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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:42 PM

Introducing my new vehicle

I picked up my Chevy Volt today!



Here's some more pics of my new vehicle on Flickr.

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Reply Introducing my new vehicle (Original post)
47of74 Apr 2012 OP
Tom1960 Apr 2012 #1
Fawke Em Apr 2012 #37
1monster Apr 2012 #46
sadbear Apr 2012 #2
47of74 Apr 2012 #12
fascisthunter Apr 2012 #3
elfin Apr 2012 #4
47of74 Apr 2012 #11
elfin Apr 2012 #14
elfin Apr 2012 #15
hootinholler Apr 2012 #40
hlthe2b Apr 2012 #5
ornotna Apr 2012 #6
jp11 Apr 2012 #7
47of74 Apr 2012 #53
Skinner Apr 2012 #8
gateley Apr 2012 #9
47of74 Apr 2012 #18
gateley Apr 2012 #23
47of74 Apr 2012 #26
ellisonz Apr 2012 #30
47of74 Apr 2012 #58
Gregorian Apr 2012 #10
47of74 Apr 2012 #13
Scuba Apr 2012 #35
RedSpartan Apr 2012 #36
47of74 Apr 2012 #39
Fawke Em Apr 2012 #51
abelenkpe Apr 2012 #45
SunSeeker Apr 2012 #16
bluestate10 Apr 2012 #17
independentpiney Apr 2012 #19
MADem Apr 2012 #20
independentpiney Apr 2012 #22
Kermitt Gribble Apr 2012 #41
handmade34 Apr 2012 #47
PA Democrat Apr 2012 #21
The Wielding Truth Apr 2012 #24
Populist_Prole Apr 2012 #25
JNelson6563 Apr 2012 #27
sakabatou Apr 2012 #28
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2012 #29
Electric Monk Apr 2012 #31
progressoid Apr 2012 #32
47of74 Apr 2012 #42
a kennedy Apr 2012 #33
Scuba Apr 2012 #34
MarianJack Apr 2012 #38
Meiko Apr 2012 #43
47of74 Apr 2012 #44
handmade34 Apr 2012 #48
unkachuck Apr 2012 #49
Robb Apr 2012 #50
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2012 #52
cherokeeprogressive Apr 2012 #54
47of74 Apr 2012 #56
Monk06 Apr 2012 #55
sweetapogee Apr 2012 #57

Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:44 PM

1. Oh Snap!!!

That is one beautiful vehicle my friend. I hope you get AT LEAST Ten years of good service out of it.

Props to you also for buying American.

I want a Volt in the worst way....


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Response to Tom1960 (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:27 AM

37. It should last longer than 10 years.

I've kept my American cars for 13 years or more and I only got rid of them then because I selfishly wanted a newer vehicle. There was technically nothing wrong with the car.

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #37)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:12 PM

46. My last chevy (Astro van) was 18 years old when I had to give it up...

And that was only because the mechanic who replaced my fuel pump didn't put all the bolts back in when he put the gas tank back on. My van collected dirt and sand which got into the gas tank, anda the fuel line causing problems. But by the time we figured out what was causing my van to stall out, the sand got into the engine and totalled it.

Or I might still have been driving it.

edited for clarity (I'd left out a couple of important words)

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:47 PM

2. How long is your neighbor going to let you plug into his outlet?

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Response to sadbear (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:06 PM

12. It's plugged in to our grain bin.

We have to move some stuff around in the garage so that I'll have room to go in there.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:51 PM

3. show-off!!!!

Congrats! Verrry nice.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:51 PM

4. So COOL! From a Chevy family here

What do they call that fabulous color? Cranberry? Claret? Traverse Cherry?

