Fire Spark

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  1. Those cars also use direct injection engines instead of multi port. Allows for higher compression pistons, more advanced timing, and leaner fuel/air ratios without detonating. Modern turbos also offer a lot of torque at low RPM's. No need to "rev 'em up" and waste gas to get in the powerband like a naturally aspirated engine. If the Spark had a traditional automatic it would still be tuned by the factory to upshift into the next gear as soon as possible for maximum MPG's. Doubt if they would even offer a "sport'" mode or paddle shifters on such a budget vehicle. This is why I went with the 5sp. manual. I like to decide when the tranny shifts and when the power engages and disengages from the front wheels.
  2. CVT is cheaper to manufacture and gets better MPG.
  3. I like the way they fill out the wheel wells. They are a little wide but some factory splash guards or ground effects would have helped with the looks and to prevent stone chips and road slop. Did you take it for a test drive before taking them off? Was wondering if it was quieter and smoother riding with those fat tires? One of the few gripes with my Spark is the deafening tire noise and jarring ride on certain roads but then I remind myself it is after all an economy car and not a Benz.
  4. Those will look nice. I like to use old brake fluid to strip paint. Free and very effective.
  5. 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.
  6. It should last plenty long because it has pressed in iron sleeve cylinders and a steel cam chain instead of a belt. I think GM learned a harsh lesson after that POS disposable Vega engine with its aluminum bores that would prematurely wear out and burn more oil than gas and a rubber band cam belt that would snap at 40K and destroy all your valves.
  7. That's still well under redline. Shouldn't hurt anything other than your MPG's (if you make it a habit).
  8. That looks phenomenal. May not have the power of a "Hot Hatch" but it sure has the looks of one.
  9. Welcome. They are a nice car for the money.
  10. This is why I'm glad my 2017 has an all aluminum engine. Iron blocks with aluminum heads are rough on head gaskets because of the different expansion and contraction rates between the two metals as they heat up and cool down.
  11. Snow tires make a big difference but he's probably dragging bottom. Even AWD vehicles get hung up when they run out of ground clearance. Like a turtle stuck on a rock.
  12. Nice. Man trans is fun.
  13. Until this thread I had no idea that Sparks were available in pink.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Where is it rusting?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.