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post #25696 of 26983
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

I could live with an electric car if it had a 250-300 mile range.  On a road trip, that gives you a solid 4 hours of driving and by that time I need a break.  How many people are making frequent long haul trips where 500 miles is warranted without stopping?

Looks like I can buy Leaf with 20K miles for $10K here in Nashville.  Seems like a bargain considering I bought my first car, a 1996 Nissan Maxima for $8K with like 80K miles in 2003.  What am I missing?

For me it's not about "frequent" but "I want it there when I want it." Also, the difference in time to take a break and tank up is drastically different between an EV and an IC car. I mean, fill the tank, do the windows, take a piss and buy a bottle of water = 10 minutes. What's it going to be with an EV in Idaho?
post #25697 of 26983
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

Garage smells like pb blaster, but all 8 header bolts move! Should make the swap easier when I take it on. Going to try to get my midpipe bolts soaked as well so that doesn't cause any issues either.


How are your knuckles after that effort?

post #25698 of 26983
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Garage smells like pb blaster, but all 8 header bolts move! Should make the swap easier when I take it on. Going to try to get my midpipe bolts soaked as well so that doesn't cause any issues either.
You can do it! Did you get the welds looked at? Props for spending your weekend wrenching. Can be zen like.smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

For me it's not about "frequent" but "I want it there when I want it." Also, the difference in time to take a break and tank up is drastically different between an EV and an IC car. I mean, fill the tank, do the windows, take a piss and buy a bottle of water = 10 minutes. What's it going to be with an EV in Idaho?

VERY good question.
post #25699 of 26983

The problem with electric vehicles, which only Tesla is doing right, is marketing.  There is too much focus on green customers because of the Prius's success.  They shouldn't be focusing on the green angle, but rather things like "think about the 10 hours a year at the gas station you won't have to spend" and "get instantaneous power" and "less noise in the cabin as a result of our efficient and quiet motors" etc etc.

 

The only electric car I would buy is a Tesla.  I don't like the unique looks of a Prius that screams "I'm green" (and we could get into a whole debate on whether the car is actually good for the environment) and the Leaf and i3 intentionally cater to that same exact crowd (except the i3 also tries to scream I'm a rich green).

 

They just need to try to appeal to the broad swath of customers who don't want to make a political statement with their car or have their car stand out for being a really odd design and just view their car as a utility - it gets them from A to B.

post #25700 of 26983
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I don't like the unique looks of a Prius

It's one of the ugliest cars ever made. Just admire their work.... shog[1].gif

post #25701 of 26983
So the dude called after he'd said $12K floor last week and now I got him down from his initial posted $14.9 ask to $11,500 cash final final. This price:value compares well vs similar vintages on Hemmings etc.

Bad part is out in Windsor. ie three hour train ride and take a Friday vacay day lol. With possibility of same ride back if somethin stinks or is fishy.

https://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/cto/5781123562.html

Most all parts brand new or mid 2000s new. Engine and tranny *not* restored but not even 200k klix (120k miles). Polish mechanic. (accent) "it's khleen..Chuck Norris would drive theese truck" lol Ida gone "normal" steel rims to offset all the black but still damn pretty imo.

Whadda you guys think?
post #25702 of 26983
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post


It's one of the ugliest cars ever made. Just admire their work.... shog[1].gif

 

 

You must have forgot this recent announcement:

 

 

post #25703 of 26983
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post


How are your knuckles after that effort?

Not too bad actually. They budged pretty easily. Gonna get new nuts to put in though. The only issues were getting nicked by the heat shield.

The torch really helped as did the overnight soak in pb blaster.

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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

You can do it! Did you get the welds looked at? Props for spending your weekend wrenching. Can be zen like.smile.gif

Yeah it's being welded over. Should have been done, but I had to give it back since the guy only welded half of it lol.
post #25704 of 26983
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Originally Posted by SirReveller View Post

So the dude called after he'd said $12K floor last week and now I got him down from his initial posted $14.9 ask to $11,500 cash final final. This price:value compares well vs similar vintages on Hemmings etc.

 

so metal. I'd agree with the brushed metal wheels over the black and I'd drop some LED headlights but it would certainly be unique.

post #25705 of 26983
Let us also never forget:



I am told the story goes something like this - the Toyota group tried to recruit Frank Stephenson, but couldn't get him, so they went with a drunk whale instead.
post #25706 of 26983
If it falls through head to the ballet and then sneak a mickey onto the train and just drink the whole way home.
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Originally Posted by SirReveller View Post

So the dude called after he'd said $12K floor last week and now I got him down from his initial posted $14.9 ask to $11,500 cash final final. This price:value compares well vs similar vintages on Hemmings etc.

Bad part is out in Windsor. ie three hour train ride and take a Friday vacay day lol. With possibility of same ride back if somethin stinks or is fishy.

https://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/cto/5781123562.html

Most all parts brand new or mid 2000s new. Engine and tranny *not* restored but not even 200k klix (120k miles). Polish mechanic. (accent) "it's khleen..Chuck Norris would drive theese truck" lol Ida gone "normal" steel rims to offset all the black but still damn pretty imo.

Whadda you guys think?
post #25707 of 26983
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

If it falls through head to the ballet and then sneak a mickey onto the train and just drink the whole way home.

That's just pure class followed by more class.
post #25708 of 26983
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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post

That's just pure class followed by more class.

You have to look at who I was giving the advice to. wink.gif

No h8.
post #25709 of 26983
Side note, there are some supposedly reliable brz supercharger kits available. Should be quite the hoot.
post #25710 of 26983
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

The problem with electric vehicles, which only Tesla is doing right, is marketing.  There is too much focus on green customers because of the Prius's success.  They shouldn't be focusing on the green angle, but rather things like "think about the 10 hours a year at the gas station you won't have to spend" and "get instantaneous power" and "less noise in the cabin as a result of our efficient and quiet motors" etc etc.

The only electric car I would buy is a Tesla.  I don't like the unique looks of a Prius that screams "I'm green" (and we could get into a whole debate on whether the car is actually good for the environment) and the Leaf and i3 intentionally cater to that same exact crowd (except the i3 also tries to scream I'm a rich green).

They just need to try to appeal to the broad swath of customers who don't want to make a political statement with their car or have their car stand out for being a really odd design and just view their car as a utility - it gets them from A to B.

Just saw this. I fully agree. Why I rip on the i3, besides it handling like shit, is that it starts at ~45k and the Model S starts at ~66k. The base S is a much bigger, better handling, and practical car, comes with more standard technology. is far faster - speed and charging, gets around 200 miles, compared to 100 miles, and isn't loud with blue accents, obnoxious wheels and tacky shit everywhere.

Why I'm fine with the Leaf and Prius (and other hybrids and full electric cars like Fiat's 500e) is that they are decent cars for their price point. They're not trying to compete with Tesla, maybe do say tree hugger, but, well whatevs.

That's why I think the i3 is in no man's land. The one positive is that it helped make CFRP mainstream and helped the new 7 series - which I do really like.
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