SeanNelson
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Re: BOLT SEAT ISSUE - DATA COLLECTION & REPORT HERE

Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:37 am

sgt1372 wrote:
SeanNelson wrote:
sgt1372 wrote:I have no complaints about comfort but I just noticed that the fabric on the left edge of the driver's seat near the seam is starting to fray.

So by "fabric" I take it that you have an LT with the cloth seats?

That's what I said in the second line of my post above before I used the word "fabric."

DUH! :oops: :oops: :oops:

TimBolt
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Re: BOLT SEAT ISSUE - DATA COLLECTION & REPORT HERE

Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:46 am

sgt1372 wrote:Don't recall reading about this particular seat complaint yet. So, here goes.

Leased my Bolt LT w/cloth seats in Feb 2017. Drive it only about 10-15 miles a day, 5 days/wk. Usually 2-3 stops per trip.

I have no complaints about comfort but I just noticed that the fabric on the left edge of the driver's seat near the seam is starting to fray.

Nothing serious yet, just a few loose threads, but it's only been 8 months of limited use and is a cause for concern.

If I owned the car, I'd probably buy seat covers but, since I lease it, I'm just going to let it go and hope that a hole doesn't develop b4 I turn it in.

Just for comparison, my 15 yr old MR2 has cloth seats and, despite some obvious surface wear along the outer edge of the driver's seat, the seat fabric still has not frayed or developed a hole in it.

On the other hand, I had a 2007 FJ Cruiser w/cloth seats that was 10 yrs old when I traded it in on the Bolt. The driver's seat was frayed and had developed a hole along the left edge of the seat back.

My impression is that the fabric used on the Bolt seat is less durable than that used on the MR2 and FJ seats.

Just something to keep an eye on if you also have cloth seats in your Bolt.


I would bring that premature fabric wear to the dealer’s attention as a manufacturering defect, and ask that it be repaired under warranty. Otherwise, you’ll probably be on the hook for the repair at lease-end.

No seat should be fraying after less than a year of use. If the dealer balks, escalate with Chevy and GM, those reps have the ability to authorize dealer repairs, and I’ll bet they’re already very familiar with the shortcomings of these seats.
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sgt1372
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Re: BOLT SEAT ISSUE - DATA COLLECTION & REPORT HERE

Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:15 am

TimBolt wrote:
sgt1372 wrote:Don't recall reading about this particular seat complaint yet. So, here goes.

Leased my Bolt LT w/cloth seats in Feb 2017. Drive it only about 10-15 miles a day, 5 days/wk. Usually 2-3 stops per trip.

I have no complaints about comfort but I just noticed that the fabric on the left edge of the driver's seat near the seam is starting to fray.

Nothing serious yet, just a few loose threads, but it's only been 8 months of limited use and is a cause for concern.

If I owned the car, I'd probably buy seat covers but, since I lease it, I'm just going to let it go and hope that a hole doesn't develop b4 I turn it in.

Just for comparison, my 15 yr old MR2 has cloth seats and, despite some obvious surface wear along the outer edge of the driver's seat, the seat fabric still has not frayed or developed a hole in it.

On the other hand, I had a 2007 FJ Cruiser w/cloth seats that was 10 yrs old when I traded it in on the Bolt. The driver's seat was frayed and had developed a hole along the left edge of the seat back.

My impression is that the fabric used on the Bolt seat is less durable than that used on the MR2 and FJ seats.

Just something to keep an eye on if you also have cloth seats in your Bolt.


I would bring that premature fabric wear to the dealer’s attention as a manufacturering defect, and ask that it be repaired under warranty. Otherwise, you’ll probably be on the hook for the repair at lease-end.

No seat should be fraying after less than a year of use. If the dealer balks, escalate with Chevy and GM, those reps have the ability to authorize dealer repairs, and I’ll bet they’re already very familiar with the shortcomings of these seats.


It's not that bad (just a few loose threads that I cut off. Not worth the trouble to take it to the dealer to argue about something you can't even see anymore.

I've leased a lot of cars and I returned a Prius w/fabric seats that were separating on the side (a common problem) w/o getting a charge back for that.

However, if it does become serious enough, I will take it to the desler to point it out, so thst it's noted on the service record even if they can't or won't repair it.
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JoBolt
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Re: BOLT SEAT ISSUE - DATA COLLECTION & REPORT HERE

Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:12 pm

1. Model
- Premier

2. When bought
- Nov 1, 2017

3. Last 5 of your VIN (if you want actual tracking done by GM)
43310

4. A picture or two if you want/need to
5. Your size/height
5'11" - 275 pounds

6. Very brief summary of where you see the issue, a few details, etc
Left side of seat padding presses uncomfortably on the outer edge of my left leg.

7. Verdict: Good/Bad? Etc
Bad
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DesertSprings
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Re: BOLT SEAT ISSUE - DATA COLLECTION & REPORT HERE

Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:30 pm

1. Model
LT
2. When bought
11/2017
3. Last 5 of your VIN (if you want actual tracking done by GM)
10/17 Build Date
5. Your size/height
5'11", 190lbs
6. Very brief summary of where you see the issue, a few details, etc
No Issues
7. Verdict: Good/Bad? Etc
Good. Perhaps whoever makes the seat finally fixed their QC issues? Haven't had any issues now after doing some long drives. I wish the seat back was shaped differently, but no major pains and none of the hip pain issues or ability to feel the seat frame like others have reported.

provega350
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Re: BOLT SEAT ISSUE - DATA COLLECTION & REPORT HERE

Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:54 am

1. Model: LT
2. When bought: 07/ 03/2018
3. Last 5 of your VIN: 32169
4. Build Date: 05/18
5. Your size/height: Large framed 313 lb. 6'-2" tall male
6. Very brief summary: Seat's frame is too narrow and not padded enough.
7. Verdict: Unacceptable. No one at Chevrolet warned me I might have difficulties with the Bolt's narrow and sparsely padded seat. I have 1,500 miles on my Bolt and have developed a bruise on the back of my left thigh which I must sit on in order to drive. I feel pain in my left leg all the time now because I must sit on the seat's frame. OUCH!
8. My Chevy Bolt Forum User Name: ProVega350

broosth
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Re: BOLT SEAT ISSUE - DATA COLLECTION & REPORT HERE

Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:31 pm

1. Model: 2018 Premier,
2. When bought: 08/20/2018
3. Last 5 of your VIN: 35265
4. Build Date: don't know
5. Your size/height: 5'11", 180# male
6. Very brief summary: My left thigh and the seat are not happy with each other. My guess is that the padding on the left is a bit different from the padding on the right. I know the stitching is different.
7. Verdict: Not sure. I might get used to it. Not enough miles driven to be sure.
8. My Chevy Bolt Forum User Name: broosth

For whatever it is worth, just after purchasing the Bolt, I spent 12 days driving a rental Malibu. Its driver seat bugged by left thigh in a similar fashion.

Has anyone been successful in getting a warranty repair or replacement of the drivers seat?

iletric
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Re: BOLT SEAT ISSUE - DATA COLLECTION & REPORT HERE

Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:30 am

broosth wrote:Has anyone been successful in getting a warranty repair or replacement of the drivers seat?

New 2019 version has new seats and new suspension. Harass GM and maybe they will replace the seats for you with the new ones (go sit in them first). Try to have GM "fix" the old ones 3x then claim lemon law.

Otherwise it's on you.

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