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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    Good write up Michael. I like the combination of good range + sportiness (0-60 in 6.5) and the "net" price after tax breaks/incentives. They definitely are not for everybody, but I think its probably the best mainstream "e" vehicle on the road IMHO. GM does so many dumb things, but then redeems themselves with product like this. I wish they would put the same effort into everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post
    Good write up Michael. I like the combination of good range + sportiness (0-60 in 6.5) and the "net" price after tax breaks/incentives. They definitely are not for everybody, but I think its probably the best mainstream "e" vehicle on the road IMHO. GM does so many dumb things, but then redeems themselves with product like this. I wish they would put the same effort into everything.

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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    I liked the review. Seems to echo what most others are saying about the car. While I have had many opportunities to sit and ride in one. I finally got to drive one at the Toronto Auto Show (CIAS). I very much so enjoyed driving it. Though I found the regen in L a little too strong for my liking. Regen paddle in conjunction of driving in D would be my preference. I too use the regen paddle in my 2017 Volt like a trail brake.

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    "while a Level III will leave you waiting until next week." I presume you meant Level I.
    "Plus, all Bolt’s come with GM’s new-and-infuriating-to-me rear camera mirror." Only premier trims come with the rear camera mirror. LT models do not.

    Also while the car does not have built in full navigation, did you try the Onstar turn by turn?
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    Interior's too plastic-y for me.
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    That is a ****ing awesome ****ing writeup man! I do think maybe adding in an occasional **** or **** would help give it that ****ing millennial edge though!

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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    I liked the review. Seems to echo what most others are saying about the car. While I have had many opportunities to sit and ride in one. I finally got to drive one at the Toronto Auto Show (CIAS). I very much so enjoyed driving it. Though I found the regen in L a little too strong for my liking. Regen paddle in conjunction of driving in D would be my preference. I too use the regen paddle in my 2017 Volt like a trail brake.

    Couple things in the article:
    "while a Level III will leave you waiting until next week." I presume you meant Level I.
    "Plus, all Bolt’s come with GM’s new-and-infuriating-to-me rear camera mirror." Only premier trims come with the rear camera mirror. LT models do not.

    Also while the car does not have built in full navigation, did you try the Onstar turn by turn?
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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    Good write up.

    What were the seats like? I have read a couple of reviews that complain the car and its seats are too narrow.

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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    I drove a Bolt on January 21, 2017 in Southern California, and found the Bolt feels very planted, smooth, quiet and quick. Good space, comfortable seating. The left paddle brings the car speed down smartly.
    It won't be available in Missouri until late this year, but it is a car that could fit millions of drivers needs!
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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    Good write up, it sounds like they have a winner here in this Bolt.

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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    Nice write-up!

    Under hard acceleration and heavy regen events the Bolt makes wonderful whooshing sounds as electrons are captured and released from the 288 interlinked cells that make up the battery. Someone needs to figure out how to make that sound louder because it’s an immensely satisfying soundtrack in a hi-fi, sci-fi sort of way.
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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    If you have driven the Spark EV, how does the Bolt compare (range notwithstanding)?

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    Re: GMI Bolt First Drive

    Any word from GM about oil usage when AFM kicks in?
    I read your article twice and didn't see a single mention.

    The Bolt seems like a great car, but I worry about the CVT transmission grenading or BAS system returning subpar fuel economy.

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    Nice write-up!

    GM should do a mini-documentary. They should start it off with "Yes, we killed our electric car 20 years ago because the technology wasn't there yet. But we never stopped developing the electric vehicle. The Bolt is the culmination of these efforts...."

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