really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,600 miles

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problem #3

Feb 172019


  • 4,500 miles
Gen 2 Volt has a paddle on the steering column that brakes the vehicle and adds some charge to the main battery. (part of thr regen system) since it brakes the vehicle I believe that the brake lights should illuminate, they don't. in the owners it states that the "brake lights may come on"... may"?"..... I had the vehicle in the dealership for 2 days. The BCM was changed and that was suppose to fix the issue, it did not. I and other Volt form members feel this an unsafe condition. 17/2018

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 112018


  • 2,200 miles
I ran into a vehicle in front of me during normal traffic on my way home from work, two months to the day of picking up my 2018 Volt. The vehicle ahead of me may have stopped quickly, but it was not a stop the Volt shouldn't have been able to handle. I was on a street in my neighborhood I drive every day in traffic. I had mentioned to friends and family that the Volt's brakes just did not feel on par with the rest of the car and would be the only aspect of this ev experience I found lacking. I have the dated text messages to prove this. Now I have a Volt at the body shop for the 5th week (lacking an ac line for reassembly), an over 55% increase in my insurance premiums (per the renewal notice I just received) and what really hasn't been a good experience. While I'm waiting for the return of my Volt I have received the important safety recall indicating the braking performance may be reduced. If the car had been able to stop two feet shorter I'd have an undamaged three month old Volt and my insurance standings untarnished. That two feet ended up costing over $17,500 to the car. Turns out Volts are also expensive to repair. I'm a 55 year old male, no wild kid. Still stuns me that in 2018 GM can't get brakes right...the most important of safety systems.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 092018


  • 4,100 miles
Collision occurred on E denny way in seattle, approx 3:20 pm on a downhill slope in stop-and-go traffic after about 20 minutes of constant brake use to hold back the car. About 2/3 of the way downhill the brakes failed, no resistance whatsoever and the car rolled into the vehicle in front, a distance of about 15 feet. This was a one-off incident and did not recur so far. GM and 3rd party inspectors found no error codes, but the brakes indeed failed, which makes me suspect a design problem in the brake-by-wire system that controls the pedal pressure and modulated regenerative braking. It was like sliding on ice, no traction whatsoever.

- Seattle, WA, USA