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    2013 Spark LS Jalapeno 5spd

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  1. Picked up from the dealer with 200 miles on it, sold to Carvana with 66500 miles on it 4.5 years later. And with that, I bid thee adieu. *quiet weeping*
  2. I did end up having the manual transmission rebuilt under warranty, due to bearing failure. No one said a word about the trailer hitch.
  3. Located in San Diego, California. 2013 Spark LS 66k miles 5spd Lowered on 17" wheels and 205/40R17 rubber. You can search my posts for a history on the car. I've posted everything that I've done or has happened. Transmission was rebuilt less than 5k miles ago under warranty. Oil pan was resealed less than 1k miles ago under warranty. A/C works for 3 days with a recharge. Asking $5k if you want to negotiate, $4k if you just want to know the price I will sell it for! email for fastest response
  4. Finally identified the whiff of hot oil I get sometimes when parking the car. Using UV dye in the engine oil, I was able to find a small leak between the engine block and timing cover. the highest point of leak is between the bolt head and timing cover, and secondary leaks between the timing cover and block. Has anyone had to have Chevrolet replace their timing cover gasket under warranty? .
  5. Car is over 60k miles now, and still gets beat like a rented mule. I did finally have a "major" failure though. Bearings in the transmission had to be replaced. The final diagnosis is that the manual trans was not designed for high-rpm down shifting with heavy engine braking. Covered under warranty. For anyone who thinks the trailer hitch doesn't cause abuse, hook up 800 pounds to the back of your car and try driving some of the mountain passes in Colorado or California. 3rd gear, full throttle at 5000rpm to maintain speed. Turn the A/C off because you will need that extra 3hp. Dallas TX to Denver CO, and Dallas to San Diego with an 800 pound trailer. Neither was a pleasant drive. My car should be retired into a museum of automotive abuse!
  6. I recently rolled over 60k miles and had to replaced my coolant tank. The rear most nipple at the top of the tank had cracked and would whistle with coolant/steam when the car was hot. It seems this tank is going to be a common problem, as there are a number of reported issues with the plastic getting brittle already, and the dealer had quite a few in stock when I was there. For a part that was only used on 13-15 Chevy Sparks, I wouldn't expected the dealership to have a dozen on the shelf unless they're going through them pretty quickly.
  7. It would pull the weight, but that surface area would be killer. The air resistance trying to go down the highway would kill your mileage, probably have to drive in 4th gear. The side surface area would make being passed by a truck into a religious experience.
  8. I think Ich bought the battery I was trying to buy last week in SoCal. I ended up going to the Chevy dealer, battery was $147. No strange behavior in my car, started at the grocery store, didn't start at the gas station next door.
  9. Since no one has answered, they were Goodyear Integrity.
  10. I've had about 800 pounds behind mine. Drive slow (like you have a choice). Brake early.
  11. My car has 52k on it. I've done the suggested oil changes and put an air filter in it a few weeks ago. I had a wheel bearing issue that was a factory QC issue out of the gate, and the whole A/C debacle everyone went through. I would have no qualms about buying a 50k mile spark for my wife. My car also has a pretty brutal life as far as Sparks go. 17" wheels and tires since 14k, lowered since 30k or so, also has a hitch and tows on a semi-regular basis. 85mph commute to work + stop and go at either end. #1 issue is the loose nut behind the wheel!
  12. I replaced the (now used) donut spare with a 175/65R14 tire mounted on the spare rim. Far from ideal, but if it saves me just once ever again, well worth it. New spare tires are 150-250+ depending on the size. My replacement tire is a sketchy chinese knockoff of a chinese tire, but was only $30. It fit in the spare well (early 2013 build), but now my jack has to live in the trunk space.
  13. 3 years later, totally worth it to do this work. Friday night, 11pm in the rain. I hit a pothole that bent a wheel and cut a tire. Spare had me on the road in 15 minutes, vs the convenience kit that would have had me waiting for hours for a tow. This little project paid for itself ten fold!
  14. I added another 'bad idea' achievement to my record. 16' lumber with my spark+ tiny trailer!
  15. I lost access to Fuel, Tire pressure and Oil Status when my trial of full featured OnStar Expired. The only thing I can access now is the fob functions in the app, nothing else.