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About ianjay

  • Birthday 05/07/1955

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  1. Your problems reminded me of the late John Pinette, who had the wonderful explanation of why "up's" were bad. Something along the lines of "Up's defy gravity, gravity is a law, I obey the law" I'm glad it was the switch. I've taken many old Volvo window switches apart and sometimes renewed their operation. The motors and mechanisms are a whole different level of repair (ripped skin from invisible, deadly steel edges and damn pop rivets)
  2. Markham is not a corporate store, but I guess it "must" adhere to the same standards. Calipers that are seized are a normal maintenance items and in our salty climate you should expect to get them freed up on a regular basis. Some cars are more prone than others. GM intermediate cars in the 90's used to drop their rear pads on the floor of your garage due to rust seizing them open (rear brakes have less work to do generally). It was Mercedes-Benz's complete indifference that made me sell our smart. We replaced it with a FIAT 500 and have had 65K quite trouble free miles. Sure there are horror stories with FIAT cars, but ours has been a very good car with little need for anything but fluid changes and tire rotations. Same with out Volt. Same Kms, just fluid changes and tire rotations. I'm never going back to Mercedes. But you know what? They don't care.
  3. Update on a real world FIAT 500 Lounge. We are now at 64K km. No serious issues. AC is perfect, original tires, brakes and shocks, stereo works, nothing has fallen off, Krown rustproofing yearly, no sign of rust. Interior leather holding just fine. For those interested, the manual transmission cars seem to have premature clutch failures. It fails completely, with almost no warning and is a pull whole drivetrain out i$$ue. FIAT seems to be opposed to goodwill repairs on this problem, so do be warned. Some have had paint issues which are not easy to resolve (see previous comment about goodwill clutch repairs). We have the automated manual system and it works just fine. Would I buy another? Probably. One final observation: fuel economy is much worse than the ratings. I don't understand how larger Chrysler models using this engine are advertised with the numbers I see. Pure fiction.
  4. No. I'm not making an error about the staged battery replacement. Good old Elon himself was on the stage. They actually did make the battery change and drove the car off. But it had not been connected properly and did not truthfully represent what they were purporting to exhibit. Real dog and pony show. Your shrewd, stinging reference to the hyped up semi-electric cavalier that I drive really cut me to the quick, as the wizard would have said. You got me. A fine example of real knuckle dragging ignorance.
  5. Teslas are amazing. Should be pretty damn good given the expense. Don't get me wrong, I like weird cars - I've owned Corvairs and a smart car for heaven's sake. But hype and misdirection are the standard Elon Musk operating principals - remember the staged rapid battery change demonstration? They say a little, imply a lot, and promise to deliver, but at some time in the future. I drive long distances several times a year on the existing system of highways and refueling options. It will be years before Tesla can replace what already exists. And even then, the overwhelming choice of the north american consumer will not be from this company. A large, four door 4x4 pickup is what people are buying again this year. Again, I think it will be the large, emerging markets which will determine whether BEV's will conquer all.
  6. I think China will be deciding whether other automakers embrace BEV's. The North American market and Europe are stagnant. As for keeping up with the Supercharger network, I don't think the automakers have too much to worry about. It is only theoretically possible to drive across the US using superchargers exclusively. You have to follow their routes, you're not supposed to supercharge repeatedly, the solar panels on the supercharger stations do not even begin to provide a useful amount of power. Tesla has really only mastered hype and misdirection - something they accuse (quite rightly for the most part) conventional dealership models of doing. Very interesting cars, good pr, but not really in the hunt with the current offerings.
  7. I agree about the Volt. Yes, the electric range goes way down when the temperature falls, but you still get to drive the car! I'm in Florida right now. I didn't see any Tesla's on the way down which probably just points to wealthy people flying instead of driving. The question people ask me in Florida is very close to the one I got with the diesel smart, "did you drive that car all the way here?"
  8. Even if I had a million bucks, I wouldn't go back to Mercedes Benz service (or buy any model which forced me to use them). We've put 60K on our FIAT 500 with only one warranty repair and regular servicing (which is very affordable). Even the Volt has only had a couple of issues (wonky tire pressure sensor and defective charging cord) in over 40K of driving. If I were you, I wouldn't give them the benefit of further patronage.
  9. The different types of BEV's, EREV's is bewildering to most people. I find that the extended range electric vehicle that I have works quite well. I can try to squeeze as many ev miles as possible, or just drive it to Florida and back. The reduction in ev range due to cold weather is bothersome, but doesn't really affect what the car can do. The only real complaint I have is that the outside rearview mirrors are not heated until you select the defrost mode, so in light snow conditions they can become quite occluded. Rather just have them on all the time like most cars.
  10. Never use an impact tool to tighten your wheel bolts. I don't care if it has a torque readout - when was it last recalibrated? Never, I'll wager. You use the torque wrench just to set the proper torque, resetting the wrench to zero after your job is finished. Depending on how round the bolt has become, it might be possible to hammer a 14mm deep socket onto it. Let's face it though, you probably won't be using that 14mm socket again. Good luck, be patient, and don't let a tiny car's wheel bolt to get the better of you.
  11. Really looks a little like a bizarro world batmobile. I generally like white cars (three out of five of our present livery are white). Put a lower maintenance interior in a whack of these and replace the entire fleet of Cars to Go. Now that would be something special.
  12. Pretty sure Mike didn't install the strut. He has a real Brabus, not a bunch of parts.
  13. I'm not too disappointed with our Volt in gas only mode. Now with warmer weather, we use only tenths of a litre per week, if any. And, with the final drive being electric anyway, you hardly notice the gas engine - so it is smooth and turbine-like all the way. We now have about 35,000 kms on the car - our lifetime gas consumption is 4.3 l/100 kms, according to the car. Everything we liked about our hybrid extends to the whole time we are driving.
  14. When you say "bricked", are you referring to what happens to the first generation Tesla roadster when the battery is allowed to be fully discharged? When this happens, these cars are truly "bricked" - the drive wheels don't even rotate - you can't just push it around and the entire battery pack is ruined. These owners are on the hook for the cost of a new battery - it is not a warranty repair.Does just having no battery power mean that the smart EV will not roll?
  15. If you get into an accident, your insurance may be invalidated if you have incorrect wheels on your car. Sounds petty, but insurance companies are notorious for finding excuses not to pay claims.