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  • 4 Days Ago 08:48 PM
    gergg
    I might as well share my experience with our 2013 Volt. I have had it 3 years now, it has 90k miles on the OD. It has been in the shop more than any car I have ever had, I am not even going to try and recall every service trip and why. Most recently I have had 2 of the 3 HV battery sections fail within a week of each other, and the car is currently sitting in the dealership service department waiting on the 2nd section to arrive. The car has been in the shop for 4 of the past 5 weeks and the Sonic they loaned me is less than stellar.....lol...I really like the Volt when it is running, but have my doubts as to its long term reliability.
  • 4 Days Ago 08:26 PM
    Steverino
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg3 View Post
    In answer to the OP, my 2011 is at 86,000 miles with the original brakes, etc. I assume that an HV battery exchange still costs about $2K plus labor.

    They can have my Volt when they pull my cold, dead fingers ...
    My 2011 is at 88,000 miles, hitting 90k withing the next two months or so. Original everything including the wiper blades. I haven't kept a car with over 140,000 miles. The Volt may be my first.
  • 4 Days Ago 06:38 PM
    llninja
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg3 View Post
    In answer to the OP, my 2011 is at 86,000 miles with the original brakes, etc. I assume that an HV battery exchange still costs about $2K plus labor.

    They can have my Volt when they pull my cold, dead fingers ...
    And they can have my volt when they make a Voltec Suburban or Equinox.
  • 4 Days Ago 06:03 PM
    mikeg3
    In answer to the OP, my 2011 is at 86,000 miles with the original brakes, etc. I assume that an HV battery exchange still costs about $2K plus labor.

    They can have my Volt when they pull my cold, dead fingers ...
  • 4 Days Ago 05:58 PM
    mikeg3
    Quote Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
    And yet there are those who will and do argue that you can use any type of gasoline in a Gen 1 Volt despite the owners manual saying premium top-tier fuel.
    The big brand around here is Valero which was not Top Tier when I bought my 2011 Volt. I complained in writing to Valero and they replied that Top Tier is just an expensive advertising gimmick. Since then, Valero has gone over to Top Tier.

    If you look on the Top Tier web site, you'll see that there is a fee but the real criterion is objectively tested detergent performance.

    I agree with Steve on this one - it's pay me now or pay me more later.
  • 4 Days Ago 05:32 PM
    Steverino
    Quote Originally Posted by llninja View Post
    So that's the thing. When buying a used car you have no idea whether the previous driver used cheap, unbranded convenience store regular fuel or followed the owner's manual and used premium top-tier fuel. I was shocked when looking at the list of top tier suppliers that Marathon was not on the list. That knocks out many of my local gas stations leaving only Exxon Mobil.
    And yet there are those who will and do argue that you can regularly use any type of gasoline in a Gen 1 Volt despite the owners manual saying premium top-tier fuel.
  • 4 Days Ago 05:24 PM
    llninja
    Quote Originally Posted by Sly Bob View Post
    Had a friend that had a bad head on his 2012 as well and GM replaced it under warranty. Your car does not have direct injection but the second generation cars do. Anyone with a first gen car can rest assured that if they use a quality top tier gas they should never have the carbon build up issues on the backs of the valves that some direct injection engines exhibit.

    No walnut blasting in my future.
    So that's the thing. When buying a used car you have no idea whether the previous driver used cheap, unbranded convenience store regular fuel or followed the owner's manual and used premium top-tier fuel. I was shocked when looking at the list of top tier suppliers that Marathon was not on the list. That knocks out many of my local gas stations leaving only Exxon Mobil.
  • 4 Days Ago 04:43 PM
    Sly Bob
    Quote Originally Posted by krhohio View Post
    @kindlibrarian & thread contributors,

    I had high hopes for my 2012 Volt after buying it used at ~50K total miles and ~40% of those on battery only.
    Fortunately its cylinder head is being replaced under the Powertrain warranty that has 10 days left in it!

    The carbon deposit problem with this and other "Direct Ignition" cars seems to be (will be) an expensive one
    for those of us that are used to keeping a car for 10+ years and 100,000+ miles!

    Does anyone know more about rumors that "some 2012 Volts" had bad valve construction to begin with?

    krhohio
    Had a friend that had a bad head on his 2012 as well and GM replaced it under warranty. Your car does not have direct injection but the second generation cars do. Anyone with a first gen car can rest assured that if they use a quality top tier gas they should never have the carbon build up issues on the backs of the valves that some direct injection engines exhibit.

    No walnut blasting in my future.
  • 4 Days Ago 04:22 PM
    krhohio

    Are 2012 Volts less reliable than other Gen 1 years?

    @kindlibrarian & thread contributors,

    I had high hopes for my 2012 Volt after buying it used at ~50K total miles and ~40% of those on battery only.
    Fortunately its cylinder head is being replaced under the Powertrain warranty that has 10 days left in it!

    The carbon deposit problem with this and other "Direct Ignition" cars seems to be (will be) an expensive one
    for those of us that are used to keeping a car for 10+ years and 100,000+ miles!

    Does anyone know more about rumors that "some 2012 Volts" had bad valve construction to begin with?

    krhohio
  • 01-23-2017 06:06 PM
    Paulacton84
    Quote Originally Posted by Aseras View Post
    My HV battery didn't make it 2 full years
    how did that episode turn out? do you have either your car back or a replacement? or still in wonderland ?
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