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by mRahmani
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
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Re: Unconventional Potential Owner

This seems like a silly hill to die on, but come on, oil changes aren't that bad. No, I've never bothered with nitrile gloves, though I do have a half dozen pairs of Mechanix ones and several rolls of shop towels lying around the garage. My oil pan holds 5 gallons, so I only deal with it every 3-4 o...
by mRahmani
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
Views: 20292

Re: Unconventional Potential Owner

I'm not trying to convince anybody here that the Spark isn't a worthwhile car! I think it's pretty great, or I wouldn' t be here learning about it. It's just a little outside the realm of where I can justify it at the moment, and I thought it might be interesting to document why. Maintenance items a...
by mRahmani
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
Views: 20292

Re: Unconventional Potential Owner

Oh there's plenty of nickel and dime stuff I left out for expediency. But taking the oil change as an example, one every 5,000 miles is $50, for $150/year. Over the projected 5 year period, that still only bumps the difference up $750.
by mRahmani
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
Views: 20292

Re: Unconventional Potential Owner

Realizing this post is several months old now. I'm wondering if the OP ever bought a Spark EV I have one in Chicago since the end of November 2017 and let me just say that those -11 degree days meant 56 mile range because no way I'm driving without the heater going when its that damn cold whereas I...
by mRahmani
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
Views: 20292

Re: Unconventional Potential Owner

All very true, and I've thought about that. Battery degradation, combined with highway driving, combined with subzero temperatures is the biggest concern. I think I can mitigate that by pre-warming the car at home and work, since it will be sitting on a charger in both places. Outright failure I'm l...
by mRahmani
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
Views: 20292

Re: Unconventional Potential Owner

Hey, thanks everybody who chipped in! I definitely want to at least test drive one. The closest car I could find was in Cleveland, about 250 miles away... might be worth a day trip. With the Bolt and Model 3 hitting the market, I have a feeling the values on these cars will drop even more as short r...
by mRahmani
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
Views: 20292

Re: Unconventional Potential Owner

.... I have a 35 mile commute, about 80% of which is highway use. We do have charging stations at work, >...I would cut my annual costs by about $1100 a year, >... I'd also have to figure in a $1000 or so charge to get the thing shipped out here. >... I'm asking for honest thoughts - would hate thi...
by mRahmani
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
Views: 20292

Re: Unconventional Potential Owner

Thanks for the quick responses guys. Size and range are non-issues as far as I'm concerned - this is single occupant, work week transportation. The handful of stops I would ordinarily make outside of work are well within the 80 mile charge range. This would be the third vehicle in our fleet too, so ...
by mRahmani
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Unconventional Potential Owner
Replies: 31
Views: 20292

Unconventional Potential Owner

Hey everybody, I might be coming at this car from a different angle than most people, and I'm curious to know how well you think it might fit. Right now I daily drive a manual Chevy SS sedan 8 months out of the year, and have a 200k mile Saturn as a winter beater. Before the SS, I daily drove a Z06....

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