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Traded in my 2015 Volt for a Mercedes CLS550.

The CLS has a twin turbo V8, and it's just about the last of its kind. I decided it was time to take one more spin in the V8 sedan world before it disappears forever.
V8 sedans are almost gone. 4 cylinders are getting smaller and turbocharged, car that had V6's are getting turbo 4's. Cars that had V8's are getting turbo 6's. Very soon, V8's will only be found in exotic cars.

I've enjoyed the Volt, and it is the future. My next car will be electric, I have no doubt.
Can't complain, my volt cost $16k after tax credits, got $16k in trade in, drove 11k miles, and was in a wreck.

Y'all have fun.
 

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Wow what a step backwards. I sincerely hope you enjoy all that ICE maintenance and the increased gas bill that goes along with it.



^me whenever someone trades in an electric car for a gas guzzler^
 

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Traded in my 2015 Volt for a Mercedes CLS550.

The CLS has a twin turbo V8, and it's just about the last of its kind. I decided it was time to take one more spin in the V8 sedan world before it disappears forever.
V8 sedans are almost gone. 4 cylinders are getting smaller and turbocharged, car that had V6's are getting turbo 4's. Cars that had V8's are getting turbo 6's. Very soon, V8's will only be found in exotic cars.

I've enjoyed the Volt, and it is the future. My next car will be electric, I have no doubt.
Can't complain, my volt cost $16k after tax credits, got $16k in trade in, drove 11k miles, and was in a wreck.

Y'all have fun.
Enjoy your last fling, for sure.

I felt I took half that step when I traded my Volt for an ELR with the performance package, which reduces ultimate efficiency in favor of better handling. And any 2016 ELR will stomp a hole in the Volt in acceleration, even the new Volt. Because I do a lot of long trips, I expect my lifetime mileage to drop from about 75mpg with the Volt to around 63 with the ELR given similar driving patterns. And it will use a bit more electricity to do that, since it squeezes about another KWH per charge out of the battery pack.

It was a great decision for me, because the ELR is definitely the best car I ever owned and it gave me back a little something I felt I was missing in the Volt.

In the future I think there will be some great electrified GM choices from Cadillac and Buick, and yes Chevy if you're willing to compromise on materials, features, and luxury. At least I hope so because my lease runs out in the summer of 2019. Personally, I would only buy a pure ICE car if it was a play toy, and not as my main ride. But that's me, and I basically get your decision, especially since you've obviously been a Mercedes guy for a long time based on your list of rides. Safe travels!
 

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On the one hand I share the sentiment that everybody deserves a V8 once in their lives, that's what I said when I bought my Hemi powered 300C in 2005. I wanted a Hemi before they banned them and it was lots of fun, but been there, done that, I traded it in on my 2017 Volt. However it's 2016 and if I was the type to spend Mercedes twin turbo V8 amounts of money (I'm not, I think it's insane to spend that kind of money on a depreciating asset) I would have bought a Model S. We don't have autobanns in America so speed doesn't matter only quickness. You will never be able to drive your Mercedes at 150MPH, if you try you'll go to prison. What you will be able to enjoy is getting to 60 in the least amount of time. The Mercedes is very quick but the Tesla is quicker, it can get to 60 in 2.5 seconds if you are so inclined and it's a higher tech car (not that the Mercedes isn't a great car).
 

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Traded in my 2015 Volt for a Mercedes CLS550. ...

Y'all have fun.
I can see this!
You only live once. You can't take it with you. You're not getting any younger. Etc, etc....
And gas is really cheap right now.


But Alan,,, I give you 2 yrs tops with this old school dinosaur. You'll be back !!
 

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I can see this!
You only live once. You can't take it with you. You're not getting any younger. Etc, etc....
And gas is really cheap right now.


But Alan,,, I give you 2 yrs tops with this old school dinosaur. You'll be back !!

As a rather repressed 'car guy' I can see it too. That door is closing, so, Alan, enjoy old-school motoring while you can. More power to you in the mean time.
 

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Leaves me wondering about the motivation for buying the Volt in the first place. Heck it's not my money... I'd have to really hate it or have another good reason for trading after only 11k.
 

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Wow what a step backwards. I sincerely hope you enjoy all that ICE maintenance and the increased gas bill that goes along with it.

^me whenever someone trades in an electric car for a gas guzzler^
My next car will likely be a Subyukonade or a Subaru Outback, though I won't be trading in the volt, just adding to the fleet.
 

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I bought a Camaro back in 1984 because I thought it was my last chance to get a V-8. How's that for forecasting the future?
0-60 the Bolt would beat the Camaro.
I can still ride motorcycles so a sportbike is the best of both worlds - accelerates like a Corvette and drinks gas like a Cruze.
 

