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Chevrolet Sonic Starting Problem Leaves Drivers Stranded

May 22, 2012 By: LemonLaw Category: General Motors, Stalling

We have started getting calls on the 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline from distressed drivers complaining of a Chevrolet Sonic starting problem.  They will be at home or in a parking lot when all of a sudden the car will not start leaving the driver stranded.  And what makes matters worse is that GM service advisers do not have any current solution for the problem.  They are encouraging Sonic drivers to lock and unlock their car repeatedly to get the car moving.  This is certainly not what you want to hear when you purchase a brand new car.

We have heard from folks who have been advised not to drive with key cards in their pockets or park next to cars with large antennas.  What?  We heard about another situation where the car has been out of service for months because every time they start the Sonic up, it stalls again.

If you are suffering with Chevrolet Sonic starting problems, it is important that you report the issue to a GM authorized dealer each and every occurrence, and if necessary have the car towed in to see if they can verify or duplicate the problem.  Do not settle for the lock/unlock remedy.  Make sure they look at the car thoroughly and that you receive a repair invoice each and every time you report the issue.  If you are back in for Chevrolet Sonic stalling problems three or more times, or your Sonic is in a shop for an extended period of time, it is important that you contact a Lemon Law Lawyer to discuss your rights under State Lemon Laws and Federal Warranty Laws.  You may be able to get a complete refund and legal help is free.

If you have a Chevrolet Sonic that is stalling, feel free to fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form for more information.

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30 Responses to “Chevrolet Sonic Starting Problem Leaves Drivers Stranded”

  1. #1 Leo Palomares says:

    Is a sonic chevrolet 2012, refuses to start a lot of mornings, even in the parking lot at my office at the end of the day , i mean 9 or 10 hours staying on the parking lot.

    • #2 LemonLaw says:

      Leo: Fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form at and we will review your situation for you. We very well may be able to help get you out of this car!

      • #3 Brandon says:

        I bought my 2012 Sonic 2 years ago, does the Lemon Law still work for me?

        • #4 LemonLaw says:

          @Brandon: A two-year old car could still fall under State or Federal Law. Visit to have us review your claim and see if you are entitled to remedy.

          • #5 James Vincent says:

            My 2012 Sonic was brought to the local chevy dealership because it had a problem starting. They could not duplicate my problem . Had them replace starter. Get the car home 3 days later,car goes through same starting problems.Did the lock , unlock on key fob,car started ,Car sucks!

            • #6 Mia Gamble says:

              I am having the same problem as this article states.

              • #7 Mia Gamble says:

                My car has been sitting for 1 month, it will not start. I have has tune ups, starter replacement, diagnosed by mechanics and I have no other solutions. Please help

                • #8 Jami says:

                  Just a question but I have had problem after problem with this car. First was all of the recalls then fuel pump, then my battery was being drained by who only knows what, my windows have quit working, my fan and now the hearter and defroster and my key fobe will not work which sets my alarm off..I dont about most but with the payment I have on this car I cant afford to keep fixing it and the trade in vaule is a JOKE!

                  • #9 Xavier says:

                    I have 2014 Chevy Sonic and I’m having issues everyday starting the car I’ve read some of the comments and I’m lost as to what to do to fix the problem my thought is to get rid of it right now I never buy another Chevy because they’re lemons

                    • #10 Xavier says:

                      I have 2014 Chevy Sonic and I’m having issues everyday starting the car. I’ve read some of the comments and I’m lost as to what to do to fix the problem. my thought is to get rid of it right now and never buy another Chevy. this is my second Chevy vehicle and they both came out lemons.

                      • #11 LemonLaw says:

                        @xavier: You should absolutely look into your lemon law rights. Visit to find a firm in your state who can help.

                        • #12 Gerald Mueller says:

                          I carry a portable battery starter in my Sonic. If my 2012 Sonic fails to start, I connect the auxiliary starter battery, and the cart starts right up…… I have done this numerous times in the past three years since I have owned my sonic and it starts without fail with the portable start battery….

                          • #13 Jeannette Campbell says:

                            I have a 2014 Sonic4 different times now it has been unable to start appears the battery is completely dead not even the hazzards work , door locks or windows. Once it died while I was at a redlight and unable to start w/o a jump. Once jumped it runs fines for a week or 2 maybe a month then it does it again. I have had the battery checked at different places . They all say battery is good took it to the dealer today finally (waited because it is a pain to get it to the dealer get a ride etc) dealer states they can not find anything wrong. Well there is definately a problem and now I have to pay a fee for them putting it on the computer because they can’t find anything wrong.

                            • #14 Shirley Dunlap says:

                              Mr Mueller what kind of portable starter do you use? My 2102 just decided not to start this morning just clicks, this is the first problem I have had with it.

                              • #15 Jean McDonald says:

                                I have a 2014 Chevy sonic thats been not starting at times.It will be fine for three or four days and then you have to get a jump then its fine again but this time maybe a day and it needs another jump.I took it in and they say battery and alternator is 100 percent and cant find nothing wrong with it on diagnostics,I have made 6 payments on it.I need to make my mind up what steps to take next

                                • #16 Greg says:

                                  It just happened maybe 3/4 months ago our Chevy sonic ’13 starting to have issues,every time I fill up the gas,it’s takes a while for the car to start.dashboard has lights but then u can’t tell when the car is running or not,anybody having the same issue?

