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I turned the odometer to 1000 miles today, exactly 3 weeks from the day I brought it home. And I am pleased in so many ways. There are things that I am less pleased about, but in no way should any negative criticisms be construed as overall unhappiness.


I supposed technically you could say I have not put 1000 miles on it as there were a few on it already when I took home. But, still, milestones....


I have spent $68 on charging. All at public charging To be fair, I have done some free charging, an hour or so at the dealer, and a couple of fillups (can that be a word for EVs?) at the casino. The rest at work, a 35 cents/kW proposition. I do not have charging available at home, and the prospect for that, as a renter of a condo, seems like a long-term proposition. (I knew this going in; I wanted to maximize the federal tax credit.) Still, that's significantly less than my previous car, a MINI Roadster S that got just over 30 MPG. Even though I always got gas at Costco (giving me 4% cash back), that would have been about 33 gallons, at between $3 and $3.50 per gallon ( I alternated between premium and regular), so my early estimate is my energy costs look to be about 50% what they were.



So many discussions over the past couple of years about the seats. I'm a fairly big guy, 6 feet, about 250 lb. and I was worried about this, especially because I have back issues. (the MINI had adjustable lumbar support). Initially, the seats felt a bit narrow, and the bolstering doesn't do a lot when going around curves, but overall, they've not been bad. On a few longer drives (coming back from the casino on Sunday is a slog that can take at least an hour and a half) I've not had any issues. I spotted a $10 foam lumbar cushion at Costco and gave a a try, but it actually felt less comfortable, and it did not last long.


I'm always super geeked out about all the data in front of me. Within reason, I always am trying to maximize my mileage. The holy grail, to me, is hitting and staying at or above 4 miles per kW.



One-pedal driving is da bomb. I consider it a personal challenge to avoid the brake pedal. Which is a good thing; it means an extra level of attention to my driving environment--never a bad thing. I've never really been any sort of aggressive driver, but this takes it to the next level.


Driving the rough roads around here is a totally different experience. Since 2012, I've been driving MINIs, and that "go kart" feel also means every single bump. 17-inch wheels sins't help. The Bolt has a much gentler ride.



My issues have been with the entertainment system. For some reason, Bluetooth volume is much lower than other sources, and does not seem to have any adjustment. And CarPlay is too often wonky. And while it's not anything I paid attention to in the specs, that Chevy didn't include HD radio is kind of a strange omission.



The Bolt isn't really that much bigger than a MINI. Sure, it's taller, but it's only about 2 feet longer. Yet for some reason, what passes for parking skills seems to have deteriorated. I can't seem to pull straightly and evenly into parking spaces.



And the Shock sure wasn't my first choice for colors. (For the record, blue was, with red or white tied for second.) But $10K is $10K. I'll say one thing for it: It shows the dirt. But I can also find where I parked.


The quiet is amazing. No engine noise is a totally different experience. Imaging how quieter our streets and freeways would be if all cars were EVs.



Roads trips, though, are out of the question. For example, the 9-hour drive to Vegas turns into 13+ hours. The drive would require 4-5 stops of 45 minutes to an hour each, assuming that the DCFCs along the less-optimal route (a) worked and (b) were available when I arrived.



I've had almost no cause to use the environmental controls. Once summer hits, it'll be interesting to see how A/C affects range.



The rearview mirrors are a bit small.



The visibility is very good, except for the reflections off the dashboard.



Of all the annoyances, I didn't expect, opening the garage door turns out to be one of them. The garage works by a key fob, which is on my keychain. Of course, the Bolt fob stays in my pocket, so instead of just reaching toward the ignition when I get home, I have to reach into my pocket--go ahead, you try it when you're sitting in a car seat--which is a bit awkward.



The wound space isn't all that enveloping. One of the drawbacks of not getting the Premier with its Bose sound system.



Some of the UI design of the entertainment system is just baffling. For example, you can't rearrange the sound sources, and having 2 USB entries between the radio entries and Bluetooth means you scroll every time. Not being able to rearrange favorite means that if you want a different order, you have to delete and re-add. Lots of the interactions were not well thought through. (to be fair, this is true of most car systems.) And there are plenty of annoying bugs in that software beyond usability.



I've found a bit of fit and finish issues. One that comes to mind is on the driver's side door. There's a seam at the top between two pieces of plastic, and that seam is not flush. The tray in the center console was stuck for awhile too.



Overall, though, the experience has been overwhelmingly positive, and I look forward to many, many more miles in my Bolt.
 

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I would reconsider ruling out road trips, you can always combine a stop to charge with getting a meal or shopping, it doesn't have to be a total inconvenience every time, although I do get what you are saying.
 

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Some of your issues (sound system, rear view mirror, seeing where the car is while parking) are things you'll probably get used to or figure a work around for (lots of people have LTs), but are issues Premier owners don't face.

(As a Premier owner myself, the surround view when parking is super nice, and the wider angle on the rearview mirror–camera helps reduce my blind spot area.)
 

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Glad your enjoying your new car. Thanks for sharing your review.
 

