In February of '13 we were looking for a car to replace my wife's shitbox Hyundai and happened to mosey into the Chevy dealer. We had bought a couple of new Chevys before and had good luck with them so we looked at a Sonic. After 6hrs, we were the owners of a '13 Sonic LT sedan. So, I was now itching for a new car.
I like small, weird cars. I owned a '10 Mazda5 with a full Mazdaspeed3 suspension setup (springs, swaybars, bushings) and it was getting long in the tooth. The Spark had just came out and I really liked them. I know, weird. I looked for 3mths and finally found a 1LT 5peed with the MyLink. I bought the car and was perfectly happy. It was zippy, handled decent, and moved decently for 84hp. That was until the first day it hit 40 degrees.
I started the car in the beginning of winter and the bottom end would knock and sound like a diesel until it warmed up. After 5 visits, 3 videos of the knock to GM, countless phone calls, and 10 days down, I was told "Yep, sounds horrible but they all do it." I was sent an apology check for $100 at Chevy for service and told "Sorry bout that knock" I lived with it angrily for 4mths in the winter by being pissed everytime I started my new car and had to listen to what sounded like an 80s K car.
Now jump to May. The first day of warm weather I fired up the A/C and wouldn't you know it, nothing but warm air. I call the dealer and was told of the A/C recall and scheduled it in. The day before I took it in, I wash it up only to find that the roof had spots in the paint that were peeling. I get the A/C fixed and was told that the paint isnt a warranty issue, adding to my rage. I get in the car and pull out of the dealer to find a horrid clunk in the front end. I get the service manager and take him for a ride. Hes at a loss. I told him I was done with this and will fix it myself. I took it home to find the passenger sway bar link was sheared off. I fix it and call GM.
After 2wks of bitching, calling, and 2 different dealers, I get and offer. GM stepped in and offered "trade assistance" on my cursed car. I made a deal to trade it in on a '14 Sonic Turbo 6 speed hatchback. GM came up with a few grand and the dealer stepped up and gave me the Sonic for supplier cost plus all the incentives. So basically I walked into a Sonic for my Spark payment. I've bought 5 new GM cars since '05 and I guess GM looked at as they've got their money off me in the past and this might keep me around for my kid's car purchase in a couple years.
Sometimes being persistent works out!
My Spark that is now gone