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OK, the title is pretty simple. For those that had Gen 1's for awhile and now have Gen 2's or both, do you have any regrets leaving the Gen 1 behind? Would you trade again? Any buyers remorse? Anything you truly miss about Gen 1 over Gen 2?
 

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I have a '15 (with less than 9500 miles on it - so it isn't exactly beat up) and my wife has a '17. I like the Gen 2 better in just about every way. Homelink is certainly missed as well as the turn signals in the mirrors.
 

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OK, the title is pretty simple. For those that had Gen 1's for awhile and now have Gen 2's or both, do you have any regrets leaving the Gen 1 behind? Would you trade again? Any buyers remorse? Anything you truly miss about Gen 1 over Gen 2?
You can't go wrong on Gen 2 LT . More bang , less bucks
 

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Well, I still have my Gen 1 (Gen 2 replaced a Spark EV), but I can still comment. If I had to turn in my Gen 1 tomorrow, not any regrets to be had really.

The ped honk button that is lacking in Gen 2 was nice, but the loss of it is no biggie. Umm.....rear passenger door pockets were removed in Gen 2, but once again no big deal since I never sit back there anyways. I never used Homelink in Gen 1, so I don't care about that. Let's see...(really stretching here).....Gen 1 has the more distinct look compared to Gen 2, but I also appreciate the '17's styling too (sportier, more aggressive).

Otherwise, everything else is pretty much better in Gen 2.

See my full comparison here: http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?249098-My-new-2017-observations-comparison-to-my-2012&highlight=2017
 

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We traded in our 2014 Volt for our 2016 Volt LTZ a few months ago. Hands down, the 2016 Volt is a great improvement over our 2014 Volt. The 2016 Volt has a longer electric range, it charges on level 2 a little faster than the 2014 did. Gas only mpg's is much better.

Mid 40's + mpg's just on gas, 87 octane, quicker driving response, and rides, handles, feels, and looks better as well than the 2014.

Also cost us less than our 2014 Volt did. Our 2014 Volt was about $33,000, leather etc. Our 2016 Volt LTZ cost $29,000 (MSRP over $40,000). Sure nice to get over $11,000 off MSRP, we could not walk away from that deal...
 

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I think when you have a car with considerably more electric range, better MPG, regular gas instead of premium, and better performance, how can you not like that? I don't think anyone would trade those for a few details like homelink.
 

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As long as we are discussing it, it there a "button" to look for ACC. When viewing photos, is there something that can be seen on the car to verify ACC (adaptive cruise control) without seeing it on the sticker? Thanks
 

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As long as we are discussing it, it there a "button" to look for ACC. When viewing photos, is there something that can be seen on the car to verify ACC (adaptive cruise control) without seeing it on the sticker? Thanks
ACC Volts have a segmented top faux grille, around the bowtie.
 

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Would trade Gen 1 for a Gen 2 again.

However, the driver and passenger seats are not as comfortable in Gen 2 as Gen 1 for long trips. After 3 hours my tailbone is hurting, but not with Gen 1. My wife agrees.

I just bought seat cushions with a cutout for the tail bone and we are both trying those now. Seems to help. Otherwise, my wife might trade in her ICE to get a long distance car and then we would use the Volt Gen 2 only for 3 hour or less trips.

Also, miss the garage door opener, but no biggie. Just had to get new batteries for the clip-on garage door opener, which I wouldn't need to do for Gen 1.
 

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I'm on our third Volt, two Gen I's and now a Gen II. ZERO regrets and don't miss the Gen I.
 

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I miss the pedestrian horn on the Gen I.

Gen II is better in every category and I don't regret upgrading one bit. Nearly 20K of bliss in the Gen II.
 

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We have a Gen I, and I've driven the Gen II many times as a rental (longest was a week). On paper, Gen II is basically better in every way, but there are a few things I really do like more about Gen I:

- Rear headroom on Gen I is marginally less bad. Rear headroom on Gen II is flirting with unacceptable.

- I like the interior build quality a lot more in Gen I. This is partly a personal thing (I just like the panels and materials chosen for Gen I, especially up front), but I can't help noticing that the turn signal stalk on Gen II feels really cheap. Rear door panels didn't look great on Gen I, but I think Gen II takes a small step backward. Again, this is a mostly personal point, but overall it feels that the Gen II interior is cheaper, albeit more modern looking.

