Nov 25, 2014 - 06:48 AM
I want to get the 2016 Volt 2nd Gen as soon as it is available.
The Volt is my first American car, the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned and it has provided me the most fun driving since I was a kid.
On the Consumer Reports web site, 85% of Volt owners who were surveyed said that they would buy the Volt again- among the highest of any make/model. So I am not alone.
Jan 28, 2015 - 09:42 PM
Mar 20, 2015 - 10:09 PM
So it'll probably be another three years at the minimum before I trade my car in. If all goes according to plan for GM the Chevy Bolt will be out by then and I would seriously consider going with the Bolt instead. I'll have to see what the Bolt is actually like - hopefully one of the area Chevy dealers will have a demonstrator so I could see one up close and take it on a test drive. I'd also have to decide if I am comfortable with the 200 mile max range. But if not the Bolt I will probably get another Volt - I really like how the second gen model looks, especially the blue one that they had at this year's North American International Auto Show.
Mar 29, 2015 - 07:34 AM
Mar 31, 2015 - 12:35 AM
Two, in the 3 years since I purchased my car the electric vehicles have become much better looking. My Volt looks like a box next to other EV cars. I have OnStar for the first three years, but there is no map, simply turn left in 3 miles. The screen is small in comparison to others as well.
Finally, after almost 3 years of a $774 payment on my $38,000 car I still owe $27,000. The car is Kelly Blue Booked at around $17,000. It has depreciated much more than it should. I assume this is because there are now better cars that are cheaper as well.
I still like being a Chevy Volt owner, but I no longer LOVE it.
Mar 31, 2015 - 06:15 AM
The dust is settling on the pricing and competition and the new Volt looks promising (no pricing has been announced yet). I will probably lease again just to be sure. But I will stick with the Volt- I need a car that can go anywhere on occasion (without having to stop and charge for hours) and not even the fanciest Tesla can promise me that.
Sorry to hear that some folks have had problems. Mine has been as reliable as the sun rising.
Oct 30, 2015 - 06:33 AM
Jul 17, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I currently 2011 Chevy volt with only 29,000 miles. Two weeks ago the Volt developed what many refer to as the dreaded "Buzzsaw" it is related to a drive motor carrier bearing failure, and occurs (or reoccurs) frequently enough for the TSB PIP-5081 to be at revision "H".
The dealer quoted me a repair of over $1400 (well over 1500 with the 1.5 hours labor for diagnosis), and said IT IS NOT covered by the Voltec warranty. I tried to get assistance from GM, but they essentially turned their back on this problem, leaving me to pay dealer pricing for a major repair for a babied vehicle at less than 30,000 miles with only a 1 year warranty on said repair.
I've owned the volt for over four years, had problems with the EVSE, remote operations over OnStar cellular. Those were small out of
annoyances which pale in comparison to this problem. In my opinion, the Volt is a excellent attempt in this automotive market space, but my experiences with GM's refusal to offer ANY assistance for what clearly seems to be an error in design and/or manufacturing will now deter me from ever considering another Volt, or any other GM product, not matter how good it is on paper.
This is only MY opinion based on MY experiences (so fanboys and trolls please piss off):
1. With even modest maintenance, a good car today can achieve most, if not all of a 100,000 mile service life without requiring a major repair.
2. Offering more then a warranty, a good car company attempts to make things right, when cars don't achieve #1
I have not witnessed anything close to either outcome in with my ownership of a Chevy Volt. In fact My 2001 Chevy Volt is DEAD LAST in terms of dollars spent versus service (read: miles) rendered. And I've owned a Yugo, Fiat, and Jaguar, so I know a thing or two about low bars of reliability.
My advice is don't cheat an overall good product with a bad reputation. Start taking care of your Volt customers with these
bearing problems. A TSB at revision "H", people having their vehicles serviced multiple times for this problem, redesigns of the
part, and complete redesigns of the system on subsequent generations all clearly indicate a problem with the Volt's design or manufacture, so do the right thing for yourself AND your customers.
Having customer service echo false platitudes like "I am sorry to hear you are having this problem" while doing nothing else, is a waste of our time, and your resources. Yes, you can choose to blindly stick to the terms of your warranties and ignore the fact of premature failures when they occur outside of your specified terms, but If you continue to abandon your customer with products that cannot achieve a reasonable MTBF, sooner or later you will find yourself in the same predicament as before:
On the verge of extinction, needing a bail out and reorganization to survive.