2011 Chevy Volt: Hard Boiled Broken Shifter
January 23, 2012
The Volt's shifter has had a crack in its plastic shifter casing since at least September, and its only gotten worse since I reported it back in October. Well, it got really bad on Friday.
I pulled the shifter back, rubbed my fingers across the rough, raised crack (oh dear, this is just asking for jokes). It felt worse than before, and admittedly, I picked at it slightly. With less force than you'd use to removed the shell from a hard-boiled egg, this was the result. A huge chunk is just clinging to dear life on the left side like a broken nail. And like a broken nail, it was hard not to play with it and no doubt rip it clean off. Although really, the only solution is to get it replaced.
I no longer think this is the result of someone dropping something on the shifter as I've heard other Volts have suffered from this problem. Recall that this is not the original shifter design for the Volt. It originally had this guy, which spanned the entire space in the center stack. However, I imagine someone realized that this design could potentially lead to fingers getting stuck between shifter and center stack space. That would probably be worse than a huge chunk breaking off, but neither situation is ideal.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 14,489 miles
This is what it looked like in September.