Some of you may remember me from Volt #9161. It broke the day after I bought it and spent 17 of the first 30 days I had it in the shop for various issues (brake system, transmission mount, struts, shocks, A/C, rattles, charging faults, etc.).
GM bought back car 9161 (very politely, I might add) and replaced it with car 17948.
Remarkably, I'm off to an even worse start with this Volt.
With about 1600 miles on the odometer I picked up a friend and drove him several hours out of town to pick up his new motorcycle. A few miles from the bike dealer the Volt's check engine light illuminated and the engine didn't seem to be coming on. Embarrassed, I didn't tell my passenger, hoping we could get to pick up his bike before I called onstar. It wasn't to be.
A bang sound emanated from under the hood, the engine went bananas and revved hard for about five seconds (like redline hard), then shut off. Then "engine not available, service soon" came up with a chime on the instrument cluster. The car then didn't seem to have any power which was clear when "propulsion power is reduced" popped up with another chime. We pulled over to the side of the road.
I cycled the power several times hoping it was just some sort of a bug. The car would move but only very slowly so I pulled into the safety of a gas station (the irony).
Called onstar, but it was memorial day weekend and dealers were closed, rental car agencies were closed, and it would take 2-3 hours to get a tow truck out to me. My passenger was nonplussed.
After five or six calls, disconnects, screwups, etc. with onstar we had been on the phone about an hour with the car turned off. My friend was getting agitated and prodded me to try restarting the Volt to see if it would budge. The engine fired up and I put the car in D, and it moved with normal response.
I told the onstar lady to put the truck on hold and I was going to try and get the car as close to home as possible. The car made it home.
Dropped it off at the dealer and left it for five days while I was out of town, figuring that would give them plenty of time to diagnose and repair.
I just picked the car up and it had codes P0700, P2620, and P073B. Dealer claims they couldn't reproduce it and that GM doesn't know what caused the car to break down on the side of the road other than "something in the transmission." The Volt Advisor states that "if it breaks down again we'll be sure not to give it back to you without some sort of repair." Super.
Given that I only use the gas engine for very long trips I basically now have an expensive electric car with a 35 mile range that I'm afraid to take out of town.
I'm wishing I had bought another Toyota given this string of nightmares. I got a new charge cord though. Yay?