ztanos wrote:<snip> I have a 60-80 mile round-trip drive daily. I guess by the statistics I am taking a long-distance drive everyday. I have been told by my company that I can charge up at work. This would still put me in the 0% gas usage in the case of a Volt. What it doesn't get rid of, however, is the maintenance associated with the Volt. I am sure that they have 7500 mile oil changes and with the electric water pump, have less chance of gasket failures. But I believe that less usage would mean that more things can go wrong from inactivity. I may be wrong on this front, but it is my experience with older cars that if you let them sit things tend to not work as well.<snip>
I think you are a little confused on the maintenance required for the Volt. I've had mine for 1y 3mos.
There is no 7500 mile oil change per se. There is an oil life monitoring system like all modern cars have. If you never use the ICE/Gas_Generator then you do have to change it every couple years because oil degrades. I have close to 15,000 miles on my Volt and I'm at 56% oil life. I'll have to change it after 2 years. Volt ICE/GG will run a 'maintenance mode' every 6 weeks if you never use it for diagnostics, removing water (condensation), lube parts, etc, etc. It has been well thought out.
I recall folks posting that the LEAF maint request brake fluid change every couple years so people compare the two in that way.
Same as LEAF you have brakes pads and tire rotations.
The L(ow) drive in the Volt makes for more aggressive regen braking (ie. lot of one foot driving - let up off accelerator pedal and car slows down). My brake pads hardly get used. Not sure when I will need to change them. Same for LEAF I'm sure.
See the Volt manual for maintenance. Mostly "checks". http://www.chevrolet.com/owners/chevy-manuals/
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