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While many people on this board would be FAR more interested in lead times for a Bolt, I thought I would post our experience in ordering a new 2017 Volt, now named "Voltio de los Muertos", and document how long the process took for me and my wife. We decided to take the plunge and order a Volt rather than buying from dealer stock for a couple of reasons:

1. We knew we wanted the Volt before the end of the year to take advantage of the Fed credit in 2016
2. We were not in a position to afford the payment during the fall, but knew the situation would change shortly
3. Getting near the end of the year we felt that we may not be able to find the specific option set we wanted when we went to buy (Premier trim, DC 1 & 2, ACC, Kinetic Blue, Nav, charge port light and interior mood lighting)
4. We hoped that we would find a slightly better deal in November than in September

While it now looks like #4 won't be happening (no Private Offers have been reported lately, and actually in Southern CA the factory offers have gone slightly down this year compared to last year, and even from earlier in the year), the other three points still are correct. For those curious, it looks like the final deal will be $5200 off sticker ($1000 GM rebate plus $4200 Rydell discount), but likely no tag discount.

So here's the timeline so far:

9/17 - Ordered the 2017 Volt Premier from Chris at Rydell Chevrolet (great experience and highly recommend them!)
9/20 - Rydell placed the order with their weekly allocation (for anyone ordering from low Volt volume dealerships this step is critical - if the dealer can't/won't give you an allocation slot you're dead in the water until they do so make sure to ask when they will submit the order BEFORE plunking down the deposit!)
9/29 - Chevrolet assigned a TPW of 10/24
10/31 - Voltio de los Muertos assembly is complete! (look at the date and now you can see why we named it that)
11/4 - Car is shipped from factory
11/11 - Expected delivery date to rail yard in Mira Loma, CA (near Riverside, about 50 miles from the dealership)
11/15(?) - Car expected at dealership for prep and LPO installation

End result is from actual dealer order to car delivery to the dealer will be about 56 days, or exactly 8 weeks. I think the wife still isn't sure about the Volt because of her self-admitted "range anxiety", even though it will be her car and her daily total round-trip commute is only about 20 miles (so no commuting gas for us!), I'm looking forward to commandeering it on weekends and having a blast!

Oh, and a HUGE thanks to everyone on this board who shares information about the Volt. I learned a ton about the car by lurking and reading over the past year - far more than from any other source I have found.
 

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Range Anxiety in a Volt, does that mean you don't intend to put fuel in it?

Re the order process, it can be all over the board, I placed my order for a 2014 Stingray on May 21st, it wasn't built until July 18th, shipped on July 24th, arrived dealer on July 25th (on a truck from BG to dealers in southern IL/MO) and I picked it up on July 26th.

I ordered my 2016 Equinox on Nov 16th, built Dec 5th and delivered to dealer on Dec 15th, delivered on Dec 16th.

It's a crap shoot, but the allocation is the wild card.
 

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The range anxiety I think is why she flat refused to consider any BEV - she doesn't want to have to think about any stops in the middle to recharge when we take a road trip. We'd PREFER not to put any fuel in it, so the limited commute distance should take care of that, but I KNOW we will, since there's the annual Thanksgiving trip to the in-laws of ~150 miles each way coming up fast.

The timeline I provided was just to give everyone an idea of the current production timeline, but knowing that those can (and do) change without notice is the essential grain of salt as you pointed out!
 

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If you haven't already, plan to install an L2 charger. It makes all the difference, as it is able to recharge during the day quickly, especially if you're only 'topping off.' Also, better plan now to get your own Volt. Forum members report that this is a recurring problem when turning over a new Volt to a skeptical wife........
 

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Already installed the L2 charger about 17 months ago while Anaheim Utilities was offering $1000 towards the installation. I pulled the permit and did it myself and after the rebate the net cost was zero! And trust me, I would LOVE to go with a second Volt right away (or Bolt), but the next major purchase is a 14.4kW solar array so we can drive for zero energy cost at least most of the time.

While I'm thinking about it, does anyone have any suggestions for how to set the drive mode when going up/down the Grapevine? For those not from Southern CA, it's the mountain pass on I-5 that connects the LA area to the central valley. Northbound the grade is about 5-10 miles at around 4% grade, then downhill it's about 5 miles or so at 6% downgrade. I was thinking that we should go into mountain mode no later than abound Burbank (about 15-20 miles from the main grade start), then once it plateaus past Pyramid Lake move back into Normal mode for the downhill grade and flat section into Bakersfield.
 

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Hey if you want solar check out solarhome.com i installed the system myself and saved 10's of thousands complete systems.
 

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.....while I'm thinking about it, does anyone have any suggestions for how to set the drive mode when going up/down the Grapevine? .....
there are many many grapevine threads from 2011/2012,

but your 2017 will have very different needs and performance. you have more HP available in your generator and a lower MM storage charge level, that all said: I suggest staying in mountain mode from the start of a drive, if you choose to put the car in mountain mode during the drive, do so 15 minutes before you reach the base of the climb. then whether you disengage it during the climb or not, depends on whether you want to "just" make it over on the remaining charge, (which I consider a bit silly) or not, you could disengage at the top of the climb, or 1000 vertical feet before you reach the top of the climb. Some of how your car performs depends on whether you climb at 65 or at 75, so if you cross it every day, you may want to experiment a bit.
 
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