Bobby MSME

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  1. My 2017 Spark LS with CVT is now 8+ months old, and love the CVT. It does not feel like a slush box like all my previous automatic trannys. The car is very peppy at all legal speed limits, and the CVT yields immediate response to the gas pedal operation.
  2. Not to mention the money saved on gasoline driving 55k miles!
  3. That blotter test makes lot of sense. The way I see it, 2 things in oil are bad for the engine. 1) water condensation 2) black carbon deposits Water will encourage corrosion inside engine and dark looking oil can indicate overly heated oil which is never good. That is why frequent short trips are bad for the oil. We recently drove the Chevy HHR 7000 miles from Florida to Seattle to Phoenix to Florida. I had oil change done (GM's semi-synthetic) before the trip, and put on another 1500 miles since then, and the oil still looks good. It was all highway driving mostly. I ain't changing oil until it flunks my smell & visual test. May be at 10,000 miles just so there is a new oil filter installed. Never let any car engine run on low oil! That is very important to prevent over-heating because low oil will not remove combustion heat as efficiently as full oil.
  4. OMG, you do not need a computer algorithm to know when oil needs changing. First of all, we all have different driving habits. No computer program written by some person out of college with a computer science degree and who is still wet behind the ears can encompass million different driving habits in her algorithm.. I use this 55+ year old method to determine if oil needs changing. Take the dipstick out, look at the color of oil and sniff it. If it looks fairly clean (as opposed to dark & dirty) and it does not smell burned, it is still useful oil. It will lubricate (primary purpose) and it will carry heat out of the engine. I never had anything burned in the engine, in a couple of million miles of driving over 55+ years. Only time I had a burned exhaust valve was when the technician changed coolant in my 2007 Pontiac G5 and left air pockets in there which made the engine run 10 degrees hotter than normal. It had nothing to do with oil change. It is true that with fresh good quality oil the engine usually will sound like a purring cat. However that effect disappears after a couple of hundred miles of driving. My first oil change is planned in February 2018, when the new 2017 Spark is expected to be at about 7500 miles after 12 months of driving. But I do keep an eye on the looks and smell of the oil every month. Right now the oil looks in very good condition.
  5. $10,977 sounds about right for a 2017 LS with CVT automatic. Just add taxes & license etc. Mine is now 7 months old and it has been flawless and a joy to drive and puts a smile on my face every time I fill up for $11-13. I stop for gas as soon as only 1 bar shows up on fuel gauge.
  6. Very nice flashy red color!
  7. My last manual was a 1964 Corvair Monza (top end model). Living in greater Chicago for 37 years, I never bought another manual again, saving me 1 Billion gear shifts over 37 years. As for a speedster, my 6cyl Camaro could squeal the tires if I wanted to. And that was with an automatic. That car saved my life when the light turned red and I was halfway into the intersection, so I began finishing my left turn, when I see a car coming straight at me at high speed in the opposite direction, obviously jumping the red light. Purely with reflex action I flicked the steering wheel to the right avoiding a horrible collision. The amazing quick & power steering on my Camaro did it's job, but my heart raced for a few minutes with the release of adrenaline.
  8. Fantastic memory Mr.tozzi...correct you are! I am driving a 2017 Spark LS, 35 psi recommended. I could go to 40 psi, but that could make noticeably harsher ride, and extra punishment for the suspension components. Better to replace tires instead of shocks, ball joints and springs.
  9. How much did your significant other paid for that Camry? I recently bought a new 2017 Spark which was listed for $14k, was discounted thousands of dollars, aprox $3000. So net $11,000. I bet I can buy 2 Sparks and have money left over from a Camry purchase. Also, try to find a NON-dealer shop for such things as hose changes, brake jobs, etc after warranty expires.
  10. I learned that lesson after buying 5 or 6 used cars, until I finally started buying only new cars. New cars come with warranty, and there is no chance of abuse by previous owners.
  11. Thanks Mr Tozzi for defending the old age situation
  12. Gear Head...I know you would never make fun my old age. Every time a younger person makes fun of my old age, I tell them "listen pal, if you get lucky, you might live long enough to make it to my age" hahaha From your comment and Mr Tozzi's comment, I now conclude that my brain has made the adjustment on how to drive the Spark with CVT in a manner which minimizes it's mis-behavior. The CVT is no smarter than the day I bought it. After 8 months, the Spark runs like the day I drove off the car lot. The engine starts at the flick of the key, and runs so quiet and smooth, I can't hear it. May be I need hearing aid being so old? haha.. Another one of my driving habit is to shift the CVT in neutral when stopped at a red light which I know from experience will stay red for over 2 minutes. I like that the regular drive gear is straight down, and the car won'r accidentally shift into lowest gear. I have upped the tire pressures to 37 psi in all wheels. That does not cause any noticeable harsher ride, while improves steering, and gas mileage (37.6 in town).
  13. This Spark is now 8 months old. During the first 4-5 months I noticed a distinct problem with the CVT getting confused when I was coasting at around 5-10 MPH, and pushed down on gas pedal to accelerate. The engine would rev up but the car did not accelerate accordingly. This behavior never happened at speed above 20 MPH. At higher speeds, the response to gas pedal was always positive with little lag. Now for the last 3-4 months, that CVT mis-behavior seems to have disappeared. Only 2 things are possible. Either I have learned how to avoid that problem -or- the CVT computer has learned on it's own to work better? May be I am instinctively pushing down the accelerator gently at slow speeds. Because I don't think the CVT computer is self-learning. Although I have been told that if you disconnects the battery for a few minutes, then the car's computer will re-learn your driving habits and adjust to them.
  14. Not a hands on mechanic anymore, but every time I had a vibration issue, almost always it was tires out of balance. Since I drive my cars gently, in 57 years of driving, never had to replace a ball joint or tie rod. I usually replace shocks after driving 100,000 miles (160,000 km). I have no clue why the shock absorber is out of place. May be your shocks are just worn out, just go to any reputable large auto shop and get new shocks. I don't think the mounting of shocks allows any possibility of error. The mountings are a tight fit. I remember messing with camber on my 1976 Camaro, by trying various shims of different thickness. That seemed to help reduce pull to one side.
  15. Just buy a roll of tinting film. Make paper template for each window with each window completely closed. Because that is the only part of glass you really need to tint. Cut the film using templates. Work inside the car with all windows closed. Wind is a killer for this project. If too hot outside work in a cooler garage. Good lighting is necessary to spot every bubble which will be formed during the process. Peel off the protective transparent film from the cut film. Fill a small spray bottle with water + a few drops of liquid soap or shampoo. Shake it vigorously. Wet the sticky part of film thoroughly. Spray water mix on the window glass. Now apply the cut film to glass. It can be moved easily while wet. When properly positioned, the final step is to remove all the bubbles. This takes some time and patience. I used a flat plastic squeegee (not rubber tipped, just plain plastic, rubber will grab the film and move it) and then finished with a soft cloth to absorb all excess water expelled by the squeegee. Very important....DO NOT ROLL WINDOWS DOWN for 48 HOURS, or until film is totally dry.