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My wife and I own (for the next seven days!) two VW TDI cars that have been caught up in the recall/buyback. I have been looking at 2017 Volts for a few months but just couldn't justify paying the upfront cost. So I started looking at used 2013 - 15 models. Wow, they are really affordable with 24k -36k miles. Having read a bit here I have concluded that the improved battery in the 2014 Volt is worth having. We turn our cars in 12/27, so hopefully we will have the cash to purchase a used Volt by the very end of the month. Looking at Carvana. Anyone have experience buying from them? Can't wait to be silently motoring!
 

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Welcome!

With all the TDI guys joining, we should rename this place Volt-Club. Or, VoltVortex. lol
 

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Either Gen Volt is a winner, my advice buy the newest one you can afford and of course some warranty left just to cover your transition.

What kind of commute do you have, what are your charging options (home and work)? As a minimum I would suggest a Level II EVSE at home. I could easily drive 60 to 70 miles (all electric) with my Gen I's by virtue of having a CC LCS-25 Level II EVSE in my garage and it allowed true pre-conditioning on COLD or HOT days.


Good luck and good hunting.
 

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Bazinga, thanks for the reply. My M-F commute is 10 miles round trip, mostly in school zones and creeping along bumper to bumper. That is the main reason I'm looking at the Volt. Weekends might see some use, but we have a 2015 Leaf that we've been using for errands, movies, restaurants, etc. We are about two hours from Houston and Austin and the Volt would be great for day trips to either city.

We have a house (built in 2010, so pretty new/up-to-date wiring) with two car garage for charging overnight and whenever we are home. No charging at work for either of us.

A 2014 is about $2000 more than a 2013. Is it worth the money for my puny commute? Also, I have a 15 yo daughter who will likely inherit this Volt. Any thoughts on that?
 

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Sounds like the Volt is the best tool for the job and your family, my only thought or comment is - what took you so long?
 

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Regarding your daughter, the Volt is one of the safest cars around. So that's good news. In my experience with the ice and snow we had last week, it's also one of the most forgiving if you make a mistake.

However for your regular commute, you aren't going to use up the battery completely in any volt. Especially with the mild winter you have in Texas.

IIRC, the 2013 and 2014 Volts have the same range.
 

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My buddy bought a C-Max hybrid through Carvana and had a great experience. That being said, might be worth considering buying a certified Volt from a dealer. Inventory should be ample in your area and there should be good room to bargain.
 

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Thanks to all for the info. I'm reading and learning all that I can. Wife is threatening to kill me if I don't make a decision and move on. I tend to analyze things. Thorough is the word I would use. :)
 

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I purchased a 2013 Volt from Carvana this past November. loaded premium with leather seats (no navigation), 49K miles for $13,250 delivered to my door. it's 1100 miles later and i've still got 3 gallons left of the full tank Carvana delivered it with. The entire buying experience was absolutely awesome. Everything about the car was as promised. Any interaction with customer service was on point in every respect. I am so happy with this Volt and the buying experience.

Carvana gives purchasers a bunch coupons for $500 off to spread around. PM me if you'd like a code to use. disclaimer: yes, i'd supposedly get $100 if you use it and the sale goes through. Carvana is really aggressive in promoting their brand. buying a car sight unseen on the internet is a big stretch for some. I doubt i would have done it without the 7 day trial period and 100 day warranty.

PS: just caught your self-description of thorough. I hear ya! i spent almost a year researching alternate fuel vehicles and two months zeroing in on the Volt before i pulled the trigger. i went with Carvana after actively monitoring what was available on CarMax, Autotrader, CarGurus, Craigslist, and local dealers. the research is what told me the deal that came up on Carvana was a solid one for me and my area. Tell your wife to chill - Analyzers Rock!
 

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Thanks for the Carvana review. It sounds to good to be true, so I'm happy to hear that it works as advertised.
 

