Chevrolet Spark Reviews

2013 Chevrolet Spark LS 1.2L from North America

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.2L Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance29500 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

It's a TRAP!

Faults:

A/C blows warm at idle or in traffic.

A/C system replaced twice and still leaked Freon.

Headlights.

Oil leaked into the spark plugs - causing half stalls around town and at highway speeds.

Valve cover gasket.

Had to replace the motor due to the car using 1/2 qt of oil every 200-300 miles.

Rear door handle faded and fell apart.

Dash started to shake and rattle.

New engine entered safe mode with less than 1500 miles on it.

Driver's side seat fabric started to bunch up and became loose.

LCD in radio display started leaking, causing an ugly appearance.

Exhaust had to be replaced due to sagging metal.

A piece of the vehicle flew off at highway speeds; Chevy was unable to determine what it was.

Front and rear windshield washer fluid pumps failed (in the middle of winter).

Wipers lasted only 4-5 months before falling apart like string cheese.

Front passenger side seat belt started locking and making a horrible click noise.

General Comments:

I've never had a new car with so many issues in my LIFE. When the car was out of the shop, it ran GREAT and got me 40+ MPG, however I was in a rental more than I was in the car.

The tires wore exceptionally well on the vehicle.

The car is good to get up to speed in town, but on the highway it feels lethargic and MPG drops to low 30s to high 25s at 70+ MPH (if you can keep it there).

The speakers for the radio get washed out by road noise and you had to keep it up 3/4 the way just to hear the music; I ended up listening to talk radio most of the time because at least that sounded good.

The seats were comfortable on long trips.

I loved the appearance of this car on the outside; the inside, while clean felt very cheap, and the interior scratched quite easily.

OnStar was great, however it would only unlock the hatch with the remote app.

Hated taking curves at highway speeds with it; always felt like I was going to roll over (started getting really washy after hitting 15k miles).

Headlights were super bright; many times I would be flashed to turn them down while they were on low beam.

Textured dash is hard to keep clean and lint/hair/dust free, always making me feel the need to wipe the dash almost daily.

This car should be sold at 9995 brand new with the quality issues. Search the internet and the forums, many have the motor issues, interior quality issues and AC issues.

I was a GM guy until this car; I've now switched companies.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd March, 2014

8th Jun 2014, 06:54

A/C fix is out, some motors had the 1.2 rings, not 1.25 (small batch).

Your washer fluid froze and the fuse blew to save the wiper motors.

I'm sorry you, I and every 2013 owner had to wait so long for the A/C fix, and it's a huge bump to get one of the bad motors, but this is a great little car.

15th Jul 2014, 02:17

Just to clarify: The washers went out at approx. outside temperature of 40 degrees, and the fluid was definitely not frozen.

2009 Chevrolet Spark from Czech Republic

Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles

Summary:

Dangerous unreliability issues

Faults:

We have owned our Spark from new, and it has covered less than 24,000 miles and has full service history from the supplying dealership.

This summer the car started to develop a major misfire (engine management lamp illuminated), leaving the car almost un-driveable. The dealer was contacted and they told us to drive it to them for inspection. The dealer kept the car a whole week, during which time they diagnosed a failed injector, which they replaced. Even though still within warranty, this fault was declared not covered and we had to pay for diagnostics, the component, and labour.

1/2 tank of fuel later the problem returned, leaving my wife stranded on a major motorway, with a 3 mile walk to the nearest exit.

Our complaint to the dealership was met with the exact words "It's a Spark, what do you expect". Truly amazing customer service...

Against our better judgement, we returned the car to the dealership once more... Once more diagnostics indicated that an injector needed replacing, once again we had to shell out for replacements and labour as the warranty did not cover the fault.

1/2 tank of fuel later, the problem returned.

We have lost confidence in our little car, and more importantly the Chevrolet brand.

PARAPHRASING THE MAIN DEALER'S OWN WORDS: THE CHEVROLET SPARK IS CRAP, AND UNRELIABILITY AFTER 24,000 MILES IS NORMAL.

OUR ADVICE: AVOID COMPLETELY. THE CAR IS UNRELIABLE, DANGEROUS AND COSTLY TO KEEP ON THE ROAD. DEALER SUPPORT IS ABYSMAL.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2013

15th Jul 2014, 16:33

Chevrolet are pulling out of Europe entirely in 2015, so get it mended, then sold ASAP.

I feel so sorry for those still buying the new models now, who are not aware that Chevrolet will only be in Russia and USA from late 2015.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 15 reviews