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  2. how big was the it?
  3. i think you should get it. i paid 10k for a new 2017. the engine seems reliable and the tranny is japan so it should be good too. i love hate the cvt. love that you can do 80mph and it sits at 2200 rpm. cant do that with my fiat screaming at 4000 rpm to do 80mph. Hate the cvt because there is a delay after you gas from a red light. im guessing its cuz the hill assist. maybe???? there is a shorter delay when you want to floor it. just sits there thinking if its going to hunt for a gear or close the pulley. other than that love the color, love the dash, love the engine (sounds good when you floor it) and love the the body shape/style.
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  5. damn man. now i feel like i got a toyota or something lol.
  6. do you have more pics please. looking to buy the ground effects.
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  11. Welcome to the site. White is a good color. Don't have to worry about the paint fading (I had a red truck that turned pink after 10 years of UV) and it will stay cooler in summer. Good point about not being able to see the color of the car from the inside. Even the hood is invisible from the drivers seat.
  12. They seemed to have white everything. I went first to look at a white Cruze, but the price they gave me over the phone turned out to be a $1000 more once I had done a test drive. So I test drove one of the two white Sparks that they had, and I realized that this would be a better car for me. I am very happy with it after two weeks. And once in the car, the only place that you can see the color of your car is out the side view mirrors.
  13. Regarding the transmission... CVT takes getting used to, it sounds different, it performs different. But different does not equal bad. The only 'negative' to a CVT is if it needs servicing most all shops are setup to just replace it, there isn't really a repair option or rebuild option for the CVT. BUT, if you have severe transmission issues years after ownership when the warranty expires, its unlikely major repair would be cheaper anyway. You have to pick your poison in life, and a CVT actually runs smoother than traditional automatic transmissions and is far less shifty and jerky than a dual clutch transmission, which has become popular as well in modern day. DCT is too jerky for my liking, so I prefer a CVT or a traditional automatic.
  14. Welcome! What color did you get?
  15. Hi, from the Olympic Peninsula.. I bought my new Spark LS with CVT two weeks ago for 12k.. I traded in my 2003 Ford Focus that I had bought new for 10.6k and they gave me 1.5k for it. I love my new Spark....so much more fun to drive than my manual Focus. The cargo area is much smaller, but because the Spark has 4 doors, I use the back seats to carry things...easy in and out. By the way, my Focus was a two door ZX3 hatchback.
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  17. If you can pick up a new 2017 at discount, I would go that route. I bought a new one 14 months ago for around $13k. It should be discounted a lot by now? My 2017 CVT runs like a newly oiled clock, granted I do not put on lot of miles. The coolant tank issues are mostly for older models, and even if a replacement becomes necessary for the newer models, cost is not high. Here is my take on the CVT...it is an advance design but seems best for drivers who do not floor the gas pedal often. It's response is instantaneous with little lag, because it is a metal chain driving a metal pulley. It is fun to drive a car which responds so quickly and positively to gas pedal operation. On negative side, I understand dealer mechanics will not take it apart to repair. The car comes with 5 year/60k mile power train warranty.
  18. Hello everyone, I am in the market for a new car and at work/bodyshop we have a Spark. I've always loved a two door hatch and even though the Spark is a four door, it kind of looks like a two door. I've read some headlines and some articles about recalls, cvt issues, coolant resevoir problems and airbags stuff. Honesty, I'm now more hesitant to head to the Chevy dealership after reading some of these conversations. I want an auto and am totally over shifting a 5 speed, but the cvt stuff seems to be quite troublesome with all the trips to the dealer and some people even hiring a lawyer....no thanks. My question would be, If I do decide to go with a Spark, should I stay away from the 17s and go with an 18 or go Toyota or Hyundai? Thanks in advance. Mark
  19. This is my 2011 spark but i want to tune the exterior. Like the headlights or taillights, can someone help me?
  20. I decided to do a drain and refill on my 2015 with the CVT and i only got 24 ounces to come out when i pulled the plug.I did this with the car level.I expected much more.Has anyone done this? It shows to be at the correct level on the dipstick.