- Echoing Ralph7 here... the seats are noticeably worse on Gen II. The front seats seemed fine, but the rear passenger seats were definitely less comfortable -- they're sculpted a bit funny and don't feel very natural.

- Echoing many folks here... the pedestrian horn on Gen I was a cute feature.

These are just some of my (minor) pet peeves. Gen II is an amazing car, and it definitely outperforms Gen I on basically every metric; I'd heartily recommend a Gen II to anyone interested in something that plugs in. Having said that, we're still keeping our Gen I for many years to come.
 

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Yes, the Gen Two is a better car overall, but there are a few little Gen One features I miss:

The ability to open all four side windows with the remote
A middle compartment big enough to accept a square Kleenex box
A CD player (didn't use it much, but it was nice to have when needed)
An extra 12v. cigar lighter socket on the top of the dashboard
Integrated garage door remote button
 

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My situation is a little different, I didn't trade my Gen 1 in, it was totaled. My regret is that I couldn't keep my Gen 1 and use the money I am now spending on my Gen 2 on getting a Bolt. In every way I can think of My Gen 2 is better than my Gen 1 was... except for that damn dead pedal left side foot rest is way to high! On long trips my legs end up crossed up near the seat (left foot between seat and right foot so right is available for pedals) or my left foot is under the brake pedal.

Yes, the Gen Two is a better car overall, but there are a few little Gen One features I miss:

The ability to open all four side windows with the remote
I open all four windows with the remote on my way out of work every day in the fall, and spring... user selected in options.

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Would trade Gen 1 for a Gen 2 again.

However, the driver and passenger seats are not as comfortable in Gen 2 as Gen 1 for long trips. After 3 hours my tailbone is hurting, but not with Gen 1. My wife agrees.

I just bought seat cushions with a cutout for the tail bone and we are both trying those now. Seems to help. Otherwise, my wife might trade in her ICE to get a long distance car and then we would use the Volt Gen 2 only for 3 hour or less trips.
Does anyone know whether or not the front seats from a Gen1 would fit in a Gen2? I own a 2014. I like everything about a Gen2 except the front seats. I have made two road trips in a 2010 Prius and two road trips in the 2014. It is like night and day with how comfortable the seats in the 2014 are. If I were to buy a Gen2, I would need to be able to replace the seats with those from a Gen1. I am not going back to ending up with a pain in the a** during those long daily drives and I'm not giving up my road trips.:p (What was GM thinking???)
 

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... there are a few things I really do like more about Gen I:

- I like the interior build quality a lot more in Gen I. ... but overall it feels that the Gen II interior is cheaper, albeit more modern looking.
These are just some of my (minor) pet peeves. Gen II is an amazing car, and it definitely outperforms Gen I on basically every metric; I'd heartily recommend a Gen II to anyone interested in something that plugs in. Having said that, we're still keeping our Gen I for many years to come.
Gotta agree with jjbb here. The Gen2 DESIGN and engineering are a solid notch upward from the Gen 1. However, the EXECUTION leaves something to be desired:
1. Cheap interior materials: For godsakes, I may as well be riding in a WICKER BASKET, the Gen 2 interior is so filled with cheap plastic fittings that creak, buzz, and rattle endlessly with every road bump or undulation. You could mold an entire playroom of Fisher-Price toys if you melted that interior down.
2. Engine oil leak: As I've groused on these pages before, the dealer has had three tries to stop my engine oil leak and it's now worse than ever. How hard can this be?
3. Brake pedal creaking: Had the recall done, but ... "it's baaaack."
4. Engine misfire: Had the recall done, but no dice.

All that said, overall I prefer the Gen 2 for all the reasons quoted by many. However, if GM ever puts this drivetrain on a Buick, improves materials and includes a reasonably increased price for them (NOT the exorbitant increase of the ELR) then that's my next car. I think I'm on my last and final Chevy.
 

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I open all four windows with the remote on my way out of work every day in the fall, and spring... user selected in options.

Keith
Thanks for this. I promise to read the Owners' Manual someday
 
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