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Old 11-27-2012, 03:45 AM   #121
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I wonder if that glow plug light isn't for the European market where they're selling it under the Vauxhall badge. I don't recall if that has an option for a diesel or not, but I like the look of the Ampera/Volt.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:26 PM   #122
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How about those goddam leaf blowers; louder than any Harley I ever heard.
Yes, two storke leaf blowers suck but they don't run all seasons like unmuffled bikes in Denver

If you lived on my cross connector street you would understand unmuffled street bikes are more annoying and distrubing.... for what? Be cool??? Save lives ?...or be a TOTALLY PIA ???

A motor can sound good and talk to ya, but it doesn't have to be LOUD to do so
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:24 PM   #123
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Yes, two storke leaf blowers suck but they don't run all seasons like unmuffled bikes in Denver

If you lived on my cross connector street you would understand unmuffled street bikes are more annoying and distrubing.... for what? Be cool??? Save lives ?...or be a TOTALLY PIA ???

A motor can sound good and talk to ya, but it doesn't have to be LOUD to do so
Sections of Longmont's Main Street have buildings kind of close to the street. Pirates have figured out that they can back off their pipes and get a lot of echo along these stretches. The noise starts in April or May and continues through September. I live 4 blocks off of Main and on some weekends the roar is almost continuous.
No one seems to complain or do a damn thing about it and I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one who objects.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:14 PM   #124
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Hmm.

I've read on the Volt forum that if you put it in cruise and L, it will then hold a constant speed downhill.
Of course, the conditions have to be conductive to using cruise control downhill.
Skipping cruise control use, you could also then use / feather the gas pedal to lessen the 'engine braking' provided by L. Won't hurt anything, you're just telling it to not regen so much by using the gas pedal.

Also, they say that you can tell when you're off the regen braking by the little green ball. When the spinning leaves in the ball go away when braking, you're getting into the friction braking.
I had a chance to try using the cruise control with it in low. It appears to work. In D, the car would coast faster than the cruise setting. In L, it would hold the speed I set and the regen. was higher.

I drove to San Rafael from Frisco this morning on about 2/3rd's of a charge. On the way back, the engine came on at the Tiberon Blvd. exit on 101. For the next 10 miles the fuel consumption was about 32 mpg. The route into the city has some steep hills and I was playing with the Mountain Mode.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:39 PM   #125
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Here is a teardown of the Volt's "infotainment" system to the chip level. They even dumped the software off the chips.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:57 PM   #126
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Kicking the engine on with Mountain mode can do some funky things to your MPG, if you turn it on after the battery is below the 'turn on' threshold for MM (about 7 miles or so left on battery).

I use MM as a 'hold charge' feature. It will 'save' about 7 to 11 or so miles of electric power for politically correct cruising around with city type driving. Because using juice in that situation is cheaper than running the gas engine. The Volt on the engine is a bit of a weird hybrid. It gets better highway mpg than city mpg on pure gas operation. At least out here in the flatlands.

The Volt sounds like so much fun when you have hills to drive it on. I wish I had hills to drive on. I don't even have any hills.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:12 AM   #127
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I was reading about the Prius plug in. It seems to have a real world range of about 11 or 12 miles versus the claimed 15. Also, the engine comes on at more than light throttle. Nice try, jerks. I think the Prius is a nice car and an important milestone in technology.

Something I noticed about the Volt this morning, the track is wider in the rear than the front. It makes it look more muscular than the Prius. I wonder if it causes more aerodynamic drag than a car that tapers like the Prius?
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:05 AM   #128
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I was reading about the Prius plug in. It seems to have a real world range of about 11 or 12 miles versus the claimed 15. Also, the engine comes on at more than light throttle. Nice try, jerks. I think the Prius is a nice car and an important milestone in technology.

Something I noticed about the Volt this morning, the track is wider in the rear than the front. It makes it look more muscular than the Prius. I wonder if it causes more aerodynamic drag than a car that tapers like the Prius?
Volt Cd = 0.28

Prius (Gen III) Cd = 0.25
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:58 PM   #129
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So it only costs .03 to not look like a roller skate dweedling down the highway?

that's .03 well spent.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:08 PM   #130
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Volt Cd = 0.28

Prius (Gen III) Cd = 0.25
There is debate about those numbers, apparently. Some involves putting the car on a treadmill in the wind tunnel for the most accurate measurement.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:15 PM   #131
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I saw two of these in S.F. today. That's a Michigan manufacturer's plate and the front and rear bumpers have covers over something.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:27 PM   #132
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Probably Fiat's electric 500.

Chevy's Spark EV is sposted to have 400 ft lbs torque. I'm sure there's all sorts of detuning on that for the 0-20 mph part of the pedal. That would be waaaaayyyy too exciting for instant acceleration. Heck, that's Duramax territory.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:50 AM   #133
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Consumers Reports satisfaction survey

If you want a car that you can really get excited about, choose one that gives you great fuel economy, a fun driving experience, and/or luxurious surroundings. That’s the clear message from our latest owner-satisfaction survey, in which all of the 10 highest-scoring models feature one or more of those traits. That list includes the top-scoring extended-range electric car, which gets the equivalent of 99 mpg when running on electric power, can go gas-free for about 35 miles, and earned the highest tally for the second straight year.

I didn't see the link to the subscription window. It's gone now. This is a pretty good bump for the Volt, IMHO.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:32 AM   #134
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If you want a car that you can really get excited about, choose one that gives you great fuel economy, a fun driving experience, and/or luxurious surroundings. That’s the clear message from our latest owner-satisfaction survey, in which all of the 10 highest-scoring models feature one or more of those traits. That list includes the top-scoring Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car, which gets the equivalent of 99 mpg when running on electric power, can go gas-free for about 35 miles, and earned the highest tally for the second straight year.
nice, a corporate-speak spam, with a link to subscribe-to-me spam too.

good job.
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nice, a corporate-speak spam, with a link to subscribe-to-me spam too.

good job.
Familiarize yourself with Consumer's Union and their business model. Then take your anti-American anti working man gibberish, fold it so it's all corners and shove it up your food exit.
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