I am buying a house up in the mountains in Colorado, and will have a 45 mile each direction commute to work. It is apparent that my 17mpg 370z will not be practical anymore, so I have been doing research trying to decide what to replace it with. So far, I'm mostly convinced to go with the volt, but I was hoping to get feedback from the current owners on a couple of points.
1) Dirt roads are my biggest concern. The road to my house is a dirt road, with the occasional dip in it, but for the most part it is flat enough that I can make it up without worry with my 370z. When I go to national parks, it is another story and some of those roads make me very nervous in my car. Does anyone out there have any experience with this with the Volt?
2) Snow. Everything I have read about the car makes me feel pretty confident about using it up in the snow. This will be probably be my only car, so if anyone has any warnings I would appreciate it. I will be over 9,000 ft in elevation. I come from Texas, and so winter driving already has me concerned.
3) Spare tire. Being very rural, if I have a blow out I might have to drive some distance before finding a safe place to pull over my car. At that point, cell coverage is very iffy. I might have to rely on the kindness of strangers to get to a phone to call for a tow truck. This is a big concern for me.
If anyone has anything I have overlooked, I'd appreciate the feedback. I love the idea of the Volt, but I don't trust talking to a dealer for honest answers to these concerns.