Skip to comments.WOULD YOU BUY A CHEVY "VOLT"? FROM OBAMA? FROM GOVERNMENT MOTORS? UNKNOWN SPECS, INSURANCE, REPAIRS!
Posted on 08/09/2010 11:03:07 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
Have you driven a Chevy Volt
The headline is a play an early 80s Ford car ad campaign. Have you driven a Ford. . .lately? was the tag line and it's instructive when considering Chevrolet's new Volt, the car that'll make GM a "leader" in green vehicle technology and create green blue collar jobs. The answer to Have you driven a Chevy Volt . . .lately? is most likely to be no.
I really love cars, and it pains me to criticize a vehicle, since my premise is all cars are good, some are better than others. Plus I know people at GM who love cars and worked diligently on this car, even if they thought it an answer to a question no one asked. While the Volt looks like smart product planning and business management to the Obama regime - people who don't know or care about cars - unfortunately, it fails on several levels.
Start with a $41,000 list price and with the $7500 Federal tax credit it drops to $33,500. I would even speculate that California, with a $20 billion deficit, could even be willing to spend money it doesn't have by kicking in a state hybrid vehicle credit to shave the price slightly. Regardless, tax credits mean more of what we don't need: government spending.
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If you were looking at such cars, and wanted a Chevy, I cannot imagine why you’d buy a Volt over a Cruze.
Were it not a Chevy, the Cruze seems to be quite a car. It’s nearly half the price of a Volt, and if you bought a Volt, you’d never get the difference back.
Except to be trendy and hip and faux “green”...
This “car” is the perfect representation of the Obama presidency. It sums it up perfectly.
My understanding is that when the battery is done, the car is done, and they last about 100,000 miles.
I have also understood that the batteries are not recycled. They contain rare and toxic elements that must be disposed of in other ways such as burying them.
The Cruze looks like an Opel and they just rebadged it. The bigger Saturn was an Opel too as was that one Caddy.
You will see every city and town in America buying Volts for city use with govt $$. I would bet since 2009 - Ford has not sold many cop cars. They are all GM and Chrysler now.
What! Burying them? WTF!
I bet China will recycle em in some toxic way.
The new Buick Regal is an Opal too.
Ford has a new police package Taurus ready to go.
Chevy also has a new police Caprice ready to go, based on the G8 rear drive platform.
They're worried about capacity constraints and bottlenecks.
The Cruze has been for sale under other names overseas for a couple of years. It’s a Daewoo.
Is it? Yup - here it is. Nice.
Really sucks because GM was making progress and some of the Opel stuff is quite good.
Will they import them from Germany or like the UAW thug goons slap em together? If UAW subhumans assembled them - they will be sh*t with coke bottles in the doors.
The Taurus is nice. The G8 is also nice but no GM for me. The GTO was made in Australia by Holden. Did they do the same thing with the G8 or did the subhuman UAW goons assemble them?
In answer to the question, no.
Oh. I read the wiki and it said Opel did most of the engineering on it.
... but not a single one ( at least I didn't ) of him actually sitting in it. "The press."
Yep. These batteries are not “environmentally friendly” at all. Also, from what I have read, the cost of replacing these batteries exceeds the value of the car at the time the battery would need to be replaced (@ approximatley 100,000 miles), so they are not replaced.
Screw safety. This car is so enviromentaly correct if you buy the farm in this jewel it will be an acceptable and noble sacrifice.
Gee, you must’ve gotten a hot tip on GM stock. How much does it cost to replace the batteries when the time comes? A properly overhauled engine would cost $4-6k with labor, and could last well over 300k if properly maintained.
He's in the party which thinks it, not the consumer, not manufacturers knows best. Democrats created the Volt. He's one of them.
Found the “Caprice”. I own a couple and they are from a time when the name meant something. This thing is some ugly Eurotrash. I guess when the ship is sinking there is no time to design in-house. Screw GM.
For 41k I rather find an old muscle car like a 69 goat. We need more CO2 to prevent global cooling.
Here’s the Caprice.
It does’nt even have bag racks.
My 64 Chevy got a 327 with dual exhausts so I can destroy the polar ice caps twice as fast ;)
Are they available without the battery?
I want to trade in my 4 cylinder, ‘96 Dodge Caravan for a new Sto and Go Caravan with 4 cylinders. Unfortunately, they don’t make one. I average 25 + miles per gallon with mostly highway driving.
Maybe it should be named Revolt. If you really want to screw something up, get the government involved. I would not own a volt if they were giving them away.
The new Caprice and the old G8 were both Holdens from OZ.
Holden Statesman and Holden Commodore
Cool. My girl has a 64 Jetstar 88 that we cruise in. I wanna find a Goat. I had a 69 but got T-Boned in it.
After having replaced window regulators in each (4) door of my 2000 LeSabre, and having at least one door control module die, and numerous sensors and other electrical items (controls, switches, etc.), I would not trust GM to engineer any electrical system. I agree - no more GM’s for me.
Looks like a mid-nineties Saturn.
Sorry, but GM has proven to me, a once customer, that they do not provide reliable electronic parts. They rapidly fall apart, are ill designed, are very expensive to replace, and do not work for long.
There’ll probably be some wealthy lib and/or academic types who buy one to drive it in front of their friends or co-workers, then they’ll have an SUV at home for their REAL car, for when nobody’s watching.
“Have you driven a Chevy Dolt...lately?”
Oh, it passes all of the US Government DOT tests? That’s reassuring and a guarantee that I will not buy one.
That’s part of it, but also there are a bunch of people who would prefer not to use gasoline.
The Middle East, Peak Oil, unpredictable wide price swings, things like that.
Not Global Warming BS.
Agree. They have been discussing the Volt for years. I thought it was pretty interesting back when Bush was President. Now I guess because Obama is President we have to hate electric cars.
Some people might want to buy one if their electricity costs are low and they live in a city. If you can charge the battery when the electricity prices are lower, that’s an advantage.
Arguments about tax credits are valid but have little to do with the technology.
No way will I buy ANY vehicle from Government Motors.
They will be recycled. Laptop and cellphone batteries can be recycled — provided you turn them in. The Volt batteries are much larger and more expensive — people will be motivated financially to recycle them.
There are plenty of valid criticisms about the Volt — starting with the fact that they're being subsidized by tax dollars. Using easily falsified arguments doesn't help the case against the Volt.
They should buy an electric car like the cheaper Leaf then.
"The Volt was put into development in earnest in 2006 before Obama was president."
The Socialists took over the Congress in 2006 (Jan '07). Same-O, Same-O
It was another EPA (Socialist) boondoggle mandate that helped them go bankrupt.