Chevy Volt Negatives – Stereo Could Use an Upgrade – Power Seats Please


2014 Chevrolet Volt

2014 Chevrolet Volt

When it comes to individual automobiles, there’s bound to be some positives and at least a few negatives.

2014 Chevrolet Volt Interior

2014 Chevrolet Volt Interior

What separates the good from the bad in the automotive world are the negatives.

By this, we mean that if the negatives outweigh the positives, or if the negatives happen to be linked to some vital component of an automobile, then the vehicle is often considered below par.

If, instead, you have to dig deep to find the slightest annoyances to list in the negatives category, then we’d consider the vehicle in question to be above average or perhaps even exceptional.

Most Chevy Volt reviews list tons of positives, with only a few negatives.  By and large, the vast majority of Volt reviews out there praise Chevy’s plug-in.

This particular review sums up the negatives rather well.  In our experience, you really have to dig deep to find flaws with the Volt and that’s the case here in this 60-day review.

So what are the negatives?

The sound system is adequate, but not as good as a premium sound system can be, perhaps a result of using especially efficient Bose speakers to reduce power consumption. I’ve encountered a couple of minor software glitches: On two occasions the display showed I used gas for 0.1 mile while the battery was full, and another that displayed the backup camera image for a short time when I was driving with the display set to navigation. All self-corrected. And lastly, the Volt doesn’t have a hard drive to store multiple CDs and doesn’t have power seats.

If those are the only negatives, then could you imagine what the list of positives look like?  They’d probably occupy an entire book.

Source: San Diego Source

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“And lastly, the Volt doesn’t have a hard drive to store multiple CDs and doesn’t have power seats.”

Interestingly, both of my 2011’s have hard drives. But I don’t have MyLink either.

GM got rid of the HD because it’s obsolete, IMO. Why have a spinning disk that will eventually fail when you can put a USB stick in there with 32Gig, that’s easily swappable & updateable.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Having an internal HDD or SD card slot would reenable pausing radio, which was a nice feature.

Also, Volt lost its DVD playback capabilities. Granted, it didn’t have headrest monitors for kids (the only sort of people who could fit back there) but being able to play DVD movies while waiting in a airport cellphone pickup lot was a nice feature.

One of the best things about my 2012 is being able to store up to 10,000 songs on the hard drive…..


I have a 2012 Volt and my 2 biggest issues are the inefficient heater (the whole temperature control is messed up, IMO) and what is perhaps a flaw in the regen system, wherein the car seems to skid forward (for a split second) whenever she loses traction, typically triggered by a manhole or some loose type of surface. Either the system is oversensitive, or it does not switch fast enough to the friction brakes, but it’s a bit unnerving when it happens (especially the first few times – now I am more used to it). Another issue is the sticky charge door (which, as I found out recently, can even be frozen shut), but that was corrected in the 2013 model.

But none of these issues undermine my love for the car. It’s a marvel of engineering, and great fun to drive.

I have a 2013, and mine sticks like a son-of-a-#$@!. I’d much rather prefer the 2014 manual door, since I spend an extra 30 seconds every day trying to get my fingernail behind the cover while pushing the button to pry it open. It’s a lot of fun when it’s -5 degrees out & windy too (or raining and you’re standing there w/your door open).

Maybe GM offers a retro-fit. I guess I could ask them.

Yeah, the 2014 got it right. This was something that I’m sure looked great on paper. This was way too fancy and as you stated tends to stick. I think ICEs get this wrong too. I know they had an auto button to keep one from stealing fuel at one point, but is it not now nearly impossible to siphon gas? Anyway, no one is going to siphon electrons so the auto lid is/was stupid. Glad they canned it.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

It’s all fun and games until someone decides to squeeze superglue into your socket. Unless the lid locks when the car locks..

Since that has NEVER happened to my gas cap for lifetime I’ve own cars, yet my charge port cover sticks everyday, I’ll take that risk.

Not sure if you were serious or joking, but that’s kind of a silly way of thinking. How do you protect from someone putting superglue into your keyholes? Or keying your car? Or breaking headlights/windows/etc? Vandals will vandalize if they are so inclined.

