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by phb10186
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: Mitsubishi website
Replies: 16
Views: 939

Re: Mitsubishi website

They may be required to supply the parts, but they are not required to supply them at what we would call a rational price point. Precisely. And if iMiev parts today aren't exactly cheap, imagine a few years down the line... :? The Lean approach to car parts after-sales supply would imply that manuf...
by phb10186
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: iMiev Pictures and Videos
Topic: Highway cruising
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Highway cruising

As one who now regularly drives the i-MiEV at its upper limit keeping with the flow of traffic on local freeways (a necessity in the HOV lane so as not to become a road boulder), I have a few observations - 1. Not much different than driving any small car and being buffeted by crosswinds or big rig...
by phb10186
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: Mitsubishi website
Replies: 16
Views: 939

Re: Mitsubishi website

In the US, aren't car manufacturers required by law to provide 10 years of replacement parts availability for any model year? If so, then Mitsu should be on the hook to make parts available for iMiEVs until 2026 or so, right? Wait. Were the 2016s ever actually released in the US? They may be requir...
by phb10186
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: iMiev Pictures and Videos
Topic: Highway cruising
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Highway cruising

Maybe it's just me, but I find the handling of the car gets iffy at the high end of its speed range. It feels like I'm being pushed around by the wind of my own making. I find that too, narrow tyres and high sides and a light vehicle make it more susceptible to cross winds, especially on open roads...
by phb10186
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Noisy AC radiator fan
Replies: 0
Views: 69

Noisy AC radiator fan

New issue this. I noticed the last few times I activated the AC, that there was this graunching on start-up, which I initially got anxious about, but then discovered it to be the AC rad fan on start up only. Once it's at normal RPM, its fine. I cant see anything fouling the fan, nor anthing caught t...
by phb10186
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: The Peel P50; 3 wheel micro EV for an adult & shopping bag!
Replies: 7
Views: 2922

Re: The Peel P50; 3 wheel micro EV for an adult & shopping bag!

RE the Peel P50 - there is a reason these never became mainstream and scooters (2 and 3 wheelers) did. The words death trap spring to mind. Not powerful enough as a 50cc, and not capable of adopting a larger engine with those tiny wheels. Tiny wheels like those... never a good idea. The larger the w...
by phb10186
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Comparative Energy Efficiency
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: Comparative Energy Efficiency

When the i-MiEV was introduced in the US in late 2011, it was the most energy-efficient production car ever (at least in North America), bar none (something Consumer Reports failed to mention in their scathing review). [Note: please prove me wrong on this statement, if you can]. Subsequent cars' ef...
by phb10186
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Tesla Model 3
Replies: 59
Views: 5055

Re: Tesla Model 3

Yep. The Bolt rides on Michelin Energy Savers at $152 each, so it wins on tires. I guess this is why Tesla vehicles are consistently among the least efficient EVs available...that and how scarily connected they are. Relatively inefficient, but still very efficient in absolute/ comparative terms to ...
by phb10186
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Wheels - Tires
Topic: What tire would you recommend?
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: What tire would you recommend?

Dropping $600 each year on rubber is getting old. You'd think with a massive influx of gas traffic, there'd be more than enough funding for some half-decent roads :roll: . No chance - from what I've learned about local authorities/ municipal councils/ the borough in charge of road repairs in any co...

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