Bobby MSME

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    2017 Spark LS

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  1. My WAG is there was something defective from the beginning. The expense of repair at this point may not be worth it unless you need to drive frequently on icy roads. With a stick shift you have inherently better control over the car than a slush box anyways. My suggestion would be to spend the money on good winter tires instead during snow season.
  2. I love my 2017 Spark LS with CVT for trips less than 100 miles round trip. I agree with Stevil that seats are not comfortable for old geezers like me for longer trips. Our other car is a 2011 HHR (chevy) and last year we did a 7000 mile trip in it and my butt came out of it without any pain. No problems at all so far with both cars, except both front doors of my Spark squeak a little when opened. That rear vision camera on Spark is a neck saver and adds to safer driving.
  3. Do not believe any unbelievable stories! If it is too good to be true, it is most like not true!! Car manufacturers are under big pressure by law, to maintain average gas mileage below a certain number. Do you really think GM would not put a cover on the lower air intake if that makes 50% jump in gas mileage? The story teller was most likely seeking attention, which his wife does not give him.
  4. Above post is the best because it is reality based. Everyone has different driving habits, use different grade and brand of fuels, weather conditions are different, and traffic is different. After 54 years of driving new cars, what I know for sure is that my biggest car expense after purchase is not gas mileage, but it is how many repair bills are incurred.
  5. Dunno about these objects in your pic, they don't look like keys even though they are on a "key" ring. But I like the looks of your line of fortune on your palm. I predict you will be driving a Mercedes or a Cadillac in future.
  6. Usually the belt driving the alternator and A/C. If you are still chugging around with the original serpentine belt, then that is more likely as belts get noisy with age & use.
  7. My relatives in AZ tell me they replace batteries every 3 years.
  8. Only one method possible to make any Spark instantly more zippy/responsive. But do NOT try it, it will destroy the engine in a short time. I will not reveal the method because a few of you might be tempted to try it
  9. Looks like you are going to need a new key made. If there is no spare key, your only option might be a visit to a gm dealer.
  10. Rudy....Awesome job in writing step by step procedure. If only manufacturer's car manuals were something close to your post, I would have attempted many DIY jobs
  11. Here is What I have used for oil changes since 1964 when I started buying only new cars. Never had engine issues in 54 years traced to oil change. The only time I had engine problem was when I had coolant changed by dealer and they left air pocket in the coolant system. non synthetic - 3000 miles or 12 months Synthetic blend - 6000 miles or 12 months Never used full synthetic!
  12. Why take a chance on a harsh solvent which could harm some sensors or seals somewhere in the engine bay? What I do not like about modern cars over those I owned in the 1960's is there are too many sensors to feed the computer. I would just use a pressurized air hose.
  13. Per owners manual, it all depends on severity of use..such as hilly roads or stop and go describes your 45,000 miles, then change the CVT fluid.
  14. My new car dealer gave me some coupons to buy GM accessories, and it saved me $100 with the coupon. Got 4 custom fitted rubber mats, very useful since I live close to the beach.
  15. Sure, if it is all slightly downhill with a little bit of tail wind