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by SparkE
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 115
Views: 63762

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

Still not a warm and fuzzy, as I think someone here mentioned they don't really test capacity? I just let her know that I'll just continue to drive the car for the next year or so and if I truly do dip below 40%, then I would schedule the appointment. Frankly, I would drive it until it either (1) n...
by SparkE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 115
Views: 63762

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

So after chatting with GM on my phone with texts, I set up another appointment with the dealership via a local Customer Experience Representative. The same shop manager told the rep there is no "capacity test" and if there is a problem the car will throw a code. My next call will be to the State At...
by SparkE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 115
Views: 63762

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

PS: you can probably find a used Bolt with less than 35k miles near Portland for around $12k-$14k or so. Even with battery degradation (which is much less than on a Spark, maybe 5-10% after 3-4 years) you will have over 200 miles (summer) and over 150 miles (winter) of range. And it should last you ...
by SparkE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 115
Views: 63762

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

Concerning Dealer fees : they will try to kill you with fees , putting more money in their pocket. look at the sticker to see if there is both a destination charge as well as a delivery charge. If there is, tell the dealer you aren't paying the delivery charge, because it's nonsense. The Destination...
by SparkE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 115
Views: 63762

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

I have a long list of things I do at car dealerships to (1) not get taken, and (2) fvck with them when they fvck with me. The most useful one is knowing what *their* invoice price is (what they pay) *and* all about the current Rebates and Incentives from (*and to*) the dealer. (Sometimes the dealer ...
by SparkE
Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: service battery charging system
Replies: 50
Views: 42908

Re: service battery charging system

As added insurance, I keep a 12-volt Viking Compact Power Pack (Harbor Freight) under the driver's seat in each Spark EV. . DrMorgan : I highly suggest NOT leaving your emergency "jump starter" pack in your car in the summer in the central valley. The heat will not do good things for the life of th...
by SparkE
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Spark EV Forum
Topic: Spark or Bolt ?
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Re: Spark or Bolt ?

@sparkE , I’m on day 3 of a diy battery reconditioning of my Prius from a company called hybrid automotive who sells a kit of a charger, discharger and harness that attaches to hv battery . Same thing the refurbisher people do. Hopefully it works :) Well, the "std", "traditional" Priuses had NiMH b...
by SparkE
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: service battery charging system
Replies: 50
Views: 42908

Re: service battery charging system

Just FYI : I highly recommend getting a smart trickle charger for your 12V accessory battery and charging overnight once a month.

Here's a post that (somewhat) discusses the issue (there are others) :

https://www.mychevysparkev.com/forum/vi ... =20#p26886
by SparkE
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 115
Views: 63762

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

.....I think this weekend I'm going to go check out a new 2020 Leaf S Plus. .... the Leaf can be purchased for about 20k before any trade ins.... Nice price. Do you know if this model Leaf has an active Thermal Management System? Most didn't have TMS for cooling the pack and if you lived in Tucson ...
by SparkE
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Spark EV Forum
Topic: Spark or Bolt ?
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Re: Spark or Bolt ?

Yeah, I've been considering buying a used Bolt, but my gasmobile still works fine, and I generally only use it for trips, and I'm cheap. It also has a PZEV rating (super-low-polluting gasmobile). I figure that when it is time to replace the gasmobile (I only drive it maybe 3k miles a year, so quite ...

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