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    Before my Volt, my cars have had HomeLink for 15+ years. I bought a nice transmitter, 3 buttons that clips on the visor (or you can use the one that came with your garage door if you can find it) for $25 on Amazon, programmed it in 30 seconds and have not missed HomeLink one bit. I thought I would miss it, knew the Volt didn't have it when I bought it, but I don't. Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinions, for me it's a non-issue.

    Also, if you'd like to hide the transmitter just put some velcro on it, stick it up and under the center console and that will work as well.
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    There was discussion on a thread months ago suggesting that a future year model may have built in NAV but the 2017 Bolt was not ready for it becuase forum member speculated based on bit and pieces of info that the NAV would be integrate to provide information and mileage to charging stations. Maybe integrated with plugin or some other app. That would be a cool option if they offered it next year.

    To the OP, the G2 Volt Forum has a poll to see what people like best: NAV, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or other (GPS unit, waze on phone, etc.). You'd be surprised to see that Nav only ahead of Andrioid Auto by a nose. If AA ever gets waze then that will be a game changer and I'd be that AA would beat the NAV.

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    Since you are un-happy with your decision/purchase I'd bet you could sell the Bolt for what you paid for it minus the federal tax credit very quickly. There seems to be a ready and willing buyer pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAZINGA View Post
    Since you are un-happy with your decision/purchase I'd bet you could sell the Bolt for what you paid for it minus the federal tax credit very quickly. There seems to be a ready and willing buyer pool.

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    Hello, neighbor! I'm sorry you aren't happy with the trim available, but yes, the Premier really isn't that much of an upgrade over the LT. Most of the essential features are universal to all trim levels. Part of your issue might be that the C-Max was a "last generation" car, while the Bolt EV is moving in a different direction. The functionality of the Bolt's interface is very limited, but it appears GM did so on purpose. They understand that at this point, most drivers have smart phones, and they would prefer to use their phone's interface if given the chance. The solution? Project that interface on a large, driver friendly screen.

    I currently have both an SE C-Max and an LT Bolt EV, and I can tell you that the two cars are worlds apart. People tell me that the Energi handles far better and has way more power than its hybrid counterpart, and it would have in order even be compared with the Bolt EV. They just aren't even in the same class.

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    Yep, Android Auto with Pandora is so good that I, too, let my XM expire. And no, the Bolt does not have Nav available at any level...

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    I have navigation on my 2016 Volt and let the XM traffic expire and just use carplay with apple maps and the nav/traffic have worked fine for me - so it's no big deal to me that my 2017 Bolt won't have built-in nav.
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    Of all the Bolt EV's features/options omissions, rain sensing wipers are at the very the bottom and as stated a car audio shop can install that feature often very affordably...Same with an universal homelink remote and while a little more pricey, could have the audio shop wire up an amp with new speakers...You have Nav options, many report the Volt's Nav STINKS, personally I've been in many cars and in super congested L.A. no OEM system has outperformed google maps/Waze (Apple has greatly improved in L.A. but still not to google/Waze's level)...

    Wish list should include items that cannot be added, personally I'll bet that DCFC and C2 (specifically auto braking) will be made standard on all trims for the mid cycle refresh...Also would love some sort of automation whether that's ACC, super cruise or something else but I'll bet unless there's some sort of breakthrough, private parties won't be able to buy one with the Gen1 Bolt EV...
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    If I could have my way, I'd go with a standard Bolt with leather seats. I prefer the standard model for the absence of the roof rails and the plain wheels which I would get powder-coated after I take delivery. But cloth seats would not work given my lifestyle - keeping them free of dirt and dog hair would be a constant, losing battle that I just wouldn't want to fight.
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    Sorry to hear. It is very frustrating to spend $40k on a vehicle only to discover the stereo is crappy and the other electronics are mediocre. The low-end electronics was one of the key reasons the Bolt was a complete non-starter for us. I have no interest in Nav but GM has refused to offer any of the decent electronics even as an option (automatic collision breaking, parking assist, front and rear braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian warning, etc.). My kid's $23,000 Subaru offers most of these. They seem to be stuck in the old mindset of bundling features you do not want to get features you do and reserving the decent electronics for their luxury sub-brands. After five years of living with the Volt, I am done with GM until they get their act together with OTA software updates (which they are finally promising) and I see evidence that they are keeping their vehicle software up-to-date.
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    We love the Onstar in our 2104 VOLT and 2016 Cruze. I can't imagine why one needs Nav, w/ Onstar? As far as auto wipers, really? Is it so arduous to switch them to delay?
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