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by Redpoint5
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: A "funny" thing happened on the way to CarMax
Replies: 7
Views: 1482

Re: A "funny" thing happened on the way to CarMax

What's the point of buying a new vehicle if service is going to play replace the parts to diagnose issue at owners expense? Any monkey can do that. I'd never pay to replace something that wasn't broken. The service manager could give the keys back to me under his own accord, or I can forcibly take t...
by Redpoint5
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Lithium 12v Battery Pack Replacement, $300 or less (LiIon/LiFePO4)
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Re: Lithium 12v Battery Pack Replacement, $300 or less (LiIon/LiFePO4)

I've been using this $130 20 Ah LiFePO4 in a Prius for the past 3 years: https://www.batteryspace.com/lifepo4-prismatic-battery-12-8v-20ah-256wh-10c-rate-24-0---un38-3-passed-dgr.aspx There's usually coupons for 10% off if you search the net, which essentially gets you free shipping. For a few bucks...
by Redpoint5
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Scheduled Preconditioning?
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Re: Scheduled Preconditioning?

Ah, same as the Bolt then.

Would be nice to have a set it and forget it schedule. Thinking of my mom that has a set routine and has to park the car on an uncovered driveway.

I suppose using the fob avoids unnecessarily conditioning the car on those few days where you don't stick to the routine.
by Redpoint5
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Scheduled Preconditioning?
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Scheduled Preconditioning?

Does the Spark allow cabin preconditioning to be scheduled, either at the vehicle, or via phone app? I know the Bolt doesn't have this feature, but it's my understanding that the Leaf does. Anyone know if the i3 can be scheduled?
by Redpoint5
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Is this a common? Looking at buying a used Spark EV
Replies: 5
Views: 6490

Re: Is this a common? Looking at buying a used Spark EV

It appears to be painted under the vinyl, so I'm curious why they covered it in the first place? Can it just be peeled off?
by Redpoint5
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: 2016 Spark - Can't trade lease, need advice
Replies: 11
Views: 2793

Re: 2016 Spark - Can't trade lease, need advice

Buyout is way to high. Bolts are going for around $9-10k on the west coast. Eating the $1,100 isn't that bad in the scheme of things. Then again, there is some chance used EVs appreciate in the future when federal tax credits phase out. If it were me and I had a long period of time to make the move ...
by Redpoint5
Sat May 12, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: What is being offered at end of lease?
Replies: 109
Views: 36483

Re: What is being offered at end of lease?

The End-of-Lease price on my contract is $14381 plus tax and fees (28k miles currently on the ODO). Wow, that is way too high. I'm not well versed on the lease process. Who actually owns the vehicle? Is it the dealership that facilitated the delivery of the vehicle, or does the manufacturer own it?...
by Redpoint5
Thu May 10, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: What is being offered at end of lease?
Replies: 109
Views: 36483

Re: What is being offered at end of lease?

Has anyone actually answered this thread? I see 1 post say they were offered $16k, and another post saying $8k. That's a big difference. I skimmed through the pages and don't see many posts relating to the buyout price at end of lease. I'm curious as this will set my expectation when negotiating a p...
by Redpoint5
Thu May 03, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Get Spark to go 100 miles?
Replies: 13
Views: 3302

Re: Get Spark to go 100 miles?

At 55 I see 10-11kw consumption on the display on level ground with no headwind, though my Spark is a 2014 with the taller gearing. That's 1 data point! You said the battery holds 17.5 kWh. 17.5 kWh / 10 kw = 1.75 hours of driving @ 55 MPH 1.75 hours of driving @ 55 MPH = 96.25 miles You're almost ...
by Redpoint5
Wed May 02, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Get Spark to go 100 miles?
Replies: 13
Views: 3302

Re: Get Spark to go 100 miles?

As far as tire pressure is concerned, efficiency improves with diminishing returns as it is increased. In other words, going from 30 PSI to 40 will improve efficiency much more than going from 40 PSI to 50. That said, there is no risk of bursting the tire due to over-inflation. It takes several hund...

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