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    I had my Volt in the shop for the airbag inspection and they gave me a Chevy Malibu overnight. I haven't driven a gas vehicle in over three years! (Converted a Chevy S10 to electric) Driving the Malibu was actually scary. I felt the engine vibrating, sounded like it was going to die even though nothing was wrong, and it cost me $8.24 in gas to drive what would have cost me pennies in my Volt.

    I could've used a warning that not driving the Volt would result in creating of poisonous gasses, empty wallet, and not to worry so much about the hundreds of noisey, vibrating moving mechanical parts required to keep a gasoline vehicle running.

    Seriously though, it was a weird feeling being behind the wheel of a gas vehicle! Thanks for that Chevy!

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    They loaned me an Impala. It was a nightmare.
    Was sooooo happy the day I got our Volt back

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    I know what you mean. It's weird going back, for sure. I have a VW Eos convertible that I loved - I didn't trade it in when I bought the Volt, but I'm thinking I may have to sell it - as much as I liked having the convertible, I'm just enjoying the Volt that much more.

    It'd be nice if someone would offer an electric/EREV convertible... I suppose I could buy a C4 corvette and try to convert it, but converting has all those places to go wrong, and the result is usually not nearly as polished as my Volt.
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    During the Volt upgrade my dealer loaned me an older Equinox. OMG, it felt like an 18-wheeler compared to the Volt! (That said, the new Equinox's really are nice.)

    I could not have been happier to get my Volt back.

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    I guess the best part of your story is you converted a Chevy S-10 to electric, what's the starting point, details Please!
    Thanks

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    Here is a nice write up that speaks to the weird sensation when going back to ICE:
    http://www.greencarreports.com/news/...nicer-to-drive

    Electric Cars' Secret Advantage: They're Just Nicer To Drive

    here are the reasons that electric cars have a secret advantage:
    • Tons of torque: Electric motors develop their peak torque (or "turning force") from 0 rpm, meaning that the cars they propel tend to have great acceleration from a stop.
    • Sounds of silence: When electric-car makers suppress or silence the motor whine, electric cars are remarkably quiet--so much so, regulations will require them to emit noise at low speeds.
    • Smooth, calm, vibration-free travel: A reciprocating gasoline engine vibrates constantly, changing as it revs up and slows down; transmissions make their own noises as they match a narrow band of engine speed to road speed over four to nine different ratios. Electric cars don't need any of that.

    Anyone who spends a day in an electric car, then returns to one with a combustion engine, will suddenly become aware of all kinds of noises and vibrations we've trained ourselves to ignore as part of normal driving.
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    Since Tesla loans a Tesla during service periods,,,WHY GM DOES NOT LOANS A VOLT during Volt services ???...afterall that's the car you bought and paid....

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    Quote Originally Posted by volt spain View Post
    Since Tesla loans a Tesla during service periods,,,WHY GM DOES NOT LOANS A VOLT during Volt services ???...afterall that's the car you bought and paid....
    Well, Volt owners don't pay $100k for their cars like Tesla owners. But more importantly, GM doesn't do service on your car - and actually can't by law in most states. The service is being performed by a dealer, a third party that GM has little control over who generally doesn't particularly like EVs and has little or no incentive to keep a fleet of loaners to improve your experience.

    (For Tesla, the loaner car program actually helps the factory, too - it gives them a way to balance production loading and schedule, and those cars are sold as well, generally straight from test drives within a few months of arrival to be replaced by new loaner cars.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by volt spain View Post
    Since Tesla loans a Tesla during service periods,,,WHY GM DOES NOT LOANS A VOLT during Volt services ???...afterall that's the car you bought and paid....
    By that logic, a GM dealership that services Corvettes would have to have loaner Corvettes. And if it also services Yukons, it would have to have those in the loaner fleet as well, etc. Same for for every model. Not very practical. Tesla has very few models, really only one with significant volume, so the chance of getting the same model at Tesla is much higher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    By that logic, a GM dealership that services Corvettes would have to have loaner Corvettes. And if it also services Yukons, it would have to have those in the loaner fleet as well, etc. Same for for every model. Not very practical.
    Mercedes seems to be able to do it. I know, different price point, but the cost comes from the service department, and also as a way to generate sales leads (people driving the newest version of their car, and suddenly wanting the new and improved one).

    When I had a C300, I got a C300 loaner. When I had a GLK, I got a GLK loaner. When my wife's E550 goes in, we get an E350 loaner. When the SL550 goes in, we get an S-class loaner.
    Occasionally, they would give us an upgraded loaner (E350 for the C300, ML for the GLK, CLS for the E550). They aren't stupid.
    Jaguar did the same. We traded an XJ8 with 130k miles for an XF service loaner, and bought the loaner we were driving while the XJ8 was in for (traded the XJ8 while it was on the rack for the 130k mile service).

    A Chevy dealer COULD do it, they just don't want to. They could use CPO cars as loaners, as well.
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