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So the young guy up the road (really nice guy) comes knocking on our door and asks me if I can drive him over to pick up his wife because he's mid-spark plug change on his truck and her car is in the shop.

Well he's someone I trust so I throw him the Volt keys and say "just take the Volt".

A few minutes later I hear the triple honk. Then I hear it again, and again. Then there is a knock at the door and he's standing there with a very sheepish look on his face "man I think I broke the car, I can't get it to start".

Well he had it started (the triple honk was him getting in and out of the car) but he was waiting for the "engine" to start. :D So I explained it to him and he was off and driving.

Well a little bit later he gets back and again he's like "man, I think I did something, I'm soooo sorry". Well he was talking about the car "bucking". So I'm like "oh lordy what happened".

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He had shifted to "L" and the "bucking" was all the regen when he let off the pedal.

I don't think he's ever going to ask to borrow my car again!
 

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Funny!

I've never tried that. Next time somebody wants to drive mine, I'll just pitch them the fob like you did!
 

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Really enjoyed the write up. Glad you can still trust people enough to toss them the fob :)
We "pet sit" for each other. If I trust someone with my dog, then the car is no problem.
 

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I did that with the ELR. The driver (my grown kid) couldn't figure out how to open the door, so, they climbed through the open window. He drives a lot of different vehicles but none with proximity fobs or electronic door openers. I don't give him the keys anymore.
 

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Cool story Dutch, you should let him borrow your car again! The more people that experience EVs/plug-ins, the better.

Whenever I let someone borrow my car, I take them through a quick introduction with them in the driver's seat.
 

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Whenever I let someone borrow my car, I take them through a quick introduction with them in the driver's seat.
I swear I thought he'd driven it before already. I guess not :O
 

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That's too funny! I would love to have such a nice neighbor like you. I have asked myself several times if I could let someone drive away my Volt without me being in the car. I wish that I could be as nice as you. But, so far the answer has been "No." :)
 

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My daughter just got her learners permit. She just figured out L and prefers it since it drives like our garden tractor (which stops when you let go). I can just see it now at the driving test, the person administering the test fails her because she didn't crank the starter and the ICE didn't start. Then my daughter would get an earful for doing the entire test in L.
 

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My daughter just got her learners permit. She just figured out L and prefers it since it drives like our garden tractor (which stops when you let go). I can just see it now at the driving test, the person administering the test fails her because she didn't crank the starter and the ICE didn't start. Then my daughter would get an earful for doing the entire test in L.
My twins just got their licenses. First time he drove it, my son held the start button down waiting for the engine to turn over. Nope.
 

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Apparently, your Volt just doesn't like him, and was trying to buck him out of the seat!

I guess he's never accidentally put his own car in L either then, since it would behave much the same way. I think here in the flatlands of the midwest, the vast majority of drivers have never used L, don't know what it does, and have no idea why cars have it...
 

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Apparently, your Volt just doesn't like him, and was trying to buck him out of the seat!

I guess he's never accidentally put his own car in L either then, since it would behave much the same way. I think here in the flatlands of the midwest, the vast majority of drivers have never used L, don't know what it does, and have no idea why cars have it...
To go down steep mountains without ruining you're brakes.
 

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I am surprised that he didn't scold you because your volt was more responsive and quicker than his car!!!!!! Lol!!!
 

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To go down steep mountains without ruining you're brakes.
What are "steep mountains"? ;)

Obviously you, and I, are not part of the vast majority here in the midwest!
 

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Quite the opposite for me. I was driving my wife's Sienna for the large loads and all through the drive was not comfortable at all waiting for regen. Really happy to get into my Volt again.
 
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