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... and I really liked it. I'm shopping for my first EV, and though I'm on the tesla model 3 reservation list, I'll probably get a used EV like the gen1 volt or used BMW i3 instead for about half the cost of the model 3.

(dammit I misspelled the title. "POTENTIAL used gen1 volt buyer takes first test drive." I see we can't edit the title once a thread is submitted.)

The volt's seat was very comfortable and the seat position was good. I loved how adjustable the steering column was.
The ride was smooth, quiet, and fairly quick. I really felt like I was in a lexus or some other more upscale vehicle.

I test drove a used BMW i3 last weekend and loved how responsive it was. Super quick and fun to swerve in.
I was expecting the volt to feel a lot more sluggish than the i3, but it only felt a LITTLE more sluggish. I drove it in SPORT and L modes, as others suggested, for maximum fun.

The things I didn't really like were the giant center column with all the controls. It just seems more obtrusive than it needs to be. I felt like R2D2 was sitting next to me. I think the more modern, chic, open i3 interior is better. Also the visibility wasn't great. Quite limited in the rear actually. In a car town like los angeles where I live, you really need to be able to see everything around you because of crazy drivers, pedestrians, etc and I felt like I had blinders on in the volt. The i3 had much better visibility.

I sat in 2 different gen1 volts, one with the bose stereo and one with the stock base model stereo. I'm a musician with a fairly good ear, and honestly I was expecting to be more impressed by the bose system. It sounded almost identical to the stock system. Has anyone else noticed this?

ALSO just this weekend I found out my fiance is pregnant! My first kid. So I need a vehicle that will accommodate that. I know the rear seat is big enough, but I'm more concerned about the trunk. Fellow dads - how much luck did you have squeezing a decent-sized stroller back there? Not the tiny kind that can fit anywhere, but the more sturdy kind of stroller? How easy is it for a mom to load/unload? That's another area I think the i3 might be better.

The chevy dealership was asking $19k for it, but when they could tell I wasn't going to buy today, the salesman offered it to me for $14,500! Sounded like a great deal, but it was black/black leather. I had that combo in my acura intergra long ago and it got too hot in the summer, so I'm looking for black/tan leather if I get a volt. I used to think the bose stereo was a prerequisite too, but after hearing very little difference, I'd be willing to go without it.

The model I test drive showed a lifetime MPG of 95mpg, which i think implies the driver used the gas engine fairly often, as the ones that are driven mostly electric often show MPG > 200 don't they?

In summary, I was impressed. I'm thrilled that these great cars can now be had for around 15k. I'm still deciding between the volt and i3, but whichever one I get, I'm excited to enter the world of EV driving soon.
 

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... and I really liked it. I'm shopping for my first EV, and though I'm on the tesla model 3 reservation list, I'll probably get a used EV like the gen1 volt or used BMW i3 instead for about half the cost of the model 3.

(dammit I misspelled the title. "POTENTIAL used gen1 volt buyer takes first test drive. I see we can't edit the title once a thread is submitted.)

The volt's seat was very comfortable and the seat position was good. I loved how adjustable the steering column was.
The ride was smooth, quiet, and fairly quick. I really felt like I was in a lexus or some other more upscale vehicle.

I test drove a used BMW i3 last weekend and loved how responsive it was. Super quick and fun to swerve in.
I was expecting the volt to feel a lot more sluggish than the i3, but it only felt a LITTLE more sluggish.

The things I didn't really like were the giant center column with all the controls. It just seems more obtrusive than it needs to be. I felt like R2D2 was sitting next to me. I think the more modern, chic, open i3 interior is better. Also the visibility wasn't great. Quite limited in the rear actually. In a car town like los angeles where I live, you really need to be able to see everything around you because of crazy drivers, pedestrians, etc and I felt like I had blinders on in the volt. The i3 had much better visibility.

I sat in 2 different gen1 volts, one with the bose stereo and one with the stock base model stereo. I'm a musician with a fairly good ear, and honestly I was expecting to be more impressed by the bose system. It sounded almost identical to the stock system. Has anyone else noticed this?

ALSO just this weekend I found out my fiance is pregnant! My first kid. So I need a vehicle that will accommodate that. I know the rear seat is big enough, but I'm more concerned about the trunk. Fellow dads - how much luck did you have squeezing a decent-sized stroller back there? Not the tiny kind that can fit anywhere, but the more sturdy kind of stroller? How easy is it for a mom to load/unload? That's another area I think the i3 might be better.

The chevy dealership was asking $19k for it, but when they could tell I wasn't going to buy today, the salesman offered it to me for $14,500! Sounded like a great deal, but it was black/black leather. I had that combo in my acura intergra long ago and it got too hot in the summer, so I'm looking for black/tan leather if I get a volt. I used to think the bose stereo was a prerequisite too, but after hearing very little difference, I'd be willing to go without it.

The model I test drive showed a lifetime MPG of 95mpg, which i think implies the driver used the gas engine fairly often, as the ones that are driven mostly electric often show MPG > 200 don't they?

