Chevrolet Bolt Requires Almost No Maintenance For First 150,000 Miles


Like Most Pure Electric Cars, The Chevrolet Bolt Requires Very Little Routine Maintenance

Like Most Pure Electric Cars, The Chevrolet Bolt Requires Very Little Routine Maintenance

One of the benefits of owning a pure electric car is that routine maintenance is significantly less than that of a comparable gas/diesel automobile. That’s immediately apparent when you take a look at the maintenance schedule for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.

According to the 2017 Bolt EV owner’s manual (which one can find the 360 handbook in PDF form here), the EV requires tire rotations every 7,500 miles, cabin air filter replacements every 22,500 and a coolant flush every 150,000 miles. Beyond that, any other maintenance required would fall outside of the “routine” umbrella. Oh, brake fluid replacement is recommended every 5 years, regardless of mileage.

Chevy Bolt Maintenance Schedule

Chevy Bolt Maintenance Schedule

So, what’s it cost to maintin the Bolt for the first 150,000 miles?

Let’s say you’re a “do-it-you’reselfer”, and that a cabin filter can be purchased for approximately $20. Tire rotations are free (DIY…remember). Six filters will cost you $120. Two brake fluid swaps (5 years x 12,000 miles per year = 60,000, so two fluid changeouts will be required in the first 150,000 miles) over 150,000 miles will set you back no more than $30 (DIY…only paying for cost of fluid). Lastly, that coolant swap. that’s listed at 150,000 miles, so we won’t calculate it into the eqaution here.

So, in the first 150,000 miles, routine maintenance for the Bolt will set you back a whopping $150! Or approximately the same as filling an average gas car’s fuel tank 4 times…

Bonus:  The good fellows over at PlugInConnect sent us this comparative chart (below) between the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Chevy Cruze to demonstrate the ‘ease of ownership’ of a BEV over traditional ICE vehicle.

Chevy Bolt EV and Cruze maintenance schedules (via PligInConnect)

Chevy Bolt EV and Cruze maintenance schedules (via PlugInConnect)

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Chevy dealers to interested Bolt customers: Have you seen the new turbo Sonic?

Can I take home the Turbo Sonic today, instead of having to inconviently wait on the elusive Bolt, which may arrive in the next few weeks? I would like to have a new car under the tree before Christmas for sure, so Santa Says Sonic!

It says “rotate tires and perform required services”. What are “required services”?

Check brake pads, replace if needed? Top off washer fluid?

With regen braking will probably not need brake pads for 150,000 miles plus. I hardly ever use the mechanical brakes on my EV.

Meh. Maybe it’s thanks to the weak regen on my 2012 Leaf, but after 4 years and over 75,000 km, the latest report on our brake shoes was 60%.


“check”/”inspect” things…the usual dealer scam to rip you off

Multipoint inspection is free on a Chevy.

Balance and alignment, necessity revealed by inspection…

Balance all wheels dynamically and statically. This normally is no DIY job ?

Certain car dealers are now offering free oil changes for life on new ICE vehicle purchases. This should be interesting to see how this plays out.

Their goal is to lure you into dealership and sell you new car.
If dealers (or automaker) don’t offer free maintenance, they offer owners $10-$35 oil change/tire rotation coupons all the time.

Always have to look into the fine print; I’m sure there are plenty of places that do offer them but often there are exclusions such as not to exceed 5qts, no synthetics, etc…

Compare this for Model 3 please!

The annual service on an MB is $600-700 per year…times 8-10 years (150k)…add in the gas! MB, BMW and Audi are in for some serious PAIN

Model S
annual service inspection every 12,500 miles cost 700$ (BoltEV=??)

Cabin air filter every 12,500 miles (BoltEV, 22,500 miles)

A/C service every 25k miles (BoltEV=?)

battery coolant 50,000 miles (BoltEV 150,000 miles)

I left out wiper blades and tire rotations)

The service inspection is not mandatory…

Just paid $80 for annual service on my Mercedes B-class, nowhere close to that $600-$700/yr that you claim.

I don’t know about that, maintenance on my Class B electric was $800 for the duration of the lease (3 years), rolled into the lease.

The Chevy Bolt has significantly less maintenance over the first 150,000 miles than the Tesla Model S and Model X. For comparison, Tesla lists the following maintenance schedule:
– cabin air filter replacement every 12,500 miles or 12 months;
– brake fluid replacement every 25,000 miles or 24 months;
– A/C service every 25,000 miles or 24 months;
– battery coolant replacement every 50,000 miles or 48 months.