  21. Has anyone put rear speakers in their 2016+ LS yet? If you did, did you have to have the dealer flash the computer to accept the new speakers or did the stereo automatically detect that they were there? I ask cause I know some people were looking into it and I have some extra Infinti Kappa 6.5's that I'd like to install.
  22. *facepalm* There won't be a trade war per se, the rest of the world will continue to trade. Whether the US wants to buy those goods is its own choice. Edit: I wanted to mention you can drop corporate tax rates to 0% and you still can't bring certain jobs back that automation or foreign labour can produce cheaply. All you will do is soak your own treasury and be incapable of delivering first-world services to your people. Secondly, if you're so against foreign labour, why didn't you purchase a Chevy Sonic? The Spark is manufactured in South Korea. Its cheaper because its made in South Korea. The Sonic is built with mostly US and Canadian sourced parts in Michigan, wouldn't that have been the car for a self identified nationalist? At the end of the day, we all do what is best for our pocketbooks. Trade can make our purchasing power go a little further, and that's why trade is good. If you want the ultimate nationalist country, go to North Korea. Juche ideology is nothing more than rampant nationalism, and you can see what its done for the glorious North Korean economy as they have one of the poorest in the world. I may not know everything, but I'm old and wise enough to know a few of the basics discussed above. The USA of today isn't the proud, anti-nationalist USA of yesteryear that put every bit of its might in fighting nationalism and defeating tyrants like Hitler. I don't recognize this new wave of nationalism or why its in vogue. Conservatives and liberals of sound mind - regardless of ideology - should come together to fight nationalism and defend democracy and free and open trade. Nationalism is the scourge of earth and only takes wealth away and only promotes war and paranoia. Nationalism has no place in a modern world. LASTLY, if you're super concerned about the hulled-out economies in the US, many found in the old industrial giants like Pittsburgh or places in Michigan and beyond, why not move back to those areas, bring your dollars to them, and stop moving to Florida or Phoenix? I already know the reason. People today are afraid of snowfall for a few months in winter. People prefer living in an oven for half the year. It has nothing to do with politics or taxes or ideologies, it comes down to the fact a lot of people prefer a very hot climate. That has been the factor that has hurt America's heartland more than anything. Personally, I don't understand it. Here in Canada we have terrific summers. You can practically spend every day outdoors in the comfortable 70-80F daily summer temps for months on end. Having such a superior summer season is a perk, and having a bit of snow between December and March is hardly a trade off. But hey, you still have Canadians buying vacation homes in Phoenix so it happens here as well. All I remember is 20 years ago I was visiting New Orleans in August, and I was dripping with sweat barely able to walk at 2am. I thought the night time was supposed to bring relief to high temps. I don't think that is a comfortable climate in my view, having to rely on air conditioning to avoid heat stroke? LOL No one loves temperature extremes, but you can more easily die of heat stroke than of frostbite. At least with frostbite your body quickly tells you to get inside fast and you know to get your ass indoors. LOL Go figure...
  23. Stick to Canadian issues. All that I need to add is finally we have a president who is a fearless nationalist. Trump is well on the way to make America great again. Protectionism is direly necessary when country is experiencing $1 TRILLION trade deficits every year. I can't wait for China, Mexico, Canada, EU, etc begin a trade war with USA. It simply means we can manufacture $1,000,000,000,000 worth of goods right here which translates into millions of new manufacturing jobs right here in USA. And those who dare to go to trade war with us, lose $1 Trillion worth of manufacturing jobs, because we need almost no raw materials from outside. Energy production in USA is already at record levels.
