symptoms indications were similar to the video some one has already posted here at the below you tube link. www.youtube.com/watch?V=07zmnh5Z1go scariest part was our vehicle started doing while it was being driven it was like car losing its brain ( computer program getting corrupted ) while on road. This situation poses a big safety risk to people. Currently as of today 09/09/2015 vehicle is still at dealership and yet to be fixed and handed over back to us. I have already called General Motors customer service and expressed the safety concerns, besides they expect me to pay in part to fix this. I can provide NHTSA my case number that GM representative gave me.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 182014

Volt 4-cyl

  • 700 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. The contact stated while the brake pedal was depressed, he inadvertently touched the ignition switch. Also, the contact stated that the operating buttons were too close together which may cause a crash. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 700. Updated 9/9/14 the consumer stated the drive mode button was near the ignition power button. When he was in the middle lane driving, he reached over to change the drive mode, he accidentally pushed the power button. The vehicle did not shut off, because his foot was not on the brake. Now, if he his foot was on the brake, and the power button would have been hit, instead of drive mode, the vehicle would shut off and could not be re-started by pushing the button again. The vehicle would have to be shifted into neutral and push the power again to re-start it. Updated 10/21/14

- Clearwater , FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 202014

Volt 4-cyl

  • 66 miles
I received the Chevy Volt 2/20/14 at around 10:45 am. My partner and I had a very important meeting at 12:30 P.M. in jersey city, NJ so we left directly from the dealership in the brand new Volt, 7 miles on the odometer. At approximately 12:00 P.M. the car alarmed with two messages: 1. engine not available and 2. propulsion power reduced. The alarms/engine failure came at the most inopportune time---while on the New Jersey turnpike in a construction zone and no available shoulder. With semi-trucks bearing down on us, we luckily made it to a construction pull off area and called on star. On star informed us the turnpike is a restricted zone so they could not send anyone, they were helpful and got in touch with the turnpike authority which sent a tow truck. While I was on the phone with on star my partner called the dealership where we got the car. They were helpful and contacted the dealership where the car would be towed"malouf Chevrolet. After waiting over 30 min for a tow truck to arrive, all the while fearing I was going to be mowed down by a semi-truck on the shoulder, the brand new Volt, my partner and I were off the turnpike. Upon arrival to malouf we were greeted by a member of their service team, he asked me how many miles were on the car. I said?66?, he asked ?6600?, I responded ?no! 66, the car only ran for a little over an hour after delivery!" we now have a loaner from malouf and have not heard anything about what caused this catastrophic failure of the brand new Chevrolet Volt.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

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