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by Don
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: 12 Volt battery is failing, I'm looking for replacement
Replies: 37
Views: 5045

Re: 12 Volt battery is failing, I'm looking for replacement

Any AGM advertised as being a replacement for a '90 to '97 Miata (they all came from the factory with an AGM mounted in the trunk) is a good replacement for our cars and you can usually find one for about $100, many times with free shipping. The AGM is a little shorter than our battery, but if you c...
by Don
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Has anyone car dolly towed i-MiEV?
Replies: 27
Views: 3315

Re: Has anyone car dolly towed i-MiEV?

You would have to tow it with the rear wheels on the dolly, which presents some problems. The steering wheel won't lock in the center position, so you'd have to leave the key in it and tie the wheel straight somehow. With the rear end up on the dolly, extra weight is put on the tiny front tires and ...
by Don
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Private For Sale, Want To Buy
Topic: Black 2012 Miev for sale located in Normal IL
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Black 2012 Miev for sale located in Normal IL

Great price for a fully loaded, low mileage car in excellent condition! I'm sure someone will snap this one up quickly

Don
by Don
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Are the 2012 models getting too risky?
Replies: 35
Views: 1283

Re: Are the 2012 models getting too risky?

Not heated and not tilt/telescoping either, though I do read all kinds of 'For Sale' ads where they claim it is :lol:

Don
by Don
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Comparative Energy Efficiency
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: Comparative Energy Efficiency

If anything the Ioniq makes me hopeful that we might see more affordable EV's with real usable range and capability going forward. IMO, 65 miles * is * a 'real usable range' as it does at least 90 or 95% of what we need a vehicle to do - I suspect we'll still own an ICE for the forseeable future fo...
by Don
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Hi from new owner of an old car
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Hi from new owner of an old car

The basic argument is that if the battery fails to live up to its published specifications by some degree, then you have abnormal degradation. For warranty purposes, what 'degree' would be considered 'abnormal'? Hard to press for any replacement unless there's a definitive 'line' and you have proof...
by Don
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: 2012 Won't Start - 12V Battery Dead- NEW SYMPTOMS THAT I WASN'T AWARE OF
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: 2012 Won't Start - 12V Battery Dead- NEW SYMPTOMS THAT I WASN'T AWARE OF

Why'd ya dis the stock battery, siai47? I kinda liked that it is old-school and can be watered, which allows longer life than a sealed lead acid . . . . It only seems like it's lasting (and doesn't need watering) because the car doesn't require a bunch of amps to run a starter motor. If it did, we ...
by Don
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Wheels - Tires
Topic: What tire would you recommend?
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: What tire would you recommend?

In my experience (as I've had all three brands), Dunlops offer the best combination of ride, handling, range, and noise. Unfortunately though, you have to couple that with the highest cost in dollars per mile - Like 2X higher. As usual, there's no 'free lunch' for tires just as in most other things...
by Don
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Comparative Energy Efficiency
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: Comparative Energy Efficiency

If you can get the efficiency from the car then the smaller pack is an advantage for weight, and charge times. Granted that's true . . . . and as more and more consumers learn what they actually need and quit comparing BEV's to cars which hold 400 miles worth of fuel, we'll see the market for small...
by Don
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Comparative Energy Efficiency
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: Comparative Energy Efficiency

Honestly what I am shocked by is how inefficient the i-Miev is considering how light it is. It is kind of shocking that Mitsubishi has fallen that far behind. With such a light weight car, the i-Miev should be schooling the market on efficiency. So Mitsubishi needs to go back and do their homework ...

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