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tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
11/16/23 12:00 p.m.

I think the USB hub has failed. Sad, but I think I have a plan.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
11/17/23 8:19 a.m.
tuna55 said:

I drove through tropical depression Fred (underwhelming name btw) and it's totally time for tires.

Michelin Crossclimate2, Vredensisteinriemneeineinein Quadraticathon Pro, or Continental X-treme!!contact or their Purecontact. Wow these all have silly names.

Well I am over 90K now, so 50K after this post. I had to plug another screw hole in BOTH the van and the Bolt last night, and the tire wear said it was time to think about replacing again. It looks like the same tires as before, with the Michelin having gained tens of dollars per tire and the COntinental alphabet soup at the top of the normal priced list. Any others I should consider?

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
11/17/23 8:20 a.m.
tuna55 said:

I think the USB hub has failed. Sad, but I think I have a plan.

I pulled the fuse, it looked fine. I reinserted it, then tried another device and it worked. I tried my phone again and it also worked. Maybe that's just a power cycle to the hub? Whatever, it works now.

759NRNG
759NRNG PowerDork
11/17/23 8:26 a.m.

I visit Discount T and peruse tread patterns that make sense to me and usually the bottom line is way more tolerable than the high priced spread......... 

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
11/17/23 8:40 a.m.
759NRNG said:

I visit Discount T and peruse tread patterns that make sense to me and usually the bottom line is way more tolerable than the high priced spread......... 

Mostly the same. When I saw them using padded jack handles and USING A TORQUE WRENCH CORRECTLY but they still have the best prices, it's the best source for me.

I value wet braking distance -> dry braking distance -> rolling resistance -> treadwear -> price in that order for a DD commuter high mileage.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
12/1/23 4:33 p.m.

The Continental purcontact ls have a 70k mile warranty. I always assumed that was just a pretend warranty. I brought the bolt to discount tire again for the same tires today. They handle the warranty.

 

By handle, I mean they do it right there. They gave me $219 back, tread depth of 1, 2, 2 and 3. The total cost was ,882 this time and 770 last time, at $157 per tire that means I get over a third of the tire cost back. Wow. 

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
12/1/23 6:35 p.m.

For some reason I cannot edit my post, but the cost from today included a tire pressure monitor sensor

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
4/1/24 12:33 p.m.

Four months later we crossed 100K miles, so it's time for a cost avoidance update. In the past four months I've driven roughly 2K per month, and spent $0 on anything other than electricity. My cost avoidance, for reminder, is only fuel. I do not count brakes, transmission fluid or oil changes. For reference, the van is going to need its second set of pads soon at 115K miles, which is something like $75 each time, and I have recorded nine oil changes at around $50 each time. Thus you can safely add $600 to this cost avoidance if you're playing along at home.

 

As a reminder, I track my rough monthly mileage and count the electricity cost at actual usage rates on the dashboard against gas buddy's average for this area each month with the same mileage and 26 MPG, what I was getting on average with my Accord before I bought the Bolt.

 

The total as of today is $8,475.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
4/3/24 2:39 p.m.

I traveled for work, and again requested an EV. During a snowstorm in Wisconsin.

 

I got a Bolt! It's a new one, so it's slightly different. The dash is less playful, the camera is dramatically better, and the switchgear is a huge step up. I love the new seats, and the seat heater is even a bit better. The Bolt does great in the snow, too. It's still my pick of new EVs when price is considered.

 

I rent a Rivian at the end of the month in Chicago.

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/3/24 1:01 p.m.

Hey Tuna. With my Nissan CVT situation, I am very close to buying one of these for myself. I have read along for most of this over the years and just re-read the first three pages. Now I'm being lazy.

Do you have any major concerns after four years of use that would say "avoid" a late model Bolt?

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
6/3/24 1:16 p.m.
OHSCrifle said:

Hey Tuna. With my Nissan CVT situation, I am very close to buying one of these for myself. I have read along for most of this over the years and just re-read the first three pages. Now I'm being lazy.

Do you have any major concerns after four years of use that would say "avoid" a late model Bolt?

None.

 

To date, I have rented a Cadillac Lyriq, Tesla Y (a couple of times), Kia EV6, Rivian SUV, and a newer Bolt. Without regards to price, the Rivian was the most exciting, the EV6 was the coolest, and the Bolt was in third place. With regards for price, the Bolt wins the comparison (especially over the $TEXAS Rivian, but even the EV6 costs a good bit more, surprisingly. I would flat out rather have the Bolt than the Cadillac or the Tesla regardless of price.

 

The brake calipers both froze in a way which made them apply gently. You could not feel it in the wheel until the rotor got hot and created a slight wobble. I replaced both (one at a time as they failed a few months apart) for $32 with new GM parts from Rockauto. Each one took maybe 15 minutes. Once in a deep puddle the underbody tray got torn, and is zip tied in place currently. I had to replace the luggage hook with a 3D printed part for the cargo sunshade. Tires go at regular normal intervals. That's it for repairs. The battery was recalled, thought I never had any issues, and the new battery is slightly stronger than the old one. I cannot measure closely enough to detect any degradation, either with this new battery nor the old one.

 

The radio defaults to on, which can be annoying. The seats are a bit narrow for some folks. The GUI sometimes has a screen telling me to keep my eyes on the road, which I have to dismiss by taking my eyes off the road. The sound system is just eh. That's the end of my complaints. If I wrecked it today, I would buy another without hesitation.

XLR99 (Forum Supporter)
XLR99 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/3/24 4:47 p.m.

Ive only had mine for ~8months, but would definitely recommend.  I got a 2020 Premier last Sept, and its become the primary car. I use it to commute, wife goes around with her family on weekends.

To date, all I've had to do is put on a set if Michelin CC2 so I didnt die over the winter, and change the cabin air filter.  Chevy just supplied me with a free new battery a few weeks ago at 50k; I really haven't noticed a range increase from the new one.

It's pretty small, which is good for parking but not if you carry a lot of stuff. We use my wife's old Sorento for longer trips, carrying more than 3 people, moving kid on and out of school, etc.

Also think about your charging situation. I put in a 40amp charger dialed back to 32, which is the max the 1st gen will take. Level 1 just wasn't enough to keep up with our driving miles. Ive only used DCFC twice, going to Bowling Green and back when it was colder.  It was... not fast. 

It is faster than people expect. Also there are some ppl on the Bolt forum who have been autocrossing them.

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/3/24 5:35 p.m.

In reply to tuna55 :

Awesome. Thank you for the quick reply. And you as well @xlr99. This will be purely an appliance - we have my wife's Outback and a Highlander that I'm going to give up and pass off to rifle-kid 2

Power should be fine with only 120v for now since my normal commute is only 32 miles round trip .. and for now that's only a couple days per week. 240v would be really easy though since the panel is only about 10' away in the (directly adjacent) basement. 

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/3/24 6:04 p.m.

Considering how everyone that I know likes or loves theirs, I thought that I'd look and see what the local Chevy dealers have in stock.

None. - And this may be their top market - San Francisco Bay Area. Sounds like there may be a Maverick situation going on.

Tons of  Blazers, though. 

 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/3/24 6:30 p.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

Production for the current Bolt ended in December and the plant is being retooled for electric Silverados. There will likely be an Ultima-based version in a year or two, but right now the new inventory is almost completely gone.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
7/15/24 8:48 a.m.

This begins my last week of work with a super long commute. It goes from 80 miles round trip to 24. Expect my updates to come less frequently as I plow through the odometer. It becomes so short of a commute that Tunawife will likely take the Bolt on days when she has to drive around instead.

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