The Most Common Volt Problem

We've pulled together a list of the problems Volt owners.

  1. Volt Steering Lockup

    A new class-action lawsuit alleges that General Motors has also ignored dangerous steering problems that can leave drivers without any control over their car…

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What Volt Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

Volt Generations

The Volt has 2 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 2nd generation (2016–2019).

  1. 2nd Generation Volt

    Years
    2016–2019
    Reliability
    41st out of 80
    PainRank
    6.41
    Complaints
    28
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  2. 1st Generation Volt

    Years
    2011–2015
    Reliability
    37th out of 80
    PainRank
    4.81
    Complaints
    54
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Volt Key Numbers

  1. 82 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 2,134 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 7 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent Volt News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

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    There’s an important recall for parents who’ve installed child seats using a seat belt.

    For installation of the child seat using the seat belt, there are automatic retractor assemblies equipped with retractors that lock automatically.

    This should lock the seat belt when it is completely pulled out of the retractor. However, the defects can cause the retractor to not lock the seat belt when it is pulled out of the retractor.

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    Excess gas –– we’ve all had it, no-one likes it, and the same holds true for your braking system.

    GM says it needs to bleed the brake systems of 230,000 cars because the vehicles have rear brake caliper pistons that have hydrogen gas trapped inside that could be released into the brake systems. ZF, the manufacturer of the brake pistons, didn't properly temper and chrome-coat the pistons, causing hydrogen gas to remain trapped in the bodies of the pistons.

    This problem may cause your brake pedal to feel “spongy” but it’s unclear if it affects stopping distances.

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    The 2013 Volt is being recalled after reports of reduced engine power and propulsion.

    General Motors says a previous software update to improve the car actually did the opposite by disabling the cell balancing function, resulting in a low-voltage condition. Killing the voltage of the volt? Classic Chevy move.