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(snip) We don't have autobanns in America so speed doesn't matter only quickness. You will never be able to drive your Mercedes at 150MPH, if you try you'll go to prison. (snip)
Apparently you haven't been to Nevada. On Hwy 95, you could get run over by a semi doing 90mph if you try to do the speed limit. I had the cruise set at 105 in a rental Pontiac, and was amazed at how many big Mercs and Corvettes floated by me like I wasn't even there. Or try Hwy 50, "The Loneliest Highway in America". Or for that matter, a big Merc would be ideal in a sanctioned road event like Nevada's Silver State Classic, where street cars go up to 200mph on a public highway.

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Leaves me wondering about the motivation for buying the Volt in the first place. Heck it's not my money... I'd have to really hate it or have another good reason for trading after only 11k.
Just guessing.... Sounds like he is a real Car Guy. Car Guys (count me in) like just about anything unusual or innovative. That's part of the reason for me buying a Volt - it's a completely different take on the hybrid concept. Wouldn't touch a Prius. Too ordinary.

Looking next for my stable: Perhaps a C6 Vette, or a CTS-V. Or I really miss my old Ferrari. Volt would stay as my 'round town car, as that is what it does best.

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Here's the deal.
1 - My client equipment that I must keep with me *must* be kept in a locking trunk. I was able to skate for a while, but it's becoming an issue.
2 - After driving a car with ACC, I *really* got hooked on it.
Enjoy your last fling, for sure. ... I felt I took half that step when I traded my Volt for an ELR with the performance package, which reduces ultimate efficiency in favor of better handling.
I looked long and hard at an ELR with Kona and ACC, but that weird split folding seat killed it. I took my deployment gear to the dealer and tried every way I could to get them to fit, and could not. I was actually quite sad at that.
Wow what a step backwards.
Yes, it is. But only for a short period.
On the one hand I share the sentiment that everybody deserves a V8 once in their lives ... However it's 2016 and if I was the type to spend Mercedes twin turbo V8 amounts of money (I'm not, I think it's insane to spend that kind of money on a depreciating asset) I would have bought a Model S.
I never buy new. I got a SMOKING deal on a CPO 2014 with three years of bumper-to-bumper, unlimited miles warranty.
Basically, for less than the sticker of a 2017 Volt with ACC.
A model S would not work for me. I have to drive all over the Rocky Mountain region and up to the Dakotas. 800 miles in a day is not unheard of.
I can see this! You only live once. You can't take it with you. You're not getting any younger. Etc, etc....
And gas is really cheap right now.
Yes to all the above.
But Alan,,, I give you 2 yrs tops with this old school dinosaur. You'll be back !!
Probably 4-5 before I run the mileage out on this one. And yes, I will be back. My next car will probably be an EV sedan with 500 miles of range (or a range extender) that does 0-60 in 2 seconds ;)
As a rather repressed 'car guy' I can see it too. That door is closing, so, Alan, enjoy old-school motoring while you can. More power to you in the mean time.
Exactly. It's the last hurrah. I know where the future is going, this just a last shot at the peak of V8 technology in affordable cars.
Leaves me wondering about the motivation for buying the Volt in the first place. ... I'd have to really hate it or have another good reason for trading after only 11k.
I really do like the Volt. I love the smoothness and quiet of electric motoring.
The problem is there are only two EREV bodies, the Volt and the ELR. Nether one works for me right now. That will change, and I'll be back.
 

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Just guessing.... Sounds like he is a real Car Guy. Car Guys (count me in) like just about anything unusual or innovative. That's part of the reason for me buying a Volt - it's a completely different take on the hybrid concept.
Yes, I am a Car Guy. I love the tech of the Volt, I love the car itself! It just doesn't meet my needs right now. In a few years when there's more choices, I'll be back.
 

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I bought a Camaro back in 1984 because I thought it was my last chance to get a V-8. How's that for forecasting the future?
0-60 the Bolt would beat the Camaro.
I can still ride motorcycles so a sportbike is the best of both worlds - accelerates like a Corvette and drinks gas like a Cruze.
I stopped yearning to drive at insane speeds when Cadillac invited me to drive a CTS-V around a race track for a marketing event. I had a blast, never drove so fast in my life, but owning and driving one of those on pothole and pedestrian filled streets plus having all tha HP at my disposal is just a recipe for disaster. If I get a Tesla, I'll be requesting grandpa mode (and I'm not a grandpa). So I don't see myself ever riding a sport bike - fear of wiping out pretty much ends that thought.
 

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Sad to see you go, PilotAlan. Glad you have other interests to replace your EREV interests. Hopefully, the EREV or EV scene will improve to provide you a better option to come back into the fold.

Enjoy your fling!
 

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Sad to see you go, PilotAlan. ... Enjoy your fling!
Well said! That's exactly what it is, a fling with the last of a dying breed.

The 2017 CLS has a 6 cyl, as does the replacement for the E550. Even BMW's straight sixes have been replaced with turbo fours.
 
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