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    Quote Originally Posted by dutch husky View Post
    My wife thinks I'm joking when I tell her my 2016 Volt will be our son's first car. He's two. When I first said it, perhaps I was. But I've repeated it a few times, and I'm not so sure I'm joking anymore!
    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

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    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
    We never know what 2030 will bring to us. Maybe after a war or two, the 2016 cars will look great. As the Ford T looks great even today !
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    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

    Some people are probably figuring manually driving a car might be illegal by then.

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    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).
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    I'm planning to keep my 2013 Volt for at least 10 years, and at that point one of my kids will need a car so we may keep it even longer than that. In a worst case scenario, if the battery degrades to the point where it's barely usable after 15-20 years it's either time to pony up and buy new batteries, or just keep driving it as a hybrid. I'm in New England, and rust just recently took hold of my '98 Buick to the point where I had to give it up, and designed rust prevention has improved since the 90's so I could see this car easily lasting 20 years. I expect full battery replacement would be similar in price to an engine or transmission rebuild, which is certainly likely after 15 years in any other car.
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    Buy a 2yr old Volt, sell it at 6 yr old, rinse repeat. Depreciation basically flat lines during that period. Reliability should be excellent.

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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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