Lube that “lock pin”….

I just keep taking my 2011 volt back to the dealer and have them replace the charge port door. Just did it again last week, and it looks finally fixed. Yeah the one good thing about the 2011’s is that our cars address all the complaints, except the one about the lack of power seats. For that you need an ELR.

Maybe I’ll do that before the warranty period expires. I have a feeling they would just put more of that lubricant on there.

Yeah, the heating system could use a lot of work. For some reason, the AC and heater come on the same time when I turn the car on in cold weather (the indicators in the climate screen show both AC and heat on). Eventually the AC turns off, but it makes no sense to run both.

Looking forward to when more efficient heat pumps are standard on all EVs.

Gas cars do this as well. There’s just no in-your-face indicator to show it.
It’s to dry out the air faster, so I’m told.
I personally don’t have many issues with fogging in my car (I breathe down instead of at my window when it’s -25.. seems simple, but apparently some don’t get that :p)

I specifically choose the setting that does not enable the compressor instead of standard front window defog in my (ICE) car.

So does the Leaf when asked to ‘defog/defrost’ the windshield, at least the 2011/2012; the 2013 heat pump probably can’t cool+heat at the same time, so maybe it alternates, or let the backup resistive heater kick in for a minute or two?

From what I’ve seen, a little bit of AC does wonder to dry up the air and clear that fog in no time.

Dan – the Gen 3 Prius has the same brake issues. If you go to priuschat dot com and do a search you will see many threads on the subject. It’s just a part of some brake regen systems. Really noticeable when going down a hill with brakes applied and you hit a pothole or bump. Feels like the car speeds up with the brake applied.

The friction brakes eventually clamp down, and I assume compensate to ensure the overall rate of deceleration is maintained (feels that way, anyway), but it is startling the first couple of times it happens. I have learned to keep my distances from the car ahead, which is a good idea no matter what.

Ditto on the charge door (2012) here, but when I took the car in (a year later) they replaced it and it has been great ever since…double ditto on the weird traction loss situation over a bump. Still likely the best car I’ve ever owned…came from a 10 year old BMW M5.

I thought I would miss power seats, but the manual seats in the Volt are comfortable and adjust quickly and easily. Quicker than power seats, in fact. I have no complaints.



How lazy do you have to be that you need help to move a car seat?

This lazy.


Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Power seat with memory is extremely nice, you can lock in your preferred position and not worry about letting others borrow the car.

For me, it’s not a huge deal since I don’t typically let anyone drive my car, so it’s set-it and forget-it, but I had seat memory in my Benz and Jeep, and it was really nice. Plus, power memory for side-view mirrors would be verynice.

Good point. Memory is about the only reason I’d want power seats.
Though I don’t tend to loan out my car or let others drive, so not an issue for me. Adjusting once in a blue moon is fine. But on a daily shared basis, it would get old, fast.

Memory seats are the bomb.

In our cars – the wife gets out, I get in, wife gets in….
Overrrr and overrrr. It’s not laziness, but the sheer amount of
times this repetitive dance goes on – I pick up the kids from school,
I have to make a store run, or the daily post office pickup…… I want
to drive the car that’s out in the driveway – and it’s always the one
she’s just moved the seat up on…..SIGH.

Some auto-memory seats are just pokey. When shopping for
a family car years back – I remember that one feature being
practically a deal-maker when choosing one trim level over
another. But the seat’s motor was soooo slowwww that it
wasn’t a convenience over just bending down and sliding that

Now we have two efficient cars and a truck. The cars were
built for efficiency so the lack of a power seat just seemed
a no-brainer. I do dream of having a car with memory seats
that are fast, convenient and reliable…That would be a
bigger deal than one would think, at first.

Yeah, it’s definitely not laziness… there’s over a one foot differential in height between my wife and I… it takes approximately thirty “pumps” to adjust the seat, usually multiple times in a day. It’s a serious pain in the ass.

Went to go look at one on Monday (sold my ICE backup vehicle Saturday, to be replaced by a Volt), I thought not having a power driver seat would be a problem because I’ve never seen a manually adjusted seat with an adjustable height. But the Volt has this, and it works well and provided a comfortable driving position. Only complaint in this department is that the lever was loose, but that lever was probably overused and abused on the showroom floor.

