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  2. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

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  4. balthazar

    Toyota News: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback To Begin $20,910*

    Ask yourself this : When CUV sales were nowhere- did toyoyo/lexus have 50 sedans/coupe to chose from?
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  6. smk4565

    Toyota News: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback To Begin $20,910*

    That is correct, plus a luxury brand with another 14 crossovers that are 2 inches apart. The car buying public will not be satisfied until Toyota/Lexus has 50 crossovers to pick from. As far as the Corolla goes, this looks pretty ugly, the sedan looks better, and the sedan isn't winning any design awards either.
  7. balthazar

    Project INVICTA

    • Primed/painted the inside of my heater box assembly & made a new 'flapper door' seal (directs air either to defroster, or heat vents). • Worked on speedo- has a revolving drum and altho the drum turned fine, the port where the speedo cable went into it was locked up. Worked at it and kept lubing it until it freed up & now spins freely. Re-assembled the speedo for now, but also made the decision I'm going to have the housing re-chromed. So starting a 're-chome' list. • Measured out for a 'rear bulkhead' panel to block sound from the trunk. Will cut it out of thin plywood this week.
  8. Zane Wylder

    So, my take on the Diesel "Scandal"

    Wow, did I create a fire storm Lemme take the time to actually read what was said and reply to it, though next time around, while I'll make my point, won't be as blunt
  9. ccap41

    Tested: How Cold Weather Affects EV Range

    I’ve never lost 1/3 of my range in any of my ICE vehicles. How about you @ocnblu?
  10. ocnblu

    Tested: How Cold Weather Affects EV Range

    I'm doing my best to temper his reckless abandon, Balthy.
  11. ocnblu

    Quick Drive: 2018 Chrysler 300S AWD

    Weekend playtoy strictly. Would be cool.
  12. balthazar

    May Car Spotter

    While in general Bill Porter (the Riv's designer) is a bright spot in this era, I always had some solid reservations on details of the final Riv's design. The 'rear chin spoiler' & the pinched front & rear fascias that undermine the car's dimensions. I think it's 85% of the way there and the general envelope is inspired and fresh, but it needed some more 'bake time' on the details.
  13. balthazar

    Tested: How Cold Weather Affects EV Range

    Nnnnnnnnnnnope! Can't find a square foot of it that's not objectionable. Obviously, this is unsupportable hyperbole. But we get it that you are wildly enthused.
  14. dfelt

    Tested: How Cold Weather Affects EV Range

    EV's are also getting some cool stuff. To celebrate selling their 100,000 leaf in Japan, Nissan built this special edition to gauge interest. Convertible leaf anyone? https://www.autoblog.com/2018/05/25/2018-nissan-leaf-open-car-convertible/ As of the story posted above, the Leaf has now sold 320,000 world wide. Yes a drop in the bucket but clearly there is interest and with China going Hybrid / EV, the future is what it is. ICE days are going to come to a close. Nissan says they are not going to build this, but it is a study and of course if the customers keep demanding a convertible LEAF, then it will happen since they clearly can build it.
  15. dfelt

