2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 1.8
It's decent and cheap. A few repair issues, but nothing major
The brake switch failed under warranty. It's an easy fix if out of warranty. $15 part
The control arms were replaced under warranty at 50k miles.
The air intake hose fails at around 5 years on the 2012s and was covered out of warranty. I was given a check for the part I purchased. I put the hose on myself. It took like 20 minutes to replace. The part was ~$100.
The left passenger window shattered without anything impacting it recently. This cost $150 to replace. It happens sometimes in all cars and was bad luck.
The thermostats like to fail in this model. Mine needs to be replaced but I haven't done it yet. They are expensive. $140 for OEM or as little as $30 with aftermarket sensor replacement. I will probably buy the cheap one and see how long it lasts. I'll have to replace the coolant to fix the issue too. I imagine it will take 2 hours and cost $75-$200 to do it myself, depending on the parts I buy.
The tires wear well. I got 58k miles out of the OEM tires.
So far I like the car. A thermostat and hose failure isn't too bad at 80k miles, but isn't perfect. I bought at 2012. I think the newer models addressed these issues with the new parts. If you buy a Sonic now it's likely these parts have already failed.
If you're shopping for a new one, try and start the car when it's below 70 degrees outside. The bad thermostat throws an engine code only when it's cold out. The actual thermostat works, but the electronic temp gauge breaks. It causes the remote start to be disabled.
If you're getting bad fuel economy, check your intake hose. Cracks in the hose caused poor MPG (17 MPG or so).
The OEM battery lasted 6 years.
Some people report the coolant overflow tank breaking, but mine hasn't. It's a cheap part. I live in a variable climate (Iowa) so I think it's hit or miss if your overflow tank will break.
The car is pretty decent. I like the way it drives and I think it looks nice inside.
Never cars now have better MPG.
A second arm rest would be nice, but oh well. Front passenger seat has no arm rest.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd September, 2017