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Don't get me wrong, I love my Volt and wouldn't give it up, but there are a couple things that I miss from driving a regular car. They include:

No penalty for heat. After 3 min, my previous car was like a sauna. Even with preconditioning (while plugged in), my Volt is not cold, the chill is gone but not really warm. I know that I could use multiple precondition cycles but that is not the point. Havent experienced ERDTT yet, ill bet that makes good heat.

Revving the engine, banging through the gears, hammering the clutch, etc. Im a little bit of a gear head and every now and then, get the urge to rev and cycle through gears.

The blond at the gas station. Nuff said. (Ive had the car for almost a month now and have yet to buy any gas)

How about everyone else, what do you miss most?
 

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I view it the other way, when I'm driving our 2017 GMC Acadia I miss the regen braking and when I pull the paddle on the left I change channels and all of a sudden I'm about to hit the car in front of me.....
 

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The same thing I miss about using inefficient incandescent light bulbs: nothing.
 

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Definitely the gas station. I so miss going, smelling the fumes, hearing the dings and dongs, enjoying the loud announcements, and not getting a receipt after paying.
 

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Having driven 11000 km this summer on a road trip, I miss the extra 100km per tank of my old car.
However, to get that I would have used 30% more fuel, so no deal...

But when you're in the middle of nowhere and stations are few and far between, that extra 100km buffer would be nice to have.

Of course, this is fixed in gen2, when they made it even more efficient on gas. So gets about the same per tank as my old car did. But with 35% less fuel!

Otherwise, absolutely nothing. I will never go away from electric drive, unless I have no other option.
 

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Manual trannies, popping the clutch, real traction from a proper rear wheel drive, heel to toe shifting, revving the engine at a stoplight, causing the ricer boy next to me to punch it subsequently getting a ticket from the area’s finest while I slowly drive by.

But with my commute, I still visit the gas station at about the same frequency as the 9.x gallon tank empties at about the same rate as my 20 gallon tank in the Deville. I certainly don’t miss filling the 40 gallon suburban fuel tank, testing the gas station’s credit card limits, and taking out a small mortgage to fill the tank during $4+ per gallon gas.
 

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Regarding cabin heating: My Gen 1 was as described by others, would not heat up at all unless put in hold to run the ICE. My wife hated this feature of the Gen 1.

My new 2018 Gen 2 has completely solved that problem. No longer need to run the ICE to get cabin heat. The heated saddles and steering wheel take up the small amount of slack while the system gathers its all-electric mojo, without any fan noise. The Gen 2 heats on electric as well as my wife's Pilot.

Speaking of which, her Pilot, while a mighty fine vehicle, is very noisy on the road compared to my Volt. And that darned ICE in there blaring away constantly. The only time I prefer her Pilot is when we have to drive one of the terrible dirt roads here in New Mexico. I try to keep my Volt off those roads.
 

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Even though my heat works find in both EV and ICE mode, I'll agree that I dislike the heat penalty on the battery. When the weather is cool (not cold) I like to drive with the windows cracked a bit and heat on my feet. Fine with the Jeep, not a good idea with the Volt.

I miss leaving the vehicle running and not having the car "nanny beep" me (triple honk)

In general I could do without a lot of the bings, beeps, and excessive safety warnings so I guess what I'm saying is that I miss my car being just a bit "dumber" about some things.
 

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Being a Manly Man,

I miss doing my own oil changes, having that stuff drip 'up' my arm past the nitrile gloves.
Then dikin with taking that sludge to the auto parts store to properly recycle it, hoping it doesn't make a mess in the box in the back.
And the costs related to this chore.

And of course the weekly (?) stop at the Quik Trip for that smelly stuff. That cost plus the beef jerky costs add up!

I miss using my billfold for that stuff.
Now I just tap my CP card key fob and disappointedly walk away.:(
 

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No penalty for heat. After 3 min, my previous car was like a sauna. Even with preconditioning (while plugged in), my Volt is not cold, the chill is gone but not really warm. I know that I could use multiple precondition cycles but that is not the point. Havent experienced ERDTT yet, ill bet that makes good heat.
You want it warm, move the thermostat. You do lose the hair-dryer effect, yes.

I don't miss it though. Being warm just makes me a little more drowsy than I would be otherwise, and that's not really a good thing behind the wheel. :)

What I do miss is the ragtop. I had convertibles for 25 years prior to the Volt, and I drove with the top down a LOT for someone living in Wisconsin. Even had a had a fleece-lined leather helmet and goggles, and a leather duster, for cool days. The Volt changed my priority and I don't even have windows opened more than a slit anymore.
 

