28th Nov 2016, 19:42
We do full service gas. No cords and no hoses. Turn the key and go. In fact elderly and handicapped get full service at self serve pumps and prices at our state. A law was passed.
You can get internet and many amenities for the tech minded on many GM 2017 models. You cannot get any more higher tech than in a 4LT GM with multiple headsup, changeable position display, and an array of changeable, multiple dash instrumentation displays. Advanced road condition warnings. It's almost too much even for those in the tech realm. In high gears, high 20s MPG on distance. The new Audis also have amazing displays if you are high tech as well. Multiple handling modes. If you can spend 40k you can get slightly used for a bit more, and absolutely love your commute.
29th Nov 2016, 21:43
If you drive a conventional gas powered car there are in fact hoses. It's called a hose at the gas station, and whether you or an attendant uses it, you're going to still have to wait for 5-6 minutes for the car to fill. If your car runs out of gas, you can't just turn the key and go. You have to go to a gas station... and use a hose to fill it up. Now - if you for some reason had a gas station at your house then sure - maybe an argument could be had. But nope - you don't, and thus must also "suffer" from a minor inconvenience.
And as mentioned before, had I wanted to buy a Corvette, an Audi, or any other car for that matter, I would have done so. I wanted a Volt and that is what I bought. I don't see what more could be said really...
30th Nov 2016, 19:21
If you are into the very high tech aspect as you mentioned, test drive one. Closest thing to a jet aircraft with multiple displays. Information galore. An engineering marvel. Plus you will get to work very rapidly. Lastly if we fill up full service, how is that not easier? Yesterday it was pouring with rain all day here. Push the power window down and hand them a card. Turn the key and go. Pit stop and go, including the Malibu. Glad you like your GM. They get better every year.
1st Dec 2016, 04:11
"turn key and go"? What are you talking about? All the newer Vettes are push button start.
1st Dec 2016, 16:15
Like I already said... If I wanted a Corvette, an Audi, a Studebaker, or any other vehicular form of transportation, then I would have gotten one. That's like me repeatedly asking a Corvette owner why they didn't buy a Volt. What is the point?
Look - The Volt is a totally different kind of car. It is about the only car of its kind on the road, and represented a large leap in technological development. In fact it was the first to use a liquid cooled lithium ion battery pack. The purpose of this post was to help people more easily understand how these cars work and what it's like to own and operate one. If there are those who are equally curious about Corvettes, then there is a different area on this site for them to pursue those reviews.
1st Dec 2016, 16:49
Talking about the Malibu in the rain, I highly doubt this gentleman is going to buy any brand new Corvette. Or likely any ordered new cars. In all fairness, I do plug in my battery maintainer in the right rear battery compartment. Most batteries are on the right side under the hood with automatics. Manuals have the dry sump system in the way. Better keep your key fob with you as well and a foot applied on the brake or you will not be getting any push start. My last Vette would shut down the fuel system and you would have to wait 3 minutes to do a restart. There is a hidden key in the newest Corvette fobs. And a array of hidden pull cables with a loss of battery power. The dash also greets me by name with Great White Shark as one of its programs. Takes a lot of time learning all the dual readouts, displays, movable heads up display options. Also you can move on different parts of the windshield with track modes, oil pressure etc without ever taking your eyes off the road. If you like technology, it's absolutely amazing. If you're shopping for a new Chevrolet, check them out. Measure your garage to see if a Grand Sport or Z06 wider width will fit through vs the base models. Good luck.
2nd Dec 2016, 15:35
Any Chevrolet is welcome as a comparison. The Volt is a 40k car alone. If you are shopping new that is. Any high tech features are welcome as a comparison from any of their cars or new trucks. Some of the new trucks are as nice as cars with features and high tech devices built in.
11th Aug 2017, 16:39
An update: The car now has over 100,000 miles. There haven't been any issues with the car, but there's a few minor gripes I have.
1: The headlights. First one and then the other headlight burned out and new bulbs were purchased. Granted the old ones were 6 years old and yes, they all will eventually burn out, but when I went to the parts store the replacements were $25 each. Holy Moly! Furthermore replacing the passenger side one was a real pain. The screw-off cap is right up against the air filter housing, which has to be moved in order to replace the bulb. What should have been a 1 minute job took close to 30 instead.
2: The tail lights. I wound up backing into a garbage can and cracked one of the lenses. I soon found you can't just buy the lens. You have to buy the WHOLE assembly, which is permanently plastic welded and sealed together. New ones were very expensive. I bought a used one from a online salvage supply place for $50. In order to replace it required removing most of the trunk interior panels, the bumper fascia and then drilling out two small rivets and reaching an arm up into the rear fender to feel for the bolts holding the old lens on. It was a 3 hour job. That versus other cars I've had where it takes minutes.
3: Changing the oil. Luckily you only have to do this once every year and a half since the engine hardly runs. But the few times I've done it have been awful. The car sits so low to the ground that whenever I need to get it up on the ramps to change the oil the lower skirt pushes the ramps away. I have to put weights in front of the ramps to get them to stay.
Anyway... other than that it continues to do what it was meant to do, which is get me to and from work without hardly ever using any gas. Its an incredibly cheap car to own and operate. I recently got to test drive a 2nd generation Volt, and once the leases are up on the current generation, I'll probably trade this one in for a newer one.