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I'm settling into my Gen 2 after trading my Gen 1 and am trying to figure out if some things are "normal" or require warranty work. Any of you Gen 2 owners have the following "issues"?

  • squeaky/creaky door panels (this is the plastic portion between the soft touch armrest and the window)--if I put just a little pressure on them, they squeak and creak. I sometimes need to rest my arm there and they also squeak and creak over bumps too.
  • "popping" shifter nob (the blue portion). It pops if you pull up/push down on it, and unfortunately will do that if changing gears sometimes.
  • white spots under the black portion of the rear hatch (looks almost like over/under spray along the edges towards the bottom). This one bothers me enough that I might have them fix it, wish I noticed it at the dealership but, now that I see it, I can't "un-see" it.
  • wonky audible parking assist. Sometimes it beeps, sometimes it doesn't. Seems more an issue on the front than the back. My Gen 1 provided an ever-increasing frequency of beeps to let me know audibly how close I got to an item. Now, it seems to only beep randomly, perhaps just one "beep"--maybe it's set at a different sensitivity but it's much different than the last generation.
  • "speed limit" often wrong or blank--the Gen 1 did an excellent job reading the speed limit signs but the Gen 2 seems to not see them or read them the wrong way e.g. 40 in a 45, 65 in a 70, etc.).

Thanks for any help--just don't want to waste time at the dealership to get the "normal operation" response.
 

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Well, I traded my beloved 2015 Volt on a new 2018 LT on Halloween, about three weeks ago. The next day we spent five days driving from Albuquerque to Los Angeles and back to visit some family. A long drive like this is a good way to get familiar with the new car.

We love just about everything on the new 2018. Many major improvements over the Gen 1. We averaged 41 mpg on hold for the 1900 mile drive.

One thing, however, that will take some getting used to is the lack of backup warnings. There are no audible warnings in this new LT while backing up. The camera works great, and the guide lines are there. But, unlike my 2015, which would beep like crazy when backing near anything including pedestrians walking nearby, this new Volt makes no sound at all while backing. My car doesn't have the option for parking assist, only the rear camera. I wonder if the audible alarms are present for backing only with the full parking assist option?
 

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I'm settling into my Gen 2 after trading my Gen 1 and am trying to figure out if some things are "normal" or require warranty work. Any of you Gen 2 owners have the following "issues"?

  • squeaky/creaky door panels (this is the plastic portion between the soft touch armrest and the window)--if I put just a little pressure on them, they squeak and creak. I sometimes need to rest my arm there and they also squeak and creak over bumps too.
  • "popping" shifter nob (the blue portion). It pops if you pull up/push down on it, and unfortunately will do that if changing gears sometimes.
  • white spots under the black portion of the rear hatch (looks almost like over/under spray along the edges towards the bottom). This one bothers me enough that I might have them fix it, wish I noticed it at the dealership but, now that I see it, I can't "un-see" it.
  • wonky audible parking assist. Sometimes it beeps, sometimes it doesn't. Seems more an issue on the front than the back. My Gen 1 provided an ever-increasing frequency of beeps to let me know audibly how close I got to an item. Now, it seems to only beep randomly, perhaps just one "beep"--maybe it's set at a different sensitivity but it's much different than the last generation.
  • "speed limit" often wrong or blank--the Gen 1 did an excellent job reading the speed limit signs but the Gen 2 seems to not see them or read them the wrong way e.g. 40 in a 45, 65 in a 70, etc.).

Thanks for any help--just don't want to waste time at the dealership to get the "normal operation" response.
Squeaky door panels : yep, got em.

Popping shifter : nope, no issues with the blue cover

Bad paint job : no

Wonky audible Park assist : no, but I didn’t have a gen1 to compare too.

Speed limit: I’ve never seen this displayed, but I don’t have nav. Lots of Gen2 owners have complained that the nav database is from 2015, so if it uses nav to display speed maybe the speed limit has changed.

Good luck!

TJ - 2017 premier with all the goodies except nav.


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These seem like mostly minor issues, especially compared to early adopters of the G2. Mine was one of the early units, built in Sept/15 and here are some of the issues encountered:

- first drive to Florida in Oct/15-check engine light, Tranny sensor, GM wanted my tranny back so they pulled engine and changed tranny
- drive back from Florida- reduced propulsion warning followed by complete shutdown on freeway, took OnStar 4 hours to get me a tow, was failure of power inverter module that sits on tranny
- numerous check engine lights ( i.e.P2097), all false flags

GM did fix these issues with software updates, it was a bit of a learning curve with a totally new design
No problems since

P.s. I really feel for anyone buying the new Tesla model 3, as Tesla are skipping beta testing and going into production. The problems I had were after GM did their beta testing on the new car back in 2015
 

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  • "speed limit" often wrong or blank--the Gen 1 did an excellent job reading the speed limit signs but the Gen 2 seems to not see them or read them the wrong way e.g. 40 in a 45, 65 in a 70, etc.).
This is new to me. Exactly how did the Gen 1 "read" the speed limit sign? I thought the speeds were built into the map/nav system and you could turn them on or off.
 

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Well, I traded my beloved 2015 Volt on a new 2018 LT on Halloween, about three weeks ago. The next day we spent five days driving from Albuquerque to Los Angeles and back to visit some family. A long drive like this is a good way to get familiar with the new car.

We love just about everything on the new 2018. Many major improvements over the Gen 1. We averaged 41 mpg on hold for the 1900 mile drive.

