1st Generation (2011—2015) Volt Problems

Volt owners with a 2011—2015 model year have the most problems with the electrical (31%), engine (15%), and the interior (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 58,000 miles in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.
  2. Transmission Whine 2 complaints at an average of 84,520 miles in the 2012 Chevrolet Volt.
  3. Brakes Stopped Working 2 complaints at an average of 4,125 miles in the 2013 Chevrolet Volt.

What Volt Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 2012 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2015 5 1 792 3.18
2014 8 0 1013 2.98
2013 11 2 1262 4.52
2012 24 2 1198 11.04
2011 3 1 1121 2.56

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