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If you have not already found the, great teardown videos of the bolt are
Professor Kelly has done an amazing job educating us all on the inner workings of the Bolt. See his youtube channel for battery pack and others.

As others have said, the Bolt has proven to be an incredibly reliable vehicle, don't trust me, see also consumer reports.

Over 100k miles is still unproven for most of us, but not GM testing or the Bolts used for Maven no idea what they have racked up now, that was back in 2017, and soon @NewsCoulomb . Some Volts have very high mileage, which bodes well for us.

Having now had mine for 20+ months and also having maintained my own vehicles most of my life, I would not personally be intimidated by maintaining a Bolt myself. The Bolt is built in typical GM fashion, comprised of replaceable modules, with most parts that will need to be replaced between 100k and 200k miles not likely being the EV powertrain but more likely tires and suspension components.

I would anticipate the used market showing greatest Bolt availability starting mid to late 2020 when they start to roll off lease. My very unscientific guestimate of those that purchased a Bolt is that they intend to keep it and not trade anytime soon...

Here is the TSB and service manual link

And here is the publically accessible portion of GM Techlink

I had lots of fun working on ICE vehicles over the years but I have to say having a vehicle that requires little to no service is even better, I now spend my time watching professor Kelly tear them apart and on this forum ;-)

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This might help your price forecasting
https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/price-...-Bolt-EV-d2397
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Here is the TSB and service manual link

And here is the publically accessible portion of GM Techlink

I had lots of fun working on ICE vehicles over the years but I have to say having a vehicle that requires little to no service is even better...
Heck if the Service Manual is available then given the simplicity of Bolt's drivetrain, simple unfamiliarity shouldn't be a barrier to DIY maintenance in the future.

Not really comparable but I own a couple of orphan farm tractors. In near 20 years owning a 1980 Yanmar I've never had an instance of parts unavailable. Yanmar departed the US market after these were sold. The original US selling dealers, and also the 'new Yanmar' dealers franchised when Yanmar returned a couple of years ago, pretend they never heard of the 80's YM models. No problem, there are a couple of specialty places that support these by mailorder. One of these firms contracted with the original US manufacturer of rollbars and now offers them for all models, That firm and another contract to have NAPA-quality replacement parts manufactured, likely in China.
These tractors are as well supported as old VW's, Jeeps, 60's Mustang etc. I expect maintaining a Bolt far in the future - if the GM dealers abandon them - won't be much different than maintaining an old Jeep. The parts will be out there, and in user groups, you will find the shared expertise to coach you through an unfamiliar repair. But most of all Bolts are simple, there's just not much there to fix.
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I bought a used Bolt with 106,000 miles on it, because unlike most Bolt owners I don't have a tax liability of $7500. My wife rolled over 117,000 miles this past week, and we haven't had to do anything but plug it in. I would bet you'll be okay buying a car the same age with 18,000 miles.

With that said, when shopping for your Bolt the most important thing to look for is color, options, tire life, and cost.
Thank you! That's the kind of reporting I'm looking for. My leaf battery needed replacement at 105k so to see a 100k+ Bolt out there, and still has full capacity, fills my heart with happiness.
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Took our Bolt in for inspection today, at our local small Chevy dealer. They have a 2017 LT with DCFC, Comfort & Convenience Package, Driver Confidence Package, and rubber mats, in addition to the carpet ones. Only 12K miles, for $26K. I checked it with my Torque Pro. Battery capacity shows 60.9 kWh. Somebody is going to be very happy.
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Thanks everyone. I'll check out the breakdown videos. I went and test drove a 2017 the other day. It was $10k over my budget limit but I finally got to see the car in person. Loved it and the drive. I can see what people are saying about the seats.

The hunt will continue.
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To be honest, I wouldn't be that happy with $26K even on a fully loaded (used) LT. I mean, I guess you have to be now that the federal rebate is halved.

I bought my loaded LT for $32,650 out the door...that comes to a $25K car after the full $7,500 rebate (which I qualify for). I unfortunately do not live in a state that gives further discount, but you can tack that on if you do. It's an odd market out there for EVs, so we'll see in the next few years.

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Yes the used prices are not good in this area at all, likely because of such a low supply. I looked at a 2017 that they wanted $30k for. Yet down the street a dealer is selling brand new ones for $33k...that's the same price as the used one when factoring the tax incentive.

Naturally their Bolt still isn't sold.
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73K miles in 2 years is impressive. And 6.85% sales taxes is loco!

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