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Wind Buffeting Kit

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Wanted to share some information I received yesterday on the wind buffeting kit for 1st gen Volts. If you're like me and like driving with the windows down when it's nice weather, you probably noticed the Volt has a terrible wind noise problem. Chevy has a solution which is free if you are still under your factory warranty. It's a wind buffeting kit that replaces a couple of pieces (cover of side mirrors and a piece on the door) that really helps with this problem. Dealers are usually clueless about the fix and may push back because it's a non-rev repair. I would recommend calling your Volt Adviser and asking them to connect with the dealership service department to give them the warranty code to replace the parts. I had it done on my 2012 Volt and it really worked well. When I traded for a 2015 Volt, I didn't realize how much I would miss driving with the windows down until it turned nice outside. Now I want it back on my 2015. I think it's only available for 1st gen models. It you don't drive around with your windows open that much, don't waste your time. But if the wind buffeting sound really gets to you, there's a solution.
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Yep, a well documented issue on many vehicles the last decade or so. Thankfully the Gen 1 cars have this fix available :)

Here is my thread documenting the fix on my 2012. Like the Voltec warranty items, this fix is not communicated very well between GM and the dealer networks.
My dealer quote $700 to do it on my 2013. I of course said NO.
That sounds about right. The kit is about $250-ish retail then factor in the time/labor to paint & install.
This was one of the first things I got done on my 2013 Volt ... I use my Volt mostly for local commutes, and love rolling the windows down when the weather is pleasant.

My dealer warned that my mileage could go down by up to 15% but the work was done free of charge (it is covered under 3 year B2B warranty). Any reduced mileage fears were unfounded. My local EV range did not change at all. And on a 400 mile road trip with speeds going up to 80mph and averaging over 50mph, I got 42mpg in gasoline only mode, and over 45 miles on a full charge -- both better than EPA.
Agreed, that 15% sounds like a very high estimate at best.
I asked for the kit, and gave the dealer the numbers and references. The parts dept. even had one of the kits. But the service dept said no way was this covered under warranty. I'll try the volt adviser next.
Refer to PI0642 or PI0642C This is the code for GM replacing the parts.
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