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Yes. Heat without penalty would be the only thing I miss from an ICE car. Last night was around 35 to 40 degrees, I had to set the temp to 75 degrees and leave in comfort mode for my wife to be happy. With driving speed under 40mph through out, I only got 24 miles out of the full charge. In the same situation and with an ICE car, I usually only need to set the temp to 72 degrees.
 

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My only complaint is also the mileage hit for heat. Last night, while driving home from my granddaughter's, while in EV mode, I got the dreaded ERDTT !!! :( The electric heater was doing just fine...........why did the engine have to come on ????

Guess I'll have to dive into the "manual" and see how to change the ERDTT temp :D

This is my 1st winter with the Volt.
 

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Don't get me wrong, I love my Volt and wouldn't give it up, but there are a couple things that I miss from driving a regular car. They include:

No penalty for heat. After 3 min, my previous car was like a sauna. Even with preconditioning (while plugged in), my Volt is not cold, the chill is gone but not really warm. I know that I could use multiple precondition cycles but that is not the point. Havent experienced ERDTT yet, ill bet that makes good heat.

Revving the engine, banging through the gears, hammering the clutch, etc. Im a little bit of a gear head and every now and then, get the urge to rev and cycle through gears.

The blond at the gas station. Nuff said. (Ive had the car for almost a month now and have yet to buy any gas)

How about everyone else, what do you miss most?
I have a rough plan to scratch any such itch by buying either a Camaro or Corvette convertible in 2018, manual tranny of course, to add to the garage. This would be just a fun cruiser. When I've had similar in the past, it only gets driven about 2,000 miles a year so there's not too much to feel guilty about in terms of CO2 emissions. I will DEFINITELY be keeping the ELR.

As to the heat issue, which I certainly recall in my 2 gen-1 Volts, interestingly the ELR does not have any such shortcoming when left in MAX auto mode. 72 is usually just fine for warmth (and I like it COMFY!), maybe 73 or 74 if you really want to warm up. Heated seats and heated steering wheel (especially) are the icing on the cake. So what did Cadillac do differently? In part the answer is, "I don't know". But they obviously did not want any Cadillac customer to suffer the hair shirt climate discomfort that so many Chevy Volt buyers seem to almost crave in the name of their MPG number! (insanity) Part of that solution that I do know is they set the ERDTT threshold at 32. You cannot change it.

If people had any good sense at all, they would realize that ERDTT is actually a good thing (unless you're just like a mile from home and the outside temp just clicks below the threshold), is not the same as Hold mode (it barely gets above idle), doesn't use much gas, and takes advantage of a Voltec *feature* in that we have an engine that can make HEAT! Warming the whole system might even be a net gain for the battery efficiency, but I don't know that for sure. The only thing I'd like to see on ERDTT is a "wait 5 minutes" option to delay it coming on, in that mile or two from home scenario. This could work with the nav system if it sees you're close to your set destination.

The same thing I miss about using inefficient incandescent light bulbs: nothing.
We're almost all LED in our house now. They have become quite good, but IMO they are still not the equal of the warm light from incandescent bulbs. And they especially suck when dimmed, because rather than getting a warmer and warmer glow, they get cold, grey and lifeless. I half suspect their alien spectra are partly sucking the life out of people.
 

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I miss the discount I got on buying gas with my gas card. Now I have to pay nearly full price for my lawn mower gas.
 

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I view it the other way, when I'm driving our 2017 GMC Acadia I miss the regen braking and when I pull the paddle on the left I change channels and all of a sudden I'm about to hit the car in front of me.....
I had a Camaro rental while my Volt was being repaired. I got a Camaro because the constant haphazard shifting of the transmission in a Cruze was driving me crazy. Well, the Camaro did the same thing, especially going up and down grades. And trying to use the paddle shifters was just plain annoying. There was this constant half second delay when down shifting when it went into neutral or at least felt like it. Regen is sooooo much better.

But, I agree the heat thing is the most annoying thing about my Volt. The seat heaters are great but my Gen I does not have steering wheel heater so...
 

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I still have my V8 swapped Miata, though it is in storage for the winter. I do miss the loping idle at start up and the push you into the seat power when it is in storage.
 

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Nothing, that I miss about an ICE. So far 125,000 miles of pure pleasure and still enjoying it on every drive. Cannot say I had that feeling in any ICE car.
 

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