We purchased an Epica 3 years ago and have a serious problem with the car stalling at low speeds. The dealership continues to replace parts and explains they "hope" its fixed this time. In the mean time we drive nervously hoping the car won't stall in a bad place and endanger our lives. The only thing more disappointing than the car is GM's treatment of us and our concerns. I will never deal with them again. Be wary of this car and who you buy it from.
I have had my Epica since December of 2004. I agree with one of the other comments about the cruise control taking some time to go back after passing another car of even setting it. It always seems to go down 10 clicks before adjusting itself. Back in March 2008 I had the engine replaced due to the rod going thru the block. Thank god for being under 60,000km because the engine alone was $6,398 + $50 in other parts and this did not include their labour charges. That is a pretty hefty cost. I am thinking of handing it back in when my lease is up in December.
I am the owner of a 2006 Epica, purchased in Sept 05. I am at my wits end with this vehicle. See my list of problems. Does any one have a solution.
(1) Poor acceleration
(3) sudden jerking
(4) shifting gears
(5) Hold light coming on and stopping flat out without warning
(6) All electrics in the car shut down car started nothing else worked.
(7) Left Signal light does not cut of after turns
(8) Automatic keys do not open car door, rear trunk
(9) Alarm does not work.
Help Help Help. Can I get some advise. This car is financially depleting my resources as I have to pay each time I take it to the dealer. Most of these complaints started from we purchased the car and I reported it.
Wow!! I purchased my 2004 Epica in December of 2004 and have not had any of these issues you guys listed. Sorry guys.
PS: and no, I am not a dealer or GM executive :)
I own a 2004 Epica. It showed engine checkup light at 30,000km, but was due to a catalytic converter problem. It is leaking oil during winter time and all the windows and side mirrors does not work except the passenger side window.
Engine runs good. I think the problem is just loose wiring and weather change. Other than that the car is decent.
2004 Epica LS
About leaking oil issue in winter. They are using wrong oil filter. Two types of seal on filters. You need the square seal not round seal. My power window main control only works on driver side. Passenger window controls don't work neither does my power mirror switch. Car has 58000 km and has been to dealers too many times and not done yet. No warranty left. All fuses and relays seem OK. Are there more relay switches from the driver door to other doors?
I came across an Epica at a dealership a 2005 LT with 41,000 kms and was in beautiful shape. I made an offer on it, then when I got home looked up this site. Called the dealer and canceled my offer! Did not want a car to cause me grief! My families health and welfare are much more important. Thanks all for your honest comments! When I checked service records on this car this is what was done.
AT 350 kms or 150 miles power train module replaced!
2911 kms, steering wheel or front toe adjusted!
18241 kms, power train control module engine reprogramming with SPS!
Link lateral front right replaced!
22497 kms, module ignition lock housing replaced!
33578 kms, system software upgrade - reprogramed ECM!
Ignition system wiring and or connector repaired or replaced!
Sound familiar all?
I just bought a 2004 Chevy Epic LT, not even a week ago. And now I wish I hadn't! With all the comments and all. I didn't pay much for it though because I got it from a dealership own within my family. I paid $6500 for her and she has only 70XXXKMS. I'll keep posting as time goes on.
I also just bought a used 2004 Chev Epica with 75000 km's. I made a mistake by not checking out reviews on different sites before buying the car. I then went back and purchased a 2 year GM warranty to cover myself. The car seems to run well and looks like a new car. The last car my wife had was a 1987 Turbo LeBaron. This car had lasted her 22 years with no major problems. I am very concerned that this has been a huge mistake if I end up with all the problems that have been listed. I will keep you all posted of any problems.
I bought a used EPICA 2005 LS in Jan 2009 from GM preowned car showroom and don't have any of the above said problem.
Done 1,38,000KM. I am happy with it.
I have a 2004 Chev Epica. We are having similar problems as quoted from earlier. We have had problems since ownership of the car in December 2004.
Now we are experiencing the same list as the Bahama writer.
(1) poor acceleration.
(3) sudden jerking.
(4) shifting gears.
(5) Hold light coming on and stopping flat out without warning (almost got rear-ended today by a bus!)
Any help with these problems is appreciated!
Nova Scotia, Canada.
I also own a 2004 Epica bought it in 2005 had 6 kilometers on it. The right passenger rear upper controller arm had to be replaced back in the summer of 2005. Up to the end of the warranty 100,000 no issues. The warranty ran out all issues with rear suspension started. Left rear upper controller arm replaced 2 months ago right side then the right rear Knuckle. Now today I had to replace the right rear upper controller arm in total after warranty it repair bills $1,161.00 CDN. Disappointed and the next make will be a different manufacturer.
In response to Sandra's problem with key. I had the same problem with my Epica. To repair, it cost me $120.00 for a locksmith. He removed the key chamber and replaced the guts of it.
Gord.C., nfld&lab., CANADA.
I bought my Epica 3 months ago, and I have had so many problems. Every time I take the car to the dealer, it's not covered by the warranty, and I am not happy with the car.
I have a 2004 Epica, which I purchased new. I have had most of the previously mentioned problems, plus a few others, namely no headlights or driving lights (this can cause an extremely dangerous situation, also the brakes make a squeaking sound. This sound is a rubber sound, not a metal sound. Seemingly neither of these issues can be repaired.
I have always been a GM person, have purchased several new GM vehicles, however, I believe this will be my last GM.
Dave Friesen, Morris, Mb.