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I was planning to buy a 2017 Volt, but in researching it I discovered this recurring situation on forums like this one and review sites of the Volt losing propulsion power while driving. The driver then sees "Engine not available" on the dash and the car has to be towed.

How common is this issue?

Was it common in earlier model years/generation but now has been fixed for 2017?

What has the fix been in cases in which it happened?

Any help would be great - I just want to understand whether this should be a major safety concern or not.

Thanks!

-Ethan
 

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I guess my 2017 wasn't equipped with this feature, 12 months/9K miles w/o a single issue. My Volt going in tomorrow for it's first oil change and tire rotation. This is it's first visit back to the dealer since I drove off the lot on Aug 20th 2016.
 

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I believe that the sample size in these forums, as well as Consumer Reports, etc. is too small to mean much. Only Chevy knows and they're not talking, unless a recall forces them to. Yes, some Volts will develop trouble, but that's what the warranty is for, if greatly inconvenient for the owner.
Speaking for my own two-car (Gen 1/Gen2)statistically insignificant sample size, both trouble free over 50K total miles in this heat stress and cold stress-free S. Cal. environment.
 

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Not a common issue, based on the number of posts here. The few reports make headlines that are outsized for the numbers of cars involved.
 

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As for whether this was more prevalent on the Gen1 and possibly fixed for 2017, I think it is just the opposite. I don't remember ever hearing of it happening with the Gen1 . . . just the Gen2. And, even with it being a small percentage, I see it as a giant concern -- I'd hate to have it happen while turning left in front of a semi.
 

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It's very common if you consistently run the gas tank dry: no gas => no engine. Other than that the 2017 Volt seems to be very solid.
 

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It's very common if you consistently run the gas tank dry: no gas => no engine. Other than that the 2017 Volt seems to be very solid.
The same thing would happen in an ICE, except in the instance of lack of fuel, a splash of fuel from a fuel tank either from emergency road service or a Good Samaritan and you're on your merry. The situation where the ICE mechanically or electronically fails seems very rare. But I don't own a G2. My G1 has never done it during its 81k mile lifetime.
 

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Its not common. in my 2013 with 75,000 miles, It has never happened. I've run out of gas, and still been able to drive on the battery that I had saved just to try this in hold mode, and I've lost all my engine coolant, thanks to a puncture in one of my radiators, and been able to drive to the dealer on my battery, (and even charge my battery). Sure, as with any complex device with lots of tubes and wires, there are ways for it to break, but its rare. Most reliable car I've ever had.
 

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The same thing would happen in an ICE, except in the instance of lack of fuel, a splash of fuel from a fuel tank either from emergency road service or a Good Samaritan and you're on your merry. The situation where the ICE mechanically or electronically fails seems very rare. But I don't own a G2. My G1 has never done it during its 81k mile lifetime.
You'd still be able to drive as an EV, just won't have the range extender available. There's actually a message in the G2s telling you Engine not Available because you ran out of gas.
 

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OP, I can't speak to statistics, but I can point you to videos of how the Volt performs should you lose the gas engine for propulsion. These videos do not show ICE failure, only when ICE is unavailable what kind of reduced performance you'll see.

Gen 2 Volt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy_7wh0XIa4

Gen 1 Volt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE8NiDUbRs4

Be wary of the Gen 2 video. I think the video owner is overreacting a bit. I was well aware of the reduced propulsion behavior when reading through the owner's manual pre-purchase. Googling the "reduced propulsion" lead me to this forum where I learned a lot more and I wasn't too concerned.

If you are considering buying a Volt, learn about issues to look for. One I particularly wish to point out is during ICE usage (HOLD mode or Charge Depleted mode), when you accelerate from a stop or <10mph in a normal manner (no hypermiling), you will get a bang sound. Please search this forum for "bang" or "clank" and you should run accross many threads and even videos.

Heck, I'll help you out:
Threads:
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...ming-from-rear-passenger-side-2016-Chevy-Volt
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?261057-16-Volt-backfiring
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?227073-Clank-noise-when-on-ICE-and-making-right-turn
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...r-when-ICE-kicks-in-sometimes-(25-of-the-time).

Videos:
CA owner's 2016 Volt:
https://vimeo.com/177954038
Mine:
https://vimeo.com/228493984
https://vimeo.com/228494160

I still love my Volt. Just wish GM would not brush off the noise as "normal" and fix it.
 

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I have a 2013 with 52k miles and a 2016 with 23k miles. No catastrophic engine error messages.
 
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