  24. Anyway, getting away from China, the fact is your President tried to dump a 300% tariff on Bombardier, which is the key Canadian aerospace brand based in Montreal. It seems to be a decision made without any facts, without any planning, and without any sense rooted in reality: https://globalnews.ca/news/3789724/bombardier-anti-dumping-duty-us/ Pray tell me exactly how Montreal-based Bombardier is a threat to US national interests and security? Please, make the case my friend. It can't be done. Here is what a trade war looks like: US stomps and snorts its nose, places a 300% tariff on Bombardier's Aerospace unit. Bombardier can still sell to the rest of the world, the US is just a market it hopes to gain. So, when the US does this to protect Boeing, now all the Canadian airliners will likely pull back their Boeing orders. Air Canada and WestJet specifically might decide to ultimately pull the plug on new Boeing orders, causing the loss of business to Boeing. Who really wins? Bombardier can still sell to other clients, the US suffers because it can't purchase the new CS100-300 series jets that serve key markets for that size of aircraft. Who really wins there? The US certainly doesn't. Bombardier Aerospace has developed some of the most efficient jets in the world for its size, the beneficiaries will be those who purchase the advanced product that is better than the competitor right now. Essentially, Trump decided to dump a huge tariff on a product in a segment and jet size that Boeing doesn't even offer. They aren't even directly competing for the type of customer or flight plans that demand a CS100 or CS300 jet. That's dumb as dumb can get. If Canada is threatening the US, if Mexico is a threat to the US, and if everyone is a threat to the US and no one should do business with the US except for the USA, that's something most of us call paranoia. Stupid, silly paranoia. We're friends and allies for chrissakes. Come World War III there's no better partner you'd rather have than friends like Canada. Don't spit in our faces when there's no need for it. P.S. any tariff what-so-ever isn't free trade. Its restrictive trade. You can't pervert the word free and just say 'free and fair' when it is neither. Lastly, Bombardier will likely be successful with its new CS300 aircraft, but if Trump ultimately gets his way, it will be successful by selling to other countries than the USA. The point is, the US has little control here, its just stomping around and snorting its nose. And Trump looks like a fool doing it. Take it from someone who isn't a left wing extremist, there's a few screws loose in the Trump mentality. As I said with Mexico, if the US has to fear allies and friends like Canada, the US has more problems than I imagined... I know the USA well, and putting a tariff on Bombardier will not convince people to move from Tampa or Phoenix back to Pittsburgh or Mishawaka. The problems in the rust belt cannot be fixed with protectionism.
  25. I provided the Quebec reference just to show that power generation can be done cheaply and in carbon neutral ways, I have no idea why hydro prices would be what they are in New York. I'm not going to sit here and pretend to be a grid specialist when I'm not, all I can say is that there are places where energy is cheap, abundant, and green already. Quebec is one of those places where rates are extremely low and where production is carbon neutral on a large scale. With regard to global warming, I happen to be someone who believes the data shows man has dumped astronomical amounts of greenhouse gases and it seems like a case study where the evidence is overwhelming. It is hard to say that man hasn't created this problem. But what I disagree with in the general discussion about global warming and climate change is the response. We can tackle these problems without the hyperbole and knee jerk mentalities that have currently presented themselves. There's a brilliant European by the name of Bjorn Lomborg who has committed his life to pro-environmental causes, but ones that make sense. He had a documentary several years ago called 'Cool It!' that I would recommend. Much like the nuclear documentary I mentioned, he goes through all the practical, real world applications to combat climate change that don't involve these pie in the sky ideas that are currently being discussed. I would recommend looking into his work, because I for one am a believer in what he's saying. The facts say we're damaging the environment, but the facts also suggest there are economical and beneficial policies we can pursue that don't include cap and trade programs or other things that have proven ineffective. P.S. I am with you on electric cars not quite being ready for prime time. The Chevy Bolt is damn close, all it is missing is a $20k price tag. The truth is, superchargers are allowing electric cars to already get an 80% charge in 10 or 15 minutes. That's more than a 5 minute pump stop, but you have to admit electric cars are nearing the phase where they are almost ready to become a mainstream replacement for gas engines. I'd be willing to buy one, once more supercharge stations become available and once the price points come down just a tad more.