Well done GM!

More important you don’t need to pay $400..$500..$700 each time for washer fluid refill and wiper refills like with Tesla if you want to preserve resale value guarantee or extended warranty. And you would better have warranty with Tesla cars with their service monopoly. Monopoly is monopoly, it never ends well for customers.


“It is highly recommended that you service your Tesla vehicle once a year or every 12,500 miles. If you do not follow this recommendation, your New Vehicle Limited Warranty will not be affected. ”

Weak counter.
The fact remains is that Tesla will RIP you off if you choose to perform this highly recommended service.

Still apples to oranges. Can’t compare Toyota service to Lexus or Chevy to Cadillac. Gotta give Tesla a pass on this one until we see the Model III. George is a second owner of a Model S, and a great source for how the service plays out. Hats off to GM as well for a job well done.

Thx Mark H.!

“The fact remains is that Tesla will RIP you off”

That hasn’t been my experience. I’ve had 2 cases where a Tesla service center could have charged me but gave me a free pass. The idea is to make you happy with your Tesla.

I’ve been to Big 3 service departments many times and it’s never happened to me there.

Although I have to admit my trips to the service department were less on my Volt than on the Model S:)

They all play the same game. It’s only surprising that some people think Tesla isn’t doing so.

Instead of eliminating all that expensive service (as they claim) Tesla just in-housed it. More profits for them instead sharing it with dealers.

And it’s against the low to force people to get service in-house, even though Tesla does do so. They’re not the only ones getting away with that either.

What you said is very far from the truth indeed. Traditional dealerships, or “stealerships”, get most of their money from servicing cars, rather than selling them.

Contrariwise, Tesla has a goal of zero profit for their service centers. Of course it would be naive to claim nobody ever got ripped off at any Tesla service center, because there are always a few who refuse to follow the rules. But in general, you get what you pay for at Tesla service centers.

And what you pay for is the superior level of customer service, a superior level for which Tesla has become famous, and is one of the biggest reasons why Tesla has earned, and maintains every year (according to Consumer Reports), the highest customer satisfaction rating of any auto maker.

Furthermore, let’s remember that zzzzzzzzzzzz is a serial Tesla FUDster, who posts only to bash Tesla, and for no other purpose. Nothing — absolutely nothing — he posts is to be believed.

Actually zzzzzzz does post for one other purpose then to bash Tesla.

He is by far the leading resident shill for the nonsensical idea of using H2 for light duty passenger vehicles and Its obvious that his serial anti-Tesla FUD is a part of his disinformation here.

In any case, Tesla does NOT REQUIRE its owners to use Tesla to do any kind of paid annual service or threaten any consequences for such despite the mental FUD games played here by zzazz and other serial haters.

Of course one should do preventative maintenance on their vehicles and I intend to do the same thing I have always done in my ownership of my cars with my Model 3.

I will DIY all my services that I can do like wipers, filters, and fluid changes as I already do on my current Volt.

I will use a tire shop for tire related items and if I need warranty work done I will use Tesla.

No. It’s not. I’m not sure why you say this.

Nor do I know how you think that referring to dealerships by a made-up name is an argument. Do you think this is a schoolyard?

Musk has said his service centers would never be a profit center. He says a lot of things.

I’m not sure why you think Tesla service is exceptionally high quality. I’ll have to reconcile that with the guy I know who had multiple problems with his Model X that Tesla refused to fix until he started lemon law motions.

Monopoly not ending well for customers compared to what? Tesla is a monopoly as much as Linux is a monopoly. Both are pretty damn good and there are alternative (such as not using them). Competition is always nicer if it arises out of market forces, but monopoly is preferable to not having it at all.

It’s funny how I was taught (brain washed) in school how monopolies are bad, but the reality is monopolies of late 19th century pushed the technology far quicker than any time in history only to slow down when they were broken up by the government. Monopoly isn’t as bad as we’ve been brainwashed to think.

You’re missing the obligatory praises of the SparkEV in your comment.

That’s a good one!