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"Bluetooth volume is much lower than other sources, and does not seem to have any adjustment. ". Each source has its own volume setting. USB, Bluetooth, radio, etc. The source must be active to adjust the volume. Use the buttons on the back of the steering wheel while a Bluetooth source is playing.
 

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I had the same bluetooth problem, but I believe that when you init ithe BT it set the volume down low - I turned my phone's volume up, it gave me the waning about hurting my ears, and I turned it up almost all the way (while turning the stereo down) and it helped a lot.

Boy, if you forget to do that, and have the Bose stereo turned up, and switch to another music input - you'll blast yourself right out of the car (ask me how I know!)

The one real problem I have with the Bolt is my head bounces on the head rest.

I'm a big guy, 6'2", 230 lbs.
Even a fairly smooth freeway will have those lines every 20 feet or so, and my head goes boinga boinga all the way down the freeway. I hate that - my Tacoma does it too, to a lessor extent. I expect it from a truck that's designed to haul a payload, and has a stiff suspension, but not from a 40 thousand dollar car.

I can hold my head away from the headrest but that becomes tiresome. I'm considering getting some poofy pillow thing for the headrest to soften the pounding, but it's something that really bothers me. I'm running 38 in the tires.

It's my wife's car really, it's her daily commuter (and she adores it.) But. it's a fun car to drive, so I like to take it sometimes. I'm really too big for it, I'm going to keep my Tacoma and wait for the Rivian. Anybody have any Idea about the bouncing? Do you think aftermarket shocks / springs might help? Anyone have any experience with them?
 

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I can hold my head away from the headrest but that becomes tiresome. I'm considering getting some poofy pillow thing for the headrest to soften the pounding, but it's something that really bothers me. I'm running 38 in the tires.

It's my wife's car really, it's her daily commuter (and she adores it.) But. it's a fun car to drive, so I like to take it sometimes. I'm really too big for it, I'm going to keep my Tacoma and wait for the Rivian. Anybody have any Idea about the bouncing? Do you think aftermarket shocks / springs might help? Anyone have any experience with them?
I lean the seat back, so the head rest is properly spaced. Some people just bend the head rest support rods in a vice.
 

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I lean the seat back, so the head rest is properly spaced. Some people just bend the head rest support rods in a vice.
Thanks for the reply, but I'm not sure I understand what you mean. The car's suspension transfers movement into the cabin such that the seat moves forward and backward while my head, not attached to the vehicle and relatively not experiencing the same movement, is getting biffed. How can the angle or the orientation of the headrest columns affect that? Other than bending them out of the way, leaving my head unsupported?
 

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Thanks for the reply, but I'm not sure I understand what you mean. The car's suspension transfers movement into the cabin such that the seat moves forward and backward while my head, not attached to the vehicle and relatively not experiencing the same movement, is getting biffed. How can the angle or the orientation of the headrest columns affect that? Other than bending them out of the way, leaving my head unsupported?
You don't want too much gap. But several inches would be okay. quick google reference: https://www.cars.com/articles/2014/03/how-to-properly-adjust-your-head-restraint/

Hopefully you're not getting more than four inches of relative motion between the seat and your head.
 

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You don't want too much gap. But several inches would be okay. quick google reference: https://www.cars.com/articles/2014/03/how-to-properly-adjust-your-head-restraint/

Hopefully you're not getting more than four inches of relative motion between the seat and your head.
Actually, the problem stems from the fact that my headrest *is* in the correct position. If it was 4 inches away, it wouldn't be bouncing on my head. (But, then my head would not be supported.)

The headrest is close to my head, and I like to rest my head on it, but it's bouncing my head forward.
I had an inpalla for a while, my seat was solid as a rock, no road vibration was transmitted to my seat at all - much more comfortable to drive.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that the Bolt wouldn't be expected to have a fantastic suspension as the battery costs so much, and some of the frills are left out to attempt to make it affordable, and I very much appreciate the features it does have - as well as the fact that it's an all evelc car, and doesn't pollute the environment as much.

My wife loves it, (she's a tiny thing, and it fits her perfectly) and apparently doesn't have these same issues with it, so it's cool. (It's predominantly her car, she uses it the most.)

I'll just get some kind of pillow thing to put on the headrest when I'm driving it. Also, perhaps, when he gets the struts into production, check out trying to improve the suspension a bit. But, if I was driving the car daily to commute, and I had a considerable distance, especially on the freeway, I might have test driven and maybe gotten a used Tesla instead of the new Bolt. Different things are important to different people, I guess.
 

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Actually, the problem stems from the fact that my headrest *is* in the correct position. If it was 4 inches away, it wouldn't be bouncing on my head. (But, then my head would not be supported.)

The headrest is close to my head, and I like to rest my head on it, but it's bouncing my head forward.
I had an inpalla for a while, my seat was solid as a rock, no road vibration was transmitted to my seat at all - much more comfortable to drive. . . . . if I had a considerable distance, especially on the freeway, I might have test driven and maybe gotten a used Tesla instead of the new Bolt. Different things are important to different people, I guess.
For true; strokes and folks. I'm your size and I've never, ever noticed the problem you describe; but then thinking about it, I've not developed the expectation to be able to lean my head back against the headrest. For me, sleep would then soon follow.