One thing, however, that will take some getting used to is the lack of backup warnings. There are no audible warnings in this new LT while backing up. The camera works great, and the guide lines are there. But, unlike my 2015, which would beep like crazy when backing near anything including pedestrians walking nearby, this new Volt makes no sound at all while backing. My car doesn't have the option for parking assist, only the rear camera. I wonder if the audible alarms are present for backing only with the full parking assist option?
If you don't have the proximity sensors across the rear bumper, there will be no alarms. Your 2015 had the sensors.
 

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[*]wonky audible parking assist. Sometimes it beeps, sometimes it doesn't. Seems more an issue on the front than the back. My Gen 1 provided an ever-increasing frequency of beeps to let me know audibly how close I got to an item. Now, it seems to only beep randomly, perhaps just one "beep"--maybe it's set at a different sensitivity but it's much different than the last generation.
[*] "speed limit" often wrong or blank--the Gen 1 did an excellent job reading the speed limit signs but the Gen 2 seems to not see them or read them the wrong way e.g. 40 in a 45, 65 in a 70, etc.).
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The parking assist (in my opinion) is better in the Gen 2. Objects do have to be closer than they did in Gen 1, but there are not a ton of false warnings, and in the Gen 2, parking assist can stay turned on even while driving. The Gen 1 'PA' turned off above a certain speed and had to be manually turned on when you entered a parking lot.

Neither Gen cars could 'see' the speed limit signs. That data is stored in the navigation maps.

For your other issues, I don't have them, my car is quiet and tight.
 

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This is new to me. Exactly how did the Gen 1 "read" the speed limit sign? I thought the speeds were built into the map/nav system and you could turn them on or off.
I had read (somewhere) a couple years ago that GM used an ADAS system--thought it was the little R2D2 guy. After trying to find out where I read that, looks like it might have only been tested in the (former) Opel division. Looks like it is NAV-based instead.
 

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It doesn't read them, it pulls the info from the Nav database, which is typically badly out of date...
the Gen 1 did an excellent job reading the speed limit signs but the Gen 2 seems to not see them or read them the wrong way e.g. 40 in a 45, 65 in a 70, etc.).
 

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These seem like mostly minor issues, especially compared to early adopters of the G2. Mine was one of the early units, built in Sept/15 and here are some of the issues encountered:
I skipped the issues already fixed under warranty--failed temp sensor, car wouldn't charge, and non-working illuminating charge port. It bummed me out to have a loaner within the first few weeks of a new car, which is why I wanted some feedback on these other issues before going back to the dealership. At least none of these issues left me stranded on the road like some other early adopters!

Sounds like the "popping" shifter is a fit/finish issue but the parking sensors are just--different--in this generation. I'll check to make sure the maps are up-to-date, but Gen 1 it seems had a more reliable speed limit display (but I do like having it on the instrument cluster).

Appreciate everyone's feedback!
 

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... I really feel for anyone buying the new Tesla model 3, as Tesla are skipping beta testing and going into production. The problems I had were after GM did their beta testing on the new car back in 2015
Risk taking like that is not good. The Model 3 I saw in vid recently had horribly misaligned trim moldings, and that car was being shown to a very important audience and was probably gone over pretty thoroughly.

That said, I've had more issues with my '17 Volt than I've had with other new GM vehicles I've bought. Software updates, 12-volt battery (THAT was the worst thing), horn that went kerfloohy, and a static on AM stations due to a bad ground on the antenna (to be fixed next Monday). All of this is warranty stuff, but shouldn't happen. Tesla will be rolling the dice next spring.
 

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I'm settling into my Gen 2 after trading my Gen 1 and am trying to figure out if some things are "normal" or require warranty work. Any of you Gen 2 owners have the following "issues"?

[*]squeaky/creaky door panels (this is the plastic portion between the soft touch armrest and the window)--if I put just a little pressure on them, they squeak and creak. I sometimes need to rest my arm there and they also squeak and creak over bumps too.
Have the dealer fix it.

[*]"popping" shifter nob (the blue portion). It pops if you pull up/push down on it, and unfortunately will do that if changing gears sometimes.
Have the dealer fix it.

[*]white spots under the black portion of the rear hatch (looks almost like over/under spray along the edges towards the bottom). This one bothers me enough that I might have them fix it, wish I noticed it at the dealership but, now that I see it, I can't "un-see" it.
You might want to have the dealers body shop look at it. In my case, shortly after I bought my Volt, I had a professional detailer do a full "paint correction", then Opti-coated to "seal the deal". Took care of a few issues in the finish.

[*]wonky audible parking assist. Sometimes it beeps, sometimes it doesn't. Seems more an issue on the front than the back. My Gen 1 provided an ever-increasing frequency of beeps to let me know audibly how close I got to an item. Now, it seems to only beep randomly, perhaps just one "beep"--maybe it's set at a different sensitivity but it's much different than the last generation.
I tend to use the guide lines on the backup camera display. Keeps me out of the zone where it would start beeping. Rear cross traffic alert works really well at beeping when a car or pedestrian is approaching, and the display shows which direction it is coming from.

[*] "speed limit" often wrong or blank--the Gen 1 did an excellent job reading the speed limit signs but the Gen 2 seems to not see them or read them the wrong way e.g. 40 in a 45, 65 in a 70, etc.).
It is read from a database. One would hope the database is more up to date than the one in your Gen 1...

Thanks for any help--just don't want to waste time at the dealership to get the "normal operation" response.
 
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