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    Wow, that's terrible!! :D It's not a...

    Wow, that's terrible!! :D

    It's not a removable edge - it's just some primer that a previous owner put on to slow down / touch up the rust.

    EDIT: hmmm... your photo makes me wonder if either...
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    Yeah, and it's theoretically repairable, too. ...

    Yeah, and it's theoretically repairable, too. Someone with welding skills, a lot of patience and a masochistic streak could make it roadworthy again.

    Been there, done that (my welding skills...
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    Yup! They easily add 5 hp, which is a 10% power...

    Yup! They easily add 5 hp, which is a 10% power increase on this car. :D
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    Oops, I bought another car.

    It's a SPORT car!

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    1999 Pontiac Firefly (Chevy Metro) 1.0L, 5-speed, base trim: manual steering, no AC.

    It's been sitting for 5 years in a back yard in a tiny little town I go through...
  5. Welcome to the forum, Zachnik. Those are...

    Welcome to the forum, Zachnik.

    Those are some beautiful pics.
  6. Looks good & well taken care of. (Wolf -...

    Looks good & well taken care of.

    (Wolf - hope you don't mind I moved the latest post into your garage topic.)
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    Cory - did you solve the problem? I've never...

    Cory - did you solve the problem? I've never heard of anyone's alternator bolts rusting through. Also: welcome to the forum.

    Did your belt come right off the pulleys or just a few ribs off? If...
  8. Congrats!

    WOOHOO! Congrats, dspace9!

    (I saw the comment you dropped in another thread about being just days away from your last payment, and was hoping you would start a new topic. Not disappointed!)

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    The CVT makes for a much more relaxed (lower RPM)...

    The CVT makes for a much more relaxed (lower RPM) and quieter (lower RPM) driving experience if driven gently to moderately.

    Unless of course you have transmission anxiety. Then maybe not so...
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    Yes you do! My crappy Miata was made 31 years...

    Yes you do! My crappy Miata was made 31 years ago, and it's the most fun & satisfying shifter I've ever driven.
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    You know you're a Mirage owner when you feel...

    You know you're a Mirage owner when you feel victorious passing a Spark on the highway!

    Little old lady.

    (And it was totally worth the 2 MPG hit for the trip.)
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    True. That said, supercheap EV's with small...

    True.

    That said, supercheap EV's with small packs can fill their batteries much faster than cars with big packs. And 110v charging is practical with a smaller pack. No special chargers /...
  13. I don't remember seeing the concept back in 2011...

    I don't remember seeing the concept back in 2011 either. I'm sure it got little to no coverage in North American automotive media.



    Too small for regular mirrors, too big for camera mounts!
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  14. Thread: Mirage Wave

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    I stuck my whole arm out the window to give a big...

    I stuck my whole arm out the window to give a big goofy wave at a passing Mirage this week. Response: nada.

    When I got my crappy Miata, I discovered that Miata drivers wave at each other very...
  15. 10 years old!

    A belated happy 10th birthday to the 6th generation Mirage. The 2011 "concept" was unveiled a decade ago last month.

    And 10 years ago today, construction of the new factory to produce the new...
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    The Mirage EV of China! (Cheap, small battery pack.)

    The priciest component in an EV is the battery. Ongoing R&D and economies of scale are still driving down the price per kWh:

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    (From article: The story of cheaper batteries, from...
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    It's not even a CVT - it's just a single-speed...

    It's not even a CVT - it's just a single-speed transmission. Doesn't get much simpler or more reliable than that.

    The problem with some older Leafs is battery degradation leading to reduced...
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    $1000 for base 2014... "needs starter"

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    Looks like it's lived a hard life so far. Is that a gunshot hole in the rear door? There's a closer pic in the ad.



    FB: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/198890118463682/
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    Mirageman, have you driven any? Genuinely...

    Mirageman, have you driven any? Genuinely curious.
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    Thanks. That wasn't in the ad when I checked...

    Thanks. That wasn't in the ad when I checked yesterday.
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    First time I visited NC, I heard someone say...

    First time I visited NC, I heard someone say something like "tars". It wasn't super hard to figure out. (Context is everything)

    But I was stumped for a minute when they started talking about...
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    $1500 ... "needs transmission"

    This top trim 2014 is just east of Toronto...

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    I messaged the owner yesterday to ask WHICH TRANSMISSION and how many km are on it. Haven't heard back yet.

    The last one I saw for sale...
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    I went to remove the hitch from the car this evening -- 6 nuts/bolts -- and was foiled by every one! Rusted.

    I broke one, and couldn't budge the other 5. WD-40 couldn't save me.

    I...
  25. Anybody keeping tabs on this project? I had a...

    Anybody keeping tabs on this project? I had a quick look at their YouTube page, but there doesn't appear to be a video dedicated to the results yet.
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