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  • 1 Week Ago 12:59 PM
    Jeff N
    Quote Originally Posted by llninja View Post
    An ex-coworker of mine drove a beater into the ground for 10 years while paying himself a car payment, when he finally decided to buy a new car, he had the cash for a brand new Tesla Model 60.
    Excellent advice.
  • 1 Week Ago 09:54 AM
    Billtphotoman
    I plan on keeping my Volt at least 10 years and expect it to go that long without major repairs.
    Working in it's favor:
    1) The "transmission" is actually quite simple
    2) The ICE in my Volt lives a very pampered life. It basically only gets used for highway trips and I am careful in all cases to never let it run for less than 5 miles when it does come on. I run it a minimum of once every 3 weeks to keep it happy and feeling loved.
    3) Most of the complexity in the Volt is electronics and software. The former tend to fail early if they are going to fail and the latter doesn't wear out
    4) As others have mentioned, the traction battery and electric drive system has proven very durable
    5) No power seats - these often fail after 100K miles and can be shockingly expensive to repair

    Working against it? I am concerned a little about all the cooling loops and associated sensors, pumps and seals.
  • 1 Week Ago 03:18 PM
    dutch husky
    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Jon View Post
    My son was 2 when I got my Jeep. He was 16 when I passed it down to him and got my Volt.

    I doubt the original Volt battery will last 14.5 years with almost no loss in performance like the Jeep ICE did.

    Originally I bought my '13 as an extended test drive and stop-gap since Gen 2 Volts weren't available here when I needed another car. But I am so pleased with it, I will probably continue driving it for many years (car gods be willing).
    I tend to keep my cars a long time, too. And I have no reason to think the main battery won't last that long. And if it doesn't, who knows, maybe a reasonably affordable, and even higher capacity, replacement might be available.
  • 1 Week Ago 03:14 PM
    dutch husky
    Quote Originally Posted by firehawk72 View Post
    Hmmm, not so sure I can back you up on this one. Would I really want my daughter driving a 2016 in 2030? Hmmm, probably not, LOL
    My 16 year old daughter drives a 2003 Mercury Sable. That's the same age my Volt will be when my son starts driving. Sure, things may change faster in the next 14 years than they did in the last 14, but look around at how many 20+ year old cars are still on the road. The average age of a car on the road today is 11-1/2 years and rising, so a massive amount of 2010-2020 cars will still be on the road then. My '16 Volt won't be that out of place!
  • 1 Week Ago 12:49 PM
    hellsop
    Quote Originally Posted by deekster_caddy View Post
    Just a tip on the side, unrelated to the original thread - when looking at snow tires make sure you are looking at LRR ones. Tirerack has a filter for LRR even with winter tires. They shouldn't be that large of a penalty.
    Yup. Snow tires, below about 40F, shouldn't be causing a range hit of more than about 5%. I'm running a little further down from sidewall max pressure this winter, simply because the temperature is swinging so much more than it does in summer, and the Blizzaks are getting about 27-28 miles, while the Ecopias got 28-30 under the winter conditions. (Summer variation might be 25F between low-low and high-high for a week rolling, this winter, pretty much EVERY WEEK is at least 30F varying, and usually closer to 45F, like Tuesday's low might be -5 and Friday's high 40F. That's 4 PSI to be chasing around. The little compressor is getting weekly use.)

    You can tell I bought the snow tires at the beginning of December because that's when the heavy snowfall quit. Hasn't been more than an inch or two at a time since. llninja's curse continues....
  • 1 Week Ago 06:14 PM
    Aseras
    Quote Originally Posted by Henry_FL View Post
    Battery's will be the last of your concerns on the Volt, they are warranted for 10 years in your state. As for the rest of the car, its a very complex car and getting anything fixed out of warranty can very quickly run into the thousands for repairs. No one can say when things might go wrong, its always just a guess.
    My HV battery didn't make it 2 full years
  • 1 Week Ago 06:06 PM
    Steverino
    Quote Originally Posted by mr_raider View Post
    The infortainment system, HVAC system, and various electric accessories are likely to fail long before the battery. GM has not replaced a single Volt battery pack due to degradation, last I checked.
    Agreed. My 2011 Volt has over 80k miles (75% electric) and still going strong. What's failed? The passenger seat heater last month.
  • 1 Week Ago 05:03 PM
    deekster_caddy
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztirffritz View Post
    Snow tires really killed the battery range though.
    Just a tip on the side, unrelated to the original thread - when looking at snow tires make sure you are looking at LRR ones. Tirerack has a filter for LRR even with winter tires. They shouldn't be that large of a penalty.
  • 1 Week Ago 03:21 PM
    Ztirffritz
    The temperature around here hasn't gone above 20 in 3 weeks. The ERDTT alert has been running almost non-stop on my car, so the engine has been getting quite a work-out. Snow tires really killed the battery range though.
  • 1 Week Ago 03:17 PM
    mr_raider
    The infortainment system, HVAC system, and various electric accessories are likely to fail long before the battery. GM has not replaced a single Volt battery pack due to degradation, last I checked.

    OTOH, I wonder what all teh high EV milers who barely run the ICE will experience. Sludge from condensation? Carbon deposits on the Gen II that has DI? Time will tell
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