First Service - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: First Service

May 07, 2012

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A couple days after we brought the Sonic in for a (failed) stink eradication, we realized it was time for its 7,500-mile service. So on Friday, back the Sonic went. In addition to an oil and filter change, safety inspection and tire rotation, there were three technical service bulletins for the car: an airbag inspection, a check on a recall for a possible missing front brake pad -- something we'd had looked at previously -- and a fuel-pipe quick connect replacement.

This was necessary, according to the TSB, to deal with "an inaccurately installed fuel filler hose clamp." Because the clamp is improperly connected to the inlet check valve, gas vapors can be released into the air. Our local Chevrolet dealer had to order a part; we'll bring the car back for installation once it arrives.

The service took about three hours--which was fine with me. I'd gone off to drive Jaguars at Dodger Stadium. And despite the fact that the Sonic has a perfectly adequate oil-life monitoring system, the service department put this sticker on the windshield:

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The myth of the 3,000-mile oil change dies hard.

Cost: $44.84.
Days out of service: None

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @8,359 miles

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