Zing! 😀

Give the person a break, Spark EV is undoubtedly a great little car, so give it a rap whenever you can. But it was tedious when it was being compared to other EV’s inappropriately, so great to read a comment from SparkEV that isn’t all rises and apples about Spark EV’s.
Don’t agree about the Monopoly thing, though. Monopolies are mostly not a great idea. A true Monopoly takes away any choice and usually results in higher prices, lower wages, less diversification. While Tesla has a Monopoly over their product, they don’t have a Monopoly over the car industry, so you still have choice. Same with Linux. You can choose which one to use.

SparkEV said:

“Monopoly isn’t as bad as we’ve been brainwashed to think.”

Right, that’s why most people have given up their land line phone service from a monopoly, in favor of cell phone service from a competitive market… because the monopoly is better.

Oh, wait…

And of course, it was better when Standard Oil owned 90% of the gas stations in America, so they could — and did — jack the gas prices up as far as they wanted to.

Oh, wait…

I do indeed see some effects of brainwashing here, SparkEV. If you look in a mirror, you’ll be able to see it too.

So I guess the good news is that far-right libertarians have stopped pretending that monopolies are all the fault of the government and would never occur in their free-market paradise. Now we can move the argument back onto the plane of historical facts. Where you’ve already made a statement so vague as to be meaningless. Here are some historical facts about American monopolies: When city people heated their homes with coal (back when cities were mostly in the Northeast and Midwest during the tail end of the Little Ice Age), the local coal monopolies would jack up the price during winter, meaning some people died of exposure every year. That’s what got the ball rolling on public utilities. The regional rail monopolies were built after the basic steam locomotive technology of the 19th century existed and deserve no credit for that. They came under attack from farmers in the heartland because they charged monopoly prices to move crops to the cities. This led to “prairie socialism”, in which farmers had to start their own grain storage companies to fight back, and elect radicals like the LaFollettes and Sam Maverick to their state legislatures to regulate rates. This is why Texas… Read more »

Shouldn’t tire replacement be included in the routine maintenance costs? That’s about $250 per 15-20,000 miles

New tires every 15k miles? I mean, I believe in safety first too, but that seems a tad excessive.

Never. Tire companies sell tires to automakers (OEM tires) cheaply with the hope that they can sell them at full retail to customers in the aftermarket.

If you got replacement tires from the automaker than that hope would vanish and thus they would start to charge automakers more for OEM tires.

Automakers don’t want their tire costs to go up.

Tire makers don’t want their tires to last long. This is at least what I heard first hand from a major tire maker research person. Now before anyone shouts conspiracy theory, please think first. There is absolutely no benefit for any company to produce a product that lasts too long. Many companies have gone bankrupt due to making the mistake of producing long lasting products. (sidenote: One of the next businesses that will suffer from that will be the LED industry, once the market is saturated its game over!) If you want to run a business long term make sure that your product will not survive your customer! That said, why would any tire company invest any time or money into making long lasting products? Right! There is absolutely no reason for that. If now by accident a researcher develops a mixture which is far longer lasting than classic tire mixtures he may be happy, but management will not. Maybe some rich person will one day step into the business of making new better long lasting tires, just to push the established companies a little bit ??? Wouldn’t that be fun? Imagine that Tesla that doesn’t need oil change, gasoline… Read more »

You’re talking about the business strategy of planned obsolescence. That only works so long as every one of your competitors — all of them — use the same strategy.

American automakers in the ’60s and ’70s used that strategy, making shoddy cars which rusted and/or fell apart within a few years, forcing people to buy new ones a lot sooner than they should have. And that’s why Japanese automakers were able to so quickly steal so much of the American car market, when they entered it with cars built to last longer.

Planned obsolescence is just one example of how prioritizing short-term profits over long-term, solid business practices has sadly become the norm in modern business. Prioritizing short-term profits over what’s best for customers is also one of the reasons why trust in large companies has eroded.

Yep that’s the word I was looking for…

True that it works when all competitors do the same… How is the tire market in your opinion?

Obviously I have no proof, but what has become public from various other industries tells me that there is at least a slight possibility that most tire makers follow the same strategy.

Have you ever seen any advertising campaign of any tire maker promoting the longer service life of their product?

Tires are indeed maintenance items, but they don’t fall into the sub-category of Routine Maintenance. This list is just for the routine scheduled stuff. Wear items are depend a lot on the driver, so they aren’t included in the scheduled stuff.

That’s very impressive, but does it represent real savings? On a DIY basis my Toyota minivan routine service would be perhaps $750 over 150k miles (guessing based on actual service over first 85k). That’s half a cent per mile.