                                  • #17 Rudy says:

                                    I have a 2013 sonic I purchased in 3/15 and this past week I am having starting problems with the immobilizer light is on and won’t let me start. Dealer told me to take in will I be able to file a lemon law suit

                                    • #18 Eric says:

                                      I have a 2012 chevy sonic with 90,000 miles on on it. I have never had an issue starting it over the past 5 years until yesterday morning, it was completely dead. I was able to jump it and drive about 60 miles with it being able to start again without a problem- I just drove 15 miles and now it barely wanted to start. AutoZone tester said that the battery and alternator were working good. Last week I had 2 times in the same 15 mile drive where my stock stereo randomly shut off and went completely dark (not even the clock was on). I wonder if that has something to do with in. Could the stereo now be a parasitic drawer?

                                      • State: Wisconsin
                                    • #19 Candace says:

                                      I have a 2012 Chevy Sonic with only 75,000 miles. We just purchased this car only 9 months ago. We did not occur any problems until yesterday 6/14/17. I awoke to go to work and found the car dead. The lights did attempt to come on and just faded. We tried to start the car and it would not turn over. The car also held the key. I was not able to take the key from out of the ignition. We had to get a jump from the car to get up and go. We also, like many other on this forum, have taken the car to AutoZone, O’riley’s, and Pep Boys to get the battery tested and they seem to find nothing wrong with the battery, alternator, or starter. But if you cut the car off it will not restart without a jump. I am severely upset that it just started out of the blue. My house hold is down to one car and its very stressful. Do we have a case?

                                      • State: South Carolina
                                    • #20 Cynthia Ojeda says:

                                      I have a chevy sonic 2012 and it wont drive or reverse but starts up fine.

                                      • State: CA
                                    • #21 Nina says:

                                      2014 sonic i have had 30 days and its not started 5 times now im so annoyed dealer is giving me the run around #!!!

                                      • State: CALIFORNIA
                                    • #22 Darren says:

                                      Have a 2014 Chevy Sonic Lt 1.8l Sedan. Bought car 1yr ago and noticed a few weeks after purchase. The radio volume when set and turn off, the volume has to been turned up again. When i accelerate the volume raises on radio and when i deccelerate volume goes down. Had to refill wind sheild wiper fluid and when i turned car on it totally leaked out. filled it again had car turned off and checked for leaks, no leak but when turned car on it leaks. then few days ago come in from store and turn key and get clicking noise. had to get jump it worked. took to O’reilly for free battery, starter and alternator check. Battery good but alternator possibly bad. Took to Firestone and they could find no problem. Yesterday came in from store would not start and had to get jump again. Something is definately wrong with electrical.

                                      • State: CA
                                    • #23 Natalie Roy says:

                                      My 2015 Chevy Sonic completely died on me. I pulled up to my driveway and the car shut off and haven’t turned back on. This has happened 3 times and I’ve only been financing this car for 2 month. What can I do? Does my car fall under the lemon law?

                                      • State: VA
                                    • #24 Edna Castillo says:

                                      I have a 2014 Chevy Sonic that I got from drivetime not even 5-6 months ago and the transmission went out while I was driving..I have changed the oil not even a month Or two before it happened and the car was fine.. I’m very upset..I have not even had the car that long.. there is not even 50,000 miles on it yet.. is there still a factory warranty?? I have gap coverage with drive time.. will this cover it? The car starts but sounds funny and it won’t drive or reverse when I put it in gear.


                                      • State: Ohio
                                    • #25 LemonLaw says:

                                      @Edna: There is a 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty on the 2014 Sonic.

                                      • #26 Christy says:

                                        We have a 2013 Sonic that has trouble starting, but it has a salvaged title with 50,000 miles. Does this still work under lemon law?

                                        • State: Tx
                                      • #27 brian stewart says:

                                        I have had this 2013 for 2 weeks only. The car will start but then just turn off. This can happen 2 or 3 times before it stays started.
                                        Does not seem vey nomal to mee. Please advise your comments.

                                        • State: quebec canada
                                      • #28 Whitney says:

                                        I have a 2016 Chevy sonic and yesterday while putting groceries in the house, all of 10 minutes, I left the car running. The radio began to skip and the lights dimmed, then the car completely shut off. The car with the lock symbol came in and the car only started with a jump. After the car is cut off it won’t start again after the jump. I’m just shocked. I mean this car is only one year old. What should I do here??

                                        • State: Texas
                                      • #29 Jennifer Guillette says:

                                        I purchased my Chevy Sonic new, in September of 2013. It only had 511 miles on it I believe. I now have 59000. It has had recalls for different codes with the computer system, I have taken it to the dealership at least three times for the button on the shifter sticking. The last time I took it in, I overheard one of the service associates talking to another customer who had the same problem, they were telling that customer it was going to cost $400 to fix the shifter. They said mine was still under warranty so I didn’t have to pay. Now, when I shift my car into gear, the button feels loose, almost like it could be easily knocked into another gear, very stressful. My car is only five years old, and now I have to replace my starter. Tried starting my car last night, bought a brand new battery back last summer I believe so first thing we tried was jumping it, when that didn’t work, we tried to tap the starter…nothing. So I get it towed to a shop, and now I find out the starter is shot, and I will be out over $500 to replace it. Really sucks, since this car isn’t that old and I’m still paying on it. I will NEVER buy a Chevy again. My Hyundai never had any issues!

                                        • State: Florida
                                      • #30 Victoria Begay says:

                                        I have a 2016 Chevy Sonic and about a month later the horn and wheel problems start to not work. Than in November 2017 the car shut off while I was slowing down and the wheel lock I went into a small ditch. Report it to where I purchased the ride but was told lock and unlock situation didn’t work. After that I would go to a stop and it would shake and stall out I had to wait some seconds than start it up again. I had the top and bottom O2 sensors change cuz that’s what they said was wrong with it. Now March 2018 my car won’t start the battery would be died so have to use portable battery charger. But I’m putting a lot into my payment and getting check just paid $400 for tune up and oil change
                                        Getting tired of it about to just give up on it ….

                                        • State: New Mexico

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