DallasiMiEV
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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:15 am

Thanks Mart and Don, both great suggestions. I'll post the next set of changes I make, though it will probably be a few weeks.

I've seen the pics on other posts in this forum for the dealer graphics on the side, and I agree they look cool. But when I say I'm a minimalist, it's really a euphemism for saying I'm cheap. Dealer graphics are expensive! I've seen someone's post saying they got a custom sign place to make it and install for $100, but I haven't found any in north Dallas yet that can do it for that price. And regardless, it's still a little too big of a graphic for me. I much prefer this dealer graphic, though it's still a little long for me, and I don't really like how it ends in a plug:

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Or I may install some side molding and put some small graphics on the molding that say "100% ELECTRIC". Here's a pic from the Mistubishi site for their iMiEV side molding, though I'll try to get mine from an after market seller.

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I also like these side window reflectors, and they're only $80 at http://mparts411.com/accessories/side-w ... flectors-3:

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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:56 am

DallasiMiEV wrote: I am thinking of getting the hubcaps painted black, channeling the Rolling Stones. "I have some hub caps and I want to paint them black"


If you want to switch them alloys to steelies with smooth hubcaps, I'm sure there are several ES owners here who'd be happy to swap with you! Could also change to some grippier tires in the process, if you don't need the LRR range! ;-)

The only wheel covers I've seen that could be compatible with the alloy wheels were either screwed on or used zip-tie/wire tie retainers...
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DallasiMiEV
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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:04 pm

jray3 wrote:If you want to switch them alloys to steelies with smooth hubcaps, I'm sure there are several ES owners here who'd be happy to swap with you! Could also change to some grippier tires in the process, if you don't need the LRR range! ;-)

Ha, thanks. I'm not looking to switch wheels, and I'll be the first to admit I don't know much about alloy wheels, other than they were included with my car. And after looking at more pics last night and this morning, I think I prefer the current look, so I doubt I'll do the black paint thing. I'd love to understand more about the benefits of my aluminum wheels, now that you bring it up. I'll go searching through the forum when I have more time. Thanks!

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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:48 pm

DallasiMiEV wrote:
JoeS wrote:I got one of the last new 2012 iMiEVs for sale in the US, on Nov 1, 2013, and I believe it was the last available in the Dallas area.

Texas Motors Ford in Fort Worth is auctioning an essentially new white i-MiEV SE with nav, etc. (125 miles) on eBay now with a $16,000 starting bid. The seller has apparently already claimed the $7,500 federal tax credit.
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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:54 pm

DallasiMiEV wrote:I also like these side window reflectors, and they're only $80 at http://mparts411.com/accessories/side-w ... flectors-3:

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I bought a set of these and love them. In the rain, I can leave the windows slightly open for some ventilation but without rain entering. Leaving the windows slightly open also works well when parking in hot weather because the deflectors would make breaking in through the slightly open windows difficult (well, a thief could just rip a deflector off the car).

They are also being sold by a Mitsubishi dealer on eBay for slightly less but with free shipping.
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DallasiMiEV
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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:40 pm

alohart wrote:I bought a set of these and love them. In the rain, I can leave the windows slightly open for some ventilation but without rain entering. Leaving the windows slightly open also works well when parking in hot weather because the deflectors would make breaking in through the slightly open windows difficult (well, a thief could just rip a deflector off the car).

I just bought a set, but from another online retailer. Evidently there are a lot of them out there. Thanks for the tip! I've never really been worried about break-ins because they wouldn't be able to drive very far! I'd get the car back, but it would suck nonetheless.

And good to know about the white i-MiEV in Fort Worth. They'll probably have to come down in price; I got mine new for quite a bit less after figuring in the rebate, with custom tint and leather seats added for free. I'm amazed at the deal I got. Unfortunately, no one really knows how great this car is.

