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2012 Chevrolet Sonic repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 93 repairs.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (40%)

$100 - $499 (20%)

< $100 (40%)

Chart based on 5 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Engine not specified

Chevrolet Sonic in California, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

12000 mi
Automatic transaxle still has multiple symptoms, including wheel lockup while decellerating, and completely losing connection with drive wheels when cornering. Transaxle has been repaired previously in warranty. GM is repurchasing my car. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Arizona, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012

2700 mi
would not go into gear & no air conditioner again . 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Sonic in Indiana, United States
Jan 2016 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

231000 mi

US $650
Heating and cooling problem. After fighting the disappearing coolant for some time now my radiator finally gave up the ghost. 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Sonic in Illinois, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
Mar 2014

48000 mi

US $258
Valve Cover broke 
Jul 2015

74700 mi

US $136
EVAP system Failure 
Chevrolet Sonic in Oklahoma, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2015
Feb 2013

18000 mi
Cigarette lighter was only working intermittently. 
Jul 2015

53000 mi
PCV valve needed to be replaced under powertrain warranty. Injectors needed to be cleaned 
Chevrolet Sonic in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2015
Aug 2013 Check engine light (constant, not flashing). Dealer diagnosed MIL code as 'low voltage oxygen sensor'. Re-set. No repair. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2014
Jul 2013

9700 mi
gas gauge randomly goes dead....does come back....but no pattern noticed by me 
Chevrolet Sonic in Michigan, United States
Apr 2012 - Apr 2014
Jul 2012

2500 mi
Air bag light illuminated; diagnosis was a faulty SRS module. 
Aug 2012

3000 mi
Lost all gauges except tach and most power steering assistance. Car later would not start, but all symptoms disappeared half an hour later. 
Apr 2014

23000 mi
Instrument cluster decided to randomly reset again, and engine ran a bit off until everything rebooted. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Ohio, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2015
Mar 2015

35000 mi
Front stabilizer sway bar end links went bad. They were replaced under warranty. 
Apr 2015

36300 mi
suspension noise at rear of car. Rear strut mount replaced. 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Sonic in Maryland, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2015
Jul 2014

19300 mi
Rear stabilizer was loose. Part is a known defect which GM repaired with correct part. 
Jan 2015

51000 mi

US $780
Got 'check engine' light and noisy fan. Results were a coolant leak and defective coolant fan. Serious repair cost. Car is only 3 years old with 51k. Planning to see before it's too late. DO NOT BUY THIS CAR OR ELSE... 
Dec 2015

115000 mi

US $550
Part 2 of previous problem. After numerous issues with low coolant levels radiator was replaced. 
Chevrolet Sonic in New York, United States
Jul 2013 - Dec 2015
Sep 2013

7000 mi
chek engine light came on, car idled rough 
Mar 2014

14000 mi
rear shocks replaced under warranty.  Passenger seat belt retractor replaced. 
Jul 2014

18700 mi
stabilizer links replaced 
Jan 2015

26700 mi
catalytic converter checked due to rotten egg smell 
Chevrolet Sonic in New York, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2015
Jun 2014

8500 mi
Broken sway bar links replaced. 
Jan 2015

10000 mi
Oil pressure valve broken. Coolant line broken. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Michigan, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
Jul 2015

54000 mi

US $500
Replaced steering gear box due to a leak 
Chevrolet Sonic in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

55000 mi

US $99
Air intake valve cracked 
Chevrolet Sonic in Alaska, United States
Jun 2014 - May 2015
Jun 2014

29000 mi
The Aux Jack was Messed up, when connecting a Male plug into it. The Connection was loose and did not stay in,so it had to be replaced. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Maryland, United States
Feb 2013 - May 2014
May 2014

34000 mi
transmission failure 
Chevrolet Sonic in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

21000 mi
caliper bolts broke sway bar links replaced at 18000 miles radio turns off at times car swaying back and forth on highway very unsafe no power when turning a bend headlights and interior lights dim. They go high and low when sitting idle when car is started the whole car shakes and also the muffler,tailpipe and engine shakes and rattles bad. no power i can walk faster up hills driver window molding rattle and makes noise when window down an inch or so now have a code 82 anti skid and abs light comes on when on a bumpy road i can hear a noise or rattle then i touch the brakes and noise stops. muffler and or tailpipe gets loose and rattles especially when going up a hill. I tightened it, but it still vibrates the whole car at red lights. 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Sonic in Texas, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

