After driving the $1,600 (net) Volt (see previous thread) for a couple of weeks, I've fallen in love with the no-gas silent propulsion of these things. The car did not visit a gas station once during my time with it. Since this Volt was for my girlfriend to replace her Saab, I now want an EV for myself... I think. For anyone wondering just how much I drive and how much I spend on gas, my Fuelly (which has been going since day 1 of ownership) has me at 64.8k miles in 6.5 years with $10,900 spent on gas in that time period.
Some background: In mid-December, I ran my GTI through Carvana's car-buying calculator for the hell of it. The calculator came back with $10,980 for my '13 64.9k mile Wolfsburg Edition, which seemed quite good even for private party value. The quote was good for 7 days and I didn't act on it. On January 3, I ran the calculator again. This time it spit out a buy price of $9,100, a drop of nearly $2k over a couple of weeks. I decided to see what would happen if I went back to the old Carvana email and accepted the previous quote. I clicked and was immediately presented with a message that my nearly $11k quote had been revived for 24 hours. I uploaded all the paperwork and have a pick-up scheduled for this Sunday (which I can delay for up to two weeks).
I have now arrived at what seem to be three options. Well, four if you count keeping the GTI.
Here they are and here are how they play out financially:
Option 1: 2013 Volt Premium (nav, collision alert, blind spot monitors, reversing camera)
- 82k miles, so CARB/PZEV warranty on the battery is good for 10 years/150k (so, based on the car's in-service date, it would run out at the end of 2023). Voltec warranty is 15 years/150k miles, so all the EV components aside from the battery would be warrantied until 2028.
- I would be using zero gas 90% of the time (I sometimes need to drive a couple of hundred miles per day for work, so the gas engine would kick in then), as my commute is 12 miles round trip. I'd charge at work most of the time.
- $3k in my pocket + $1,500 utility rebate
- Insurance goes up by $250/year
- Have to buy TCLer titleist1976 lunch since he's going to inspect it for me on Friday .
Option 2: 2016 Volt Premier (has all of the above plus adaptive cruise and self parking)
- 30k miles, so lots of warranty left
- longer range (53 miles vs. 40 on the Gen 1 volt)
- Still gets the $1,500 rebate
- Have to pony up $5-6k, which somewhat negates any real or perceived gas savings.
- Insurance goes up by $388 per year, further negating any savings
-Looks like a terrible, weirdly-stretched Cruise. Gen 1 looks so much better.
Option 3: Used Tesla Model S 85
Price: $29k (give or take)
- 62k miles, ex-CPO car with some warranty left on the battery. Many things that go wrong have been replaced (MCU, sunroof, backup camera).
- It's a Tesla!
- Lifetime supercharging!
- 265 miles of range
- Insurance goes up by a whopping $1,562/year.
- Idiot, it's an early model Tesla! Are you insane?
- Some things that do fail have not failed and maybe they're due for failure (drive motor/door handles, etc.)
- I don't have Level 2 at home and 110v charging for these is unworkable. If the chargers at work are full, I'd have to drive to the nearest Supercharger station, which is about 8 miles away and hang out there for a bit while charging
- Would rather not pony up that much extra cash so some portion of this would likely be financed and I'd be financing a 2013 Tesla, which just sounds insane.
Option 4: Keep the GTI, which has long been paid off and which, as a PZEV car, has a 15 year/150k mile warranty on "emissions" components (many things qualify as an "emissions" component in a CARB state).
- This thing is still able to put a smile on my face and, but for the EV stuff, nothing else currently on the market really speaks to me.
- Paid off
- Lots of things have recently been repaired under warranty and extended warranty including: a seal that allowed the #3 spark plug to drown in oil, the AC compressor, the intake manifold, the HPFP, and the water pump (multiple water pumps, actually)
- There are lots of things left to fail (it's a VW, after all) that are not covered by the PZEV warranty.
- It'll keep depreciating and I'll lose $2k in Carvana cash if I don't move now.
- It'll probably need a clutch soon-ish. I can feel it doing weird things at WOT in 6th. Then again, it's been doing that for the last 10k
- There is an element of boredom creeping in, which will only get worse.
So, TCL, what do I do? I am genuinely lost. On the one hand, I've loved this EV thing over the last two weeks. Really, truly loved it. On the other hand, I love the GTI and really don't want to let it go. There's always the 993 to drive as a fun car but I'm concerned a certain element of fun will be missing day to day. Then again, 96% of my day-to-day driving is very mundane (aside from on-ramps/off-ramps, etc.), and, truth be told, any commuter car would be fine for the job.
Help, TCL. Please. Am I missing other reasonable EV options that I should be considering? Will I be bored of this EV stuff soon and stuck driving a soul-sucking appliance day to day?
The Volt this morning, fresh from a 3.5 hour detail. The detailers did an excellent job.