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OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Would I buy a Chevy VOLT?
OLD_CURMUDGEON   8/9/2011 3:54:56 PM
I certainly would NOT buy a Chevy VOLT, BUT I might buy a Ford "JOULE" or a Plymouth "AMPERE" or a Toyota "WATT".  However, this vehicle would have to be able to travel on the U.S. highways & byways at least 600 miles in all weather conditions, whether 95º heat or 15º cold, with rain, snow, etc.  Charging would have to be as simple AND quick as getting fuel is now, AND, when the batteries are permanently depleted, I should be able to go to SEARS, ROEBUCK for a drop-in replacement DIE HARD!

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Would I buy a Chevy Volt?
Beth Stackpole   8/9/2011 2:15:54 PM
NO RATINGS
I still see this car as a second vehicle as opposed to a primary vehicle even for someone like me who doesn't have a commute to work (I work at of the house). That said, my family does regular road trips of between two or four hours each way and the battery range issue would be a concern. As Chuck and Robinr note, however, the price point is far too high at this stage of the game to make this a viable second vehicle option (or a first car choice for many in this economy).

Robinr
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Would I buy a Chevy Volt?
Robinr   8/9/2011 1:25:28 PM
I'd LOVE to have a Chevy Volt.  Unlike Mr. Murray, my drive to and from work each day is within the electric drive range of the Volt. I currently own two cars and a pickup truck.  I would LOVE to thumb my nose at big oil.

Would I BUY a Chevy Volt?  No way, not at that price!  Not included in the purchase price is the price of a new battery every year or so ($3000?). OUCH! Would I save that much in fuel costs every year? Not quite.

Also, I know the hassles one must go through to be an "early adopter." Been there, done that. When all the bugs are wrung out of the first year's model, and when the price of ownership drops below $30K, THEN I will look seriously into buying one.

But in the meantime, if someone wants to send me one to test for a year or so, I'll gladly drive it around!

 

 

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