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I am buying a 2014 Volt with only 18k on the clock.
When I went to pick it up I was told that a check engine light was on
and they took it to the dealer. The dealer did a reflash and the light went off.
But the next day Carvana said it came back on.
Now its been in the dealer for a week and finally heard from them today.
They said there was a TSB on the engine coolant pump (I think that is what they said)
and it instructed the tech that if a reflash didnt solve the CEL then a replacement of the pump
was in order, so this is what they did.
Is anyone familiar with this TSB? Should this concern me?

I am eager to get my hands on this fully loaded low miles gen 1

I get 7 days to test it out
 

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Do not accept this car until you give it a full day of test drives, charge to full many times, run it in Hold and MM.
Put it through the ringer.
Sounds dicey....
 

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Do not accept this car until you give it a full day of test drives, charge to full many times, run it in Hold and MM.
Put it through the ringer.
Sounds dicey....
Best thing about Carvana is when you buy a car from them, you have a 7 day period where you have the car in your possession, and if you are unhappy with it for any reason you can return it or exchange it for something else for the full amount you were going to buy it for.
 

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Do not accept this car until you give it a full day of test drives, charge to full many times, run it in Hold and MM.
Put it through the ringer.
Sounds dicey....
Why do you say it's dicey? They seemed to be pretty clear on the issue, and I do remember reading something about this or a similar TSB before. I will definitely take advantage of the 7 day trial.
 

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and the code was ???????

guess we need to call it an "error pending light "

Only thing we can know for sure it is Not the code for the error light is burned out :)

Have them pull as many old codes that are stored.
 

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If you don't mind saying, what did you have to pay for the car?

That low of millage must make it really pristine if it hasn't been sitting in the sun for 4 years.
 

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Just picked up the car earlier. Car is very clean. 18197 miles. Silver with premium trim, black leather, I think every option you could order....Paid $17100. Previous owner only averaged 68mpg.....I can do better ;)

Just put 39 miles on it, half EV and half hold mode averageing 80mpg. No problems that I can see yet.

Pics to follow!
 

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I'm nervous about Texas cars because of Hurricane Harvey last year and the incredible amount of flooding that occurred. If you do your research, you can track where the car was, and if it was residing in that area possibly. Also, you can look for flood stains inside and under the carpet.

I hope yours wasn't affected. :) Otherwise enjoy, you'll love the volt!
 

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I'm nervous about Texas cars because of Hurricane Harvey last year and the incredible amount of flooding that occurred. If you do your research, you can track where the car was, and if it was residing in that area possibly. Also, you can look for flood stains inside and under the carpet.

I hope yours wasn't affected. :) Otherwise enjoy, you'll love the volt!
He posted the Carfax earlier, but the link no longer works. IIRC, the car has been serviced in DFW at Classic Chevrolet, probably the best Volt dealer in Texas. No hurricanes up here. This is where everyone comes to get away from them. Carvana has a good reputation and a good tryout policy. I doubt they are trying to unload a lemon.
 

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So I called the mechanic and the details were: The coolant control valve for the battery was throwing a code.
The TSB explained to test its position and reset, and verify it was within specs and clear the code.
If the problem resurfaces, replace the control valve. Evidently, the issue was not widespread enough for a recall but
such a problem for dealers that they released a procedure to fix it.

Mechanic was very knowledgeable and friendly, and everything checks out except for a few minor issues:

a) the rear view mirror is wobbly/loose
b) the passenger side mirror has moisture inside the turn signal indicator
c) The black front spoiler is chewed up underneath, likely all of them are it is so low!
 

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c) The black front spoiler is chewed up underneath, likely all of them are it is so low!
Are you are talking about the super soft skirt at the very bottom?
Seems like those soft skirts are pretty flexible and have a lot of give to them.

Sounds like you are looking pretty closely. I had this idea when I was washing my car recently that if you were to hand wash a car, you would probably find all the minor exterior issues with a car pretty easily.
 

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Yea, I found some little dings here and there, but honestly, you just cant keep these things from happening. It isnt a matter of if, its when.

Actually, the hard black spoiler at the bottom has obviously seen its share of scraping on this car, but one of those scrapes was mine I know LOL.
 

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So I called the mechanic and the details were: The coolant control valve for the battery was throwing a code.
The TSB explained to test its position and reset, and verify it was within specs and clear the code.
If the problem resurfaces, replace the control valve. Evidently, the issue was not widespread enough for a recall but
such a problem for dealers that they released a procedure to fix it.

Mechanic was very knowledgeable and friendly, and everything checks out except for a few minor issues:

a) the rear view mirror is wobbly/loose
b) the passenger side mirror has moisture inside the turn signal indicator
c) The black front spoiler is chewed up underneath, likely all of them are it is so low!
It’s not a safety issue. That’s what recalls are for. TSBs are internal to a dealer for common repairs. They aren’t even close to the same thing.


Look mirror is caused by the torx headed fastener under the plastic cover.
 

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So I called the mechanic and the details were: The coolant control valve for the battery was throwing a code.
The TSB explained to test its position and reset, and verify it was within specs and clear the code.
If the problem resurfaces, replace the control valve. Evidently, the issue was not widespread enough for a recall but
such a problem for dealers that they released a procedure to fix it.

Mechanic was very knowledgeable and friendly, and everything checks out except for a few minor issues:

a) the rear view mirror is wobbly/loose
b) the passenger side mirror has moisture inside the turn signal indicator
c) The black front spoiler is chewed up underneath, likely all of them are it is so low!
a) So was mine. I tightened it a year ago. It has since gotten a little loose again. Mehhh.
b) Moisture I would not worry about. Pooling water and I'd be a little worried.
c) To be expected. Just check that it is not structurally damaged.

I got my '14 from Carvana also. I have no complaints (except for the awful floor mats they put it in). In the 1.5 years that I have had it, I had to take it to the dealer once to have the computer re-flashed. (The battery stopped taking an external charge, but with the gas engine I was never left stranded.) Sometime during your trial, take it to a mechanic that you trust and have them smoke it over. Carfax is not omniscient.
 
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