randa1724
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New Chevy Spark EV owner

Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:55 pm

Just got a 2016 Chevy Spark ev this weekend. Found it in Oregon. Thanks to True Car. 13,000 miles and only $8800. Now it has a new home in Wisconsin.

Engineear
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:16 pm

Great price! Enjoy.

Chris101
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:25 pm

nice find. Does it also have DCFC? ..just curious.

randa1724
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:06 pm

Yes it has fast charger.
I drive 4 miles to work. Drove back and forth to work and didn't use any miles. Was averaging 7.1 miles/kw . Weather changed today and used heat, that all changed quickly. Didn't think that the heat would drop the range that quick.
One more question, what is the best tire for the front?

Chris101
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:06 pm

Get some snow tires if you plan to drive it in winter! The stock tires are absolutely horrid in snow/winter conditions (yes I speak from experience)

That being said, I just replaced the fronts with the same exact Bridgestone Ecopia tires so range wouldn't suffer

...be ready to get as bad as 46 mile range when it gets below 0 as well

randa1724
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:24 pm

Just charged it up tonight and it still at 87. Thank goodness.
Not really happy with the "150's". Drove it the other day in rain/wind and it seemed a little squirrelly.

Chris101
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:18 am

We changed to different tires on our former 2nd Spark (much better grip) but lost 11 miles per charge in the process as fair warning.

NORTON
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:03 am

Just keep in mind there is a break in period for tires.

And also, if you put new tires on and also the weather happens to drop 20-30° during the first few weeks of driving on the new tires,
you will definitely see less range displayed.
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC. +71 K miles.
Mostly free charging! Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.
3 step Trouble Tree, 2nd guess not covered by warranty and cost $800. 3rd guess fixed the problem.

randa1724
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:15 pm

I have been hitting all the tire places in a twenty mile radius. Everybody is around $300 for the front two installed. I found some General Altimax RT43 at Wal-Mart for $88.99 for each tire. They get $26/tire for mount, balance, and road hazard warranty. Looks like they get pretty good reviews. I need something for snow and ice without being a snow tire.
I'm starting a log book to keep track of charging/mileage and overall expenses. Sure glad I got the level 2 charger. It is worth it's weight in gold.
Still love the car. Randy

NORTON
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Re: New Chevy Spark EV owner

Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:52 am

randa1724 wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:15 pm
....t for $88.99 for each tire. They get $26/tire for mount, balance, and road hazard warranty. ..
You haven't been looking everywhere.....

I hate to admit it,, but,, what about $52 tires, free shipping, no tax, then you take them to any good ol'boy tire shop and have them mounted and balanced?
I bought no name amazon tires and they are doing fine! ;)

Any new all-season tire will be as good as it can be in snow and ice.
I would love to have a set of dedicated Winter Tires, but for some unknown reason, winters are getting shorter and gentler.
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC. +71 K miles.
Mostly free charging! Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.
3 step Trouble Tree, 2nd guess not covered by warranty and cost $800. 3rd guess fixed the problem.

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