I have a 2018 Bolt with about 8,500 miles on it. In the last couple of months I've noticed a bit of an unusual problem. I'll start the car and take off down the road. The screen above my steering wheel is lit up properly and providing me driving information. However, the infotainment screen is dark (no light at all emitting from it). Finally, after about 5 to 8 minutes, the Bolt EV Logo flashes onto the screen and then the infotainment screen lights up like normal and will then function normally. This doesn't happen all the time, but more like 1 out of 10 drives. I have no idea what could be causing this. When it's dark, the radio is not working either. When the screen does finally start up, then the radio starts up too. Any thoughts as to what is going on?
I have had the total flat black "Infotainment" screen, and I have also had the infotainment screen grayed out with no radio control and no heat control (images attached)... 7-8 minutes and also had the rear camera view stuck on for an entire 50km trip. I press the start button slowly and deliberately every time. If it is an update - causing the 7-8 minute frozen or grayed out or flat black "Infotainment" screen, then that is complete B.S. - I expect to be told that it is an update. GM are just sticking their chins out for nuisance trips.
My vehicle currently has a major problem put forward to a TAC case. I am "monitoring" this with the dealer in town where the evap core is a block of ice in about 15min of normal spring defog, so no heat. After troubleshooting and completely evacuating and re-charging the refrigerant - over the past two weeks I have recorded 10+ instances of no heat. Same happens in the summer. No cool. My data suggests that whenever the ambient air moisure content is at or greater than 4.5g of moisture per kg dry air - it ices into a block within 15-20 minutes.
I am now certain that it has always done this (Delivery March 15-2018 for my 2018 model year vehicle). Folks - this is not how our systems should work. We should not have to:
1) Get out of and back into the vehicle at an intersection to start it
2) Press the "ON" button in "just the right" way
3) Tell ourselves that "these are EVs so they are "different"/"maybe I don't know how to use it yet" or "gee whiz - my screen is black only one out of every 10 drives - so I'll just deal with it".
4) Press and hold for a 10 second radio reset every couple of drives to get the heat controls to function properly
I bring up the no heat problem not to hijack OP - rather that the evaporator core is in close proximity to the radio, and so then is heavy moisture.
Could be a plugged drain - can visualize a mfg. sticker in the wrong spot partially blocking flow. I don't really care. Just want the vehicle to perform properly.
One large reason to buy new was for reliability. I am concerned that since the system is used (primarily) to cool the battery and that I might have a larger problem than (9 or 10) dealer visits and rental cars within one month - for no heat, or the radio replacement, and USB outlet replacement. (They were also not functional by month 10 of ownership)...