28000 mi
Thermostat housing, heater hoses and all related gaskets and seals Main hose from throttle bottle to air cleaner was torn causing a check engine light and an OBD-II code 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Sonic in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
Jun 2014

42000 mi
Hose to the rear window washer came off a fitting, soaking the headliner. This was supposedly taken care of during a recall, but they didn't bother to secure this fitting. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Florida, United States
Aug 2014 - Jan 2016
Sep 2014

50000 mi
Driver side heated seat -- heater elements burned out. 
Mar 2015

64000 mi
PCV valve diaphragm ruptured, causing vacuum leak in valve cover 
Chevrolet Sonic in Iowa, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013
Jan 2013

9300 mi
Car developed a rattle, leading to sway bars being diagnosed as bad. Replaced under warranty with OEM parts. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Florida, United States
Oct 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

3000 mi
Grinding between 1 and 2 gear, Chevy replaced transmission. 
Chevrolet Sonic in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Jul 2015
Jun 2014

37000 mi
Seat warmer does not work 
Aug 2014

40300 mi
Camshaft vacuum leak. Replaced camshaft cover 
Chevrolet Sonic in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
Apr 2013

9000 mi
Constant check engine light stating emissions leak in system. Dealer smoke tested system and reset ecu. Light reappered. Back at dealer for further evaluation. 
Jun 2013

9000 mi
Constant CEL. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Arizona, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
Aug 2012

6000 mi
clutch pedal had issues with non-fluid movement, would creak and click often during use. Dealer re-greased the unit. Seemed to take care of problem for a while, however the creaking and clicking appears to be back 
Chevrolet Sonic in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015
Aug 2012

1000 mi
poorly fitting passenger side rear door panel replaced 
Dec 2014

23000 mi
Ignition lock cylinder tumblers broken. Lock cylinder replaced according to the dealer statement. 
Mar 2015

26000 mi
Trim ring on and around the gear shift knob was coming loose. It was replaced and all is well. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Washington, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
May 2015

50000 mi

US $96
OnStar notified me that it had detected a fault in ABS and stabilitrak system. Dealer confirmed diagnosis as a defective brake pedal position sensor. Part was ordered and sensor was replaced. Repair was preventative, part had not yet failed. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Virginia, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
May 2013

26000 mi
P0449 OBD code for emissions EVAP recirc valve. Two trips needed for diagnosis/repair: Engine control computer seemed to lock the circuit so it was replaced but engine coded again later; second diagnosis found a broken wire over gas tank. 
May 2014

47000 mi
Issue: CEL P0449 - Evap Emission Control Sys Vent Valve/Solenoid Circuit Malfunction reappeared. Diagnosis: dealer's previous repair (broken wire above rear axle) broke again. Repair: reroute wire to avoid bending/pulling and re-solder wire. 
Aug 2015

72300 mi
Gear whine in manual 2-4-6 gears diagnosed as failed transmission bearing(gearbox replaced under GM drive train warranty 
Chevrolet Sonic in Louisiana, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015
Sep 2012

24000 mi
Passenger seat cushion loose. 
Jul 2013

59000 mi
transmission starting whining in 5th n 6th gears. took to dealership. Dealership R&R transmission assembly after learning no parts available to rebuild transmission. sway bar end links replaced- (recall) 
Jun 2014

123000 mi

US $100
PCV rupture disc burst in valve cover causing the engine to run rough and several engine codes to pop up. Had to replace valve cover assembly. 
Nov 2014

143500 mi

US $140
cooling fan went out and had to be replaced. 
Sep 2015

179000 mi

US $80
"low fuel pump performance" purchased used fuel pump & fuel pump driver module on ebay from newly salvaged car & installed. old fuel pump filter sock filled with some kind of gel restricting the flow of fuel. cleaned and tested old pump.good 
Nov 2015

184000 mi

US $400
Turbo failed. No engine power and rattling noise. 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Hatch

138-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Sonic in Michigan, United States
Apr 2013 - Jul 2015
Mar 2015