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Response to elfin (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:04 PM

11. Crystal Red Tintcoat

My car was a demonstrator so when I tested it the car was dusty and had a bunch of decals on it. I decided I wanted something that was not gray or silver. My last three cars were some shade of gray or sliver. I wanted a change so I told them I wanted this red color. They were going to originally find another car from another dealer, but Chevy told the dealer to go ahead and sell the demonstrator to me. I had the dealer take the decals off. So I didn't actually take delivery until today. I was amazed because the car looked a lot better freshly washed and with the decals off.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:16 PM

14. Looks "Pearlized" - which is snazzy

Would have preferred the Traverse Berry name, due to the fabulous festivals in Northern Michigan celebrating the berry and the color.

But they didn't ask me. Too bad, but a GREAT car --- enjoy.

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Response to elfin (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:20 PM

15. Second thought -- Should be Traverse Cherry

Botanically incorrect here --- the cherry is a fruit and perhaps not a "berry" .

You still have a wonderful transport.

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Response to elfin (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:34 AM

40. Ticket Me Red, IIRC n/t

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:52 PM

5. that is a good looking car...

Enjoy... I'm happy with my '07 Prius, but I would certainly take one. I'm happy that American companies are coming back--even if I don't happen to own one right now.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:52 PM

6. That's a good looking car

Maybe one day I'll get a new vehicle.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:52 PM

7. Where is your solar array, why do you hate the earth?

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Response to jp11 (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 11:10 PM

53. That's next year's project

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:54 PM

8. Way cool.

Love it.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:57 PM

9. Haha! "Some" more pics is right! You're like a proud new parent! Congrats --

and I know that others who see this will think about buying one, too! The earth thanks you!

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Response to gateley (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:43 PM

18. A couple right wing trolls found my set on Flickr

I deleted their comments about my car being a piece of tax subsidized junk and blocked them from my profile. I also set it so that people can't comment on pictures anymore to keep reich wing idiots away.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #18)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:22 AM

23. Well they can just watch you zip by as they're waiting in line to pay their

$4/gallon gas! Give them a wave, won't you?

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Response to gateley (Reply #23)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:27 AM

26. Yep, and with one finger too.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #18)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 01:17 AM

30. Pathetic.

Hating on a DUer for buying an American made car...does it get any lower?

(Yeah I'm calling out all you trolls! )

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Response to gateley (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 21, 2012, 11:21 PM

58. Even got a few more on there tonight

Right after a bath too!

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:59 PM

10. It's a sophisticated piece of engineering.

I just realized the dots on the rear bumper are for sensing objects. The car beeps at you when you get too close. And one weird quirk was rear passengers not being able to get out. We had to figure out how to change that from the drivers side door lock control. It freaked a few of us out, not being able to get out of the car.

The thing even has it's own phone number.

Congrats.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:10 PM

13. Has a backup camera too

My last car (a Fusion) had backup sensors but not a camera. The backup camera is useful but I'm not sure I want to get into the habit of relying on it too much.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #13)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:22 AM

35. Can you comment on the Fusion? Considering one for my son.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #35)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:25 AM

36. I'm considering a Fusion, too.

But waiting until later this year for the 2013 model:

http://www.ford.com/cars/fusion/2013/

Looks awesome, and will have both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions!

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Response to Scuba (Reply #35)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:31 AM

39. It was OK

They do get decent gas mileage, around 25 town 30 highway. Even higher if one is out on a highway that is nice and flat for an extended period. One problem I had since early on though is that gravel and other debris would get up inside the wheel and make really bad scraping noises. Dealer never seemed able to fix the problem once and for all. Never had that with other vehicles. So I'm thinking it wasn't designed for people living in the country.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #35)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:30 AM

51. Hubby LUVS his.

Seriously, it's a great car. Much better than the Beemer he had that broke down every other month.

He doesn't have the camera, just the back-up beeps. He has the full control cell onboard. He adores it.

He had a Ford truck until I got pregnant and then bought the BMW sedan because, A. He always wanted one and B. We couldn't cart the baby around on jump seats (A being more equal than B. LOL).

That Beemer was CRAP. In the shop 18 times in 3 years. My Ford has never been to the shop other than the body shop when I was rear-ended.