Depreciation dwarfs maintenance cost. Bolt MSRP of $37,500 spread over a 150k mile useful life is 25 cent/mile.

Fuel cost is a distant second to depreciation, but also dwarfs routine maintenance. A 30 mpg Bolt-sized gascar is about 8 cents/mile @ $2.40/gallon. Bolt is ~4 cents/mile @ 12 cents/kWh.

Good detail, and breakdown!

You can also DIY Bolt maintenance, and it would be far cheaper. Coolant is maybe $30, cabin air filter maybe $10 at ebay. There’s no oil, filters (oil, fuel, air, and more on some), spark plugs, distributor, SMOG parts, and the list goes on and on that you must do with ICE that you skip with Bolt.

Bolt is $30K. You wouldn’t buy it without subsidy. Toyota minivan is also about $30K, so the depreciations are similar.

For fuel cost, you also have to consider the amount of time wasted going to gas station and standing around to pay / fill. That might be 15 minutes per fill (let’s say 1 hour per month). Bolt would be about 5 minutes a month, assuming 10 seconds to plug in and charging every day. If your time is worth $15/hr (mine is worth far more), that’s about $150/yr savings.

Granted DCFC is slower, but that’s rare and could also be 30 seconds if you go out to eat / shop / do other things while charging.

With enough time and motivation one could also DIY redo used tires…

Unfortunately most of us believe that we don’t have any time to lose… It’s so much more fun to waste time… In fact it’s my favourite waste of time.

The article used DIY costs, so I did the same.

I do include subsidies when making an individual buy/sell decision, but for general economics I use full cost. Full cost is the only way to judge how close EVs are to becoming mainstream (because we can’t all subsidize each other).

Time will tell on service.

Oil changes are a regular item that can add up over 150,000 mi.

One thing to remember is no oil changes for EVs and few for cars like the Volt.

Just had my nieces car dropped in my drive by AAA. The dealer, yes dealer, did service on it last week. Not an issue on my leaf but they hand tightened the oil drain plug. Lost it all on a highway. Waited two hours in the cold to get it to me. Will see if it needs a new engine. Front of the car won’t rust for a while with 4 qts. of oil on everything. Her uncle is a lawyer. Will see how that goes. Still say, EV should be cheaper in the long run than ICE and at least should be better for the environment over its life span. I have only green energy, so we are even farther ahead of the curve.

Looks like I will need to outlive my boomer cohort, by several years, to get to see a coolant change. Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? 🙂

No word about:
– Checking brakes etc. (checks by law every two year can be too long, there should be a check in between).
– Checking chassis, driving and coupled axles (hope I found the correct term).
– Checking air in the tires, windscreen-wipers etc. (many people are to stupid to do that suffient often by theirselfs, passive air pressure measurement won’t recognize if all tires are loosing air slowly in the long term and I don’t know the limits of the active ones).
– Doing quiet “recalls” (doing non-urgent changes to the vehicle that are a result of increased experiences in production to avoid problems in the future).


This it why all the major auto-makers are reluctant to join in, they need the money from all the fraudulent, unnecessary services and would rather pay off politicians and auto-dealer associations to block EV makers and to me, the whole point of an EV is less frequent services, forget the emissions, that will only get better as the world is getting away from oil and coal. With EV’s you will have no oil or brake-fluid changes. No exhaust replacements, no emission checks, no turbo/injection/electronic control unit issues and at the same time you will loads more cargo space. I have left out a ton of other issues as it becomes boring.

Precisely! I cannot remember any car I bought over the years that didn’t cost me almost as much in repairs over its time with me as I paid for buying it (only bought 5+ year old cars, of course).
As for an EV with only about a few dozen moving parts, can’t see how there could be many broken parts, actually.

No belts, no exhaust, no engine, no spark plugs, no generators, no coolers, no turbos, no oil, no fried starter batteries, no steering column, no transmissions, no gearbox, no ignitions, no …

Just aircon, wheels, axes, motor, batteries, general electronics, shock absorbers. Heck, even hardly any break pad changes.

I feel for the workshop workers, they will soon have skills only useful for classic cars… But those will stick around for a while yet, of course. Just wouldn’t advise any kid today to become a car mech!