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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:35 pm

DallasiMiEV wrote:I've seen the pics on other posts in this forum for the dealer graphics on the side, and I agree they look cool. But when I say I'm a minimalist, it's really a euphemism for saying I'm cheap. Dealer graphics are expensive! I've seen someone's post saying they got a custom sign place to make it and install for $100, but I haven't found any in north Dallas yet that can do it for that price
I had a very similar set made up by a guy I found on eBay in New York - He and I worked back and forth for a few weeks perfecting the design of them and he sold me my set for even less than the $100, since I helped him design them. He sold several other sets to other people I think for the $100

But, mine are printed (any color you like) on white vinyl, so they only look 'correct' on a white car. He couldn't print them on clear vinyl like the OEM ones where they fade away to the car color . . . . any car color. Mine only fade away to white. For what I paid, I really love them. They've been on the car for more than a year and you have 10X as many people come up and ask you about the car, once they can readily see that it's '100% Electric'

I dunno about having AC/DC prominently displayed on MY car! :shock: That has 'other meanings' you know . . . . :lol:

Don
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DallasiMiEV
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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:22 am

Don wrote:I had a very similar set made up by a guy I found on eBay in New York - He and I worked back and forth for a few weeks perfecting the design of them and he sold me my set for even less than the $100, since I helped him design them. He sold several other sets to other people I think for the $100

But, mine are printed (any color you like) on white vinyl, so they only look 'correct' on a white car. He couldn't print them on clear vinyl like the OEM ones where they fade away to the car color . . . . any car color. Mine only fade away to white. For what I paid, I really love them. They've been on the car for more than a year and you have 10X as many people come up and ask you about the car, once they can readily see that it's '100% Electric'

I dunno about having AC/DC prominently displayed on MY car! :shock: That has 'other meanings' you know . . . . :lol:

Don

I do like the look of your graphics, so I might get something like it eventually. For now, despite the other lesser-known meaning of AC/DC (not that there's anything wrong with that), I'll stick with my plate. I like the first two meanings it immediately conjures up: Electric power, and awesome hard rock metal band known for their high energy, coolness, and lasting forever.

When people first see my car and then they see the plate, I get a lot of knowing smiles as they get the double meaning. I've even had a young boy point with excitement and eagerly show his parents, and I assume only because it looks cool, as I doubt he knows any of the meanings of AC/DC.

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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:31 am

Dallas:

I generally do not like all black cars, but your "I" looks cool. The tinted windows do the trick for me. The photos that show another black one with the professional decal look great. I am driving the white/blue I-MiEv with the all electric logon on the side(same version that had been on the Mitsubishi website for a while). Now that I have had the car for the last year, I am so glad that it came with the electric decals. The number of people who ask me about the car is amazing. Every single time I park the car in a shopping center parking lot, if someone walks by they comment on the car(either to me or to a person they are with). Most of them see the decal and understand that this is an all elctric car, which often leads to a short discussion about EV's in general. It's a great opportunity to discuss EV's with ICE owners, who may have misconceptions or misunderstandings about battery operated cars. Also, previously I had posted this, but if a single guy wants to attract women, this car is better than walking a puppy or pushing a baby stroller. I have had(many more times than just once)women shout out to me that they love the car, it's so cute, etc. Too bad that I am married(no, happy that I am , but you get the idea). It's a babe magnet...:)

Lou

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Re: iMiEV in North Dallas - AC/DC

Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:44 pm

gatedad11 wrote:Dallas:

I generally do not like all black cars, but your "I" looks cool. The tinted windows do the trick for me. The photos that show another black one with the professional decal look great. I am driving the white/blue I-MiEv with the all electric logon on the side(same version that had been on the Mitsubishi website for a while). Now that I have had the car for the last year, I am so glad that it came with the electric decals. The number of people who ask me about the car is amazing. Every single time I park the car in a shopping center parking lot, if someone walks by they comment on the car(either to me or to a person they are with). Most of them see the decal and understand that this is an all elctric car, which often leads to a short discussion about EV's in general. It's a great opportunity to discuss EV's with ICE owners, who may have misconceptions or misunderstandings about battery operated cars. Also, previously I had posted this, but if a single guy wants to attract women, this car is better than walking a puppy or pushing a baby stroller. I have had(many more times than just once)women shout out to me that they love the car, it's so cute, etc. Too bad that I am married(no, happy that I am , but you get the idea). It's a babe magnet...:)

Lou

Thanks for saying my car looks cool. If you like the tint, you should check out the leather. I personally couldn't do the white/blue mix, though it was seeing a friend of mine driving that same white/blue-painted car with all the decals that got me interested in checking the i out, so I can't disagree with its effectiveness. I still can't convince myself to go with that big of a decal, but I am considering the smaller print side decal that I posted in a pic above.

I do like showing off my car, though it's been too cold lately to have any parking lot conversations. I like the babe-magnet classification, and I've noticed the same. I need to find more places with babes standing around in parking lots! But alas, I'm married as well, so I'll probably stick to work and my kids' school.

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