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- Mini Cooper S; parts of other cars
Well Tesla has fulfilled 1 of the 3 of "my" requirements for a fully functional and truly successful EV.
1. The car has to look like and perform like a real, comfortable, serious automobile. No 3 wheelers, no tandem seating, no goofy "bubbleness", no trick doors, no tiny tires, no golf cart switchgear, etc.
2. The range has to match or exceed 300 miles in all normal weather conditions and operating conditions
3. The price has to be a "sweet spot" somewhere in the $22K-$32K range in order to enter the mass market.
I can't imagine what might cause this directly from the AC. It must have something to do with the car overheating or the catalytic converter starting to clog up?
I would think, if you look at the other cars at the bottom of the list, that where there's smoke, there's fire in this case. We know Smart cars are gawd-awful, we highly suspect Fiat, we recoil in terror at Range Rover, and I'm here to assure you that MINIS are built by blind men.
Found this today. 1927 Studebaker--hasn't run in 50 years. Seems to be complete and pretty darn solid inside and out.
Today we continued the MINI's spa treatment. Cleaned out the cabin filter--what a pain. Looks easy, but isn't unless you have fingers of steel. All I got was a cut thumb. But I vacuumed and washed it (I'm from the Stever School of Car Economics).
Checked the air filter--it looked a little grungy but my experience has been that even when I extract really filthy air cleaners, it makes no difference whatsoever in MPG or how it runs. Might let it go for a while longer.
Lubed the latches, brushed off the engine with Simple Green, set all the tires to 32.5 psi cold, hand wash, all the windows inside and out.
We're good. But you know, the paint really needs a pro buffing. Birds and tree droppings and bush branches take their toll. But from 3 feet if you squint---perfect!