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For true; strokes and folks. I'm your size and I've never, ever noticed the problem you describe; but then thinking about it, I've not developed the expectation to be able to lean my head back against the headrest. For me, sleep would then soon follow.

jack vines

I think you'll find that for the vast majority of drivers, the headrest is *not* regularly used to rest the head against. It's a backstop to reduce whiplash in case of a collision. The only time my head ever hits a headrest is in my S2000, at launch, and then it's only momentary. Whenever I've tried resting my head against a headrest (in *any* road vehicle) my brains are rattled inside my skull enough to know to never make it a common practice.

I'd be curious to know if anyone else regularly drives with their head resting against the headrest.:confused:
 

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I honestly only dislike ONE thing in my Bolt, and it is the headrest.

In every other car I have ever owned, I have been able to find a comfortable upright seating position where the head to headrest gap is ~ 1 inch. Safe, but keeps my brains from rattling around like beans in a can.

In my Bolt, I can't find a comfortable position where the headrest isn't actively pushing my head two inches FORWARD beyond my neutral head position. Pressed right up against my noggin, trying to turn my upper back into a mighty hunchback.

I've tried reclining the seat, but then I feel like I am riding low rider style in a CUV type car. Which then throws off visibility.

Am /I/ designed wrong? Do... do I need to be re-engineered? I swear I'm human.

I make do, because I don't drive the car more than 80 miles in a day, but I really want to avoid driving further than that. I'd have to get my shirts and jackets restyled where Montgomery Burns gets his bespoke style.

Edited to add: And just writing about it has made me decide to buy a spare headrest, bend that a little, and shelve the original one to put back in the car when I sell it someday.
 

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I honestly only dislike ONE thing in my Bolt, and it is the headrest.

In every other car I have ever owned, I have been able to find a comfortable upright seating position where the head to headrest gap is ~ 1 inch. Safe, but keeps my brains from rattling around like beans in a can.

In my Bolt, I can't find a comfortable position where the headrest isn't actively pushing my head two inches FORWARD beyond my neutral head position. Pressed right up against my noggin, trying to turn my upper back into a mighty hunchback.

I've tried reclining the seat, but then I feel like I am riding low rider style in a CUV type car. Which then throws off visibility.

Am /I/ designed wrong? Do... do I need to be re-engineered? I swear I'm human.

I make do, because I don't drive the car more than 80 miles in a day, but I really want to avoid driving further than that. I'd have to get my shirts and jackets restyled where Montgomery Burns gets his bespoke style.

Edited to add: And just writing about it has made me decide to buy a spare headrest, bend that a little, and shelve the original one to put back in the car when I sell it someday.
Why, yes!
I think it's quite apparent that you will indeed need to be re-designed.

I'm thinking along the lines of Mitch McConnell, who, err..., Okay, I'l just say it, is a turtle! As such, his head juts forward at just the right angle to coincide with the design of the Bolt headrest.

I'd be happy to suggest several excellent plastic surgeons in your area who can help you with your malady.

You're welcome.
 
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Edited to add: And just writing about it has made me decide to buy a spare headrest, bend that a little, and shelve the original one to put back in the car when I sell it someday.
There's actually an old thread on here somewhere about bending headrest supports. You and others dissatisfied with the headrests might want to search for that first.
 

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There's actually an old thread on here somewhere about bending headrest supports. You and others dissatisfied with the headrests might want to search for that first.
It’s harder than any other car on the market, because the headrests do not come off.
Well, they do, but not in the 2 second way other cars do. You have to disassemble the material covering the rest, remove the padding, a few screws, & a couple retaining clips. The hard part is getting the padding/cover back on exactly straight, while you keep other parts/clips in place.
Don’t try, unless you have patience, & some skills at disassembling things. If you do, take photos at each step, some parts look simple, but can go in several ways. You only find out later on if you did it right.
I did it in order to fit 3/4” sheared sheepskin covers. I dread reading moving them when they need cleaning.
 

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A couple of things I forgot.


[email protected] my huge feet. (I'm typically a size 15 or 14W). Often, when I do have to step on the brake, I catch the right edge of the brake when I move my foot back to the accelerator.



When I open the driver's side door in the morning, I hear a high-pitched whine. I don't know what electrical component is making that noise, and I'm sure it's harmless, but I find it (very) mildly annoying that it exists.
 

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"Bluetooth volume is much lower than other sources, and does not seem to have any adjustment. ". Each source has its own volume setting. USB, Bluetooth, radio, etc. The source must be active to adjust the volume. Use the buttons on the back of the steering wheel while a Bluetooth source is playing.
I do not believe this is true. I have adjusted the volume while a Bluetooth source was playing, and when I've changed to a different source, I've practically been blasted out of the car. The volume control seems to be one master volume.
 
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