That's too bad. The article suggests this is a software update but if it were I don't see why Chrysler would need the vans returned to Windsor for that. Would be overkill. Must also involve hardware, and something that would make it more cost effective to cover shipping to Windsor (and back) rather than paying the dealers to do the job. The good news seems to be the 2017 MY is run and the fix should be applied to the 2018 MY.
As far as avoiding the first year of a new model, seems to be model dependent. The 2011 MY Volt may have had the least issues in the first generation. Later years saw a lot of heating issues.
Terrible write up, it is being recalled for a hardware failure (it needs new software too) with the power inverter that could cause a sudden loss of power. They already have the fix, they just didn't get it in all vehicles. The "months of delay" was why it wasn't shipping until recently. It was supposed to ship back in Dec/Jan. I think going forward there shouldn't be much delay.
considering the NHTSA doesn't have any active recalls it cannot have been causing a major issue as of yet. Still the original article is cringe worthy enough to make me never want to go to that site again
We take our Volts for granted, but a serious PHEV design is the most technically challenging of all powertrains. It's why even Toyota and VW, the two largest automakers, just make a feeble attempt at them.
Also, perusing consumer complaints at nhtsa.gov indicates the Pacifica (not always the hybrid) seems to have major transmission issues resulting in stalling while driving. So it seems Chrysler still hasn't fixed their transmissions - my wife had a Dodge Intrepid that required the transmission be rebuilt at 38,000 miles because of a known flaw that Chrysler wouldn't warranty.
I've also read that, but I can't attest to it myself. Before we went with Chevrolet I drove a Chrysler 300C for 10 years, and my wife drove a Chrysler Town & Country for 15 years. Both were amazing vehicles. No big problems with either of them. The most reliable and problem free vehicles we've ever had.
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