Chevrolet Spark - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Spark owners have reported a total of 415 problems for their cars built in the 6 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Chevrolet Spark. The 2013 Chevrolet Spark cars have the most problems reported (206 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Chevrolet Spark

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Spark
2
  2017 Spark
15
  2016 Spark
8
  2015 Spark
28
  2014 Spark
156
  2013 Spark
206

  Common problems of Chevrolet Spark

The following chart shows the 20 most common problems for Chevrolet Spark cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (101 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (57 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Spark

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
101
  Power Train
57
  Electrical System
52
  Equipment
36
  Air Bag
27
  Vehicle Speed Control
26
  Service Brakes
20
  Other Fuel System
19
  Exterior Lighting
13
  Steering
12
   
  Visibility
10
  Structure
9
  Electronic Stability Control
7
  Latches/locks/linkage
7
  Wheel
4
  Suspension
4
  Seats
4
  Gasoline Fuel System
3
  Seat Belt
3
  Traction Control System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Chevrolet Spark of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Spark model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Chevrolet Spark model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Spark Model Years

Spark
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 22,7371    
0.73
  2017 1539,2912    
0.19
  2016 826,6393    
0.10
  2015 2828,3454    
0.25
  2014 15650,3085    
0.62
  2013 20640,4286    
0.85

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Chevrolet Spark is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Spark
2
  2017 Spark
12
  2016 Spark
5
  2015 Spark
4
  2014 Spark
56
  2013 Spark
66


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