Bobby MSME

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  1. The trial lawyers are celebrating this news! Now after an accident, they can sue General Motors instead of some hapless individual with few assets. Since GM has never produced a car guaranteed to NOT fail in 100,000 miles of driving, it should be easy extrapolate that their driverless cars will fail at some time before reaching 100,000 miles, and cause an accident.
  2. Distinct color! Should make it easy to find in parking lots..
  3. When she was a puppy: "http://i68.tinypic.com/2cor9rd.jpg" At age 12! "http://i64.tinypic.com/5cn0no.jpg"
  4. A front engine, front wheel drive car will have better traction than any a front engine rear wheel drive car! But once I owned a 1964 Corvair, with rear engine and rear wheel drive, and it had the best traction of any mass production car made. I was the only employee among 800 at our plant, who made it home without getting stuck during the record breaking 1967 snow storm in Chicago.
  5. That 1/2 inch board under battery simply makes it higher. Was that necessary for the battery cables to fit? thanks for a great alternate battery suggestion.
  6. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all those who post and lurk here! Drive safe (you are driving a small car ) and stay Healthy! Thank you Chevysparkforum for hosting this forum!!
  7. Trade in your 2014 for a 2017 model. I am driving a 2017 Spark with CVT, and there is no slip in transmission, unlike all my previous geared automatics which had a distinct lurch with each gear change, and a distinct lag in response to pedal compression due to the fluid coupling. The CVT is metal chain on metal pulley transmission, and when it's computer is properly programmed, it is almost instant and positive response to gas pedal operation. After 10 months of driving the CVT Spark, I like it better every passing day.
  8. Good choice of color! Is it baby blue or Splash blue? What is the model year? I am driving a 2017 Spark LS with CVT and love driving it around town.
  9. If it was my Spark, I would buy a non-slip rug slightly bigger than the area to be covered and cut it to exact size.
  10. I think the range is based on your recent driving history. If you have been driving mostly highway before fillup, it will show higher range, than if you did stop and go driving before fillup. The computer assumes you will continue driving in the same mode and projects the mileage range available from gas tank.
  11. The PCV valve and coolant overflow have been ubiquitous problem on older models. Hopefully my 2017 LS has fixed those defects. Yesterday I got my 1st free oil change at the dealer when the remaining oil life meter showed 22%. The dealer did a fine job, washed the car, filled air in all tires and topped off all fluids. I love driving this small car and especially the smooth CVT tranny.
  12. OK, so if you had a inside trunk release button, usually you have to get out of the car anyways, walk to the back of car, and get your stuff out of the trunk. So now in your Spark 2017 LS you will get out of the car, walk to the back of car and turn the (same) ignition key in the trunk lock. You hear a clicking sound of lock opening, and you lift the trunk hood using the hidden handle of the trunk. I see no big difference. Actually this is a safer arrangement! Because a thief breaks your glass window and then has full access to the trunk. In your Spark, she can not open the trunk lid without the key.
  13. I miss the built in coolant temperature display available in my previous car, a Pontiac G5. The engine coolant temperature tells you a lot if engine is running normally. It tell you if the cooling system is performing normal, if you need new coolant or flush. It is like your body temperature. If it is above normal, you have a fever and something is wrong. If it is much below normal, you are suffering hypothermia. Now that I have a OBDII scanner and the Torq software on my smart phone, I can monitor temperature in the Spark. I am new owner, so do not yet know what the normal cruising coolant temp should be. My reading is usually 92 C. I do not know if that is high or low or normal, because the car is new. My previous car, Pontiac G5 had built in access to temperature on the display screen. I knew immediately if coolant level was low or when is stuck in bad traffic, I should turn the heater on to cool the engine down a little. Over 9+ years of driving the G5 I knew exactly what the temp should be based on up slope or cruising. The temp was always close to 189 F = 87.2 C when cruising. Stuck in traffic it jacked up as high as 220 F.
  14. 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.
  15. Not to mention the money saved on gasoline driving 55k miles!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. $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.
  19. Very nice flashy red color!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.