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Should i trade my Gen 1 for a Gen 2?

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I have a 2015, and it's been a great car. Just a couple of issues (water leak due to a pinch weld lacking sealer, and a dash rattle...), but nothing serious and nothing involving the drivetrain. However, I'm thinking about trading up. Reasons?

1. Gen 2 more power. Gen 1 can't pull a greased string out of a hen's ass. I realize Gen 2 only an increment better, but anything will help in this area.
2. Appearance. Gen 1 homely, especially from a side view. Back end not too bad, though.
3. EV range. Although Gen 1 has been adequate for my use case.

But my concern: The Gen 2 seems to have more service bulletins than the space shuttle. Are these issues being resolved? Any decent evidence that late production 2017's have the kinks worked out?

I don't want a car that will live in the dealer's service department, nor do I want to sit roadside waiting for AAA to pick me up.

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Changing your Volt's engine oil at this time may be unnecessary. On the Gen 2 Volt an oil change and filter is required, at a minimum, every 2 years. The Volt's computer calculates remaining Oil Life by considering total engine revolutions, engine temperature and miles driven. When the Oil Life Remaining is at minimum the Volt will display Change Engine Oil Soon (within 600 miles.) on the Driver Information Center (DIC) display. GM entitles the owner of a new Chevy Volt to two free oil changes within the first 2 years following purchase. If you let the dealer change the oil before it is needed the dealer is just performing unnecessary maintenance on your Volt, potentially creating a problem where non previously existed. Your Volt may only need a multi-point inspection, tire rotation and fluid level top off. Don't be surprised if the dealer suddenly discovers that there are several recent TSB that requires reprogramming your Volt and inspecting the vehicle, possibly replacing certain fuses and other minor bumper to bumper warranty items. It happens all of the time.
I may be old school but I really like to change the oil after 1000-2000 miles. I like to ensure all the manufacturing dirt and burrs are cleaned out. It may not do much, but I figure the $30 is cheap insurance and I have put over 100,000 miles on many a car without a single engine issue ever.
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