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I've posted a few times on here but never fully introduced myself.

I just bought a 2013 Base model Volt a few weeks ago and now have 36K Miles on it - my first American car since a crappy Chevy Spectrum I had to drive for a few months in high school. I traded in my 2005 RX8 to get the Volt because the RX8 only got 18MPG and I was also worried about the long term ownership costs of the RX8. With the gas bill/monthly payment combined, even with my "negative" equity" I am still able to make a slight improvement on my monthly expenses while knowing that down the road my maintenance budget can be decreased. I have a 24 mile one way commute but can charge for free at work. As a result, I commuted all week last week without using any ICE. The weekends are another matter, but oh well, what can you do. I look forward to learning from everybody all of the tips, tricks and modifications that these cars do well with, as well as understanding more about any future issues that I may have down the road.

I'm sure I'm leaving a few things out but thats all I got for now.
-Ryan
 

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Welcome in the Volt world and enjoy your car. You'll find a lot of information in this site, just use the search option and a whole new world is opening to you. For any questions you may have, a lot of good people are here to answer them. The same I did months before I bought my 2014 Volt.
 

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Congrats on the Volt, and welcome!

I drove an '89 Geo Spectrum for five years while in college and at my first job. It was a tin can, but at the same time I was driving 140 miles a day at that first job, and I was a poor newlywed, and I really appreciated the mid 40's gas mileage I got with it! Back then no one could believe I got that kind of mileage in a car...now that's what I get in my Volt when running the ICE, and it's no tin can like that Spectrum was!!
 

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Welcome aboard, I would suggest down loading the pdf version of the Owners Manual. The Volt has a few oddities that many new owners freak out over or can't figure out based on decades of ICE ownership.

Oh and don't freak out with a loss of electric range in the winter, it's normal to lose 20% to 30% as temps fall to freezing and below.
 
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