LeftieBiker wrote:Some dealers order cars without popular options like DCFC and the comfort package (heated seats and wheel) for a lower price, and then end up having to discount them more. Decide what options are must-have and which are optional, so you can narrow it down. Also decide if you are ok with the interiors that have blinding-white dashboards. GM really made deciding on a Bolt a game of "How much annoyance and disappointment can I stand?" I know you want a Premiere for the AVM, and IIRC they MAY all come with the heated seats and wheel, but double-check that.
I'm getting Premier trim, no exceptions. Surround Vision (equivalent of AVM) is a must. I will have big regrets if I don't get that.
I may listen to the base stereo to see if it's acceptable, but I didn't really notice many dealers having a Premiers with DC FC but no infotainment package (adds Bose stereo). I suspect I would have regrets if I didn't get the better stereo.
As for DC FC inlet, I'm intending this to be my only car. DC FC is must given that I can only charge at 120 volts at home and have to go elsewhere for L2 (work or (now very limited/hard to get) free public L2 charging).
Yeah, I'd heard about the complaints of dashboard reflection and I asked one driver about that. She said yes. For the exterior colors I'm interested in: summit white, silver ice metallic and possibly slate gray metallic (haven't seen one in person yet), there are only 2 or 3 interior colors. Seems like one of them, the "light ash gray..." has a lighter dash. I'll probably avoid that one, if I can.
Yes, I've seen numerous Bolts when browsing inventory without DC FC of both the LT (lower) trim and Premier. No thanks.
One of the drivers I spoke to complained about the sun visors. She said they basically weren't tall enough to block much and didn't have extenders (she had a Leaf S before that was I think '14 or '15). Sure enough, from https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/bolt- ... -2017.html
, it seems like the visors are crap (like '11 or '12 Leafs).
https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/bolt- ... -2017.html
has a mention that they unintentionally pushed their Bolt to the limits on a charge. They did 322 miles on a charge!
One thing that was quite surprising when comparing specs is that Bolt is 11 inches shorter than gen 1 Leaf: 164 vs. 175 inches.