2004 Chevrolet Epica from North America - Comments

8th Apr 2005, 11:32

I own am 04 Suzuki Verona, (same car). The check engine light kept coming on and the car was returned to the dealer 14 times. They did everything, new computer, new sensors, even a new engine. Suzuki is now repurchasing the car after a lemon law complaint.

25th Jul 2005, 10:58

Me and my family went on vacation this weekend and the check engine light came, but I didn't worry about it and just drove and nothing happened soo I'm guessing it was alright..

26th Aug 2005, 14:42

I bought my Epica LT in Nov of 2004. I also had the engine light come on. The dealership replaced the vacuum and I have not had any problems since. I truly love my little car, it is roomy and feels luxurious with the sunroof and the heated leather seats.

23rd Nov 2006, 14:28

Epica LT 2004:

Nice car, excellent value for the price. Smooth, slick, and no issues other than one recall two years ago.

11th Jun 2007, 16:57

I have a 2004 Epica and when it is working, it runs smooth. This car has been in and out of the repair shop since I bought it. Now the check engine light comes on, but the codes are never the same. I have it reset and then it comes back a month later. The shocks make thumping noises, the car stalls occasionally and it burns a lot of gas. I regret buying this car and is no wonder it has been discontinued. The dealer was good at first, but I think they are just as frustrated as I am. If GM continues branding sub standard cars, in the future, people will be saying General Who!!!

16th Jun 2007, 13:04

I have a 2004 epica and it has been really bad. It's been in and out of the garage so many times it is not funny. Right now my nerves are so bad about that car my husband won't let me drive it. I will be glad when the lease is up. They changed the sensors the sway bar something in the transmission and it just goes on and on. I live in a small town and some guys tell me that all the ones they sold it is only the three blacks ones that are like that. Phoned and can't get any help all they will do is keep servicing it which is very tiresome. We can't even plan a vacation in fear the car will break down. We decided not to drive it anymore because we do not feel safe in it. We are going to put a parking plate on it and park it on blocks on our front lawn until the lease runs out. It is a very expensive lawn ornament. write to mshirley@xplornet.com if you had similar problems I would like to hear from you. I live in Canada so there is no lemon law to help me. It makes me very mad that people can just walk over you like that.

9th Jan 2008, 05:50

January 09/2008.

I have a 2004 Chev Epica LS, Halifax NS. I've just purchased the car back in November, The car works great except my check engine light came on last night. I turned the car off then checked the gas cap, popped the hood checked for loose connections, dirty air filters, etc. I found nothing out the ordinary, I restarted the car and the engine light is still on steady, the car seems to be running like the day I got it from the dealer, no strange noises, or rough idle, it rides nice and smooth. I get a hard start some mornings, but that's do to cold weather. I'm pretty much out of ideas of what could be causing this, does anybody have any suggestions on what could cause this before I spend a lot of money on costly repairs at the dealership. I'm really enjoying this car so far and don't want to get rid of it over something minor. Thanks D.

5th Mar 2008, 14:13

We had 2004 epica LS from Digby county n.s. Had a lot of trouble with it from vibrating in front tires. Burns more oil every week we had it. 2 tires coming off,front driver and tire behind driver good thing we had signs of it coming off because the dealership said they didn't know what was holding it on. Had a crack in windshield, some mornings it wouldn't start and check engine light comes on only when the oil was low. Car had its troubles and the list goes on on on.

8th Dec 2008, 20:50

We also have a Chev Epica. The engine light never goes out, key will not turn in the ignition, burns oil like crazy, would not recommend this car Chev Epica Lt 04.

28th Jan 2009, 12:21

I have a 2004 Chev Epica that I bought just over a year ago, and have only had 1 instance where the check engine light came on. Had the same response to check the gas cap... they hooked it up to the computer and reset it...haven't had any re-occurrences as of yet.

Just recently now the key won't turn in the ignition... sounds like the ignition cylinder... also don't lose the keys; had to get a new one and it was worth 200 bucks... luckily paid by the shop.

I think it's time to take a loss and trade it off... but I really liked the car for everything else.

21st Feb 2009, 22:07

I have a 2004 Chevy Epica.

The first problem that I had occurred the very first day I owned it. The transmission started to leak, then my check engine light keeps coming on, especially in wet weather.

I get a strange bumping sound in my shocks every time I turn the corner.

I have had it drive forward on me while sitting at an intersection with my foot on the brake.

I have had the power windows fail on me.

My fuel pump blew while I was driving.

The heating stopped working when a cheap plastic clip broke to a cable that adjusts when the switch is turned.

My brake lights like to stay on when my foot is off the brake, and now both the ignition switch is locked along with the steering wheel.

Every time my car comes back from the dealership, I worry about what is going to happen next. I fear driving my own car.

This car is a real lemon. I hope my constructive criticism will help you in deciding whether or not you want to buy this car. Don't be fooled by the Chevy logo. It was not made in Canada or the U.S. It is a Korean vehicle and it was discontinued in 2004.

You will have a lot of problems finding parts for this car. I feel like joining a support group in light of my new found defect. My name is Rob and I own an Epica.

12th May 2009, 16:33

This car is GARBAGE. I bought a second hand 2004 Epica 6 months ago and the repairs have cost more than the payments I've made on the car so far. From reading the rest of these posts, it sounds like a lot of these problems are far too common with this piece of crap.

O2 sensor - $265

Ignition cylinder - $500 + labour.

I shudder to think what's gonna go next, I'm afraid every time I drive the thing that something else is gonna break.

There's no way Chevrolet can't be aware of these issues, especially seeing how common / frequent they are.

Unfortunately I'm stuck with this piece of garbage for another 4 years, but for anyone who had the foresight to read up before buying - STAY AWAY FROM THIS CAR!!!

I will NEVER buy a GM vehicle again.