I think there are very few negatives expressed because most of us that buy plug-ins know what we’re getting into – benefits as well as shortcomings, and if y’all are like me, we tend to do more homework on the shortcomings than on the benefits before buying. So when we finally own it, the benefits are exceeded and the shortcomings are expected, hence a more positive experience is realized.

It’s not realistic to think lackluster sales are due to a poor radio.

Even GM now says the Volt is not a mass market car. The market has spoken.

The interior is too small and cramped.
Gas mileage is too poor especially compared to the Prius.
It’s electric range is too short.
It’s price is too high.

PHEVs sound good but are too expensive in practice because they require dual drive trains. You can’t compete on price while adding a whole other drivetrain. Meanwhile the value for the added cost is too difficult to explain.

With GMs rhetoric, wouldn’t be surprised if they give up on the Volt. Spark EV sold only in California. ELR a joke as a competitor to a tesla model S.

I disagree with the gas mileage and price points. Price after $7500 tax credit is a very palatable $26k, about $4k less than the average new car price. Gas mileage of the engine is largely irrelevant for the majority of owners. Sure, if you’re in the small minority that drives over 100 miles EVERY day on average, then the Volt isn’t for you. But for the remaining 95% of the population, you’ll get anywhere from infinite efffective miles per gallon (not using any gas if you’re within the range of the battery) to somewhere around 80mpg if you’re driving twice as far on average than the range of the battery. The proof is at, where the pool of drivers there average over 125MPG and the median is over 150MPG. And yes, that ranges from people with 34MPG (people who have virtually no access to a charger), to people with 10,000MPG (who for all intents and purposes never use gasoline). The main problem is that people don’t realize that, with the Volt (or any plug in) you need to look at the engine’s MPG in a whole new way. It doesn’t always apply because it’s not always used, so your… Read more »

@ ClarksonCote: Also the Volt has higher MPG in RE mode than 90% of the cars in it’s class. The only ones that beat it are hybrids. I think this is great for something you don’t use very often.

@ Sam: You have to buy what you want. Different strokes for different folks. If you are 6’7″ 350lbs, then I wouldn’t buy a compact. If you want 75 miles of EV range, but not the ability to extend the range with a gas engine, then buy a Leaf. Price is not expensive, and that doesn’t even count the payback. Kiplinger showed the 5 year cost to be the same as a Cruze. The lease rates are cheap too.

The advantage is not hard to explain; more fun, less operating costs, hi-tech, convenience. I just think GM is not putting in enough effort to send the message, and/or the dealers are not 100% behind the product. There’s also a newness/weirdness of plugins that has to be overcome by the general public.

Price too high? Depends where you live. Here in Illinois, I just bought a new $42K MSRP Volt for about $19K … that will be my net cost after all the available rebates/credits/incentives are factored in. Unfortunately most people do not know that.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Volt’s available nationwide, has (barely) adequate electric range, and can be a person’s only vehicle. It serves its niche very well, and in my case it gets 406mpg at the moment (90+% electric miles). However, if/when the Model X is affordable to me, I would trade in for it in a heartbeat. Heck, I’d strongly consider trading for a RAV4EV if it wasn’t buggier than the Volt and only available/serviceable in CAFE markets.

In the meantime, I just hope GM gets its head out of its ass and rolls Voltec out the way it rolled out the Small Block half a century ago.

I’d note, though, that it’s “barely” adequate range, as you state, is the largest range of any electrified vehicle that still has a gasoline engine as standard equipment.

It’s a great car but:
– old fashioned engine and heavy, hence poor mileage on petrol
– too American plastic Tupperware on the inside for European taste. Normally Opel does better in Europe but the Ampera looks the same from the inside as the Volt

@Sam – One should buy a car that fits their needs, and still be enjoyable to drive. That’s what I get from by Volt, and so does my wife. 24K miles, 89 gallons of gas on my car; my wife’s is similar. Couldn’t do that with a Prius, and would not be anywhere near as fun to drive.

But each person needs to make their own decision.

