2013 Chevrolet Volt 1.4L from North America
Completely underestimated - Amazing Car
One software update for the OnStar system, because the hands free calls were fuzzy sounding.
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
1st Jul 2020, 01:36
I am the OP - Since my 'original' 2013 Volt (sold that in Sept 2018), I purchased another 2013, sold that one too, and just this past week bought a beautiful, 50k mile, 2015 Volt with every single option. Every time I sell a Volt, I end up missing it, and buy another LOL. If that isn't a testament to what excellent cars these are, I dont know what is!
But... I'm starting to look crazy to my family & friends, haha.
By the way, the 2015 seems faster than my 2013's. The 2015 DID have a larger capacity traction battery vs. prior years. Don't know if that has anything to do with it, but it also gets MUCH better range. I easily get 50+ miles out of the 2015, while on both of my 2013's getting 45 miles on electric was pushing it.
The cars are becoming more and more rare, as every day some Volts will meet their demises, and it's not like they sold as a "mainstream" car in the first place. I am glad to be a Volt owner and this time plan on keeping the 2015 for a long time!!
1st Jul 2020, 20:32
Make sure when you retire, consider treating yourself to a really nice upgrade. Life is short.
20th Oct 2020, 06:28
A few common problems with the 1st generation Chevy Volt.
- Stator bearing failure (the car will make like a 'saw' noise).
- Loss of braking function, very little stopping power (Service Brake Assist - Service Stabilitrak). Some owners had the brake module replaced ($$$) but others found loose wires at some fuse panels. So inspect first any brake related wiring or harness.
- HVAC valve.
- Service high voltage system message. Could be a faulty battery disconnect connector, battery heater core inside the Main Controller Unit ($$$), a complete new main battery needed ($$$).
- Reduced propulsion power message.
Generally speaking, the 2nd Volt generation was quite more trouble prone compared to the first generation (transaxle, sensors, end links, Battery Energy Control Module, etc).