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Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:38 pm



Oh my goodness, it's like a new Cadillac man, everything is so tight and new and it even smells new...My wife just bought me a new gift, well,,, I really needed this one...Ok it's not a new automobile or a new Goldwing either,,,,it's a new computer, a Dell...Oh my goodness this is nice... :D I really needed a new one...I put up with the one I had long enough, it was outdated big time.....This one works nicely.. :lol: I haven't had anything go wrong with my 1100 in some time now, so I haven't posted much....I have really messed up my paint job, the white part has many marks and scratches on it now, it's nice to know I can fix it myself.. Running like a top still..



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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby cbx4evr » Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:24 am

"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:18 am

Also not a new Cadillac, but this is what I have been driving for the past couple of months. Out of the 16 cars (and five motorcycles!) I've owned in my life, this is only the third NEW car I have ever bought - it's a Ford C-Max Energi - a plug-in hybrid. I was getting tired of paying $400 a month in gas for my 13 mpg Explorer. This thing rides really well, I've just gone past 2000 miles, and I've gone through 1 1/4 tanks of gas. LOVING it. Sold my Explorer last week.

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:00 am

Wow, fancy....400 a month for fuel is a lot of money to waste...Good deal and its a looker too..I bet it has a new smell too....Keep us posted on how you like it..Everytime I go to the pump I hear this sound in my head it goes like this....Cha ching cha ching ... :lol: Man it gets costly ....

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby redial » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:35 pm

I put 45 litres (about 10 Imp gallons, and 11.5 US Gallons) and it cost me $70 into my campervan. With fuel around $1.62/litre, it must be getting time for electric motorcycles. Perhaps a 6 battery GW will be next, with 1800 watts of power :?:
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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby wally » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:32 pm

How long is the extension cord Scott?

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:39 pm

I bet it is about 10' max...Good question...I wish to know too..How well does it all work for you, what about long trips? Are these vehicles for more local use only?

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby Mag » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:15 pm

I commute 140 a day (to work and back) so my gas bill is that $400 per month, and my Monte Carlo SS gets 28 to the gal....been debating whether I get a better mileage vehicle but I do not make car payments so the total cost ratio is not bad....hmmmm. And then my 1500 only gets 34 to gal due to 70-75 mph on the freeway....such a pig at times.

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:15 pm

wally wrote:How long is the extension cord Scott?


I mounted a 240V charger in my garage, and got one with a 25 foot cable.

The 110V portable charger it comes with is about 10 feet long or so.

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby redial » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:24 pm

Our standard voltage in Oz is 240V, so if you need something let me know.
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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby wally » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:57 pm

The other thing I was wondering is do you only charge it at home or are you able to charge it at work or elsewhere and is there a cost for the charge if you do it away from home? I haven't seen any charging station anywhere.

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:51 am

I charge it only at home, which (driven gently) will get me to work and back. From dead empty to a full charge costs me around 90 cents in electricity, and that gets me anywhere from 21 to 29 miles, depending on the temperature and whether or not I run the A/C.

Ohio is not California - there are no public charging stations around here. Well, there is the odd 110-volt receptacle available at universities and whatnot, but certainly nothing even remotely approaching an electric charging infrastructure. So it's all done at home.

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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby wjnfirearms » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:24 am

It's a shame when I bought a new vehicle in February that I couldn't go for something so fuel efficient. I needed a truck and they don't make a C-Max full size pickup. Still, the F-250 4x4 I bought (used mint 2007, low mileage) gets about 15 mpg and the 5.4 doesn't lose much when hauling loads or trailering, which is unusual for a gas engine, but welcomed. I could have gone with an F-150, but I couldn't pass up the deal.

Now my Harley gets over 40 mpg. The GL still isn't done despite my best intentions so I can't comment on it yet. The old Jeep still gets about 20.

Charging stations are still a foreign entity in most places, not just Ohio. With a hybrid, you still have the gas engine, so getting stuck somewhere doesn't happen. Just be glad nobody talked you into a Chevy Volt. Poor range, overpriced, and has a feature that nobody talks about, but I found out about it. If you don't keep a Volt on charge when parked for periods of time (longer than overnight), the battery goes dead. If the battery goes completely dead, the car "bricks", meaning it cannot be jumped or even moved. All 4 wheels lock up and the only place that can rectify the issue is a GM dealer, and the service charge is expensive. Warranty won't cover it because if the owner doesn't plug it in, it's considered owner negligence. I talked to a wrecker operator that had to tow one from the long term parking at the airport here. It took him several hours to figure out how to drag it up on the flatbed. You'd think that it wouldn't be that complicated, but it was. That won't happen to the C-Max.

Hybrids have their place, I guess. I never knocked anyone for buying one. I drove a Prius once while attending a class on how to respond to a collision involving a hybrid and doing rescue operations. I was impressed with the performance of a hybrid around town.
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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby wing rider 2012 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:10 pm

I like the idea of a full electric automobile, but with the distances I have to drive now and then they just won't cut it. When they make a electric car with a 400 miles range then I'll buy one. I have to travel to Portland, Oregon about twice a month and from my place that's a 300 mile trip and about 4 hours driving time. An electric car would make that trip about 8 hours due to having to stop and recharge. In Oregon we do have recharging stations along the freeway.
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Re: Just like a new Cadillac, my goodness

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:40 pm

wing rider 2012 wrote:I like the idea of a full electric automobile, but with the distances I have to drive now and then they just won't cut it. When they make a electric car with a 400 miles range then I'll buy one. I have to travel to Portland, Oregon about twice a month and from my place that's a 300 mile trip and about 4 hours driving time. An electric car would make that trip about 8 hours due to having to stop and recharge. In Oregon we do have recharging stations along the freeway.


I agree, the infrastructure is nowhere near what it needs to be for a full-electric car. I like being able to run electric most of the time, but knowing I've still got 400-odd miles of gasoline engine range left when the battery runs down.




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