2013 Chevrolet Volt 1.4L from North America

Summary:

Completely underestimated - Amazing Car

Faults:

One software update for the OnStar system, because the hands free calls were fuzzy sounding.

General Comments:

I have wanted a Volt since they began to sell in 2011. Finally, used prices started to drop and a bunch of off-leases hit the market. I found my 2013 Volt this past February for $12,900 and only 12,000 miles! Clean Carfax, 3 year lease, absolutely not one service history entry. The car has heated cloth, lane departure system, accident avoidance system (i.e. both safety packages), backup camera. I absolutely love the performance of the car, and the handling. You can really throw it into curves, believe it or not, due to its very low center of gravity from the HV battery location.

Put this thing into Sport Mode, and drive in "L" and you will have a blast.

BTW, my electric bill in SE Michigan went up ~$15 a month, and that is depleting the charge every day (about 45 miles on electric). We are fortunate to have very affordable kWh here.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2017

2013 Chevrolet Volt Base Hybrid from North America

Summary:

So far exceeded expectations

Faults:

Bought it as a lease return Sept 3, 2016. So far nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

I am totally impressed by the build quality of this car. On par with most high-end cars and totally a giant leap above the 09 Honda Civic LX I traded in for it. It is a solid heavy feeling car with impressive acceleration (for an electric, especially in the Sport mode). I've driven 922 miles on 3.7 gallons of fuel. I have a twenty mile daily work commute and re-charge every night between 12:30 AM and 6:30 AM.

The only complaint is rear visibility, like looking back into a tunnel. The rear view mirror is pathetic. This car has no backup camera so backing up is real challenge. I have added an aftermarket wide-view mirror which helps tremendously. We'll see how it holds up. Got it because I wanted a pure electric without range anxiety.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2016

5th Mar 2017, 23:51

Now six months in and a couple of minor issues have cropped up.

First the charge receptacle door kept sticking shut, throwing CEL codes. Dealer replaced the entire receptacle under warranty.

Next, with the heavy rains we've had in our area of California, the left rear tail light lens has filled with moisture. Never been hit or damaged. Took it to the dealer, and "out of warranty" on this and they want $478 to replace it.

Overall, gone 3718 miles on 14.7 gallons of fuel. Been to the gas station two times and I average 253 miles per gallon... Will fix the tail light myself; found the part on-line for $88...

6th Mar 2017, 23:53

The part that got me is staying up past midnight during a work week just to save more on electricity. Off peak means I would be off my peak at work in the morning.

7th Mar 2017, 16:10

Indeed, replace the lens yourself. I had the same issue when I accidentally backed into a garbage can. It's not super easy, but you'll need to remove the bumper cover and a part of the trunk interior to get at the light. The dumbest part is that there are 2 rivets holding a piece that is in front of the lens and you have to get that off. I just drilled them out and replaced them with self tapping screws. Also - if the little electric door sticks again, just spray the release mechanism with silicon.

8th Mar 2017, 13:54

I'd probably drop it off and pick it up after work. That's the easiest solution.

2nd Sep 2017, 17:55

Original poster... One year later, 8,128 on the clock and have used 46.7 gallons of fuel. Of which, 22.5 gallons was used going from Napa to Disneyland & back. As for charging let's see, I drive into the driveway & park, open the garage door, on the car's panel I select charge, charge level, 12 Amps, shut the car off, push the charge door button, get out, go to the charging unit in the garage (about 8 feet away) and come back & plug in the car. Total time, about a minute... In 5 to 10 years you won't be able to buy a gasoline only powered vehicle...