Brand new prius cost my wife $24600. We received $4000 in tax credits. The money we saved in fuel versus another reliable vehicle $estimate $19,000 civic) at 32 mph versus 48mpg and $2.75 gallon gas over 9 years. The only cost of the maintenance we a trans fluid change for $85, $ 29.99 oil changes once a year and wiperz, tires. We did our brakes on it at 115,000 miles and they cost $125 installed. I could have done it myself but it was easier to just take it to the garage next to my office and not waste more than 1 minute of my time. At 8 years I replaced the 12v battery with a new one. That’s $575 over 9 years. Tires have to be replaced regardless of ev or gas or hybrid. Looking at tesla model s maintenance cost, I’d say we made out pretty well. The first prius did so well that I then traded in my maxima for another prius. Now 6.5 years later I’m starting to think about the next car. The current prius gets great reviews for driving dynamics but it’s just so ugly. It was never a looker but just lost on… Read more »

“Just wouldn’t advise any kid today to become a car mech!”

You are so completely right!

Sometimes I wonder what to advise my children in regard to a future job possibility…

I know people who had crazy outdated jobs. One family had a business that physically repaired TV sets (those outdated cathoderaytube things) using oscilloscope to find defunct capacitors, resistors and diodes… It was fun to watch them doing their work.

Nowadays literally everyone I know is happy when their TV “finally breaks down” because then they can buy a new and better / bigger one.

My rough estimate is that 80% of all jobs are completely useless, and that includes 50% of all research (mostly that part which could easily be renamed into marketing and hype entertainment), 90% of all buerocracy and 60% of all “manual” work.

Most jobs are just existent to give people the feeling that they are a useful part of society. (this is the part where I fully expect and accept if someone shouts conspiracy…)

What was the topic again? Maintenance… Right… Who needs that…

Like the last of the Mohicans, in Manhattan there’s still one (maybe more, but I doubt it) typewriter repair shop.

Nice one. All those strange things my kids don’t see anymore… Typewriters, casette recorder (sometimes they ask why one says “rewind”…), compact disc… Oh that antique tech…

Joe said:
Just wouldn’t advise any kid today to become a car mech!

It’s not like the Tesla techs at the Service Center are sitting around with nothing to do, like modern day Maytag repair men. There were week-long waits to get an appointment at some Service Centers after the Model X started to be produced in volume.

The Nissan maintenance guide has brake fluid replacement every 30,000 mi. on the Leaf (15,000 for “severe duty”).

Don’t know why. But there it is.

Puts me in the do-I-or-don’t-I conundrum, worrying about possibly denied warranty service later.

Note for potential owners:
Recommended brake service every 2 years minimum (cleaning/lubing).

The brakes on my volt get used so infrequently that they were starting to stick after 2 years.
Combined with no real need for pad changes (this service would be done on a regular ICE when the pads are replaced), you need to actively remember to have it done.

You don’t replace the brakes every 2 years on ICE cars. Depending on how you drive, it could be 6 years, 50K miles. I did mine at 90K miles, and still had some life left (maybe another 20K miles). If Volt brakes need service every 2 years, problem might be something else. SparkEV is also rated for 2 years, but I suspect it’s overly cautious.

Aren’t the heavier? That might account for extra caution.

Brake service, not replacement. Open it up and clean and lube, put it back together. Two very different things.

A volt will likely never need a pad replacement in its life. But it should have regular brake service if you want it to perform optimally and not get a stuck caliper at some random inconvenient time.

Shift into N and ride the brake hard once a month or so. That’ll do it.

Good job, GM.
I wonder how many dealers will still try to screw customers over by selling them a prepaid maintenance package.

Well, they made it loud and clear they won’t replace your battery pack unless it loses over 40% of capacity.

So yeah… Great going GM. /s

Fair enough, but worth noting that the first 100,000 Volts had zero recalls on batteries due to factory defects relating to degradation. The story was covered here by IEVs.

Tesla’s guarantee says it won’t replace yours unless it loses 100%. There is no capacity guarantee at all.

There’s a lot more to this story than just a 40% figure.


If you’re gonna practice Tesla bashing, then it helps if you make a claim that someone, somewhere, might actually believe.

unlucky is another serial Tesla basher.

The fact of the matter is that neither Tesla nor GM PEVs have had any really significant battery capacity losses yet so none of that is a problem unlike it was on earlier Leafs.

Now that’s not to say that eventually these batteries won’t start to fade because they will primarily just due to calender aging but that will only happen after literally hundreds of thousands of miles for normal drivers.

