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  1. 2014 Mirage DE, then (after it was run into and...

    2014 Mirage DE, then (after it was run into and totaled at just over 5k miles), a 2015 Mirage DE. Got 84k on the 2015 and it's been great.
    (I'll add car shortly, sorry, I forgot :))
    Both cvt cars,...
  2. No. Glad I didn't buy the Spark.

    No.
    Glad I didn't buy the Spark.
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    Can the cartridge filter be changed without...

    Can the cartridge filter be changed without replacing the fluid (for example, if fluid was changed and filter wasn't available at the moment)? Or, changed periodically without fluid change? Tks.
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    It's the metal thing that drops into a slot and...

    It's the metal thing that drops into a slot and keeps your car's engine from moving the transmission shaft when parked. Guess that's the best way to describe it. It's inside the transmission.
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    Me too, I use the 'archives' on the web a lot. ...

    Me too, I use the 'archives' on the web a lot.
    I really was just wondering. But knowing how the pawl is made (how it ratchets), I doubt anything could be damaged from a slight movement to park.
    I...
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    Parking pawl question ....

    Just read Fummins write up on the CVT7, showing the extremely heavy duty parking pawl. But curious, I've heard newer cars will not engage the pawl unless they are stopped. Is that true? I'll bet...
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    fuel door lubricant?

    I didn't see anything in the manual about lubricating the fuel door release. I'd just put some chassis grease on it, but was hesitant because I don't want a buildup of dirt. It works ok, just...
  8. Yes, and he gets free oil changes. Got to...

    Yes, and he gets free oil changes. Got to remember to negotiate a deal like that next time I buy a car :)
    I agree, 5w30 is probably fine. I use 0w20, but it gets colder here in Maryland.
  9. Wow, the '17 is using a lot of oil. I hope it's...

    Wow, the '17 is using a lot of oil. I hope it's not common in these motors, but guess more are like your '15. Mine used almost none until around 50-60k, then I noticed a little bit of consumption....
  10. No. I just go by how the car seems to run. And it...

    No. I just go by how the car seems to run. And it feels smooth, no change in MPG or how the motor responds in five years. I agree it's a good diagnostic test to check compression, but I really don't...
  11. Probably a Fummins question :) about oil useage

    I've got 79k on my 2015. It uses a tiny bit of oil, maybe 1/3 qt between changes. How are the high mileage ones you maintain doing? Or, anyone over 100k miles have much oil consumption? Thanks.
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    Yours were discolored at five months old?...

    Yours were discolored at five months old? (assuming you bought it new?)
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    (disregard)

    (disregard)
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    It's vinyl, my picture may be a bit out of focus.

    It's vinyl, my picture may be a bit out of focus.
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    Yes, and thanks for the link to your visor repair...

    Yes, and thanks for the link to your visor repair thread, really cool.
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    I've seen a few used ones for sale that have...

    I've seen a few used ones for sale that have similar discoloration. Not a big deal, just thought it was weird.
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    15090

    15090
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    Thanks, after seeing what they are made of, I'm...

    Thanks, after seeing what they are made of, I'm not too concerned. Talk about cheap! Oh well, they work. :D
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    discolored visors

    Just noticed my gray visors have a brown discoloration at the outside ends. I'll post a picture later, but anyone seen this before? Really strange, and it's not dirt, looks like something bled...
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    caliper slide pin torque?

    Anyone have the factory torque spec for the 14mm caliper pins? Thanks!

    EDIT: Never mind, I found it. 32 ft lbs (+ or - 4 ft lbs).
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    Yeah, could be rust I guess. Weird, this morning...

    Yeah, could be rust I guess.
    Weird, this morning (in heavy stop-and-go traffic), it made the noise a LOT. Tonight, almost never. Wonder if it's because the rotor and the wear indicator get warm and...
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    This is EXACTLY what my car is doing, only noisy...

    This is EXACTLY what my car is doing, only noisy at last few feet before stop. And it doesn't always make the noise.
    Thanks Fummins (and eco 1.2)! Puts my mind at ease for a few days until I get to...
  23. Fummins, do you like the Wagner Thermo Quiet? I...

    Fummins, do you like the Wagner Thermo Quiet? I was thinking of trying those. Thanks again.
  24. I like the steering. Could use a sway bar, but...

    I like the steering. Could use a sway bar, but the steering is tight and responsive in my opinion. I feel in control of the car. However, I am used to 60's, 70's, 80's cars. Been driving Ford pickups...
  25. OEM brake pads, are they semi metallic or ceramic?

    My 2015 has 72k on it, original front pads. It started making a noise when brakes are applied, just before stopping. Not a typical worn pad noise I'd expect, this is kind of a light...
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