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#976148 - 12/08/16 01:25 PM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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If you remember waaaaaay back to my original "Hybrid Hatred" thread in 2011-2012 or thereabouts, you'll see the venom aimed at the cars. Today, a few members of this very board who were among the most vocal in the anti-Volt crowd on that thread own Volts, and are bigger evangelists than I am. All it takes is some real world experience, that's all.

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#1001573 - 11/27/17 02:13 PM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Just thought I'd pop back in with another update. The Volt told me it was time to change its oil, so I changed the oil for the first time this weekend. Its been 16 months and 38k miles, 73% of that has been on electric. This is still my favorite car I've ever driven on a daily basis. So far, all I've done is this oil change, rotate the tires, and added some windshield washer fluid. It is fantastic.


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#1001587 - 11/27/17 07:47 PM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Keith if you get one of these I wanna go for a ride : )

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#1001597 - 11/27/17 11:18 PM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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You will be first on the list Bill


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#1001602 - 11/28/17 03:35 AM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Ok but I'll warn ya I'm a pretty obnoxious back seat driver.. cool grin


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#1001610 - 11/28/17 01:03 PM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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#1001614 - 11/28/17 02:06 PM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Yup.....Thats a 2+ year old article, but the "depreciation" on the Volt gets a lot of attention. I do feel a little bad for guys who ran out and bought a fully loaded Gen1. They got hosed. There is more going on than the surface numbers for the Gen2 though. The sticker on mine was basically $35k. Chevy was running a 20% off MSRP on leftover 2016 models when I bought it. Tax, Tags, and title, I was out the door for under $30k. Then the state of PA gave me a $2k rebate for buying an electric vehicle, and I got an extra $7500 back on my federal tax return this past year for the same reason. That drops the price I paid down to under $21k. I couldn't have bought a new Civic, Corolla, or a Prius for that price. The kicker being.....the Volt doesn't suck to drive and all of those do. They also would have been crushed resale wise because of the miles I rack up. I can't find a used '16 model locally for sale under $20k, so I'm thinking I did ok so far. I do plan to keep it for a VERY long time, so resale was about last on my list of pros/cons. There are Gen1 Volts out there with over 400k miles on them already with pretty much no issues. I was reading about one last week where the one guy was over 400k and still on the original brake pads due to the regenerative braking. His only replacements were one $400 computer module under the passenger seat, and wheel bearings every 100-150k miles. I hope I get that lucky

Anyone shopping for a used car should REALLY look at those Gen1 Volts. They are fantastic cars if they fit your commuting range, and they are practically giving them away. Especially the 2013-14 models. I tried to talk my wife into one so our V8 Grand Cherokee could sit a little more, but she has already been spoiled by the improvements of my Gen2.


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#1001636 - 11/28/17 09:55 PM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Looking at the local dealers I found a 2015 Premium with 18K miles for $18,500 and several 2013 to 2015 for less than $18,000 all have less than 30K miles. Seriously looking at this when I am ready for a new car. My commute is less than 40 miles round trip. How much was the charger setup? What constitutes Gen1 and Gen 2>

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#1001648 - 11/29/17 02:25 AM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Gen1 is 2011-2015
Gen2 is 2016+

I wouldn't go older than a '13 as they got a bump in battery capacity that year and also got the "hold" feature. It allows you to manually turn on the gas engine and save your battery range for when you want to use it. Like a long highway trip that ends in stop and go traffic. Run the engine on the highway when it is most efficient and you can't hear it over the highway noise. Then when you hit the stop and go crap you switch back to battery and enjoy the efficiency of the battery at lower speeds and its whisper silent.

There should be a slow charger included with any Volt you buy. I use mine when at work. At home, I spent about $400 for a Clipper Creek 220V charger that will charge my car in about 4.5hrs. I also had to add a 220v 30A breaker in my panel, run the cable, and install a matching NEMA plug. I don't remember how much all that was as I did it myself before I even bought the car. You can also hard wire them, but I wanted the ability to unplug it and use that 220V 30A circuit for other things in the garage as well.

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#1001680 - 11/29/17 05:50 PM Re: Chevy Volt 10k mile update [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Originally Posted by OoPEZoO
At home, I spent about $400 for a Clipper Creek 220V charger that will charge my car in about 4.5hrs.


I've got two Clipper Creek chargers in my garage, currently charging a Ford C-Max Energi PHEV and a BMW i3 BEVx. Less expensive than many other options, and they work great. I did have an early failure with one unit, wherein it still worked, but had an error light on. CC sent me a new unit and had me return the failed one in the same box, prepaid. Great customer service! I was happy I had chosen a plug-in unit rather than a hard-wired one, though. For a Gen 2 Volt, they recommend units ranging from $379 to $565, depending on whether you want to plan for a future EV with a bigger battery, but they'll all charge a Volt in 4.5 hours. I don't recall what it cost me to have my electrician add circuit breakers and run conduit for the chargers. Maybe a $100-200 each, I think. A key point was that there was room in my panel for the extra breakers. If you need to add an auxiliary breaker panel, it'll cost quite a bit more.


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