In summary, I was impressed. I'm thrilled that these great cars can now be had for around 15k. I'm still deciding between the volt and i3, but whichever one I get, I'm excited to enter the world of EV driving soon.
Be glad you weren't buying today ;)
 

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There was a recent thread on this forum discussing child seats, strollers. etc. in the Volt. IMO the car's biggest shortcoming is in interior space, and this is especially so if you are trying to fit in child seats (rear facing are the worst) and bulky strollers, etc. The general consensus is that you, and Mom, should try before you buy.
 

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Keep in mind the Volt has a 60/40 back seat. If you are just putting a single car seat in the Volt, you have a lot more room when you fold down 1/2 the seat. I've carried some pretty big stuff in a Volt, a stroller should be cake.
 

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Keep in mind the Volt has a 60/40 back seat. If you are just putting a single car seat in the Volt, you have a lot more room when you fold down 1/2 the seat. I've carried some pretty big stuff in a Volt, a stroller should be cake.
Good point. Does removing the rear headrests help at all with visibility? If you've only got a child seat back there, I don't see why you'd need the rear headrests...
 

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Good point. Does removing the rear headrests help at all with visibility? If you've only got a child seat back there, I don't see why you'd need the rear headrests...
slipnslider: I hope you and your fiance choose Gen 1 Volt after you test fit a large stroller. It's been many years since I had kids young enough for a full size stroller (no real world experience with fitment in a Volt), but Volt's hatch area will swallow surprising amount of STUFF. FB_IMG_1447730156811.jpg

As far as visibility and mirrors are concerned, I've always tried to add clip-on convex mirror, autobahn blind spot mirror and aspheric outside mirrors on all of my cars. Ignore what others say about how to properly adjust mirrors - that doesn't really work in SoCal with crazy lane splitting bikes, etc. Here's one of many links on blind spot mirrors: http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?165497-Advice-wanted-on-addition-of-stick-on-blind-spot-mirror-for-right-side-mirror.

Have fun shopping your first EV!
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Sorry, but Gen 1"is what it is". But the positives so outweigh the negatives that we quickly get used to living with the latter. It's OK.
 

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Good point. Does removing the rear headrests help at all with visibility? If you've only got a child seat back there, I don't see why you'd need the rear headrests...
I wouldn't think so. Removing the seat cushion can make the difference between a child seat fitting and not - it depends on the seat and the child's legs.
 

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Keep in mind the Volt has a 60/40 back seat. If you are just putting a single car seat in the Volt, you have a lot more room when you fold down 1/2 the seat. I've carried some pretty big stuff in a Volt, a stroller should be cake.
Gen1 is more like 45/45 back seat. The middle 10 being always open.
This can be handy for items like strollers as well, as you might be able to fold up and fit between the seats and still maintain two full seated positions.
I like this for skis vs a 60/40 split where you have to cram two people in 1.5 seats to pass anything through to the rear.
 

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Gen1 is more like 45/45 back seat. The middle 10 being always open.
This can be handy for items like strollers as well, as you might be able to fold up and fit between the seats and still maintain two full seated positions.
I like this for skis vs a 60/40 split where you have to cram two people in 1.5 seats to pass anything through to the rear.
My bad. I should know that, but I haven't driven my daughter's 2013 for quite awhile.
 

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Gen1 is more like 45/45 back seat. The middle 10 being always open.
In any case, if the stroller doesn't fit with both seats up, then you can flip one of the seats down and still have the other rear seat for a child seat. The arm rest between the two seats will keep the stroller away from the child seat.
 

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The chevy dealership was asking $19k for it, but when they could tell I wasn't going to buy today, the salesman offered it to me for $14,500! Sounded like a great deal, but it was black/black leather. I had that combo in my acura intergra long ago and it got too hot in the summer, so I'm looking for black/tan leather if I get a volt. I used to think the bose stereo was a prerequisite too, but after hearing very little difference, I'd be willing to go without it.

The model I test drive showed a lifetime MPG of 95mpg, which i think implies the driver used the gas engine fairly often, as the ones that are driven mostly electric often show MPG > 200 don't they?

In summary, I was impressed. I'm thrilled that these great cars can now be had for around 15k. I'm still deciding between the volt and i3, but whichever one I get, I'm excited to enter the world of EV driving soon.
You're not alone.. there seems to be tons of these 3-4 year old Volts on the roads in California these days. Every time I drive somewhere I see more and more Volts. There's at least 3x more than there were in 2014 when I leased mine.

Another nice feature is that these EV's require very little maintenance. My 2014 gen1 has 30k miles and I've only taken it in for 2 routine oil changes / tire rotations.

Have you considered a Bolt? Lots of room and 238 mile EV range.
 

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You're not alone.. there seems to be tons of these 3-4 year old Volts on the roads in California these days. Every time I drive somewhere I see more and more Volts. There's at least 3x more than there were in 2014 when I leased mine.

Another nice feature is that these EV's require very little maintenance. My 2014 gen1 has 30k miles and I've only taken it in for 2 routine oil changes / tire rotations.

Have you considered a Bolt? Lots of room and 238 mile EV range.
I'm not really impressed by the styling of the new bolt or the new volt. At that price I'd go ahead and wait for the tesla model 3. The point of buying a used Gen1 is saving money but still getting a great EV.
 
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