5 Problems with Recent Chevrolet Models
The problems with Chevrolet seem to be never-ending. Every week, we hear from Chevy owners who are dealing with break-downs, repairs, or delays with their new Chevy car, SUV, or truck. Chevrolet proudly advertises the awards that some models in their line-up have won, but they do not advertise ratings such as the Chevy Silverado and Chevy Corvette making Consumer Reports’ 2022 list of top ten least reliable vehicles.
Chevy owners are frustrated and need answers. For some, lemon law might have the answers and compensation that they want. Lemon laws protect new car owners from being stuck with a defective vehicle, and make the auto manufacturer replace the vehicle or reimburse the full purchase price. If you are experiencing problems with your Chevy, and have questions about whether or not you might be eligible to bring a lemon law claim, our experienced lemon law team at Timothy Abeel & Associates is available to answer your questions.
From unreliable bluetooth connections to complete engine failure, here are some of the common problems that we are seeing with new Chevy vehicles:
The majority of complaints that we are hearing about recent model year Chevrolet cars, SUVs, and trucks are transmission problems. Whether it is the Silverado, the Trailblazer, or the Cruze, we are being told of jerking and lurching, slipping transmission, hard shifting, stall outs, and near wrecks. Whether in the lowest gears or at higher speeds, drivers are having problems with the Chevy transmission. One owner told us that they have already had the transmission fixed once, and they are without their vehicle again awaiting more repairs.
Multiple owners have told us about water leaks in their Chevy. There are complaints about leaks around the windows leading to moisture and fogginess on the windows. There are also issues with leaking sunroofs (and broken sunroof motors) causing pooling water on the floor of the vehicle. This seems to be happening a lot in the Chevy Equinox. Some owners are also finding pooled water in the trunk and underneath the spare tire in their Chevy.
3. Brakes & Electrical Problems
We have reports of multiple issues with brakes and brake sensors on Chevy vehicles from the Silverado to the Suburban to the Camaro. Some owners have told us that the brakes locked up and did not work while driving. Others complain that the brake assist failed completely. Other reported electrical defects include failing back up cameras, a sunroof that opens and closes unexpectedly, defective parking assist, and difficulties with bluetooth connectivity.
We have blogged about locked up steering on the Silverado and the Colorado previously and it is still an issue with these Chevy trucks. Owners report that the steering wheel locks up completely while driving and needs to be wiggled or jerked back into action. Some drivers have driven long distances while constantly jiggling the steering wheel to get home safely. This is incredibly unsafe and has led to numerous near misses for Chevy drivers. At this time, none of our clients have told us of an accident caused by this issue but it seems inevitable that this will cause a collision if not addressed by Chevy.
5. Engine & Excessive Oil Consumption
We have had clients complain about numerous issues with Chevy engine problems. Whether it is a complete blow out and engine replacement on the Silverado or problems with the lifters on the Suburban or the Tahoe, Chevy owners are having to rebuild and replace their engines on brand new Chevy vehicles. There are also a lot of complaints about excessive oil consumption in Chevy cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks.
Delays getting parts and repairs
To add to the many problems for owners of Chevy lemons, there are lengthy delays in getting parts to make the necessary repairs to these vehicles. Chevy owners are being told that they have to wait weeks or months for repairs because the dealers just cannot get the part. Some clients have told us that they have been paying out of pocket for a rental vehicle while their new Chevy sits at the dealer waiting for repair.
Luckily for these unfortunate Chevy owners, we can tell them that lemon laws protect them from being stuck with a lemon vehicle or with no vehicle at all, and they should not have pay a cent in legal fees. You may be eligible for a replacement vehicle or reimbursement of the full purchase price of your Chevrolet if you have given the manufacturer a reasonable opportunity to repair the defect (usually 2 or 3 attempts,) or if your Chevrolet has been out of service for an unreasonable time (typically 30 days.) The laws are slightly different in each state but you can find out more about the laws in your state on our website or by contacting one of our experienced lemon law team.
At Timothy Abeel & Associates, we have helped many Chevrolet owners get compensation, a replacement vehicle or reimbursement of their purchase price. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation case review about your defective Chevrolet.