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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a Chevy Volt

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Traded in my 2007 Silverado for a 2013 Volt.

Going from a 3500 crew cab, long bed, straight piped, turbo diesel - to a Volt.

Been in it a week and love it!


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-04-2013, 11:29 PM
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How long is your daily commute and what is your mpg? Decent looking car too!

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Just over 30 miles round trip, 2-3 days a week for me. The wife will drive it the days I'm not. She is about 40 round trip. Free charge station walking distance from the house too! If I only drive it a few miles I top off at home. If it needs more than that Ive been charging for free and getting a little exercise.

Right now I'm at 115mpg. It will get better too. Last Saturday had a half day at work, then 100 miles roundtrip on expressway. No time to recharge inbetween so the expressway was all on gas bringing my lifetime mpg down a lot.




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Just over 30 miles round trip, 2-3 days a week for me. The wife will drive it the days I'm not. She is about 40 round trip. Free charge station walking distance from the house too! If I only drive it a few miles I top off at home. If it needs more than that Ive been charging for free and getting a little exercise.

Right now I'm at 115mpg. It will get better too. Last Saturday had a half day at work, then 100 miles roundtrip on expressway. No time to recharge inbetween so the expressway was all on gas bringing my lifetime mpg down a lot.
That is nice to have a free charging station so close to home. How long does it take to charge?

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on 220 its about 4 hours from a dead battery.

110 at home from dead battery has shown 10+ to recharge




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I test drove one about a year and a half ago. I liked the car, but the dealer did not seem to want to work out a deal with me when I told them I would not take a loss on my Regal. My commute is 26 miles round trip, so the car made a lot of sense.

I would have a hard time trading after getting the Trifecta Tune last December

Are you happy with the Volt? My insurance agent quoted me a rate that seemed crazy, like $50 a month over what I'm paying on my T05. Was insurance higher than you expected?

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One month in it now and still VERY happy.

Drove 116 miles yesterday with 113 of it on free electric(had a partial charge mid-day).

30 day report from Onstar says total miles 1050, electric miles 993 vs gas miles 57.
744 mpg. Combined gas&elec is 120 MPGe.

Less than 1.5 gallons of gas used in the last month

Played with Sport Mode a few times. Just like a tune change. Little car moves pretty good




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One month in it now and still VERY happy.

Drove 116 miles yesterday with 113 of it on free electric(had a partial charge mid-day).

30 day report from Onstar says total miles 1050, electric miles 993 vs gas miles 57.
744 mpg. Combined gas&elec is 120 MPGe.

Less than 1.5 gallons of gas used in the last month

Played with Sport Mode a few times. Just like a tune change. Little car moves pretty good
That is awesome. I am still pretty interested in the Volt and real curious if the technology takes off. It seems to make more sense than the hybrids, especially since battery technology continues to improve. I was surprised by "Sport Mode". The Volt runs pretty good and seemed to handle pretty well too. My test drive was not that far, but I enjoyed the test drive.

I found out that in Dallas I would qualify for the free 240V charging station. If the insurance rates improve I still my try to work a deal on the Volt.

Thanks for the feedback on the car.

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Yup - Free 240Volt charge station is going in the 19th for me, thanks to my electric company. I will still be charging down the street at the free charge station as much as possible (until they kick me out). My city is putting in 2 free charge stations soon!


Up to just over 2000 miles - still havent added any gas.

Going to a Volt factory tour this week !




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Yup - Free 240Volt charge station is going in the 19th for me, thanks to my electric company. I will still be charging down the street at the free charge station as much as possible (until they kick me out). My city is putting in 2 free charge stations soon!


Up to just over 2000 miles - still havent added any gas.

Going to a Volt factory tour this week !
Free charging is good

I'm still pretty interested in the Volt. I cannot wait to see the difference in the next model.

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