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I'm considering buying an Ampera to replace my Zoe, but my budget is £10k. That rules out the vast majority of cars, and leaves me with a choice of four currently available:

VAUXHALL AMPERA POSITIV 2012 ELECTRIC/RANGE EXTENDER PHEV, FSH, MOT, VGC | eBay

Vauxhall Ampera 1.4 i VVT 16v Electron 5dr

Chevrolet Volt 1.4 5dr

Chevrolet Volt 1.4 5dr

The two Volts are significantly lower milage for similar money. Is there anything I need to consider though? Any quirks specific to the Volt?

As I understand it, the warranty is the same (8 years, 100,000 miles), and the Volt can be serviced at Ampera service centres. But warranty work has to be done at specific Chevrolet/ex-Chevrolet dealers? How do I find them? The Chevy website lists Wolverhampton as my nearest service centre, but it's unclear as to whether or not it's equipped to deal with a Volt.

Thanks for any advice.
 

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Hi @McPhee
Both the Volt and Ampera are basically very similar, the Electron has a satnav and Bose stereo with hard disc record facility over the Positive on the Vauxhall and I understand the Volt is as the Electron.

Volts tend to be a little cheaper mainly due I think to them pulling out of the country although the Ampera is identical apart from cosmetics and was built in the same US factory.

Warranty work is patchy on either car when using the 8 year warranty if you read the GM threads although Vauxhall has more engineers/dealers who can service either car.
Check your local dealers although I would expect your area to have a Vauxhall dealer who can. Leicester certainly has.

The owners here would all agree I think that you cannot go wrong with this car. Certainly I believe it is my best car yet.

If you wish to purchase one that has the 8 year 100,000 mile warranty, it is imperative that the car has had the yearly service and that the warranty has been renewed each time. The dealer will be able to confirm this but you need it in writing with a Vauxhall/Chevrolet letterhead.

Happy hunting, you won't be disappointed.
 

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Any quirks specific to the Volt?
Nope. Identical to an Ampera Electron, with all the inherent strengths and weaknesses that are documented thoroughly on here.
As I understand it, the warranty is the same (8 years, 100,000 miles), and the Volt can be serviced at Ampera service centres. But warranty work has to be done at specific Chevrolet/ex-Chevrolet dealers? How do I find them? The Chevy website lists Wolverhampton as my nearest service centre, but it's unclear as to whether or not it's equipped to deal with a Volt.
Correct. In theory.
Phone your local Ampera service centre to check they are happy to work on a Volt. My local one will but others have apparently declined.
As for warranty work, I have had to make the 90 mile trek over to Wantage for mine.
gmk.chevrolet.co.uk/contact/locate-a-dealer.html gives a list of the Chevrolet service centres. It used to identify the Volt specialists but that too will be a case of phoning around now.
 

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I thought the chassis had been tuned on the ampera for UK roads, and wasn't the volt slightly more rusty ?

just seen a 13 plate on autotrader for £8500 - big bargain !!!!
 

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I thought the chassis had been tuned on the ampera for UK roads, and wasn't the volt slightly more rusty ?

just seen a 13 plate on autotrader for £8500 - big bargain !!!!
Nope, Vauxhall tried to BS that the car had been tuned for Europe when in reality they just changed the bumpers.
 

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Interesting "owners review" for the Volt on Autotrader.... Completely at odds with every Ampera review as well as my own experience!
The only rust on mine is on the rear discs, which is because they never get used.
 

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Interesting "owners review" for the Volt on Autotrader.... Completely at odds with every Ampera review as well as my own experience!
The only rust on mine is on the rear discs, which is because they never get used.
Completely agree, not only that I don't seem to get the water in the tail lights in my Volt that Ampera owners seem to complain about.
 

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Volt service intervals are more frequent than the Ampera, I think 15,000 miles or 12 months (could be wrong with the mileage) against 20,000 or 12 months on the Ampera.
 

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Volt service intervals are more frequent than the Ampera, I think 15,000 miles or 12 months (could be wrong with the mileage) against 20,000 or 12 months on the Ampera.
Volt 10k and yearly Ampera 20k
 

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I'd recommend the Volt if you can clarify the servicing / warranty issues. Mainly because it's about £1000 cheaper for the same age, but also has the white dashboard not grey [ why try to look more 'normal'??] and less ornate wheels which clean easier and to my mind look better. Whichever you buy its the technology you're after [at a bargain price secondhand] and tbh both look a bit commonplace externally and the interior trim quality is GM not Merc. My Volt doesnt have satnav I think it's got what the Positiv has.
But apart from the fuel saving, electric cars just drive better. Once you've had one, petrol and diesel seem crude. Even my trusty old Audi A4 quattro convertible seems rumbly to me now. The lowslung heavy battery pack also makes the handling surprisingly rewarding.
But don't pay any attention to all this 'I wear an overcoat and turn off the heating and get 2 extra miles on battery'. By all means pre-heat or cool it before setting off, but then stick it in Sport and Low mode [which isn't low gear it's just more aggressive regen so you get better one-pedal driving], give it some wellie, and enjoy watching most other cars vanish in the mirror up to about 40. It's a blast! Watch the speed limits though, the acceleration and quietness means you can easily whip up to over 50 before you know it.
 

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I suspect the Volt is a good deal second hand as people know it even less than the Ampera!

As others have said, the biggest challenge is warranty work as few places authorised. Do make 110% sure all services have been completed at authorised dealers for the Voltec warranty to be valid. Maybe give Bellingers (Wantage) a call with the reg to see if they will confirm.
 

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Do make 110% sure all services have been completed at authorised dealers for the Voltec warranty to be valid. Maybe give Bellingers (Wantage) a call with the reg to see if they will confirm.
If there is such a thing! :cautious:
Possible bearing problem
 
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