After much research and two test drives, yesterday I put down a deposit and ordered a 2013 Volt. Here are the specs of my new ride:
Cyber Gray Metallic exterior.
Jet Black and Spice Red seats/Dark Accents Leather interior.
Bose MyLink audio system with Navigation
Premium Trim Package
Safety Packages 1 & 2
Polished Aluminum wheels
In short, I got every factory option that was available and even upgraded the wheels from standard, although I don't really like the highest-end wheels with the black inserts.
The dealer was the 3rd one I went to - the first two were helpful, but just don't understand a 'net savvy buyer. I kept hounding the first test drive salesman to return my calls and e-mails so I place my order and I guess he wasn't interested.
Anyway, this dealer was a tad further away (although not too far) and claims that the order has already been entered and I might even guest a formal order number tomorrow (Monday). Then the long wait starts until production and delivery.
This will be my first sedan in a LONG time... my current car that I'll be trading in is a 2012 VW Eos. Before that were 3 Mini Cooper S' and before that was an Audi TT. Needless to say, I'm hopeful that the driving experience will be at least good in other dimensions since I know it won't be as go-kart as the Mini or as spirited and open-air as the Eos. I'll miss the convertible, but down here in S. Fla, the only times to drive topless in the summer are on the way to work or out to dinner. The Eos is kinda fun, but has a LOT of balance issues that cause wheel spin and handling issues due to the heavy metal top. I kinda vowed to never buy a car that didn't have at least a sunroof, so hopefully I won't be too disappointed in the Volt's lack thereof.
My daily commute to work is 22 miles round trip, so I can easily do a full week's diving while charging overnight and never using gas.
So a few questions - I ordered the new Safety Package 2 which includes the Front Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Does anyone have any info on how these work? I'm a gadget geek and love knowing the details of stuff that I buy. I even RTFM - all of them.
BTW, the ordering system wouldn't let me order the Rear Seat Storage/Barrier since I got the removable armrest as part of the Premium Trim package. I presume this is because if you don't remove the armrest, the barrier won't fit. Guess I'll have to buy the barrier as a dealer option (at twice the cost)...
Anyway, thanks in advance for the info on the safety package and I look forward to being a card-carrying member of the Volt family as soon as my 2013 is built and delivered!
BTW, I custom-ordered my last 2 MINI Coopers and it was really cool following the build and delivery processes. I think I read somewhere in these forums that there is a similar tracking system for the build of my Volt. Any info/advice?