Post by J. Clarke
On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 16:16:23 -0500, Lynn McGuire
Post by Lynn McGuire Post by Peter Trei
My daughter managed to total her car last week.
We're looking at giving her my current car. Its a
2007 Nissan Altima with 253,000 miles, but has been
very reliable. I'm not very happy to give it up.
So, I'm looking at a replacement. Does anyone in the group
have experience with current eVs? I'd like a Tesla 3, but
adding what I consider necessary options may push it
above my price pain point (~40k after rebates and subsidies).
This would be a commuter car - assume no more than 100 miles/day,
but I'd want at least 200 miles range. I'll retain a different, ICE
car for long trips.
Does anyone has experience with the Chevy Bolt?
One of my cousins bought a Tesla Model 3 last September. He now has 11K
miles on it and loves it. He got the dual motors (4WD) and the 310 mile
battery. He plugs it in for free at his employers parking garage and
loves that too. He had a trim piece come loose the other day and Tesla
sent a mechanic to his work place to fix the trim piece.
The car is incredibly fast (zero to 60 mph in three seconds, verified by
Consumer Reports). He paid about $69K for the car before any rebates
and subsidies here in The Great State of Texas. But with free "fuel",
his costs are dropping rapidly. The Tesla replaced his 2007 ??? Mustang
GT and he plans to drive it to at least 150K miles.
Lots of Teslas in the lot at work. Also lots of Volts. There's one
Bolt. I talked to the owner for a bit and she seems to like it very
much. Says it has enough range to get her from Springfield to Boston
and back without any concern about running out of juice. But be aware
that the Bolt is an econobox, not a hotrod. It seems to be a good
example of the econobox breed but it's not going to show taillights to
a 427 Cobra like a Tesla can.
I'm eliminating anything with a range under 200 miles, so the number of
suitable eVs is limited. I'm kind of taken with the Tesla 3, but I'm
unlikely to look at the high end models. My price point isn't really set yet,
and subsidies and rebates make a lot of difference to the final price. (The
Federal rebate is running out fast).
I do worry that my like for the Tesla is based on reporte from fanboys in
rose-tinted glasses. I'm skeptical that the company can get everything right
with so little experience, and note that Consumer Reports no longer reccomends
the 3 due to reliability issues. My Altima, in 12 years and 253,000 miles,
never left me stuck on the side of the road (modulo a few flat tires, and it
had a full-service spare). Not even once.
The Bolt seems better value for money, but yes, its an econobox, less luxurious
than the Altima, and not as cool as the Tesla. I may try test-driving one this