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Hi all,

It's taken me a long time to sit down and write this post. I'm still grieving the loss of my beloved 2017 Volt!

At about 8pm one night in March, I left a friend's house and started on my way home. There was a little snow falling, but it was warm on the ground and the roads were still fine. I took it easy and trusted the snow tires since I had felt zero slippage since setting off.

About five minutes from home, I coasted gently down a hill and began lightly braking for a sharp corner. By this point I think I was probably going 25-30 miles per hour. As I turned the wheel, however ...
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I hit a patch of ice, slid straight off the road, went down into the ravine, and hit a tree head-on. Luckily, I was unharmed. The Volt is a very safe machine, and I was lucky.

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Here's the aftermath (they actually did more damage getting it out of the ravine!):
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I loved this car. It was my father's, so it already had some sentimental value when I started driving it, and over the last eleven months I had really bonded with it. Everybody who rode in it loved it, and a lot of memories were made in and around it -- from family vacations, to late nights with friends, and everything in between. It had been through blizzards, downpours, you name it, and it never missed a beat. Not to mention the fact that it saved me a LOT of gas money and had a minimal environmental impact over the 20,000 miles I put on it in that short time.

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I also lost a LOT of my obnoxious stickers. These were collected from far and wide!

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I continue to feel awful about the untimely death of this fantastic car. You never forget your first -- and the Volt will always stand out in my memory. I was lucky to have it.

And yes, we saved the roof rack!

My thanks to all in the GM-Volt community who provided their valuable insight over the last year. I will continue as a lurker, such is my interest in these vehicles. If you're thinking about buying one, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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Revisited the scene of the crime a couple days latter. The adjacent homeowners said, "there's at least one every year."
 

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My condolences. I drive the same year & color (non-Premier), I know it's going to be hard to find a right-fit replacement.

What are you looking at? I know there are some low-milage used 2019's floating on the online dealers, the price is a little bit hard to swallow, though if you have GAP, it might help a bit.
 

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Hi all,

It's taken me a long time to sit down and write this post. I'm still grieving the loss of my beloved 2017 Volt!

At about 8pm one night in March, I left a friend's house and started on my way home. There was a little snow falling, but it was warm on the ground and the roads were still fine. I took it easy and trusted the snow tires since I had felt zero slippage since setting off.

About five minutes from home, I coasted gently down a hill and began lightly braking for a sharp corner. By this point I think I was probably going 25-30 miles per hour. As I turned the wheel, however ...
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I hit a patch of ice, slid straight off the road, went down into the ravine, and hit a tree head-on. Luckily, I was unharmed. The Volt is a very safe machine, and I was lucky.

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Here's the aftermath (they actually did more damage getting it out of the ravine!):
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I loved this car. It was my father's, so it already had some sentimental value when I started driving it, and over the last eleven months I had really bonded with it. Everybody who rode in it loved it, and a lot of memories were made in and around it -- from family vacations, to late nights with friends, and everything in between. It had been through blizzards, downpours, you name it, and it never missed a beat. Not to mention the fact that it saved me a LOT of gas money and had a minimal environmental impact over the 20,000 miles I put on it in that short time.

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I also lost a LOT of my obnoxious stickers. These were collected from far and wide!

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I continue to feel awful about the untimely death of this fantastic car. You never forget your first -- and the Volt will always stand out in my memory. I was lucky to have it.

And yes, we saved the roof rack!

My thanks to all in the GM-Volt community who provided their valuable insight over the last year. I will continue as a lurker, such is my interest in these vehicles. If you're thinking about buying one, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Got to love a volt, get another one!
the most important thing that you are okay!
 

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Don't think that'll buff out!

For some reason, the image of you holding the washer filler tube sort of hits me in the heart.

My first was a VW Karmann Ghia. Shared with my dad, too. I wish I still had the car, and him.

Happy you're okay. Things'll work out.
Y'know... Maybe the battery was two charges away from crapping out.
Who knows?

Sorry for your obnoxious stickers. For sure.
 
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Thanks for the kind words, everybody. I initially wanted to get another Volt, or the Volvo wagon of my dreams, but we ended up with a nice black Mazda 3 hatchback, which is a really awesome car! We're consolidating the family vehicles to save some $$ and it works out. Although the Mazda (even though it's averaging 34 mpg) would be perfect if it had the Volt powertrain ....

And @arbus you are right ... with a Volt it's hard to tell what lies ahead. Maybe this saved us thousands in battery repairs! Doing 20k+ miles per year would have accelerated this thing's aging process, for sure.
 
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Thanks for the kind words, everybody. I initially wanted to get another Volt, or the Volvo wagon of my dreams, but we ended up with a nice black Mazda 3 hatchback, which is a really awesome car! We're consolidating the family vehicles to save some $$ and it works out. Although the Mazda (even though it's averaging 34 mpg) would be perfect if it had the Volt powertrain ....

And @arbus you are right ... with a Volt it's hard to tell what lies ahead. Maybe this saved us thousands in battery repairs! Doing 20k+ miles per year would have accelerated this thing's aging process, for sure.
What a downgrade :)
 

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Doing 20k+ miles per year would have accelerated this thing's aging process, for sure.
For sure? What we are seeing in Gen 1 seems to be based on battery age, not miles.
 
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His was a 2017. Is that still considered G1?
 

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Someone just recently (today) posted they are in need of a 2017 mirror, you could be an organ donor........
Nevermind, original post was 3 weeks ago
 
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