EDIT: Adding link to my tale of my 2012 Chevy Volt safety concern
EDIT: Here is the second update - the dealer is trying to help, but GM/Chevy is being difficult
EDIT: Final update - great news! Chevy/GM agree to replace our 2012 Volt with a full-loaded 2013 model
I've owned the car for 9 weeks and 1 day today. Drove a little over 2200 miles using 8.8 gallons of gas. The car has been in the shop three times already. Annoying, but I love the gas savings since I moved from a Cadillac CTS that got 18 MPG. $840 car payment plus $250 in gas per month bumped down to $549 lease payment and have not bought gas at all. Times in the shop as I said were annoying, but nothing to do with safety.
Today though, was different. I drove about 3 miles from home to the store. No problem. Then driving back home, no problem, stop lights and all that. Then I stop at the last turn before my home, wait for traffic to pass so I can take my left across 2 highway lanes. Traffic clears, more coming, I take my left...and the Volt refuses to go more than 3 MPH!! I push the gas pedal to the floor...still 3 MPH, and three cars slam their brakes so they don't hit me...and it was CLOSE. The Volt eventually gets out of the way, still not going over 3 MPH. The battery gauge at this point shows that I have another 35 miles left of range, and I have gas in the tank as well, about 1/4 full. There is no reason that a lack of battery or gas would be the reason for this.
I am about 2 blocks from home now, and the Volt will not go above 3 MPH. I turn the car off for a minute and back on. Same problem. I have a small hill to get onto my street. Maybe a 6 foot incline over 20 feet. It takes me about 5 minutes to get up that hill rather than the typical 3 seconds. At this point this is going to be the 4th time the car is in the shop, and this time I feel unsafe driving it there...this is a lemon. I have no idea why the Volt keeps failing in different ways that require multiple days in service with a gas guzzling loaner car given to us to use, and now I don't know that I trust the car not to do this again. One of the issues we had it serviced for came back 3 days later...and this is not something I can tolerate. I just luckily happened to be 2 blocks from home when this happened, and also I luckily was in front of drivers who were paying attention. This could have easily been severe injury, and could have easily been death if those three cars collided with me at 50 MPH.
What are my options? I called the dealership and they kept trying to tell me to talk to the service tech. I don't want service. I think I want Chevy to buy this thing back.