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by TXCharlie
Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Private For Sale, Want To Buy
Topic: Cabin Air Filters
Replies: 108
Views: 41441

Re: Cabin Air Filters

Another way I used to do with other cars I've had was to find a regular domestic ENGINE intake filter the same thickness and a bit larger than the cabin filter to be replaced, and trim it down if possible - or else if the shape is too different, just cut the filter elements out of both new & old...
by TXCharlie
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: Barebones new Leaf undercuts i-MiEV pricing
Replies: 34
Views: 9448

Re: Barebones new Leaf undercuts i-MiEV pricing

Yeah it's about 220v @ 30a. I would HOPE their charger will have switchable charge rates and two swappable cables, one for 110V at about 10a and the other for an electric clothes drier outlet, which is usually 220v 30a but not necessarily. But the charger they include with the car is probably like t...
by TXCharlie
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: iMiev not selling well?
Replies: 130
Views: 33992

Re: iMiev not selling well?

Here in Dallas some dealers were advertising Volts on 36-month leases for $0 down @ $299/month. I don't know if a lease counts as a sale or not, but it sounds like they're leasing them at a loss to get their numbers up. I doubt that's sustainable unless they get another taxpayer bailout! I tried to ...
by TXCharlie
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: Barebones new Leaf undercuts i-MiEV pricing
Replies: 34
Views: 9448

Re: Barebones new Leaf undercuts i-MiEV pricing

I almost waited for the Ford Focus EV to come out, because it recharges in 4 hours, since it has a 6.6 KW charger (Focus is supposed to eventually be available in 3 or 4 flavors I think: Gas, EV, Hybrid, and/or Plug-in Hybrid). However, the price was forecast to be about $10k over the MiEV's current...
by TXCharlie
Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: iMiev Pictures and Videos
Topic: Free pictures of driving (drifting) in snow!
Replies: 14
Views: 7481

Re: Free pictures of driving (drifting) in snow!

Cool - Some of those are certainly magazine ad-quality. Maybe Mitsubishi would buy them if they ever start advertising!
by TXCharlie
Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: What if the battery runs COMPLETELY flat?
Replies: 12
Views: 3918

Re: What if the battery runs COMPLETELY flat?

Li-Ion batteries are damaged by running too low, but I'm sure the electronics in the MiEV won't let it get that low. Some Li-Ion cells have a circuit built into them which prevents both over-charging and over-discharging. Usually they're called "Protected" batteries. For example, the 18650...
by TXCharlie
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Reduce Charging Costs
Replies: 11
Views: 4848

Re: Reduce Charging Costs

Selling the power generated by your array to the grid at daytime rates and then recharging from the grid at night makes far more sense . . . . plus it would pay for your system much faster Don I was about to say that... If you install the solar panels yourself on your house or property, the cost is...
by TXCharlie
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Instruments - Radio/USB/Nav - CAN - Climate Controls - Remote
Topic: Fuel Gauge Question
Replies: 24
Views: 8745

Re: Fuel Gauge Question

I always leave my odometer set to "Miles Remaining" and just kinda ignore the bar display. So far, the miles remaining calculation hasn't let me down (even though it does drop faster than actual miles driven at times, such as when going 80mph on the freeway). I got it down to literally one...
by TXCharlie
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Instruments - Radio/USB/Nav - CAN - Climate Controls - Remote
Topic: Brake alarm
Replies: 6
Views: 2797

Re: Brake alarm

Whenever any type of critical warning like brakes or temperature come on in any of my cars, I shut them down and call the dealer to come pick them up! Better safe than sorry.

So far my iMiEV hasn't had any problems at all, though (except for pilot error).
by TXCharlie
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: Unusual sound from underside of car
Replies: 13
Views: 6835

Re: Unusual sound from underside of car

I've wondered what that one-time clunk was too - I thought it must be a relay or something. Thanks for clearing that up about the ABS brake test! I thought that vacuum pump noise was the fake engine sound, since I usually only hear it at slow speed, but the indicator usually isn't on when I hear it....

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