Well, it's now been more than 2 years and we're into winter #3 with the Volt and just passed 40,000km so I figured it's time for an update.
I'm not going to go into as many details as in the past mostly because I'm stupid busy. But here's a quick summary:
- We are now averaging 1.5l/100km fuel economy. That's 2 summers and 3 winters, and this winter has been brutal as anyone living in North America will attest.
- We got 6l/100km (~40mpg US) on a recent trip to Montreal where the high was -17c and the low was -30c and we probably averaged -20c or so during our drive. Not bad considering how cold it was.
- The weather's been so cold (-15c to -25c nearly every day since November) that we rarely get above 35km of range (22 miles). I think we've had a couple of days near 0c but it's just been a long, hard winter and even us hardy Canadians are getting tired of this Polar Vortex crap.
Only one thing has irked us:
- The hatch is too heavy for the struts. In the wickedly cold (-30c or worse) weather the struts don't always hold up the hatch and once that hatch starts down it gains an awful lot of momentum. With a hatch that big it should have a power up/down feature. Again, on a car this expensive it should have been a no brainer -- or the car should have been more sedan-like. Similarly, the weight of a motor to lift/lower the hatch wouldn't have hindered the mileage at all. It's a stupid oversight.
I will be taking it into the dealership so they know that the hatch sometimes closes of its own accord due to the struts being insufficient to the task.
We have also had our first problem with the car: the heater malfunctioned. We're not sure when this actually happened but it was quite noticeable when the temperature dropped. GM fixed up the problem and gave us a free loaner and cash for gas for our trouble. The part has actually been re-engineered, which caused the dealership some issues as the part they yanked didn't look like the one GM provided and after discussions with Volt engineers in Detroit it was determined that the part had been reengineered and, yes, it looks different. It seems to work perfectly fine since we again have heat .
The car has performed admirably. We're still very pleased with it except for a couple of niggles mentioned above and the ones I've previously mentioned, such as lack of power seats/memory, lack of heated steering wheel, lack of a proper cargo cover -- not the crappy fabric thing GM put on what amounts to a $50k car! (unbelievable), etc. I continue to believe that GM made a few fundamental mistakes with Voltec:
- The Volt should have been on Epsilon. This would have made the car larger, probably barely dented the overall efficiency of Voltec, allowed for more aggressive styling, provided more room, and more easily justified the price.
- They should have released a CUV-like vehicle by now. The fact they've not done this is rather stupid and I hope they rectify this quickly.
- They should have gotten the ELR out sooner, but then considering the financial morass they were in plus the "oversight" of the halfwits in Washington I'm sure they got it out as soon as they could.
We intend to keep the car long term. We like it that much. The only thing that might get us out of it and into something else would be a CUV-based Voltec car. We are looking forward to seeing what Volt 2.0 looks like...