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Apr 21, 2014 - 11:57 AM
The #1 deal breaker among people who are interested when talking to me about my Volt is no 3rd seat in the rear. That makes no difference to me at all, but if you need to seat and belt 5 people, it would be.
I am 6' 3' tall and I find the really low roof line makes getting in and out harder than what I was used to- but many new cars have a similar roof line, so it is not a deal breaker for me (although I lust over the prototype of the forthcoming Tesla Model X which will have split gullwing doors -they call them "falcon wing doors").
Overall, the Volt is a small car, for some people that only feel comfortable in something big and tall, that could be a deal breaker.
The point above about getting service COULD be a problem. My car has been very reliable over the past two years, but I did have to get it "reprogrammed" to clear a charging error. This is not somethng your local mechanic can do- as are many other things that could need attending to in the sohisticated Voltec system.
I don't think you can get a Volt without AC, and it works well. Over at GM-Volt forum, some hot weather climate Volt drivers swear that getting their windows tinted with sun-flitering tints helps keep the car cool.As mentioned above, I use the "four windows down" button all the time, and open the rear hatch too, if need be, to get the superheated air out.And remote "starting" can help too (all that really starts is the climate control). Although I use it to warm the car more often than cool it. I can remote start from my smart phone when still in a building, and by the time I get to the car, it has already begun to heat or cool.
And yes, as noted above, if you are really fond of visiting your local gas stations to fill up, you will not be happy with a Volt. I have averaged 84 MPG over the past two years, including long trips of 600-1000 miles where charging was not available, so my mileage is a little lower than folks who only drive short range. When not taking long trips, I don't go to the gas station for months at a time- literally,
I love my Volt overall, and I will be getting another one when my lease ends next year.