By the time batteries for Tesla/GM start needing replacement their will certainly be much cheaper and improved packs just due to the economics driving their price/performance improvements over time.

Bash Tesla?

There’s the warranty. Show the the guarantee of remaining capacity?

There is none. No figure. If the battery fails, you get a new one.

If your battery loses range:

‘The Battery, like all lithium-ion batteries, will experience gradual energy or power loss with time and use. Loss of Battery energy or power over time or due to or resulting from Battery usage, is NOT covered under this Battery Limited Warranty.’

There is no warranty for range loss. Zero.

Does this mean Tesla doesn’t stand behind their product? No. Does it mean if you buy a Tesla the battery is going to lose massive amounts of capacity? No.

And the same is true for GM. GM at least provides a range promise. But it doesn’t mean that’s what you can expect to lose.

Why are people quicker to attack those who make true statements about Tesla than for those same people to simply look it up themselves?

So no warranty (Tesla) is better than a 40% warranty. Riiight. Lol

My Volt has been such a pain with oil changes every 30000 miles and rotating tires

That’s Trump fault! Oh it’s a positive. Never mind, continue as is.

You mean the Trump that is pushing for a confrontation (via tweets!) with a nuclear armed nation which opens up the distinct possibility of nuclear war and extinction of all higher life forms?

Is that what you voted for when you voted your ideology?

Cognitive dissonance at its finest!

Ive been driving a Nissan Leaf for 100,000 miles now and 5 years. Ive bought a few sets of tires ($400) and installed them myself. Filled the washer fluid a bunch of times ($1). Never did change the cabin air filter. And that’s about it. Maybe someday ill flush the brake fluid. Its not just the Bolt that requires no maintenance, it’s every EV. This is nothing new.

Let’s HOPE the “someday” your talking about, comes well before the “someday” your life insurance agent uses to up sell you on your current policy! You might also consider disclosing “your brake FLUID CHANGE interval” with your car insurance carrier, along with any unsuspecting passengers. Just a thought for consideration, as I was 3 miles over at my 30k Nissan Leaf recommended brake flush.

You are being ridiculous with comments like that. You sound like a lawyer. Brake fluid is not something you need to change at 30k mile intervals. Nissan only reccomends it because they cant dream up any other reason for you to bring the car in. I guess i better let my insurance company know that ive never rotated my tires. Ever. On all 25 plus cars and trucks that ive owned. I have my own tire machine so i just change them out when they get worn. And not all at once either. Keep paying your dealer for all that unnecessary maintenance. They love people like you. I guess you believe it voids your warranty if you dont take it to dealer for all services too.

Hi Ken, I’m sure we are all impressed you have a tyre machine but please don’t let that lead you (or readers of this thread) into a potentially fatal attack of maintenance hubris… I wouldn’t know if William is a lawyer as you suggest but fwiw I’m an Engineer -though tbh it doesn’t need much training to look up “brake fluid” on Wikipedia. It’s hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs water from the atmosphere. This means the boiling point is reduced – so whilst you may not notice any change day-to-day, by failing to change the fluid you risk the brakes failing precisely when you need them most (i.e. under heavy braking, especially at speed).

There are various places one might choose to make savings on maintenance, but I’d suggest the brakes ought to be last on the list (somewhere near tyres), for reasons which should be pretty obvious.

It won’t be unusual for the front tires on the Bolt EV to only last 15-20k mi.

It’s common to get less than 15k mi from the Spark EV fronts. I got 12k mi from my first set. High torque and regen only going through those tires makes them disappear quickly.

You’re supposed to rotate your tires. It’s especially important on an FWD car where the fronts do all the turning, all the acceleration and most of the braking.

Your tires should all wear out at about the same time since you are rotating them regularly. Doing so every 10K miles or so should be good enough for these kinds of tires. Do that and you should get about 40K off a set.

To be honest I’m a bit if a sceptic about rotation… Last service of my car the dealer rotated my tyres (failing to get my permission first) meaning I went from worn-but-still-legal tyres at the front (meaning “safe” understeer characteristic with yes, some reduction in braking performance and traction) to the same worn tyres at the rear (meaning risk of snap oversteer, especially if you need to dab the brakes or even lift off mid-bend).
For me, keep the best tyres at the rear and if the fronts are too worn then their useful life is over.
Applies irrespective of which end is driven, incidentally.