I have a 2012 Volt and mine has the harddrive, which I have NEVER used and never will. I keep all my music on a USB stick.

My biggest complaint about the Volt has to do with the user-interface on the infotainment system. It is clunky and un-userfriendly. My opinion is that if at any point a person has to read a manual to figure out how to do something, it is not userfriendly. There are also many functions that require pressing multiple things (such as turning off the climate control) that really should require only one click. The other irritating is that you can’t use the NAV system without the stereo being on. You’re only option is to turn the volume knob down. Very bad engineering, if I must say so.

Via Motors built an actual iPad into their trucks. Not a honking-big one like Tesla, thank God, but a ~7″ one. I suggest GM do the same w/the Volt. More apps, smoother operation, etc.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

HDD lets you pause live radio, which is nice. Also, I think the 2012s can play DVD movies, which 2013s definitely can’t.

MyLink is definitely clunky though, and should be a slick fast multitouch capacitive interface like an actual iPad. There’s capacitive thread for gloves if you drive with gloves on.

Center stack also has way too many buttons on it, and should have haptic feedback as well as audio cues. Actually, apart from the knobs the center stack is a mess and really needs much better eyes-off design.

“Center stack also has way too many buttons on it, and should have haptic feedback as well as audio cues. Actually, apart from the knobs the center stack is a mess and really needs much better eyes-off design.”

100% agree.

You don’t need access to 90% of them.

Touch screen and steering wheel and voice command can handle most of them without you ever touch the buttons…

Problem with the voice commands is that whatever voice interpretter they are using will not respond to my voice. The only thing I can get the onstar thing to do is respond to “DIAL”, nothing else.

It works with all the service peoples’ voices so they declare it fixed.

Very odd, since all the cellys have this perfected for GM to select one that does such a lousy job. As far as the engine being an old-fashioned Hulk, that’s true, but at the time the Opel engine was chosen I believe to solve a Labor Unrest problem in Austria, and they put it in the Volt instead of a 3 cylinder turbocharged model they originally were going to use, so to keep the Austrians quiet by not shuttering their engine plant.

For people who think GM will ultimately kill the volt due to low sales, I think that would be a very politically incorrect move for them and I’m not sure they’d chance it. If ELR sales are decent, they may decide to keep the Voltec anyway.

+1 on the center stack complaint – I hate the layout, look and feel. It reeks of “concept” car and should have been replaced when the Volt went to production. I almost broke a finger jabbing at the up/down temp control buttons.

I love my Volt, but there is no way around the fact that the backseat legroom is pitiful and the 3.3 kW charge rate is nearly insultingly slow. And, yes, I realize an EREV doesn’t NEED a 10 kW charge rate like a Toyota Rav-4EV, but being able to pick up 20 miles of AER (6.6 kW charge rate) over lunch hour instead of 10 miles would be a very nice feature.
The Volt MSRP has dropped 14% in 3 years, and its effective, real, price has dropped by around 20%, given the great deals you can get today. Better CS mpg would be nice, but considering how seldom it is used, it can wait for the Gen II.

Conversely with respect to the back seats, while the leg room isn’t plentiful, the two bucket seats in the rear are extremely comfortable for trips.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

One disheartening thing about GM is that they released the Spark EV with that sh-tty 3.3kW charger. They just aren’t hearing Volters and the rest of the market.

They have a DC fast charge option available. They also listened to Volters when they put the regen paddles on the Cadillac ELR. 😉

Heat) I agree with Dan Hue on the heater. There is plenty of comfortable heat, it just uses too much energy. Though I prefer the heat pump used in some EVs, I still have not seen the heating method that I love just yet in any EV. Space) I don’t mind 4 seats at all, though I would like more leg room in the rear. I also would like another inch of headroom. Other than that, I like the interior quite well. It is nicer than many of the less expensive alternatives. Range) 40 AER is just about right. The problem is you loose that in cold weather so 50 AER to handle cold weather might be better. Price) Not bad. The spread that BMW has for their Rex is similar and their Rex is less capable than the Volts. I think $4000 today is a normal spread for a “well integrated” extender. The Volt’s being so well integrated to the driving experience cost a little more. I don’t like to make the comparison to a Leaf because they are two different cars, but if you took the extender way from the Volt (which you can not and is not… Read more »

Where’s the corresponding articles titled, “NIssan Leaf Negatives,” “Honda Fit EV Negatives,” etc.? 😉

I have a co-worker that just leased a Honda Fit EV, on cold days and 100% charge, the range estimator says he has 15 miles of range. OUCH! Apparently, while their chemistry is good in hot climates, it does not seem to like lower temperatures.

