Bobby MSME

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. We are making America Great Again!
  5. Is the fuel pump sending fuel to the injectors when it won't respond to gas pedal? I once drove a 1971 Chevy Nova with V-8, and it had those bronze fuel filters which would clog up easily. So I cut the fuel line to the carburetor and installed a large see through in-line fuel filter. That was very helpful when the car mis-behaved, like when my fuel pump died. Another situation was with my Olds Alero. It had a bad key sensor, and would occasionally cut out fuel after stopping. It was the anti-theft feature doing me in-convenience! The engine would crank but would not start due to no fuel.
  6. My decision to buy a 2017 Spark LS was based simply on cost. The additional cost of buying an electric will pay for my gasoline cost for about 5 years. I never said anything about battery recycling. But I have heard battery replacement is expensive as well. Also keep in mind cost/KW of electricity varies enormously from location to location. Definitely hydro power is the cleanest and cheapest, and because of availability it was cheap in WA state. But if you are in Chicago, LA or NYC, it is brutal expensive. Finally it all boils down to convenience for me. I can refuel 325 miles worth gas in 5 minutes at any of the million gas stations in country. I do not see near as many charging stations, and recharging battery is longer by orders of magnitude. I would be nervous taking my electric car on any long trips. Finally, not many are aware that many more have died falling from wind turbine towers than have died in nuclear power plant accidents or oil refinery accidents. But the environmental extremists do not like nuclear power or burning fossil fuels! Since our Sun is million times bigger than planet earth, global warming and global cooling has much more to do with Sun cycles than the puny earth. How did the last ice age 15,000 years back end melting 3-4 mile thick ice glaciers on top of Chicagoland? It was the global warming caused by the Sun. I don't think the cave man had enough twigs to cause global warming 15,000 years ago.
  7. $400-500 Billion trade deficit with China EVERY YEAR is not sustainable for USA! I understand American made cars face import taxes in China.
  8. Good to know. I never ever had a steel timing chain break. And Aluminum block with steel sleeves is a win-win with reduced engine weight and lasts longer! Aluminum is also FIVE times better at heat conduction than steel, which means less load on cooling system.
  9. ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 85 cu in, 1398 cc POWER: 98 hp @ 6200 rpm TORQUE: 94 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
  10. With $1200 to play with, just bite the bullet, and have a good independent shop bring the car up to original configuration. Best luck with your Spark!
  11. I have reached 4000 rpm at least a dozen times in 14 months of driving my 2017 with CVT, and she is still running like the day I got it.
  12. Sorry, but when buying a used car, it is your responsibility to check it out thoroughly. Many times it pays to bring a good mechanic with you after you have selected a car and have him/her check it out.
  13. That sounds logical. I did not even know my 2017 has all aluminum engine.
  14. Spark is a nice car in the city, where parking is usually scarce. I can parallel park in spaces no one else was able to and left the space open for me And my Spark LS is same color as yours, and I can spot it in a big parking lot from miles away haha very unique color!
  15. You are right about those of us living in places like Florida with practically no cold weather. The car behaves the same all year round. But A/C in the car is a necessity.
  16. Yes indeed the CVT has a 2 speed gear box as far as I know, and it attempts to change gears at about 40mph. My 2017 does the exact same thing. I usually do not notice it since I drive like there is an egg between the gas pedal and my foot
  17. May be all you need is to replace worn brake shoes. I never ever had to replace brake drums on rear wheels, with odometer north of 150k on some of my cars.
  18. The 2017 is my first Spark, so yes, I really like how peppy this little car is with the 1.4 liter 4 banger. I just know if I ever let my wife drive it, she will want to trade in her not so peppy HHR for a Spark. But I am afraid the CVT may not last with her lead foot.