PS: “the fronts do all of the turning” is a common misconception (sorry for calling you out on this, its not personal!) It’s only true in a sense which is not important – i.e. that they (normally) do all the steering.

On a car with the oft-idealised 50:50 weight distribution the rear tyres provide half of the cornering forces. Many front drive cars have a weight bias to the front (so front tyres providing slightly more cornering force) but worn rear tyres will still lead to an increase in oversteer tendency.

Can’t do a front to back rotation if the front tires are a different size from the rears. The Spark EV uses a larger rear wheel than the ICE version (which uses the same size as the fronts). Obviously, something in the electric drivetrain and/or suspension required greater wheel depth on the Spark EV.

The Bolt uses the same tire/wheel combo on all four corners.

I’m approaching 29,000 miles on my Spark EV and still on the original tires. I was in the shop recently for a recall and they did their usual check. They rated the tires at 75%. Granted, I drive like a grandma (no offense to any grandmas out there) to get the best mileage possible. But that gives you a sense for how different peoples’ experiences in tire life can be. The most likely reason for the difference is driving style.

Silly article by CNET.
1) When calculating the maintenance cost of a vehicle, all routine wear & tear/replacement fluids & parts parts should be included. If you’re including the cabin filters, you should include replacing & balancing tires, wiper blades & brake pads (I’m sure they last a lot longer than on an ICE, but not 150K miles)

2) A DIYer can’t rotate tires unless s/he has a car lift, or rents one, since multiple wheels have to come off simultaneously. That’s not free.

3) Ditto for a tire removal press / balance checker.

“A DIYer can’t rotate tires unless s/he has a car lift, or rents one, since multiple wheels have to come off simultaneously.”

Wtf? What type of DIYer are you talking about? Must be the guy who is proud to brews his own coffee…

“A DIYer can’t rotate tires unless s/he has a car lift, or rents one, since multiple wheels have to come off simultaneously. That’s not free.”

My version below:

A DIYer can do whatever he wants. If he has no car lift he will build one! If multiple wheels have (really?) to go off simultaneously a DIYer will find a way to do so.

If not, he will remove tire by tire non-simultaneously and find out that it works as well.

If not he shall not call him a DIYer from that day on, or on any day in the future.

Everyone is free to DIY whatever he wants! 😉

wavelet said:

“2) A DIYer can’t rotate tires unless s/he has a car lift, or rents one, since multiple wheels have to come off simultaneously. That’s not free.”

Not true. All you need is a couple of jackstands and the jack which came with the car. Jackstands aren’t that expensive, either.

I used to just use the spare. It meant jacking up one corner of the car twice, but I was young and broke…..

Well, duh. My Ford Focus Electric has basically the same maintenance schedule.

Most EVs will be this way. This is one thing I always stress to people about EVs… other than EVs are much nice cars to drive, you also don’t pay though the nose for the privilege of keeping them running.

Congratulations yet again to GM for their superior engineering!

Strange to see so many comments comparing Bolt maintenance to Tesla Model S maintenance. We can be sure if the Bolt was a large, high-performance luxury “premium” car, that the annual maintenance cost would be a lot higher than this. Now, if this was a Tesla-related article — which it’s not — then it might be appropriate to compare the MS to a four-door Cadillac, which certainly would be closer to an apples-to-apples comparison.

Well I love the BOLT but this article is a bit too complementary.

GM has 150,000 mile coolant changes on all its EV’s. VOLT, ELR, BOLT

The problem is, it has to be changed at 5 years. And it will probably cost TRIPLE what an ICE car would, in the VOLT at least, since there are 3 completely separate cooling ckts.

(The BOLT is probably only DOUBLE since I believe it has only 2 completely separate cooling circuits, but I’ll have to check the manual since I’m unsure of the point).

But I am sure that it has to be changed every 5 years, and I’m not certain there will be too many traveling salesmen purchasing the BOLT, in NY State at least, since we have almost no fast chargers at the motel. Or even that many L2’s.

Just checked the BOLT 2017 manual. THREE coolant loops – so the dealer will probably charge triple.

The Volt and ELR, truth be told, don’t require much maintenance either for the vast majority of users who drive primarily on electricity. There, the oil life indicator will require a mandatory oil change at 2 year intervals – since only very heavy driving using mostly the engine would require more changes sooner.

They still benefit from very long brake pad life, which even in the BOLT, is dependent on the driver ‘cooperating’ with the regen/recooperation system.

