2013 Chevrolet Volt Base Hybrid from North America
So far exceeded expectations
Bought it as a lease return Sept 3, 2016. So far nothing has gone wrong.
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.