I also own a Chevrolet Epica LT 2004. I am having problems with the gas comsumption and the car stalling. The car doesn't have much power either. The Epica was recalled for engine reprogramming because of the stalling problem, but even after the repair, the car still stalls and lacks power. As for the gas consumption, it rides at 15-16 L/ 100 Km when it's supposed to be 7.9-11.9 L/ 100Km. Is anyone else experiencing similar problems?
I have been told that the issues with stalling and gas consumption were software related. In North America the software has been updated and most people I have heard from have had no further problems with their vehicles.
I test drove an LS and a Lt and both had a slow downshift on quick accelloration giving the sensation of stalling before taking off. Is the stalling referred to a motor problem or transmission. Is it tolerable on everyday driving?
I have just bought a 2004 Epica LT and driving it at speeds above 95km/h I have noticed a little vibration on the steering wheel; after rebalancing all 4 wheels the problem is still present. Is this somehow related to the other comments? Other than that the ride and handling seems to be pleasant actually quite smooth.
We have a 2004 Epica LT that we are unhappy with so far. Whenever there is a gear change the RPM's fall 1000 and there is a lag and hesitation before it speeds up. The same symptom occurs with cruise control, if I have it set on cruise and then I hit the gas to pass, it will not stop at the set speed, it will go about 10kms less before it knows to speed up again and once it never returned I had to hit resume. The left turn signal never turned off on it's own, fixed by the dealership. The traction control system goes off too much and once we couldn't go up a small hill with a gradual incline, I end up turning it off every time. Gas mileage is poor for me also, I need to look up this engine programming recall to see if it will help some of the issues. I'm waiting to see what is going to happen next, when we test drove it we had none of these problems expect for the signal. Is anybody else experiencing this?
Complaining about the slower acceleration and lagging between shifts is a direct relation to the lack of knowledge put forth by the purchaser. If anyone read the car manual or knew anything about the car, they would know that the transmission is specifically designed to give the driver and riders a comfortable ride; therefore the transmission is designed to shift without any jerking of the car and that is why it hesitates and lags. If you were looking for a fast car might I suggest you go for the impala, or possibly the Monte Carlo- a car designed for the riding experience that you seem to seek.
It is not speed or acceleration I'm seeking. After test driving the car it was a nice smooth comfortable drive. Now it lags enough between gear changes to jerk you, it is not a smooth transition, I can only assume it's the transmission because that's what I notice is happening when the gears change.
I have had the same problem with he lag and hesitation in shifting gears, especially first to second. Had it back to the dealer twice for software upgrades, but the problem persists. It is extremely annoying and takes away from an otherwise good car. GM seems to be of little help.
The TCS button should not be lit up unless you are specifically turning Traction Control off.
According to the user manual, this function is automatically engaged when the vehicle is started. When you click the button, lights come on to tell you that the function is off. This is not recommended in the manual.
I bought a 2004 Epica LT in November of 04 and I'm very happy with the car in every way with the exception of the gas mileage. No problems with anything. It changes gears like it was designed to, no water in the lights, no service engine lights, everything works the way it should and we now have over 6000km. It handles the turns well the ride is comfortable and we enjoy the car a lot.
I am really confused with all the reviews I am reading from your website regarding the chevrolet epica, I really like the looks and I am intending on purchasing it as I am getting it a very good deal (promotional package).
My car is a 2004 Evanda 2.0 CDX automatic. I am living in Finland in Europe, that is the reason for the different car name. I have now driven with this car about 15 000 miles and have this same vibration problem. It mostly appears, when I am driving with low rpm and especially between gears one and two. I am going to visit my dealer next week, but I guess he can't do anything to the problem. Just a feature of this car. Otherwise there has been no troubles at all.
There are quite a few Evanda owners in Finland, but what I have heard, the most common problem has been the gas meter. Also there has been some malfunction with the cd changer.
I have a 2004 Epica and I am really unhappy with it. I have had it for 21 months and its been back to the dealership 23 times for repairs. The car has two wiring problems. One problem was wired wrong right from the factory. The first day I bought it the CD player gave out. I know of two Epica's in my area that has stress cracks in the windshield and mine is one of them so that has to be replaced. I can't wait to get rid of it and with all the problems with these cars I think GM should do something about it.
I own a 2004 Epica and have had several problems with it that no one else has mentioned.
I've had it into the dealership twice for rust in the first year I had it. I still have rust bubbles popping up all over the place.
I've had both wheel bearing in the rear replaced - good thing for the extra warranty for the 2004's.
I've tried to get them to replace the rear strut, but they keep telling me it doesn't need to be - it clunks all the time and they can't "hear" it with their computer, so they can't do anything about it.
The windshield wipers have some sort of short in them, as every time they wipe, the dash flashes. If I'm driving in heavy rain and have them on high for over 15 minutes, I blow a fuse. Literally, I carry 4 or 5 extras with me at all times - I go thru 1 every couple of months.
I've put over 71000km's on the car now as I have a long commute. Has anyone experienced these problems?
2004 Chevrolet Epica LS
My Epica is just over two years old and I am hearing a loud wooing sound coming from the right front tire. It is a constant sound if I am driving at a speed over 50kms but as I begin to slow down, without touching the brakes, it gets much louder. I read all of the comments on this page and noticed that one post had to have wheel bearings replaced. I am hoping that this is the problem. It was suggested that it could be the break bar rubbing which indicates that my breaks need to be replaced but I only have 44,000kms on the car. I am hoping it is not that as I can only imagine the cost. Can anyone tell me if they have experienced the wooing sound also?