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My Focus electric was the same deal. First scheduled maintenance at 120K miles, change coolant.

Only thing I did over 54000 miles was rotate tires.
 

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Pretty cool. EV1 vids had the same view from mechanics. Clean to work on and doesn't need work that often.
 

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Can you say paridigm shift.
 

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That's amazing. I was pretty happy with only needing an oil change every couple of years but this is another level. FYI the Leaf required a brake flush every two years. Of course you'll need to replace things like the 12v battery, the batteries for the key fobs, and the tires, so it won't be a cost free experience. But still ....
 

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Who in their right mind would want a car that doesn't require maintenance for 150k miles nor trips to the gas station? lol

Of course, maintenance free is a bit misleading, you still need tire rotations, fluid inspections, cabin filter change. Probably want to check the brake pads and tire tread occasionally as well, but still, those are all pretty minor.
 

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Hopefully it doesn't chew through front tires like the Spark EV. I got about 12k mi out of my first set. I'm confident the largest, most expensive wear item will be front tires.

At least the Bolt EV tires are rotatable front-to-rear. The Spark EV has different size wheels and tires front/rear.
 

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GM should be jumping on this for marketing purposes. My friend was telling me about one of the first VW ads that ran in the Northeast. It was a full-page ad, and the headline read: "Here is what you need to do to prepare your VW Beetle for winter...."

Other than a picture of the Beetle, the rest of the page was blank.
 

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GM should be jumping on this for marketing purposes. My friend was telling me about one of the first VW ads that ran in the Northeast. It was a full-page ad, and the headline read: "Here is what you need to do to prepare your VW Beetle for winter...."

Other than a picture of the Beetle, the rest of the page was blank.
The Beetle ads that appeared in newspapers were classic. There's a scene in Mad Men when the ad executives see their first Beetle ad and scoff at all the blank paper, saying it was a colossal waste of money. HA!
 

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Damnit, if a mod can fix the typo in the title, much appreciated. :)

If you are handy, you can rotate your own tires, check your own fluids, and possibly even change your own brake fluid? So literally, one could theoretically not have to visit a dealer.....like ever with a Bolt....until 150k miles. :p
 

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Who in their right mind would want a car that doesn't require maintenance for 150k miles nor trips to the gas station? lol

Of course, maintenance free is a bit misleading, you still need tire rotations, fluid inspections, cabin filter change. Probably want to check the brake pads and tire tread occasionally as well, but still, those are all pretty minor.
And I've stopped rotating my tires. I'll be sure to report my findings, in the interest of science. 32k on my 2nd set of tires and still rolling.
 

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Hopefully it doesn't chew through front tires like the Spark EV. I got about 12k mi out of my first set. I'm confident the largest, most expensive wear item will be front tires.

At least the Bolt EV tires are rotatable front-to-rear. The Spark EV has different size wheels and tires front/rear.
So do you think your excessive tire wear is from mashing the accelerator too much with the 400+ ft. Lbs of torque, or maybe there is an alignment problem? I chuckled a few decades ago when Acura NSX owners had a class action lawsuit against Acura for excessive tire wear.
 

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Damnit, if a mod can fix the typo in the title, much appreciated. :)

If you are handy, you can rotate your own tires, check your own fluids, and possibly even change your own brake fluid? So literally, one could theoretically not have to visit a dealer.....like ever with a Bolt....until 150k miles. :p
You can fix it yourself if you go to your first posting, hit edit, then go advanced mode.
 

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guys its not just the fact that you don't have to spend a lot of money on maintenance, the ENVIRONMENTAL impact would be way down too.

No gas consumed
No used oil to deal with
Not consuming all of the multitude of items an ICE vehicle requires (air filters, oil filters, belts)
I'm betting any hoses and other rubber will last a lot longer because they won't have to live under a hot hood with an ICE running all the time

The total lifetime footprint of the Bolt EV is going to be way smaller than a typical ICE
 

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guys its not just the fact that you don't have to spend a lot of money on maintenance, the ENVIRONMENTAL impact would be way down too.

No gas consumed
No used oil to deal with
Not consuming all of the multitude of items an ICE vehicle requires (air filters, oil filters, belts)
I'm betting any hoses and other rubber will last a lot longer because they won't have to live under a hot hood with an ICE running all the time

The total lifetime footprint of the Bolt EV is going to be way smaller than a typical ICE
I'd say no gas consumed has a bigger economic impact that just the environment. If everyone drove an EV, we could get competition between many electrical producers for our power and ignore the pricing monopoly that OPEC has on the world. We are at economic war with OPEC and China. What better way to win this war than to not send money to them, and spread the wealth to the rest of the world.

With the volt, I can't avoid using some gas on a daily basis, but any BEV with some range can mean no gas consumed at all. Alas, I need something bigger. Maybe the bolt will grow on my after I sit in one. Although not nearly as ugly as the i3, it does look a little i3-like.
 

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Wait..wouldn't you need a new big battery after the range drops 40%?? j/k...heehheeehe I am betting there will be some minor recall that requires going to dealership at some point. Bought used FFE and they have had several.
 

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And I've stopped rotating my tires. I'll be sure to report my findings, in the interest of science. 32k on my 2nd set of tires and still rolling.
'We', over here in UK, never rotate tyres. They may get swapped front to back to balance out the different wear rates front to rear, but the general advice is to keep tyres on the same side so they rotate in the same direction. The ply will shift around when you swap the rolling direction.

I can tell you it makes not a blindest bit of difference. It's a waste of time 'rotating' tyres as you do over there. Total and utter waste.

In fact, I think it is ruse by the manufacturers because if there is some sort of suspension fault on one corner of the car you will hide it by swapping the tyres around and, probably, they are hoping it stays hidden for long enough for the car to get out of warranty before you notice!

A modern car in a proper state of repair should wear left and right evenly. It's as simple as that. Keep your tyres on. Once the front tyres wear out swap the rears to the front and put the new ones on the back. This is the 'correct' engineering advice.

Sorry, You guys are still living with advice fit for cross-ply tyres.
 

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On the subject of maintenance free, it may be different over there, but Tesla do not require any service to be done to sustain the warranty here, i.e. no service is required. For the sake of the car's resale value it is probably advisable to get Tesla to do a service, but it is not required. Is that not true for the US?
 
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