The Bolt manual lists 3 or 4 cooling circuits.

One for the inverter. One for the charger. One for the battery. One for “interior heat”.

I don’t get why this is too complimentary? Do you think having a coolant change at 150,000 miles is a huge imposition?

Ok, this a simple issue to visualize.

1). Few 30,000 mile/ year or greater drivers will purchase the BOLT – although those few that do will be a great tester of battery life.

2). Seeing as the vast majority of BOLT purchasers drive less, the coolant(S) must be changed based on the time period of 5 years. – They can forget the 150,000 mile sign post in the manual, or as mentioned in this article as its an irrelevancy that will never occur for them.

3). There are exactly THREE circuits as mentioned. The same as there are THREE circuits in the VOLTS or ELR. Of which those cars are:

A). Much more likely to be driven by traveling salesment since ubiquitous ‘HyperChargers’ have always existed for them.

B). Still, the vast majority of the VOlts or ELR drivers still do not drive 30,000 miles or more per year. Therefore, the 150,000 mile signpost is also an irrelevancy for VOlt or ELR drivers also.

So you think having a coolant change at 5 years is a huge imposition?

I just don’t agree.

And even if the dealer charges $300 for it (I hope not, but still), it’s still only $60/year.

I’m not sure why it’s necessary to cut down GM over a coolant change every 5 years or 150,000 miles.

Man, some people here are dumber than a Box of Rocks.

I’m not critical of GM, I’m critical of the ARTICLE HEADLINE since in the general case it is an irrelevancy.

Someone who drives 3000 miles a year will change the coolants at 15,000 miles.

By similar reasoning 6000->30000; 12000 -> 60000; 15000-> 75000.

Tires, springs, shocks and struts also have finite lifetimes and will increase the maintenance expense. “Nearly Zero maintenance for 150,000 miles” is quite a fiction.

No need to insult me.

Also, replacement of wear parts is not considered maintenance. Those fall under repairs. So tires, springs, shocks and struts do not alter the point.

I still see what you are saying and I still don’t see how the article is too complimentary. If you don’t put on 150,000 miles in 5 years then count yourself lucky that you aren’t spending so much time driving instead of kvetching that you have to replace the coolant before 150,000 miles.

It wasn’t an insult, it was a prod to improve reading comprehension.

Besides, people poke fun at me all the time – at least initially.

But now – I’m wondering if you have ever driven a car. Wear Items are items that Wear, and must be replaced.
There is no essential difference in categories between Oil Life, Coolant Life, and Tire Life. The tire must be replaced prior to its ‘rated mileage’ if it is too old and has dry-rotted.

All fall under the rubric of ‘Routine Maintenance’. Non-routine maintenance, assuming no problems and no group relamping programs are in effect (which they may be for fleet vehicles) are when things like license plate bulbs burn out, and must be replaced immediately, or headlights.

But if you want to play silly word games as many of the dim bulbs do here that is your choice.

Or as Rush would say, “Low Information Liberals”. Hehe.

Ah. More insults. I can’t read. I must have never driven a car. I must be a dim bulb. If those aren’t insults, what is an insult to you?

No, tires, shocks and such are not under routine maintenance. They are items you replace when they wear out.

Your word games become tiresome. No one can write an article talking about maintenance intervals without incurring your wrath talking about how tires mean that isn’t true.

It’s as accurate as it is pointless. There is nothing you can use that never requires maintenance. True. And if you never use something it’ll still get old, so the only maintenance interval one can properly list is 0 miles.

Now can we move on to useful discussion?

Yes by all means, since your Brilliant discussion accomplished absolutely nothing. But I agree with your last paragraph.

Now me, I wouldn’t brag about such things, but well sometimes the truth hurts, and its not just you. But you obviously can’t read since I never said the slightest thing negative about GM, of which you accused me of doing because, well, you can’t read.

I like Mark Twain’s quip, which applies to MANY:

“It is easier to FOOL someone, than it is to convince someone they have been fooled”.

I get the point but you can get an ICE car similar to Bolt for $20k, so saving $2.5k on maintenance still sets you $15k back. Now if you factor $10k in tax credit and $5k in fuel saving it makes sense but without tax credit still an ICE car is way cheaper.

Bolt does require a brake fluid change every 4 years and fluid change every 5 years.

So, it is 150K or by years, whichever comes first.

I mean both every 5 years…