I have to question whether the transmission is even at fault . My conventional automatic spark has done the same thing as Stevens 3 different times as have a bunch of other owners of 2013 automatic Sparks . Will rev freely in neutral and will barely move at all in drive . The PRNDL indicator will also disappear at that time . In my case a restart corrects the issue until it happens again . Just like some people had engines replaced when the fault was really a defective PCV valve , I'm wondering if CVTs are being misdiagnosed when the fault is elsewhere .
Thanks for the explanation. Any advice on my next move? It's out of the bumper to bumper warranty now (~36,000 miles) but powertrain should still be doubly covered by Chevy and Hertz (where I bought it).
1) Take it to another mechanic to look at. Will probably cost me if they don't find anything but if they do it *should* be covered by Hertz.
2) Take it to a different dealer.
3) Bail out and trade it in for something else.
4) Wait until the transmission dies and hope it happens before the powertrain warranties expire.
Really annoyed. This is my first car and I was pretty happy with it initially but it's spent 3 weeks at the dealer in the 4 months I've had it.
Soon I'll hit the 50K mark . I had all the recalls done except for the door chime . My AC always worked fine so nothing was needed but a BCM update . For repairs I have had a pedal position sensor fail under warranty and I replaced the leaking coolant tank myself for $29 . I have original brakes , rears like new and the fronts will probably go another 20K . I do oil changes at around the 50% mark . I have done the transmission fluid flush and cooling system at 30K . Of course air filter and cabin filter as well . I changed out the battery recently as well at the 3 year mark to be proactive . I replaced the tires 20K miles ago even though they were perfectly fine with Nokian WRG3 all weather tires for winter capability . My Spark still looks and runs like brand new , it's been a good car .
58 days later I got my spark back!
It seems to be doing a TON better. No more jerking when I come to a stop, no more of the transmission not knowing when to shift, accelerates smoother.
I noticed I don't have to take foot off of accelerator to make it shift into 4th or 5th I think it is so I'm happy as a clam. It appeared I just had a bad tranny!
NOT HAPPY however- I got a little scratch on the bumper and they tried to gouge me for 500. I dropped a flurry of F BOMBS demanded my keys and the sales manager came up and tried to haggle with me. I walked out of there paying nothing. I hope I don't get a bill.
And why Should I? They billed chevy 2,000 for my rentals, another 2300 for my transmission. Go after them for the scratch IDGAF. 58 days to service a vehicle is unacceptable!
I got 63k miles now and just replaced tires yesterday. I keep them inflated, rotated and balanced. Few minor issues since I got my 2013 2lt auto trams. Some I feel should be fixed by GM not me. Some have been fixed by GM. We all know the numerous recalls. I thought about starting a forum of complaints and suggested improvement. I do love my spark. But miss my 1996 chevy Truck (recently got rid of it). That truck only had minor and very fixable issues every arise. The one exception was an issue with the intake manifold gasket that the GM Orange coolant eats away. GM knows this and doesn't care b/c it takes awhile to do it. The replacement part is all metal and no issues. I also really miss my Hyundai it needed no maintenance for 8 years not even a battery. I just feel like my Spark is always at the dealer for something.