  26. Located in San Diego, California. 2013 Spark LS 66k miles 5spd Lowered on 17" wheels and 205/40R17 rubber. You can search my posts for a history on the car. I've posted everything that I've done or has happened. Transmission was rebuilt less than 5k miles ago under warranty. Oil pan was resealed less than 1k miles ago under warranty. A/C works for 3 days with a recharge. Asking $5k if you want to negotiate, $4k if you just want to know the price I will sell it for! email drip@dripspeed.com for fastest response
  27. Really this is a story of isolationism vs globalism. Mexico isn't draining the US economy, if the US has to fear Mexico then the US has serious problems. The biggest problem I have when talking with a yankee is that the average American thinks the world revolves around the US, that isn't the case. The world isn't necessarily out to get the US and the world isn't soaking the US. China is an emerging power, but they produce cheaply made manufacturing goods. They aren't doing so to soak the USA, they are doing so to bring the hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens out of poverty and into a middle class like lifestyle. GM, as an example, is probably only a profitable company because they are selling cars in China now. They wouldn't have been able to survive the post 2008 bankruptcy without China. You do realize this, I hope? Trade with China is a good thing. It is why your 50 inch flat screen TV is $300 instead of $3,000, which it would undoubtedly be if trade with China weren't a reality or if there were super high tariffs. Mexico certainly isn't out to 'get the USA' and it doesn't even have the capacity to if it even wanted to. There's a bit of paranoia there... I say this as a friend: the US currently has less stature, less influence in the post-WW2 period, and people are tuning the US administration out. It isn't hate of the US (I certainly don't, I'd love to fly to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway, I'd love to tour the Gulf Coast, and the other treasures in the USA), its just more of a joke politically right now. That's the honest truth. If you think Trump is doing a good job, well, you're free to believe whatever you wish my friend. As a friend, I don't think he's helping your country. And again, that's not an endorsement of any other political party or group, just speaking to Trump. Like I said, I'm likely supporting the conservative party in our next provincial election here this year. But then again, our conservatives (PC party) have committed to not destroying our health care system and have vowed to support it. So, I'm comfortable voting PC. Personally, progressives somewhat repulse me in 2018. Every sentence has to contain rape or racism and there is little substance beyond it. Its become a problem in Canada, whereas this used to be a problem with progressives in the US. I just want a competent government that will build some new highways, repave our aging infrastructure, and spend wisely. I'm not an extremist.
  28. You obviously do not know how many manufacturing jobs have been exported out of United States to cheap labor countries. Manufacturing jobs are middle class jobs and manufacturing is #1 wealth creator (only others are mining, agriculture and applied research). Retail and service sector consume wealth instead of creating it. Current political setup in America is already working great. Manufacturing is coming back, unemployment is at record low, and paychecks are bigger with the taxcut. NAFTA is killing US Jobs as well. Factories move to Mexico, and manufacturing goods are brought in tax free in to USA. That only benefits the investor class, and the vast hard working middle class gets the shaft. Finally we have a president who is for America first. He wants free and FAIR trade. Only reason he can be for America First is because as opposed to all other career politicians, he is not in the pockets of the ultra-rich donor class who benefit by importing cheap labor and exporting manufacturing. Because he does NOT need the Billionaires to support him. He is the first really independently rich candidate who ran for president. Let me clue you in about trade wars. The only countries who will lose more in a trade war are those with bigger trade SURPLUSES. Currently USA is running $45 Billion trade deficit with Mexico EVERY YEAR. Bring on the trade war, Mexico! If China wants to fight trade war with us, they buy $125 Billion worth from us while we buy $550 Billion worth from China every year. If China loses those exports, there will be another revolution in China and chairman JinPing might seek asylum in Canada.
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