    Tested: How Cold Weather Affects EV Range

    Yes and you and @ccap41 also ignored the ending of the story and the points made near the beginning that many factors can and do affect battery range. If you are plugged in and the story does say that if you have a 220V home charger you DO NOT loose range as the plugged in charger also runs the battery heater to optimize the batter so that the cold does not reduce the range, yet the longer amount of time out side in cold or hot weather will still affect the battery range. ICE auto's are also affected by Heat or Cold. Especially cold where you get reduced MPG or in hot conditions also again you get some reduction in range due to the use of AC systems. The story also states that as each new generation, the batteries are getting more and more efficient and cold and heat are reduced in how it affects the battery. The story also clearly points out that they used two different Bolts, 2017 and 2018 one optimized for cold and the other for heat. Since the story was 2/3rds printed above by CCAP41, lets put in the last bit here: The battery heater also is active when the car is plugged in to the charger. If the battery temp is too cold, the battery heater will turn on and run at one-quarter power when charging. This, obviously, contributes to more electricity consumed per charging cycle. To avoid this additional penalty, we parked the Bolt in a heated garage while it charged after the highway run. If the battery gets colder than -13 degrees Fahrenheit, the heater operates at full power to protect the battery. This means if you are charging with a standard 120-volt outlet, all of the available power is going to heating the battery and not to replenishing its cells. That’s all the more reason to have a Level 2 charging stationif you live in a cold climate. With every new generation, EVs become more efficient, go farther between charges, and replenish their charge more quickly. Pretty soon the reduced winter range of an EV will be even less of a factor. Until then, keep an eye on the range gauge in cold weather so that your battery’s seasonal affective disorder doesn’t magnify your range anxiety—or the anger of your passengers. My wife will confirm that’s a good plan. EVs are already looking at moving to Solid State that does not have the diminished effects of cold or hot weather on them. We are already also moving into battery designs that are 4x as dense giving much more power to an auto to offset the use of heaters, AC, stereo's, etc. EV's today are where auto's were in the early 1900's and they have had 110+ years to improve and get efficient, we have already moved EV's far faster in the last 5 years than ICE auto's did in the first 20 years. At this rate, EV auto's and Hybrids will surpass what ICE auto's alone will have accomplished by 2025.
  16. dfelt

    Quick Drive: 2018 Chrysler 300S AWD

    Weekend play toy and cruising or replacement for the current auto?
  17. Scout

    Tested: How Cold Weather Affects EV Range

    I've noticed about a 1/3 drop in range during could weather. Keep in mind it doesn't get that cold where I live.
  18. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

  19. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Quick Drive: 2018 Chrysler 300S AWD

    Another recent Mopar color I like is a dark red I've seen on the Challenger and Charger. Octane Red.
  20. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    May Car Spotter

    The dash in these I think was a homage to the '63-65. I liked the tapered rear on these, looked like the longest rear deck in the 90s.
  21. ocnblu

    Quick Drive: 2018 Chrysler 300S AWD

    I love Chrysler Corp's use of retro colors, and this one is a knockout, and when sprayed on a beautiful car like the 300, it really is the total package. I do love the Dodge Challenger in this color... I'm dreaming of a Challenger in this color with matching interior... and a black vinyl top!
  22. ocnblu

    Tested: How Cold Weather Affects EV Range

    Thanks ccap. Shame none of the electric rah-rah boys in here care to come in and defend the indefensible. This is real sh!t and reality is not part of their narrative, it seems.
  23. ocnblu

    Toyota News: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback To Begin $20,910*

    Well you should have seen me yesterday trying to haul some PVC picket fence sections in my Compass. Just call me Jed Clampett. Only a n00b would get rid of a pickup truck in the name of 8 MPG.
  24. As a prime example of what is going on slowly but surely, it should alarm people that the majority of Buick's lineup is built everywhere but here. That the founding marque of GM, a quintessentially AMERICAN company, has abandoned her homeland (in the name of what, cheap labor?) SHOULD be scrutinized. If a WWII level of dedication were needed tomorrow from our auto manufacturers, could they heed the call? A nation who willingly gives up her manufacturing might deserves what she gets when the chips are down and reality sets in. YES, it IS a matter of national security. As always, our POTUS heart is in the right place, he loves America and it is his JOB to defend the USA and there are plenty of people who SUPPORT HIS EFFORTS.
  25. daves87rs

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I think Rock Auto likes me now.....ordered a ton of parts updating my rides(they need some love) Freed the garage queen...... Hoping for something new in the driveway by the end of the summer.....
  26. trinacriabob

    May Car Spotter

    You have to give Buick some credit on this one. This was definitely one polarizing car. The Riv has gone up and down like a yo yo in terms of being polarizing. This car had some great angles and some not so great angles. The coolest thing about it was the dash, which sloped away from the driver and stayed under a wrap-around ridged cowl, had all the gauges, and had some nice wood appliques, even though they were probably fake.
  27. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    May Car Spotter

    There is one of those in my neighborhood, same color. In good condition, see it driven occasionally.
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