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So, after spending the last couple of years in the nickel-and-dime stage of our 2006 Impala SS, it's finally time to park it in favor of something new for my wife's daily driver: A super low-mileage 2012 VOLT.

My wife's pretty excited, because besides the old XLR and current ELR Cadillacs, this is her absolute dream car. She's wanted one since she got a test drive at the 2012 LAIAS, and since the math made sense, we made a deal on one. I know we could have gotten a good deal on a 2014 or 2015, but even with the tax rebate, we're still going to be a several grand ahead.

Anyway, I know there are several members here who own VOLTs, so please, feel free to share your opinions and tips for driving this interesting car!
 

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Amazing what infinite taxpayer money can build.
That's a pretty short sighted statement.

The car had most of its engineering and design completed before bankruptcy.

And besides, it was a necessary investment. GM couldn't afford to not do it.
 

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So, after spending the last couple of years in the nickel-and-dime stage of our 2006 Impala SS, it's finally time to park it in favor of something new for my wife's daily driver: A super low-mileage 2012 VOLT.

My wife's pretty excited, because besides the old XLR and current ELR Cadillacs, this is her absolute dream car. She's wanted one since she got a test drive at the 2012 LAIAS, and since the math made sense, we made a deal on one. I know we could have gotten a good deal on a 2014 or 2015, but even with the tax rebate, we're still going to be a several grand ahead.

Anyway, I know there are several members here who own VOLTs, so please, feel free to share your opinions and tips for driving this interesting car!
Very cool, my first question (after what kinda deal did you get; mileage/price/options/etc.) is where about do you live? I parked mine for the winter, which was the plan all along, but as the temps got lower, it lost a bit of its luster. I did drive it through the first half of November, so I do have a few cool-weather tips.
 

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That's a pretty short sighted statement.

The car had most of its engineering and design completed before bankruptcy.

And besides, it was a necessary investment. GM couldn't afford to not do it.
Apparently, they couldn't afford to build it either.......... :lmao:

Kidding aside;

Would GM be any weaker TODAY, had they not put one red cent towards the Volt and Voltec?

GM needs a couple really good hybrids, but I think they are afraid it'll eat into the very, very small niche that the Volt has carved out.
 

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Apparently, they couldn't afford to build it either.......... :lmao:

Kidding aside;

Would GM be any weaker TODAY, had they not put one red cent towards the Volt and Voltec?

GM needs a couple really good hybrids, but I think they are afraid it'll eat into the very, very small niche that the Volt has carved out.
Would they have been weaker? No.

On paper and in theory, Volt and Voltec were great long term investments. Sadly, GM hasn't spread Voltec into anything else besides a dud Cadillac coupe. Too bad. Voltec technology in other GM cars would be a game changer in various segments, yet they refuse to spread the technology.
 

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Would they have been weaker? No.

On paper and in theory, Volt and Voltec were great long term investments. Sadly, GM hasn't spread Voltec into anything else besides a dud Cadillac coupe. Too bad. Voltec technology in other GM cars would be a game changer in various segments, yet they refuse to spread the technology.
Right, that was pretty-much my point. It's like designing a rocket to put a man on Pluto, and then realizing all the other road blocks, that make it un-realistic.

Having said that, we will soon know with the new Volt less than a month away, but with $2.00 gas, how much is a Volt going to save you over a Cruze?
 

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A medium Buick Bolt wagon is what GM needs to move this metal.

With gas at $2.00 we should be seeing the I word.
 

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It's a great car, just not enough luxury for me. ELR solves that problem.
Only question in my mind is whether or not I still want a convertible.
 

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Congrats on the Volt. Pics when you get a chance.
 
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It was smart of GM to invest all that capital into the Volt and then go bankrupt and need us to bail them out. So they just funded the program in reverse. Now new GM can say they didn't waste billions on the Volt.
 

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A medium Buick Bolt wagon is what GM needs to move this metal.

With gas at $2.00 we should be seeing the I word.
Gas won't be at $2.00 forever

This drop is mostly due to two reasons
1. Saudi Arabia punishing Russia for supporting Bashar Al-Assad
2. Saudi Arabia trying to kill shale oil
 

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It was smart of GM to invest all that capital into the Volt and then go bankrupt and need us to bail them out. So they just funded the program in reverse. Now new GM can say they didn't waste billions on the Volt.
You really think the Volt is what bankrupted GM? Just wow.

BTW- How's the post-BK, government-funded 2012 SRX working out for you?
 
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