BTW, I wouldn't have cared if he bought a Chevy. I'm an American car gal. I think we shouldn't have decals of Calvin pissing on bow-ties and ovals... we should have Calvin pissing on that Toyota oval thing and the Honda "H" and so forth.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #13)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:07 PM

45. My car has a backup camera too

I really only glance at it when i switch to reverse to make sure there are no little ones around then turn around and back up normally. Good to hear the volt has one too! We were going to get another Prius after my hubby sells his car but a friend of his just got a black volt and now he wants one too.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:23 PM

16. Beauty! Wish I had one. nt

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:34 PM

17. Nice looking car. Congrats in many ways.

It is easier to talk environment and environmental principles. It is tpugh to live those principles. You seem to be living a critical principle.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:46 PM

19. Here's mine



But seriously that's a beautiful car, congrats

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Response to independentpiney (Reply #19)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:56 PM

20. Bad ride! Love the bike rack! nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #20)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:04 AM

22. Why thank you, it does come in handy

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Response to independentpiney (Reply #19)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:59 PM

41. Hey, I've been on that trolley!

My bike tires won't fit in the bike rack, though...

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Response to Kermitt Gribble (Reply #41)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:33 PM

47. this is what I bought recently

http://www.citizenbike.com/

love it! and it folds very easily...

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:58 PM

21. Sharp looking car.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:23 AM

24. I like the trim under the windows. Sharp. I'd like to have one and save on gas.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:26 AM

25. Congrats on your new ride. The best part is that it pisses of conservatives. The fact that it's...

...great engineering in a good looking package is the icing on the cake.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 01:06 AM

27. Envy!!

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 01:07 AM

28. Where's Crow and Joel?

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 01:15 AM

29. I wish I could afford one.



Enjoy.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 01:34 AM

31. Is that a solar panel on the roof?

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:52 AM

32. I see kitty has already inspected it.

Hope it meets with feline approval!

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Response to progressoid (Reply #32)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 01:00 PM

42. Yes, yes it does.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:34 AM

33. Love it.....wish I could afford one right now.

It will be my next purchase in about 10 years. It sure is purdy.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:21 AM

34. Looks sharp, right down to the Hawkeye plate holder...

... go Big 10 !!


Is the battery air cooled? Look like an air intake in pics 2,3.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:28 AM

38. Mazel Tov!

PEACE!

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 03:02 PM

43. TOO COOL!

 

I thought I read somewhere where Chevy was going to stop producing the volt. It looks like I got my wires crossed. How hoes it handle? How often do you have to put fuel in it? Good choice..

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Response to Meiko (Reply #43)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 03:55 PM

44. I'm going to find out soon

No, they just suspended production for a few weeks. They're also planning to do that again this summer for a while but may cancel if sales keep up.

I haven't had too much of a chance to drive it yet so we'll have to see. I've only had the car for a day now. Hopefully I won't have to fuel it as much as I did with pure gasoline cars. I'll find out in the weeks ahead as I do drive more than a lot of people for my work.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:34 PM

48. congrats!

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:52 PM

49. add up....

 

....the electrical costs and the gas and let us know how much you're saving....

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:56 PM

50. Union-made awesomeness.

Well done.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:34 AM

52. sweet!

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 11:19 PM

54. Will you be using the A/C during the summer months? I'm curious...

Dubuque's averages for Jun-Aug are for temps higher than 80 and rainfall between 4-5". With climate change it's a cinch you'll see temps higher than that and maybe more rainfall as well.

How will the use of A/C affect the car's range?

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #54)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 06:51 AM

56. I'll be finding out

We'll have to see how much it uses with the AC going full tilt.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 12:58 AM

55. I think this may end up being one of GM's classic cars in terms of paradigm shifts.


Succeeding where the Corvair failed.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 09:27 AM

57. what really make me crazy

and angry is that if chevy marketed the volt in 2008 when we bought our last car I would be much happier today. I opted for a stupid c class MB of which I have 4 more payments to make and the car will probably last me at this rate 20 more years So for now I have to resist the urge to go electric

Nothing and I mean nothing is better in life than taking delivery on a new car. Good luck 47!

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