15 miles of range at 100% charge on cold days!?! Either your co-worker is dyslexic or Honda really screwed up in choosing the battery chemistry for the Fit EV. 😉

Believe it or not, that was the range estimate, yes. I suspect that part of the issue is an awful estimation algorithm, but I’ve also been told the Fit EV batteries hate cold temperatures. They love hot temps, though, and as a result need no cooling system.

We have a 2014 volt, and love it. It really is a marvel of engineering as said by others. That said, in a temperate climate (heat isn’t our issue), we have 2-3 gripes:

A. The blind spots!!!!! Holy crap, you really NEED that backup camera and changing lanes never feels quite right. Worst blind spots of any car we’ve ever had.

B. Center console is a mess. From no immediate off button for the hvac to multiple SLOW ways of getting to stuff to the buttons all illuminated the same color, it’s a mess. Really.

B2: on star sucks. This ain’t the 1990s. How about a little responsiveness? You can walk outside your house and sit in the car to check the charge rate faster than onstar can get the info.

All this said, we’d buy it again. And we don’t mind the manual seats at all.

Most car stereos are significantly improved by adding an amplified subwoofer. This allows you to lower the bass level for the peripheral speakers, allowing them to handle louder volumes because the subwoofer takes care of the low, power-hungry frequencies.

“No highs? No lows? It’s gotta be Bose.”

Power seats? Really? Soon we’re going to be on the floating chairs like in the movie Wall*E.

Oh no! The computer showed 0.1 miles of gas usage? Now I can’t say I have 1 trillion MPG! Please. Doesn’t the ICE on the Volt run occasionally just to keep its parts from rotting?

No hard drive to store your music? Get a flash drive or an iPod. I have over 8000 songs on my iPod, and I can take it from car to car. You can’t do that if you have to load all your music onto the car’s hard drive.

For a stereo that uses about 50% less electricity; the Bose speakers sound great using digital sources. Audiophiles will install systems that use a lot more electricity anyway JMO. I would suggest that the Volt could use dedicated vents for the back seats. In hot climates, you must crank the AC to cool the back seats for a while, which can be noisy and uncomfortable for front seaters. You could have much better flow of air with a vent at the back of the console and keep it at a lower fan speed. The Volt is a sub-compact so I wouldn’t want 5 seats even if the battery were under the floor, but a little more leg & head room would be welcome. Out of all our past vehicles; my wife agrees that she loves the Volt the most, even more then our 2010 model 5 Prius!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Having owned a 2011 and 2013 Volt (serially) for about 2.5 years at this point, I’ve got a list:

* MOAR BATTARY (of course)
* 6.6kW or greater charging
* aluminum/magnesium block 3cyl Miller (with electric turbocharger) or Atkinson cycle motor for non-pitiful mileage
* just put in a g-ddamn $12 cabin air filter at the factory already!
* 120V amperage setting should be persistent, and a toggle or radio button on the screen that comes up when you release the charge door
* power seats
* ungimp the motor and gearing for 0-60s in the 7s or better
* true tailgatedar and lane monitoring
* LED or Xenon headlamps, LED on all markers and DRLs
* faux taillamps on hatch should not be faux
* use stronger steels and make all the pillars thinner for better visibility
* lose the crappy Goodyears, go with Michelin Primacy MXV or MXM tires
* locking glovebox
* improve backup light, lighting, and get a non-crappy backup camera
* bring back internal HDD or add a SD card slot in the armrest, being able to pause the radio was pretty nice

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Oh, and Sport mode should be persistent, and regen behavior should be more customizable than just going to L. In fact, I’d rename ‘Sport’ to ‘Normal’, and ‘Normal’ to ‘Eco’. Regen should also be selectable to max out while in ‘D’ via config, and a non-creep non-rollback mode should be available for true one-pedal driving.

