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by PackardV8
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: What MPGe are you getting?
Replies: 10
Views: 1258

Re: What MPGe are you getting?

The learning curve of predicting driving range going from an ICE to an EV is as great as going from a big truck ICE to a compact ICE. There's just so much variance one has to do the work and the math himself to have any confidence in his expectations. In our northern tier, over the course of the yea...
by PackardV8
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: "Auto" HVAC questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1210

Re: "Auto" HVAC questions

Too bad there is no sunroof option - a tilted sunroof is a good way to extract warm and/or humid air from the cabin without using fans or a/c and only adds minimal drag. Cars these days are becoming like houses - fully sealed and then needing "air management" JMHO, but I love that the Bol...
by PackardV8
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: Battery usage while idling
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: Battery usage while idling

It's a great benefit to be able to leave the AC on, lock the Bolt and run a quick errand without the car making a sound and it still be cool upon return. This summer, I did just this. As I was walking away, a big Mercedes sedan pulled in, the engine cooling fan making a roar. A woman got out, told t...
by PackardV8
Sun May 27, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: Roof crossbars FINALLY!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1335

Re: Roof crossbars FINALLY!!

Thanks for sharing. Considering a similar build myself to accommodate a set of older Thule square bars and canoe rack I have on hand. Things I'd do differently: 1. Make the front bar lower, so the box sits level and doesn't have aero lift. 2. Figure an adjustment to tighten the feet outward against ...
by PackardV8
Sun May 20, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: What is a reasonable price for a2017 premier?
Replies: 5
Views: 852

Re: What is a reasonable price for a2017 premier?

Just find a dealer who wants the sale of a Bolt. Dealers swap cars between states every day and routinely handle insanely complicated three-way transactions. If you make a deal with an out-of-state GM dealer, then it's very much easier for them to find the best NY dealer to work out how to get the c...
by PackardV8
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Sub $250 month lease - when will it happen?
Replies: 13
Views: 3530

Re: Sub $250 month lease - when will it happen?

Yet more evidence life isn't fair. Many of the lease deals reported above are less than half what both the GM website and our local dealer quoted us here in eastern WA. We'd certainly leased instead of bought if $200 a month had been available. At $450 a month net, not so much.

jack vines
by PackardV8
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Bumpy Ride - Stiff Suspension
Replies: 85
Views: 16347

Re: Bumpy Ride - Stiff Suspension

I was *hugely* disappointed. We're currently driving the KIA Soul EV... *much better ride*! I wouldn't even consider the Bolt unless they fix this problem. :-( Your money, your decision and glad you're happy with your Kia. JMHO, but I drove the Kia Soul EV and there are so many reasons I wouldn't e...
by PackardV8
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Driving in low
Replies: 47
Views: 8685

Re: Driving only in "low"

...Place the trans in the "L" mode and drive till you reach maybe 25 mph.... then without taking your foot off the accelerator, just kick the lever into "D" you will feel an oh-so-slight speedup of the vehicle.... that would be enough to tell you that for the same amount of appl...
by PackardV8
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: My Bolt review, after 3 months ownership.
Replies: 11
Views: 2526

Re: My Bolt review, after 3 months ownership.

After some experimentation I mostly only use it for local travel around town w/in 5 miles of my house. I try to avoid driving it on the freeway anymore because of how the way I drive sucks the power out of the battery. Your car, your decision, but I don't understand the logic. Within the generous r...
by PackardV8
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: First time with the Bolt in heavy snow
Replies: 11
Views: 2280

Re: First time with the Bolt in heavy snow

bluebolt wrote:My next electric vehicle (when the lease is up) will have AWD if at all possible.


Those of us who have to traverse the frozen-ass-end-of-nowhere need AWD and real snow tires. I put Nokian on the Bolt and they're a huge improvement over the OEMs, but it needs AWD.

jack vines

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