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I'm in the same VW TDi boat until Jan 11th. I couldn't wait and got me a 2017 Volt Premier with no 1st mo payment so not to have two car payments this month. I'm only a week into my Volt so too soon to offer much commentary besides my dis of the wireless phone charger which is soon to be posted once it passes this forum's webmaster approval. Good luck with your Volt purchase. Hope those filthy VW thieves came through for you with your settlement check.
 

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I'm a TDI owner also, but not a refugee. My 2001 Golf GL TDI was made before dieselgate, and with 444,500 miles on it (all mine, I bought it new), I think I'm finally ready to put "old faithful" out to pasture. The Volt is on my very short list of cars I'm considering so I joined up to pick your collective minds for facts, figures, stories and opinions. Hopefully it won't be too long before I join you as an owner.
 

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Hey,

I'm former TDI owner (sold my 2011 Sportwagen back to VW on 12/27) and a little late to this thread but if you haven't yet purchased your Volt let me give another enthusiastic thumbs up to Carvana. I purchased our 2014 Base with 22k on the odometer for just over 16k. The car was in great shape and the whole buying experience was 100% painless. Like you, I did a lot of research and almost bought a new Volt but couldn't justify the cost, even with the tax credit. There was a good selection of 2013-2014 Volts on Carvana and the prices were competitive. I've had my Volt for just under 2 months and really like it. It's a perfect fit for 95% of my daily driving. Once I burned through the few gallons of gas in the tank when I got the car (I wanted to make sure I had fresh fuel in it) I haven't used a drop of gas in 6 weeks of driving! At the end of the day I got my Volt for $4,000 less than the TDI buyback amount so I got a "new" car and a bump in my savings account!
 

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First post to the forum!

I am a refugee, survivor of the HOAXmobile. Had a 2014 Jetta TDI which I loved, but am now a happy owner of a 2017 Chevy Volt. Looking forward to learning more about it.

My main challenge is that my husband and I live completely off of the grid, and plugging my EV into our power system would draw too much. The nearest power line is about 1/4 mile away (we live back in woods/mountains of Vermont); I'm looking into having an EV station installed there.

In the meantime, I can charge when I'm at work, so my ride home is electric, and to work is fuel.
 

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The first of my two TDIs has been returned (2013 Sportwagon), with the 2012 Touareg yet to hit the chopping block.

Like so many other former TDI guys (I've owned 4), the Volt is on my short-list.

I've zeroed in on the '14 - '15...have seen quite a few nice ones on Carvana as well (Houston). Seems like you can get a lot of car for about $15k.

Tim
 

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One more here. 2010 Jetta TDI was sold back to VW on 12/08/2016. We've been searching and driving quite a few hybrids but now we've put a HOLD on a 2016 Volt with 12K miles for pickup later this week. There's been one or two VW's in our garage for the past 30 years. Sad to see it go, but feel like we need a "mea culpa" now for driving dirty diesels all these years. Being retired, we have no commute to deal with, so charging hopefully won't be an issue.
 

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Hi All,

I take my 2012 TDI Sportwagen back to the dealer on Feb 3rd for the buyback. Tomorrow I'll be picking up my new 2017 Volt. I'm looking forward to experiencing a taste of the EV life as much broader selections become available over the next several years.
 

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First post to the forum!

I am a refugee, survivor of the HOAXmobile. Had a 2014 Jetta TDI which I loved, but am now a happy owner of a 2017 Chevy Volt. Looking forward to learning more about it.

My main challenge is that my husband and I live completely off of the grid, and plugging my EV into our power system would draw too much. The nearest power line is about 1/4 mile away (we live back in woods/mountains of Vermont); I'm looking into having an EV station installed there.

In the meantime, I can charge when I'm at work, so my ride home is electric, and to work is fuel.
You mean "HOAXwagon"? ;) Welcome to the forum!
 

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I turned in my 2009 Sportwagon on 01DEC, the very first day that the buyback started. My chosen appointment was late in the day, after work, and the guy said I was the third TDI returned there.

The replacement 2017 Volt Premier came 3.5 months earlier. I parked the TDI so I wouldn't risk wrecking it or something and thus being excluded from the same payment.
 
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