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Hi all,

As these cars have pretty much all completed their standard service schedules, what comes next? Are there are any components that need replacing at a specific mileage? How often do the oils and coolants need replacing? Anything else?
 

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Hi all,

As these cars have pretty much all completed their standard service schedules, what comes next? Are there are any components that need replacing at a specific mileage? How often do the oils and coolants need replacing? Anything else?
We had our last Chevrolet main dealer service in 2018 @ 80k miles, now we are at 105k miles and past both 8 years and 100k miles, so our Voltec warranty is expired now. We had the coolant change at 5 years, and used the Voltec Warranty twice for a new granny charger and to have the infamous gearbox bearing failure fixed. That was in 2016 at about 40k miles.

So now as we are keeping it until it dies or is written off as a 2nd car , bearing in mind the USA one that did over 300k miles it could last a lifetime. I have just ordered the oil and filter, air filter and cabin filter to do my 1st self service, the oil service computer for the ice you can reset yourself. fitted a new Bosch AGM 12v battery last month, the rest we will play by ear. I expect just oil filters and coolant top ups every few years until something major fails.

If the ICE engine ever gets to the equivilent of 100k miles, or stats to run rough, i will change the spark plugs.

I really depends how many miles you drive it p/a once past 8 years / 100k.
 

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We had our last Chevrolet main dealer service in 2018 @ 80k miles, now we are at 105k miles and past both 8 years and 100k miles, so our Voltec warranty is expired now. We had the coolant change at 5 years, and used the Voltec Warranty twice for a new granny charger and to have the infamous gearbox bearing failure fixed. That was in 2016 at about 40k miles.

So now as we are keeping it until it dies or is written off as a 2nd car , bearing in mind the USA one that did over 300k miles it could last a lifetime. I have just ordered the oil and filter, air filter and cabin filter to do my 1st self service, the oil service computer for the ice you can reset yourself. fitted a new Bosch AGM 12v battery last month, the rest we will play by ear. I expect just oil filters and coolant top ups every few years until something major fails.

If the ICE engine ever gets to the equivilent of 100k miles, or stats to run rough, i will change the spark plugs.

I really depends how many miles you drive it p/a once past 8 years / 100k.
Over 460'000 miles now.......
 

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If you're going down the DIY route for the oil change just to let you know it is straightforward with easy access to the filter. The sump plug has a very low torque setting which is stamped into the sump so be wary of overtightening it.
 

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Over 460'000 miles now.......
Finally died at 476k miles, but sold and of to Canada to be fixed by an EV specialist who will use it as a customer loan car. Amazing. One thing I dont understand is why at 400k after the accident repair (covered by insurance i guess?) he shelled out another $7k to keep trying to repair it? Surely he could have bought another 2nd had at just over 100k miles out of Voltec warranty 2012 model for about $7k? And kept his as a spares doner car? Cant say he didint get value for money miles driven.

 

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The 4ET50 electric transaxle has a manufacturing problem with its support bearing, it has to be installed with the correct value of pre-load other wise it can fail. the car sounds like a buzz saw while driving. It's a warranty fix mostly as it's a known problem.
 

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It's a warranty fix mostly as it's a known problem.
Most Amperas were sold in 2012. With most of these cars exiting their warranty period, what are the options going forward? Has anyone fixed this outside warranty?
 

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Most still have a year or 2 to go on warranty, 2013 was probably the biggest sale year and 2014 was when the firesale occurred I think. See How Many are Left for an idea.
I think someone on here had one done at a garage not covered by warranty and was around £600-£800. I'll try and find the thread / link. Still less than fixing an auto gearbox :)

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I've just taken my new Volt (new to me) up to Bellingers for what I'm pretty sure is the usual bearing issue. It's done 109k miles so no Chevy warranty. They (Bellingers) haven't put it on the ramp yet, but have quoted me just under £700 to fix it if it's 'that' bearing.
 

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The warranty was 8 years or 100,000 miles. I do not know if anyone can estimate the mileage of these cars, but I envisage hevra.org.uk being a big name on this board very soon.

Estimated Opel Ampera sales in Europe:
  • 2011 – 268
  • 2012 – 5,300
  • 2013 – 3,184
  • 2014 – 411
Howmanyleft.com new registrations in UK:
  • 2011 - 26 (?)
  • 2012 - 311
  • 2013 - 167
  • 2014 - 297
What is the frequency of replacing oils and coolants? Can the frequency be extrapolated from the original service plan?
 
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