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    Hi Folks,

    My son is looking at buying one of two low mileage 2015 Volts from a Chevy dealer here in Maryland. Reports on both of them show that they were subjects of Lemon Laws in California. I'm guessing that the dealer should have access to the service reports on both vehicles. I see from the latest issue of Consumer Reports that the (In car electronics) was a big source of trouble for this model year. Has anyone here had issues like this with a MY2105 Volt that were not able to be corrected?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdgreenster View Post
    Hi Folks,

    My son is looking at buying one of two low mileage 2015 Volts from a Chevy dealer here in Maryland. Reports on both of them show that they were subjects of Lemon Laws in California. I'm guessing that the dealer should have access to the service reports on both vehicles. I see from the latest issue of Consumer Reports that the (In car electronics) was a big source of trouble for this model year. Has anyone here had issues like this with a MY2105 Volt that were not able to be corrected?
    I personally have no experience in this area. First, I would check on how "being a lemon" affects warranty. Second, I would want to know exactly what those problems were that led to it being declared a lemon. And third, it would have to be a very large discount over a similar car to even consider one being labeled a lemon. Maybe someone can chime in with personal experience...

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    I have a 2015 Volt now with 13,000 miles. The only problem I have ever had with the car is that after not being used for a month this winter the 12 volt battery was low and needed to be recharged. I think lemon law buy back cars do not have a valid manufactures warranty. I believe GM has the warranty info on line or u can call them.

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    I'd want two items addressed.

    1. Get a copy of the GMVIS report. And dealer can pull this. In fact on the Corvette Forum there are several dealers that do it for free for folks out shopping for a pre-owned vette.

    2. Status of the factory warranty and can an extended warranty be purchased.

    and lastly have you compared their asking price to vehicles listed on say CARMAX or CARS.COM? It better be a great deal else I'd walk.
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    I have a '15 also, 12,500 on the clock and it has been great, no problems at all. Consumer Reports' problem may be that it isn't a Toyota.
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    Only a couple really minor problems with my 2015 in 36k miles. I really wonder what these lemons are. Since you can get a used Volt with 20k miles under $15000 I wouldn't bother with a lemon unless it was half price and you were willing to put up with the potential repairs.
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    The definition of a lemon is a car that has a serious defect that couldn't be fixed, if these cars were lemon law buybacks then you should stay far away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjrosen View Post
    The definition of a lemon is a car that has a serious defect that couldn't be fixed, if these cars were lemon law buybacks then you should stay far away.
    correction: Couldn't be fixed to the satisfaction of the owner.

    There are some people out there that would drive a 1G Volt at 85/90 mph all the time, and then take it back to the dealer multiple times for a "defective battery" since they don't get 38 miles of range... that is just one example, some owners hear a phantom noise that nobody else hears, or some other BS complaint... when they encounter things like this sometimes a dealership will give up and buy back to get them to go away. Other times their really IS a defect that they can't seem to track down and get ride of.

    Unless I was firmly convinced that a real problem existed that was fixed, or that the original owner was a nutbag (or suffered from buyers remorse and pulled a scam to get out of the vehicle) I would not purchase a car that had lemon fresh scent

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    I have 2 2015 Volts that are 16 and 13 months old with 16 and 18 k miles with 2 minor issues (steering sticking, fixed by software update) and a slow mode change knob in cold weather which I have have not had time to take to the shop.

    As a former service manager most of the lemon law cars were non-issues but once the owner had latched onto this path, it is just easier to just go along with them. Although I am sure some had serious issues. But I would think that the issues were resolved before they were resold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyg View Post
    As a former service manager most of the lemon law cars were non-issues but once the owner had latched onto this path, it is just easier to just go along with them. Although I am sure some had serious issues. But I would think that the issues were resolved before they were resold.
    Interesting information. I assumed this was the case but nice to get confirmation.

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