Fire Spark

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    2017 Spark LS 5 speed.
  1. Yes. GM's Dexos oil is a blend. My first two oil changes are free. Had my first change at 1200mi. Will have my second change at 6000mi. After that I will either continue with a synthetic blend or splurge for full synthetic.
  2. Your poor Spark. That sucks Dude but the fact you still have the ability to make this thread tells me that the crumple zones and airbag did their job of absorbing the impact.
  3. That's a lot of driving. I have a 2017 w stick. I too am impressed at how well this thing moves through snow. Remove the front air damn and put on a larger set of tires for more ground clearance and I truly believe you could give many AWD vehicles a run for their money.
  4. I believe the 1.4 block/heads are the same but the pistons and crank in the turbo are forged vs. cast in the NA engine. The higher compression cast pistons in the Spark would have a short lifespan if force fed. Without swapping out the cast parts for forged it would run but for how long under full boost until meltdown/breakage is anyone's guess. Would probably be much simpler finding a totaled cruze for cheap and doing a whole engine/computer swap into the Spark.
  5. This method usually works fine as long as you are just covering the grill. Still allows plenty of heat transfer. I know folks who used to cover the entire radiator itself and ran into overheating problems. A temp gauge would be nice.
  6. I got the notice also. No kiddies here so no worries. If I ever decide to sell it I will get the airbag fixed for the next owner and they can deal with any electrical gremlins and squeaks and rattles that follow the invasive surgery. I agree with the quality feel of this car's interior compared to other economy cars. I don't want the dash torn up and put back together haphazardly.
  7. 7500 MILES!!!!! I had my first oil change at 1200 miles and I felt nervous about THAT because I remember when 500 miles used to be the standard. Oil still looked clean on the dipstick but for peace of mind I couldn't wait to get the factory fill out of there. The Chevy garage changed it for free so I didn't get to examine it but in the past I have seen many a pan of break-in oil shimmer and swirl in the sunlight from the slurry of fine metal particles suspended in the oil. Not something I want circulating and polishing my engine parts for 7500 miles and causing premature wear.
  8. Congrats. For the money the Spark is a solid little car and handles great. Mine seemed sluggish when new but after break in it gained some power.
  9. I knows guys back in the day who would always buy GMC trucks instead of the almost identical Chevy trucks just because they would be serviced by the the more professional Buick/Cadillac/Pontiac dealerships. Chevy garages have improved quite a bit over the years so I doubt if the difference is so great now.
  10. Where is it rusting?
  11. I see the 2018's will again be unchanged other than a color option called "sorbet". So that is good for parts availability in the future and also means there were few flaws (so far) in the 2016 redesign other than the airbag recall which is a minor issue IMHO. Sadly these cars have had dismal sales in the states so I wonder just how much longer they will be imported.. After I bought mine my dealer told me that they weren't even ordering any more for the lot because they just sit there and collect dust until they are sold at a loss.
  12. True. The torque converter takes a lot of the "abuse" off of the transmission when you put the hammer down or don't come to a complete stop when going from F to R or vice versa whereas on a manual the full load is on the clutch. The clutch packs in an automatic are more for just the shifting between gears. Performance shift kits that give a "firm" shift between gears allow the clutch packs and bands to last a long time because there is very little slippage. Luxury cars that give super smooth shifts that you barely notice are more prone to wear out clutch plates and bands faster. I've never had any issue with my automatics either. A friend of mine runs a rebuild service and can tell you exactly which makes, models, and years will give premature trouble because they weren't engineered right or strong enough from the factory.
  13. Sounds like his clutch is toast. Bobby, all automatics including CVT's have clutch plates and/or friction bands that can and do wear out eventually and are much more expensive and labor intensive to replace than a manual clutch would be. You might be thinking of the torque converter that is between the engine and transmission which kind of does the job of a manual clutch when idling, coasting, and accelerating smoothly from a dead stop. Those rarely give problems because like you said they are just a fluid coupler without any wear points besides the bearings. The clutch in a lock up torque converter can wear out however.
  14. I notice some light rust on my front suspension, front brake components, and exhaust hangers after only 1 winter. True, nobody looks under there but eventually it will make bolts hard to loosen in the future if you don't give it some attention now. Will probably hit the problem areas with a coating of Fluid Film every fall. Wheel wells look to be nicely protected by plastic shrouding so that is good for preventing body rust from starting. Yes, Ohio also likes to salt roads in the winter but like you said on some days that is the only way to get to your job or run errands when everything is covered in thick ice.
  15. Congrats. These cars grow on you. I bought mine as a cheap point A to B car also but have discovered it is actually quite zippy and quick handling if you're not afraid to rev it up through the gears a bit. The new Fit looks like a mini-minivan to me and the interior is noisier and more plasticky than the Spark. I do like the magic seats though, wish the Spark seats folded completely down flat like that but then again with a tiny car you have to make some sacrifices. The HRV is nicely styled but is powered by the last generation Civic engine to cut cost so power is lackluster. It is in desperate need of a larger engine or turbo to move a heavier and less aerodynamic vehicle than the Civic.