  19. GM 1.4-Liter I4 Ecotec LV7 Engine The LV7 is a naturally-aspirated 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine produced by General Motors for use in small (city-class and subcompact) vehicles. The LV7 is part of an all-new, modular family of engines launching in the 2015-2016 time period. The new family of engines was engineered to deliver strong performance with excellent efficiency and is part of a clean-sheet design and engineering process that leveraged the diverse experience of GM’s global resources. “The new Ecotec architecture represents the most advanced and efficient family of small-car gas engines in GM’s history,” said Tom Sutter, global chief engineer. “Along with performance and efficiency targets, we’ve also aimed for segment-challenging refinement with low noise and vibration – and we’ve hit the bulls-eye.” Details Specifications Vehicle Applications Pictures The new 1.4-liter four-cylinder Ecotec is known by its LV7 production code. Notable technologies and features of the new engine include: Aluminum cylinder block and head, helping to reduce the vehicle’s overall mass to enhance performance and efficiency Integrated exhaust manifold on the cylinder head, which further reduces weight, helping to further contribute to increased vehicle efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance for a more responsive driving experience Reduced friction, including low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft drive and a low-friction oil pump to increase engine efficiency Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) configuration with Variable Valve Timing GM first announced the 1.4L LV7 for the 2016 Chevrolet Spark. http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/gm-engines/lv7/
  20. If I ever moved to a place where snow piles up, I want my 1964 Corvair Monza back! It never needed snow tires. But with any other car get winter/snow tires. Makes huge differece. We had this record breaking blizzard in Chicago in 1967 and I was one of the few who made it home from work. Something about that rear engine+rear wheel drive car...best traction ever on snow. Too bad such cars are not made anymore, Another advantage of that configuration was that the front end was very light and thus did not need power assisted steering. It was air cooled engine, so none of the problems with coolant leaks and coolant hoses. The engine was a flat 4 with opposed pistons. The only weakness in the engine was the V-Belt . It did not last very long. Serpentine flat belts are so much more durable.
  21. Listen to Retired Gearhead, he is usually right on. If car is still under warranty, there is less to worry about. Ignore the noise so long as car is safely operable. When it becomes inoperable, the dealer can't say they can't replicate the problem!! If the car is past warranty, If it was my car, I would take it to a reputable brake shop, if the problem becomes ubiquitous and hard to ignore.
  22. Zero emissions? Was the electricity to charge battery generated by coal, oil or nuclear power, which is 90+% of energy generated in US! The all electric car simply moves the emissions from location A to location B. The only emission free AND SAFE power source is hydro power. Lots of workers have died falling of wind turbine towers building/servicing. Solar power? Does not work so great at night.
  23. So correct you are to look for color and clarity and smell of engine oil. I depend on that more than any computer algorithm. Like you said each car engine is a little bit different. And if one wants to play extra safe, go ahead and change original oil at 1000 miles. I did that on my 1964 Corvair and 1967 Impala. But then increased it to 3000 miles on the 1971 Nova and all subsequent cars. Drove them all for 100,000+ miles with no engine wear issues.
  24. Do not worry about fine metal particles in the oil. Any particle which would cause harm to the engine will be filtered out by the oil filter. Today's manufacturing tolerances are much improved over those in the 1950's & 1960's. That is when this myth about changing first oil at 1000 miles began. I purchased a new Chevy Nova 1971. I did not change first oil until 3000 miles. The car ran fine for 150,000 miles. It was still running great but body was showing some rust and my pockets were burning with too much cash, so I traded it in for a 1977 Chevy Malibu, a truly great car. Today GM installs semi-synthetic oil in new cars. Why throw it away too soon? Of course if your driving is under the "severe" category, such as stop and go in hot weather, or steep hills, or towing heavy loads frequently, I would change the oil at 50% life remaining based on the computer reading. With normal driving conditions, I would change first oil at 25% oil life remaining.
  25. After 3 months of experiencing that quirk with my 2017 CVT, I have learned how to work around it, and have no more issues with CVT behavior. The quirky behavior was occurring only when car was moving between 10-20 mph (such as in parking lots or coasting towards a red light which turned green at intersection) and I stomped on the gas pedal to accelerate quickly. Now in that speed range, I press the gas pedal slowly, and the CVT catches up appropriately. At speeds above 20 mph, stomping on the gas pedal works fine.