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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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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.

-RT
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 02:51 AM
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rhenretta,

I've had the volt for a week now and just love it. I see a few issues with your commute.

Range. A full charge will only get you 40% round trip, unless you recharge at work. The Leaf is not an option for you. At least, the Volt will get you back home on gas.

Dips: The volt has a very low front wind deflector (or whatever it is called) at about 4 inches off the ground so I rub against it coming in or out of my garage. Not a big deal, your dealership can replace with one that has a higher clearance.

Spare tire: The Volt has none. There is a repair kit... and free OnStar for 3 years.
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I have resorted to buy a set of snow tires for my cars, in my opinion snow tires make a huge difference. I get a complete set of wheels so I can take them on and off as the weather comes and goes... I've only had my volt for a month so I don't know how they handle in the snow...I would think not all that much different than your Z as that appears to have pretty low ground clearance too....

if you can charge at work, I would think the volt would be good for you, I would estimate that you'd be doing about 15-30 miles/day using gas, if not you'd probably be looking at 45-60 miles/day on gas...if that's the case it may not be as beneficial for you

I live on a dirt road too...just means I should wash it once in a while...

most new cars are getting away from including a spare tire...I don't know why but they are...
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I would carry a small puncture repair kit available at most automotive parts departments as well and use only the sealant part of the kit as a last resort. I fixed my wifes tire with one 2 years ago and haven't lost air since, plus no speed restriction instant fix if hole is under 1/4 in.
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