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Chevy Volt Owners: We'd Do It Again
1/3/2013

The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid got the highest score in Consumer Reports' owner satisfaction survey. (Source: General Motors)
The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid got the highest score in Consumer Reports' owner satisfaction survey.
(Source: General Motors)

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btwolfe
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Re: Old gas problem?
btwolfe   1/4/2013 11:07:58 PM
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Thanks for the details. Sounds like the Volt engineers came up with some smart solutions.

It's good to see at least one thread on this blog being non political.

Rigby5
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Volt excellent transition
Rigby5   1/5/2013 12:40:12 PM
Hybrids are not the goal, but a necessary transition.

Because we have not prefected an alternate fuel yet, and have not invented an ideal storage medium, a hybrid has to have 2 redundant power sources.  That is not optimum because you have double the weight and complexity.  But it is the only way to get from the old gasoline cars that can't continue, to something else.

So it is worth the government subsidizing this essential transition a little.  And GM has done a wonderful job in making this work.  If I was in the market for a new car, the Chevy Volt would be on the top of my list.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Perhaps not significant
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   1/6/2013 5:00:58 PM
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Hey Charles, I agree with that critical point too; I live in suburbia, I have a garage for daily recharge and I have a typical, repeat able commute.  So The Volt would be a great candidate vehicle for me.  The problem is that no Chevy Dealers keep them "on-lot"; they have to be ordered.  For me, that's a barrier to purchase.  I'm not going to put any deposit down on something I haven't driven and handled first.

VoltDave
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Re: Perhaps not significant
VoltDave   1/7/2013 11:09:53 AM
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Jim, I'm not sure where you live, but in my area most of the dealers have at least one Volt on lot, and a couple of them are successfully selling the Volt and have as many as a dozen to choose from. I hope you get a chance to test drive one, it's a great car.  It's well appointed, and drives and handles well.  My previous three cars were BMWs, and handling was a big part of the reason. 

Ralphy Boy
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Re: Promising findings
Ralphy Boy   1/7/2013 5:22:16 PM
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Yup. Now tell them they should pay the rest of the REAL PRICE since they are so happy with the car... Then see how they answer. pfft...

 

tyme2par4
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tyme2par4   1/8/2013 9:33:51 AM
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Dave, In California, I'm sure it's not hard finding a Volt on the lot, but that's not the case with the rest of the country. When I leased mine, they happened to have 2 on the lot at the dealer. I've been checking all of the dealers around out of curiousity, and none of them have had a Volt on the lot in at least 2 months.

tyme2par4
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tyme2par4   1/8/2013 9:35:47 AM
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Ralphy Boy, you obviously have not read any of the comments. The Volt costs about $25k to produce, plus the R&D costs. We are paying the "REAL PRICE" of the car.

Don't try to reference the Reuters article, because that is a heap of BS.

VoltDave
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VoltDave   1/8/2013 9:49:04 AM
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Actually, I'm in Minnesota, not California.  I just checked the inventory of the four dealers closest to me on line.  The dealer I used shows 11 (and it's a different variety than when I was shopping a few months ago), another shows 5, another shows 2 (one is a 2012), the last one doesn't list the Volt as a model to pick to show inventory.  What a wide variety in such a small sample.  My guess is it reflects the dealers' view of the car. If they believe in the car and get behind it, they can sell them. 

Mydesign
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Mydesign   1/9/2013 5:00:19 AM
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Dennis, like in US, oil excavations are happening almost all corners in globe, especially with Asian and Arab countries. But one day, that treasure can also empty. More over environmental pollutions are more with petrol/diesel vehicles. That’s the reason most of the automobile manufacturers are turned to ET & Hybrid vehicles.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   1/9/2013 1:16:37 PM
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Those are amazing stats for someone who calls himself a "Volt slacker," Dr_Innovation. Even though you do consider yourself a slacker, using 27.7 gallons of gas to go 11,097 miles is amazing. It's a great example of the advantages that a plug-in hybrid can deliver.  

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