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I ceramic sprayed my car yesterday and need to apply a second coat this afternoon using a product by Hybrid Solutions. I’ve had the spray a month but in good old Britain we’ve not had 2 consecutive dry days in the last month annoyingly. Happy with the finish and clay barred the paintwork first to get the tar and other debris out.

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Looking good. Looking at my options when I get my i3. Have to say the Golf is being rather neglected until it goes.
 

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Looking good. Looking at my options when I get my i3. Have to say the Golf is being rather neglected until it goes.

I think if I’d paid as much as you have for a car, I’d probably pay £200 and get the car properly ceramic coated. You can do it yourself if you have a garage with good lighting as the ceramic is only about £70. Might be best to pay someone though.

The Hybrid Solutions spray I used is £14ish on Amazon now and is decent. A lot of the big detainers on YouTube rate it highly from their tests and it should last 3 months in a British winter and much longer now the spring and summer is nearly here. It has really good water beading so far.
 

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BMW offer it as a service. Costs about £350 though.

That’s not too bad but I’m sure there are places that would do it cheaper and may be more thorough. The i3 is a tiny car so it should be fairly cheap to do and would make your new car look cleaner most of the time [emoji1305]
 

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OK, so I only had one ICE photo from the NYC Auto Show (see my posts in the General EV thread ...), but it's a good one :)

2022 Ford GT Holman Moody Heritage Edition (left), 1966 Ford GT40 MKII n.5 (right)


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A little explanation about the significance of the Holman Moody gold and red livery :)


BTW, the 1966 on the right, sold at auction, through Sotheby's in Aug 2018 for $9,795,000 USD :cool:

 
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Did this thread always say ICE, or did the OP change it? You made me look up ICE- internal combustion engine. 😛

Ref 2012 Fiat 500, the dealer has the car, they said it is a bent sway bar as a result of impact. I said I’ve not had any accidents or impacts that I can remember except driving over some spots in the road that make the suspension bottom out. You might remember, I have a lifetime mechanical warranty on this car, but that won’t be covered, $1100 to fix. My local mechanic says he can fix it for $800.

Then the dealer says your drive train bushings are leaking grease. I asked how much is that and they said $4000, but it is covered by your warranty. So far it appears by virtue of the warrant I purchased when the car was new, I’ve dodged some significant bullets. It drives well, and gets good gas milage, but if I had had to pay for these repairs out of pocket, at 50k miles, the car would have been traded in when the engine went.

Of note this:
The Fiat 500 is a small, durable car that can last on average between 200,000 – 250,000 miles when properly maintained and driven conservatively. Based on an annual mileage of 15,000 miles, you can expect 13 – 17 years of service before it breaks down or requires expensive repairs.

Vs this:
Fiat Chrysler vehicles, including Fiat, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram, finished generally near the bottom of the pack, as brand's go. Fiat 500L was the least reliable single model.
Ref: 2012 Fiat 500 Saga:
It was the the front wheel drive CV axels, both of them leaking grease, fixed $4k warranty work. I paid $200. Also the sway bar is reported as slightly bent, not covered due to impact damage. I have no clue what impact that might have been as I’ve had none other than a pot hole or two.

Question about the sway bar, if one is bent is this a safety issue? I opted to allow my neighborhood mechanic to do this repair, for less than it would be as a dealer repair, but is there a rush?

Think about this, the car cost $18k new, I added a $3k Lifetime mechanical warranty and have had about $14k of warranty work done on this car. It’s 10 years old with 50k mikes on it. I like this car for local transportation but would not like it if I had paid the $14k if that warranty had not been in place.

Remember, Fiat pulled the plug on the USA market. Is this car a big seller in Europe? And is it as troubled mechanically in Europe? My car was built in Mexico… so much for an Italian vibe. ;)
 

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Interesting article about automation and a driver, I’ll assume a pro or semi-pro driver complains about it.


I’ll assume that it’s great for average drivers who want to push the car. :)

Now my 94 year old Dad is so anti- automation he traded in a recently acquired 2017 vehicle, a Honda or Nissan something or other for a 2004 because he’d did not like all the buttons. He seems hostile to a button that starts the car and has had a live-hate relationship with his computer for decades.This is how it is for some elderly folks.
 

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Interesting article about automation and a driver, I’ll assume a pro or semi-pro driver complains about it.

Turn them off, have fun, stay out off the wall :)

You start the party in the Golf by pressing the R button on the steering wheel to activate Race mode, then select Drift mode on the center touchscreen. The stability control automatically switches to its more lenient ESC Sport setting, which helps meter torque to sustain a drift, but you can also run with the safety nets and helpers fully disabled for a greater challenge.

I've driven a number of cars that had electronic control/safety/stability systems, and every one had different drive modes, all the way to providing almost nothing. Even my Tesla has a Track Mode where I can even disable AWD.

We've got cars that are plenty sporty, can easily do a weekend HPDE event, but then provide incredibly safety and comfort day to day (where most of our driving occurs). I'm a pretty big enthusiast, and I think all this advancement is outstanding.
 
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