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2012 Chevrolet Sonic repairs by problem area

Chart based on 85 repairs.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic repair cost distribution

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

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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 manual FWD

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 Oklahoma, United States
Dec 2012 - Jul 2015
Feb 2013

18000 mi
Cigarette lighter was only working intermittently. 
Jul 2015

52000 mi
PCV valve needed to be replaced under powertrain warranty. Injectors needed to be cleaned 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

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 Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 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 Louisiana, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 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. 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Hatch

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

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 Maryland, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 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. 

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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. 

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Repair Histories

82 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. 41 of these members (50%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 85 repairs to 2012 Chevrolet Sonics--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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