GM Volt Forum banner

1 - 20 of 43 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I really want ACC, but the deal I am being offered I believe is exceptional. Based on the current discounts should I be a little patient? Will this effect resale down the road when autonomous driving is a norm?



41,100 MSRP
33,500 out the door includes tax and title.

A net discount of 10,000 when you factor my local tax.
Add the 7500 tax deduction and I am net 26,000.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
14,156 Posts
The value of ACC is subjective and personal. We have ACC in one car but not the other. For long trips it's great but I rarely use it in other driving. But others find is useful in commuting. Hard to say. Unlike blind spot warning it's not a safety feature per se. More a convenience. Just depends on your driving habits and how much you think you'll use it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
81 Posts
That's an amazing deal. I use ACC a lot but it's not perfect. A car in front of you is turning right and ACC slows you down more than you would and takes longer to catch up to the car now in front - and I drive pretty slowly. When a car cuts in front of you, you'd normally take your foot off the accelerator but ACC takes a while to see it, and then stomps on the brakes.

Having said all that, I love it and I wouldn't buy a Volt (or any car) without it. Maybe you should try it and see how it operates in traffic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,661 Posts
Concur with DonC and boberonicus.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
488 Posts
OK I'm an old dude I admit it. Love my 2011 Volt with 89,000 miles on the ticker. I have never been in a car with ACC and I'm not sure I understand the purpose. The way I drive, was taught to drive, and taught my kids to drive is 100% attention and situational awareness. It seems to me this ACC is to normalize distracted driving. Enlighten me please.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,405 Posts
In my opinion the ACC in the Volt works great. But not having it is not a deal breaker for me.

After the first few weeks, I stopped using it. I got more EV range in heavy traffic by not using it. My foot is better educated than the software.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,186 Posts
I've never used it and don't have it but I have one Volt premier trim with the full driver confidence packages and one without. I too got a killer deal last summer for the one without. I don't regret it and I have to say at least for me I find allowing myself to be a bit more distracted in the car with the features.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
251 Posts
I do not have ACC, and I don't miss it. My Volt is used (primarily) for commuting with very limited expressway driving, and this is where the Volt has its main advantages (lower speeds, stop-and-go driving) where the ACC feature is of little use.

If you're going to do longer trips/commuting, then it may be worth it for you especially if traffic does not flow smoothly.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,468 Posts
First and forecast, if you care about resale value do not buy a Volt, you will be very disappointed...There are some very good lease deals if you live in a CARB state and you're can lease now and purchase later at nearly the same total price as purchasing now but with leasing you have an out...

No better way to showcase ACC than with one of my routine trips, just south of L.A. to Mammoth Lakes which is 300 miles north east...Usually spend the first hour in mostly gridlock, Chevy has this special feature that not all ACC systems have which is when ACC comes to a full stop you can simply tap the accelerator to resume (a lot of other systems require you to press resume on the steering wheel)...Just keep your foot on the accelerator, never have to touch the brakes assuming the system is working...Then once L.A. is cleared it's mostly smooth sailing although you go through a few towns where the speed limit drops from 60MPH-ish to 35MPH...Not that ACC knows the speed limits but usually the vehicles in front of you already slow down and ACC will slow you down...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
My wife's car had it and I love using it in traffic. I think I'll pass after finding out there is 1200 in crasher installed options which makes the discount less appealing. ACC seems difficult to find
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
I bought it to future proof the car as 3rd parties come out with improvements to the system in 3 years, or GM gets smart and decides to make money by updating their cars ala Tesla. It won't be long before a car company won't be able to sell a car without this capability/option. For reference, keep track of the resale differences between non-autopilot teslas (2013 and earlier I think), 1st gen hardware autopilot (2014 - 2016) and 2nd gen hardware (current). This will help you calibrate the future value of non-acc vs acc - although the effect might be harder to see until upgrading the volt becomes possible due to market effects.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,634 Posts
Resale on the Volt is good if you are getting a large discount up front. If you are paying MSRP, no. For example if you get a $35k MSRP Volt for $28k because of a 20% off sale and still get the federal credit of $7500, you are down to $20k. If it is only worth $10k 5 years later, that is actually pretty normal depreciation. If you paid MSRP you might be less happy. ACC won't matter much for resale. Systems in the near future are going to be much better.

As a side note, my understanding is that ACC removes dumb cruise control, so if you have heavy fog or rain it will totally disable cruise control. These are situations where you should disable it anyway, but it is worth pointing out as some people were annoyed that they couldn't use cruise control at all in some cases because the system didn't allow it.

It is a feature I want eventually, but I am waiting until it is more of level 3 self driving.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
385 Posts
I thought ACC was just a sales gimmick. My wife's Subaru Outback came with it, but since it's her car I rarely drove it. And then one day we took a 2000 mile trip through California in the Outback. I am now completely sold on ACC and it became a "required feature" when I was buying my 2017 Volt. It is not something you can't live without, but once you get used to it, you will miss it terribly when it isn't available. I'm glad I have it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
464 Posts
I have ACC and in another thread a few days ago I wrote that it is a gamechanger for me. I didn't realize how cool it was until I had a car with it. I use it primarily on my commute, and in southern Cal you can get into some stop and go traffic. It's not perfect, you do need to remain vigilant at all times as, in my experience, it isn't 100% and isn't always smooth in its operation. As others have pointed out, it stops more abruptly than you would when traffic is at a complete stop ahead. In terms of reliability in basic performance, it's very close to 100% and isn't like lane keep assist, which was so wonky I just keep it off all the time.

I've used it in the rain with no issues, I primarily use it on freeways but will also use it as a speed control (yes, you could do this with regular cruise too, but I never did with previous cars) as it's also good down to a low MPH following other cars. As others pointed out, it take you to a complete stop and in that case you tap resume or tap the go pedal. If you are still rolling, no matter how slow and traffic picks up, it picks up too. I do find occasionally that acceleration might be a bit faster than I would do to resume a speed once a slow car clears out in front of you and as mentioned, it brakes too hard in certain situations. As long as you are aware of your surroundings, remember you are still the driver, how close is the vehicle behind you following, etc. it works great and isn't dangerous IMHO.

I personally wouldn't buy a car again without it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
500 Posts
My dad's Subaru Legacy has ACC, and I find it to be useful but could live without it. I use it most when in stop and go traffic (say due to a construction backup). Yes, I still have to maintain situational awareness and keep my eyes on the road ahead, but it relieves the stress of having to work gas and brake pedals constantly. Just watch and steer. Not so much of a physical stress but mentally it feels more relaxed, like having a helper do part of the work.

It's difficult to trust the ACC the first time you use it. The first time it is approaching a car ahead and you have to keep your foot off the brake pedal and trust it will do it for you. I was showing my wife how to use ACC and it was fun to watch her reaction the first time. I had to keep reassuring her the car would stop. If we had plowed into that car in front of us I would have NEVER heard the end of it! But it worked.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,130 Posts
Personally, I would like to have ACC just for the (ANY SPEED) automatic braking feature. It could potentially save your life and the life of another.
 
1 - 20 of 43 Posts
Top