Hi Folks. Newbie here. We just bought a 2nd owner 2016 FFE w/34k miles. Test ride was nice, price seemed fair, we pulled the trigger. On the way home wifey tells me the L & R brake lights weren't working. (Only the 3rd brake light) I pulled fuses (HOLY GUACAMOLE this car has A LOT of them!) We're on our 5th EV with this one. (Leased 1st gen Volt, 2nd gen Volt, Fiat E, and now a Bolt). We finally thought we'd buy one for my wife's commute to and from LAX. I'm scared to let her take it. Here are most of the issues I have:
[*]Clunking noise from driver side - "feels" like it's up front but could be back?? (Thought it was struts but Stealer says no issues w/suspension?)
[*]Three (3) times now I've been either unable to turn the car off, or start the car. (I realize these are two separate issues) The no start happened once. Got in, buckled up, pressed PTS button and I "think" I pressed it again really quick after the 1st press. This sent the car into crazy mode. I couldn't get it to turn off completely, OR start the actual drive motors. (Radio worked great throughout) I finally had to get out of the car. Lock the doors w/keyfob, and then unlock w/keyfob and start new. The 2 times it wouldn't shut off I had to do the same. BOTH are totally random and haven't occurred again.
[*]THIS could be related to above.....Replaced the 12v battery because the day after it almost left me in the parking lot above with no driveability, I went out to move the car and it was dead. Opened the door w/manual key. NO power to anything. AAA roadside came and said the battery (maybe original??) was shot. 5.2v showing under load on his tester. I replaced it with a new one and so far (fingers crossed) the problem with starting and turning off hasn't repeated.
[*]Brakes - They're SUPER touchy...(Only for the first 10-15 min. of driving but it literally "lunges" forward when you press the brake initially to the point you need to press down harder to make sure it stops.
[*]Range - WTH is with the "budget"...We bought this car under the assumption that it would get somewhere around the 76 miles for a gen1 FFE. (I know the gen2 is supposed to get around 115mi??) Anyway, my wife's commute I mentioned above is about 25-28 miles each way to and from LAX on the freeway. The HIGHEST the budget has ever shown is 58 miles. (In our defense, the seller said the car hadn't been topped off when we bought it so didn't think twice) If we're not getting at least 75 miles to a charge this thing is a paperweight. PLEASE tell me the TRUE range estimates for a 5 year old version of this car.
BTW - We were told that the extended warranty the previous owners had is transferrable but when I had to take it to the dealer they seemed like I was speaking a foreign language. Any contact info anyone can provide to get this thing transferred over to us is greatly appreciated as well.
Thank you - Kevin