30000 mi
Had odd musty smell in car after having air on and then going to just the vent. As we got used to the smell was not sure if the dealers repair people could smell it or not. Well it seems they did and reported that there was condensation not drying up arou 
Chevrolet Sonic in Indiana, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

18000 mi

US $50
A grinding noise at slow turns under 5 MPH. Dealer determined that steering gear was leaking. Steering gear was replaced, cost was originally $600, majority of cost paid by extended warranty. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Maryland, United States
Jan 2012 - Dec 2015
Dec 2012

6000 mi
A few buzzes and rattle noises in a few spots but sensitive to temperature. Dealer could not duplicate at this time. 
Nov 2013

11000 mi
Stabilizer links and/or bushings replaced due to rattle noise emanating from under front of car. 
Apr 2014

13500 mi
Shift lever would buzz/rattle between 2500 and 3500 rpm's. Lever assembly replaced. Problem solved. Driver window rattles intermittently. Rubber frame trim replaced. Rattles a bit less, but problem not solved. 
Aug 2014

16000 mi
Still have a rattle noise. Service manager said they could remove interior panels and try to pinpoint the exact cause but due to the extensive use of hard plastic, fixing one thing can cause other noise issues. Fix or not. Haven't decided. 
Chevrolet Sonic in New York, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

38000 mi
Air intake hose was cracked in several places. Check engine light was on. The hose was replaced with the same stock GM part. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Missouri, United States
Jan 2013 - Sep 2013
Jun 2013

23000 mi
Sway bar end links went out 
Chevrolet Sonic in Indiana, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2015
Aug 2013

7000 mi
A 'creaking' noise was heard at very slow speeds. For example, when turning the wheel or applying the brakes in a parking lot. New car dealer found the GM bulletin and apparantly replaced a stabilizer sway bar link to fix the problem.  
Jun 2014

11000 mi
Engine light came on. On my call to dealer they wanted an appointment so I made one. However, on the day on the appointment the light was not on & the dealer could not find any fault code in memory. Since then, the light has not come on. 
Nov 2014

12700 mi
Small plastic insert from lower passenger chrome window trim not properly installed. It stuck out just enough to 'hit' front of the rear door & the trim is a little loose. Dealer pushed this in fully; but the trim is still a little loose. 
Apr 2015

13000 mi
Engine Light would come on intermittently; then go off. However, this spring the light came on, stayed on, & I took the car to the dealer who said it was either engine knock sensor or wiring to this sensor. Engine Knock sensor replaced. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Alabama, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2013
Jul 2013

4700 mi
All rotors and drums replaced with OEM. Drums out of round and rotors warped. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Texas, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015
Jan 2015

18300 mi
The ignition key could not be removed sometimes, had to use a screwdriver in the slot under the key mechanism to unlock the key. 
Mar 2015

19000 mi
Windshield washer reservoir leaking fluid. 
Chevrolet Sonic in New York, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2014
Jan 2012

10000 mi
The windshield had a stain on the drivers side in the middle of the viewing area 
Chevrolet Sonic in Oregon, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2015
Dec 2014

15000 mi
Shift button stuck in, not releasing, so key stuck in ignition, shifter changes gears w/o pressing knob. Safety issue dealer says not covered by warranty. Actuator should be covered by drivetrain. silicone spray solved the problem for now. 
Nov 2015

21000 mi
A/T Shift lever release knob is now cracked in two, yet still functioning. Dealer claims is not covered under 150K drivetrain as is a "cabin part". It really is an Actuator covered under warranty Not yet resolved. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2015
Jul 2013

12000 mi
Stock battery had a leak and was corroding the battery mounts. Dealer replaced battery under warranty. 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Hatch

138-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Sonic in Hawaii, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012

1000 mi
Both brake calipers were leaking fluid, damaged the pads & rotors. 
Chevrolet Sonic in Utah, United States
May 2014 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

58000 mi

US $100
Check engine light- unable to determine cause. Been in the shop twice and light continues to come on. Cause yet unknown 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Chevrolet Sonic in Florida, United States
Oct 2013 - Nov 2013
Nov 2013

11000 mi
AC blowing warm air. Dealer added 1lb freon with dye. Didn't see any leaks, didn't remove dash. Bring back if problem again. 

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