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    MechEng's New 2017 Volt.

    I have a new 2017 Volt and I have had it since March 29th.

    So far I have put on it 4173 miles (6676 kms) and only burned 14 US gallons of gas (54L). I've only had to put gas in the car once so far.

    I owned a 2013 Volt that I traded in for the 2017. The 2013 was a great car and I was planning to keep it longer term. But the stars aligned and saw a great opportunity to jump into a 2017. I was at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto and GM Canada was giving out $750 vouchers towards any new GM vehicle. The Ontario government announced at the show that the EV rebates were increasing and for the Volt that meant going from a rebate of $8,500 to $11,500 (CAD). And the finance terms were better than what I had on my 2013. When I did the math on trading now or later I came out to near break even so I thought why not jump into a 2017 now?

    I went to my dealer and the Volts are selling at a very brisk pace in Ontario (faster than Camaro's). They did some calling around and managed to find another dealer in Ontario that had a Volt on order with the colour and features I wanted. Basically I was looking for a base blue 2017 Volt. This one also came with the illuminated charge port which I wasn't really interested in but it's nice to have and not an expensive option. When I took delivery of my car the salesman that I have known for several years told me that I was a little lucky in that at the time dealers had stopped swapping Volt's in Ontario because of the shortage and high demand. However they also mentioned that their allocation for Volt's had also been doubled and that they were fighting to double it again.

    As for my experience the dealer Barry Cullen in Guelph was fantastic. Great customer service. Their Volt knowledge was decent but better than other dealers in the area.

    I had pretty good idea what to expect with my 2017 Volt as a 2013 Volt owner. And still the 2017 Volt blew my expectations away. I'm currently averaging over 60 miles a charge without even trying. When I try I can get that to 70 miles. And if I really tried I think I can hit 80 miles on a charge. The worst I have done to date is 50 miles EV and that was in 30F weather (we had a chilly spring). Loving the heated steering wheel and heated seats. Zero squeaks or rattles and the car has been perfect so far. So far the few times I have had to use gas I have exceed the EPA numbers by ~10%.

    Some other notes the car is noticeably faster than my 2013 Volt and GM has really low balled the numbers on this car. The car is also quieter and the user interface is much improved. Android Auto has mostly worked great. I'm very happy with it. The car is slightly larger than the Gen I Volt in most dimensions. I do wish it was a little bigger yet. The hatchback layout of the car makes for great cargo versatility. Headroom in the back is slightly less and it's noticeable. I have found the LED headlights work very well. I have been impressed with them. The increased range is nice for me. This will allow me to do my round trip commute to and from work and go out for lunch plus use the heater in the dead of winter and still be 100% EV. The Gen II Volt still has the engine running due to temperature like the Gen I Volt with similar settings.









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    Re: MechEng's New 2017 Volt.

    Such a good looking car!!!

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    Re: MechEng's New 2017 Volt.

    I've seen a few on the road, they are really nice looking cars! Does the heater keep you as warm as a normal car? How does it handle potholes (I assume you have a lot in Canada as we have a lot in Connecticut). When the day comes (it will be awhile) for a new car, I might be interested in a Volt.

    Why does it look like your license plate numbers are sliding off on the picture of the back of your car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I've seen a few on the road, they are really nice looking cars! Does the heater keep you as warm as a normal car? How does it handle potholes (I assume you have a lot in Canada as we have a lot in Connecticut). When the day comes (it will be awhile) for a new car, I might be interested in a Volt.

    Why does it look like your license plate numbers are sliding off on the picture of the back of your car?
    I haven't used the heater much so far. I have used the defrost and the heat came on very quick and strong. Certainly stronger than my 2013.

    For potholes the cars ride is a bit on the firm side but still pretty good. I find it handles potholes fairly well.

    I took these pictures and have uploaded them to several sites so I have blurred my plate intentionally.
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    Love the car- love the review.

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    Re: MechEng's New 2017 Volt.

    Thanks for the write-up! Sounds great!

    What is your normal commute?

    Please tell us how it does in the winter, (cold) I found that be far the weakest area on our 2014.


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    Thanks for the write up! I bought a '17 Volt six days ago. Love it! Have about 250 miles on it and am up to 66 miles of range. Even without the experience of a Gen I Volt for comparison, I find this car handles quite well, feels very solidly built, and has a quiet cabin though some road surfaces produce a bit of tire noise. Can't wait to read more about the Bolt and its expected variants coming down the pike since driving the Volt makes you believe in a bright EV future. Good job, GM!
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    Re: MechEng's New 2017 Volt.

    I keep seeing blue 2017 Volts every time I am out so either you are on the road quite a bit or they are selling well in the KW-Cambridge-Guelph area, and only in that colour. Don't think I have ever seen one that is not blue.

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    Looks great, congrats! I am trying to talk a friend into one that has a long commute and he just found out its getting even longer.
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    What is your normal commute?

    Please tell us how it does in the winter, (cold) I found that be far the weakest area on our 2014.

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    My normal commute is 25 miles if I go straight to work and back. If I go out for lunch it can add another 10 miles as I work in a smallerish town.

    I've driven the car in some 30F weather and it did very well. Still achieved 50 miles range. But I will certainly see when I get a full winter in.

    Onstar changed their API's a few weeks ago. US Volts can authenticate but a fix for Canadian Volts are supposed to be in the end of this week.

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    I keep seeing blue 2017 Volts every time I am out so either you are on the road quite a bit or they are selling well in the KW-Cambridge-Guelph area, and only in that colour. Don't think I have ever seen one that is not blue.
    Our Volt owners group in the Region of Waterloo has 40+ members and there are at least three Gen II Blue Volts in our group. It's certainly a popular colour.

    I work in Elmira and there is another Red Gen II Volt at the company right next to ours. In our group we have a white, silver and black Gen II as well. But blue has been the most common so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul38469 View Post
    I keep seeing blue 2017 Volts every time I am out so either you are on the road quite a bit or they are selling well in the KW-Cambridge-Guelph area, and only in that colour. Don't think I have ever seen one that is not blue.
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    Re: MechEng's New 2017 Volt.

    Congrats to you new Volt owners! I've been seeing ALOT of the new generation Volts lately, many of them blue. However, I did see a white one and a silver one today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er View Post
    Just home from the dealer, an Iridescent Pearl Tricoat.


    I haven't seen any '17 Volts on the road here in Ocala, FL. Your Volt would be my second favorite color (RED), but the Pearl would be better in our Florida weather. Very Nice Volt !!!!
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    Congrats guys!

    I absolutely love that Blue. Great choice!
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    Thanks for the great pics. I really wish this was coming to Oz. The last Volt flopped here but it was a little too advanced and compromised. I think people would be more responsive these days.
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