What I want most is more AER.
I’d take a new port door cover, and wireless charging though 🙂

Regarding tail lights (in case you hadn’t seen this)

Sadly I did not see your list before submitting mine. We are thinking alike, except for the HDD and power seats for their very low real ROI.

Why would anyone want an SD card slot these days when there are USB sticks that are 32GB and super tiny for like $20?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Cuz my USB port is already in use, and an SD slot is more ’embedded’. A USB slot in one of the rear ‘hidden compartments’ intended for such ‘permanent’ memory would be nice though, as would more USB ports generally even if just for powering devices for passengers.

For what? If it’s to charge your phone, there are accessory outlet adapters for that! 😉 Maybe it’s because you want Pandora or Stitcher through your phone, though?

120 volts at 8 amps on the new volts is to eliminate any litigation. You have to make the decision to change it yourself and hold gm harmless if you want 12 amps. I think you also tacitly confirm that your electricals are up to snuff, before switching to 12, every time ,

since there will surely be someone who said ” well, i want 12 amps sometimes, but not the time the garage burned down”, or some such thing.

My 2 cents: Wife drives a Leaf so we have them side-by-side… – Blind spots, OMG yes! Visibility is my #1 pain point with this car. – “ZERO leg room” in the otherwise cool back seats is not an exaggeration. Should be an option to remove them altogether to use it as a better 2-seater grocery getter. Or just back them up and net less cargo space. No head room back there either. But realistically, who puts adults in the back seat? – 3.3kW charger too slow. – Door lock/unlock button is on the passenger side of the center stack. Put it back on the door duh. – Drive Mode resets to Normal mode after restart. – Drive Mode interface is clunky. – The ICE whines. – 3.5″ of ground clearance on the front air dam. Will bottom out on curbs and will scrape snow ridges. – I miss Melanie at the gas station. She is nice. Now I have to make a special trip to buy cigarettes and Lotto. More roomy, better in snow, and > 4mi/kWh, the Leaf is a better EV overall. I bought the Volt because I needed more range, and I do love driving it.… Read more »

I have no way of knowing, but I bet the reason all these manufacturers standardized on 3.3 kw is to make them instantly world wide compatible, as a for instance you can charge an Ampera in Switzerland without violating their 16 amp at 240 volt limitation. The only kicker of course, is that most public chargers in the USA have defaulted to 30 amps, and the non-free ones expect $$ at that rate, so people are pissed to pay for something they’re not getting and so manufacturers are somewhat reluctantly switching over to a 6.6 kw standard even though they’re not world wide compatible any longer.

That’s why I thought the defacto standard should be 3.3 kw , and Chademo optional. Just like the Leaf’s Brilliant choice from the getgo. Maybe GM in the future can have a menu option selecting 3.3 for Europe and 6.6 for the USA.

“I miss Melanie at the gas station. She is nice. Now I have to make a special trip to buy cigarettes and Lotto.”

LOL! So I gotta ask – did you pick up smoking and gambling AFTER buying the Volt, just to have an excuse to go to the gas station?

BTW, thanks to all responding with all these “negatives” – As I mentioned before I’m shopping for a Volt to replace an ICE that served as the backup vehicle for my Focus Electric… nice to know what to expect when I finally pick one up.

I upgraded recently from a 2011 Volt to a 2014, and the sound system is my biggest complaint of changes to the 2014. I’m not sure I am an audiophile, but very close to it. Without a doubt, the 2011 Bose premium system sounded excellent. Very deep lows, very high highs, and all frequencies nicely balanced and clear. The Bose in the 2014, on the other hand, are horrible. There is no very low end (despite still having a sub in the trunk) and there is no highs (like the tweeters are disconnected). Further, there is a certain “muddled” quality to the sound. Adjusting the EQ doesn’t help. I am almost certain that this is due to cheaper speakers/tweeters/sub being included. I’m not the only one to notice this issue either. You can see the thread about it on below. I am seriously thinking about replacing all of the speakers.

Eric, this may sound silly, but is there anyone you could contact at GM to ask/comment about this issue?

