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The most annoying thing to me about the Volt is the height and angle of the driver's left footrest (the "deadpedal"). I've googled it over the last couple days, and amazingly, have seen other comments on it (even Consumer Reports listed it as a problem for most drivers). I know some people like it this way, if you're okay with it, great, but unfortunately I'm not (likewise, I know there are good intentions about other workarounds like moving the seat back, putting your foot between the pedals -- my foot and shoe sizes make that difficult, as I have to wiggle it in, etc). So I'd just like to ask in a straightforward way: has anyone tried (or knows if it's possible) to remove/replace it?

I've seen others asking elsewhere if it's possible to remove it, but as of yet, I can find no actual answer anywhere if it is removable/replaceable.

It doesn't feel really "solid" underneath, but does anyone actually know if it can be removed/replaced? Sorry, but I'm one of those drivers that will buy a car very much based on driver's comfort (comfort was why I bought the much worse early Honda Civic Hybrid over the early Toyota Prius).

Is it pretty much in there for good, or could it be altered?

Thanks very much!
 

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(Sorry, can't figure out how to edit or add to the first post)
Just a PS...
(1) This is the 2017 model year I'm talking about
(2) Please reply in the forum (not email)
Thanks very much!
 

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Better to try on a totaled out Volt first (ask around on forum for someone who has one ? ). Beware of violating warranty coverage.
 

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Cut the piece away and report back how much room you find. (see previous post) Perhaps without the dead pedal you can find a comfortable position or at least maneuver your foot around behind the brake pedal a little easier. A carpet patch shouldn't be too difficult for a specialist, especially if it fixes your problem.
 

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The footrest is part of the carpet, AFAIK. Removing it = cutting it out of the carpet and leaving a hole.
 

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Read complaints about dead pedal. I've owned many cars including assorted sports cars, I guess some had dead pedals, most were manual transmissions. I didn't notice any issue with location of the Volt dead pedal. I'm 5'9", average height. I took my 2017 Volt on a lengthy road trip with a few 800 mile days with no discomfort. Like everybody else, I wish it had a power seat but I've driven many miles through 55 years as a licensed driver sitting on seats with only a fore and aft adjustment and did fine.
 

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So I'd just like to ask in a straightforward way: has anyone tried (or knows if it's possible) to remove/replace it?
Boldly go where no man has gone before. Provide photos when you do please.

The footrest is part of the carpet, AFAIK. Removing it = cutting it out of the carpet and leaving a hole.
Probably correct that it's integrated into the carpet. Doesn't mean you can't remove it, but I'll bet that sheet metal isn't far below it. Are you good with a hammer and dolly?
 

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I've had my G2 for 8 days now, the dead pedal being too high is my only complaint so far. I've started driving with my left foot between the dead pedal and brake pedal, not ideal from a safety perspective, but it is a helluva lot more comfortable.

I'll monitor this thread and at some point I'll have to take a look to see if anything can be done down there.
 

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Posting so I can get 10 posts to see the dang pictures. Thanks moderators.
Perhaps we should go back to the good old days when this site was a spammers heaven? Have you seen any spam here? Thanks, 10 post requirement! :)
 

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Curious to see if this ever gets resolved. Just bought a '17 Volt, and throughout the shopping experience, this was my only complaint on the Volt.
 

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If hacking apart your carpet is OK, yes, its "resolved". :) Resale might be a challenge...
 

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I constructed a dead pedal between the brake and the existing dead pedal using a wedge-shaped piece of metal and wood block support topped by a dead pedal cover that I found online. It is bolted to the all-weather rubber mats and is quite solid. To make more room, I removed the rubber cover from the brake pedal (works fine without it). On top of all this, I brake with my left foot, which is actually safer and more fluid. It is a bit crowded, but works quite well and the new dead pedal is exactly where I like it. Will post link or picture when I get up to 10 posts.
 

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I was more annoyed by this until I though about the set up for a while. My solution was stupidly simple, and might not work for people with longer legs (I'm 5-8).
I pulled out the steering wheel towards my chest, all the way as far as I could, then moved the seat back as far as comfortable while still being able to use pedals. Then I adjusted the rake on the seatback. Within a day I was used to the new driving position, and my legs are now bent at an equal more comfortable angle. Not perfect, but much more acceptable.
 

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Stockholm Volt, does this mean your left ear is essentially in-line with the front edge of the left B pillar? Cause this is how I drive and I've had people comment sitting so far back is difficult for checking your blind spot by looking over your shoulder. I haven't really had any issue looking over my shoulder and was wondering if you had any.
 

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Stockholm Volt, does this mean your left ear is essentially in-line with the front edge of the left B pillar? Cause this is how I drive and I've had people comment sitting so far back is difficult for checking your blind spot by looking over your shoulder. I haven't really had any issue looking over my shoulder and was wondering if you had any.
Yes, I do sit that far back. I haven't even though about the B-pillar hindering my views until you mentioned it. Even so, I drove to work and back after reading your post and can say it does not make it more difficult to see.

I can't, however, believe it took me this long to figure this out. LOL
 
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