Why not just pop the speakers out of a 2011 and 2014 and compare them?

I don’t have the expertise to do that, especially with regard to the tweeters in the airbag assembly.

Gee, the Volt has “flaws”….. you mean it’s NOT PERFECT?! OH MAN!

My wife had a pimple once. It went away.

I assume you divorced her and that’s how it went away.

I really like my 2012 (pre-MyLink) Volt in pretty much every way…except one thing. The design that the radio must be on (or comes on) when using any of the center console controls. I believe they fixed that in 2013+, but I still live with this issue. It’s tragic and frustrating.

Ok, it’s a First World Problem….But it’s still irritating.

Since nobody brought it up yet … in 2013 GM took away the ability to charge at 12 amps as the default. They should have just added an extra warning screen to keep their stupid lawyers happy. Or tied the default setting to the Volt’s GPS location.

At least its only a few menu clicks to get it back to 12 amps. For 240 volt evse owners, looks like the next Volt or Leaf for the USA market will have 6.6 kw either standard, or optional as it is on the Leaf. Supposedly the Via’s will also be 6.6 kw but their web site has such horrible information.

As I get it, speaking of Via, apparently you can charge at 1.5 kw, (120 @ 12), 3 kw (240 @ 12 with no evse), or 6.6 kw with an evse.

Negatives with my 2014 Volt?
Tiny recline lever that is hard to get to when set all the way back for my tall frame (B-pillar sqeezes space). Would like electric memory seats as I often swap the car with my wife.
Heated steering wheel. When spoiled by heated seats it highlights this cold contact point for my fingers.
No total MPGe display or gas only MPG. The “MPG display” does not tell you how efficiently you are driving.
Crappy cargo cover.
Otherwise a very happy owner

I can live with most of the flaws (OK, the front pillar blind spots are ridiculous), and all I really want from Volt 2.0 is an “SS” version with better acceleration to 60 (6.5-7 secs please), and adjustable suspension (just steal it from the ELR). I would actually pay more for the “SS” package ($3K or so). Those two items would keep me in a Volt and probably stop me dead in my tracks from looking at the likes of the Audi A3 E-tron and BMW i3 when my lease is up. The win here for GM is that I’ll write a check for it and it doesn’t have to be a whole different car.

Many of us first gen buyers came from sports sedans (i.e. BMW 3 series and the ilk) and some of us miss the “sport”.

I think most of the complains are somewhat valid. Better mpg would be hard since the more AER you have the worse MPG. BMW i3REx will have even worse MPG than Volt. And volt is worse than Energi and worse than Prius but has more EV range than Energi and way more than Prius Plugin… I agree with power seat and memory. That is very important if you switch drivers. But the seat is very comfortable especially in long trips as long as you can fit. =) Another lacking item is the bad lighting in the trunk area. If you have something to the left that block the tiny light, then the entir back is dark… Bad design. Dual lighting and overhead lighting would be better since there is no center seating anyway.. My 2012 has the Bose speakers and they sound fine. So, no complain there. HDD is nice but you can buy a nice SSD drive with USB access for far cheaper than what Chevy is charging you anyway… Better visibility would be nice. I like the remote charge door that way. Mine never has problem. I think the “locking pin” is the issue here that needs some… Read more »

Yeah, the headlight on the volt is dimmer than in my old ’64 vw bug with corroded power wire to the dashboard where the horn wouldn’t blow if the engine wasnt on due to the extra voltage drop.
On the other hand, my Roadster has the Best Headlights I’ve ever had on a car (240 watts worth of low and high beams).. Tesla called and offered to change them out to xenon ( for $3000 I think) but I said, ‘not a chance, these are the best headlights I’ve ever owned!.”.

There’s a good work around for the 12 volt battery going dead in the volt (simply run the thing in normal mode) that the “S” doesn’t have… If you’re unlucky enough to have the UMC crap out on you, then all the load is taken from the 12 volt battery and it craps out. (Interesting to compare actions you have to take with either car).

Who made the bone-headed decision to put cheap speakers in the Bose option for 2013? Are they letting the accountants making engineering decisions again?

BTW I commented on the Motley fool question you asked.