Discussion in '2014 Ford Escort' started by kanak, Dec 12, 2013.
You can buy the cells wholesale and make your own panels.
I apologize, as I did not mean to hijack a thread but I do understand. Solar technology still utilizes the same concept, but has vastly improved over the past few years and the prices are very reasonable. In fact, many states actually offer a tax credit/grant for the implementation of solar energy.
All I am conveying is that the automotive industry is far behind the most of the other industries when it comes to renewable technologies and such.
let me know if they are gonna come out with a WAGON.
Hopefully a real wagon, with real racks, not a slope-back pseudo-wagon.
Test drove an Accent wagon. No rear/side vision, and my 95 Escort felt like a Cadillac afterword. Just so much more solid and powerful.
As far as Solar, I don't understand why cars don't have a solar panel to at least drive a small fan to expel hot air and suck in cooler air when parked. Used to live in a house with no AC but heater had a "cool" setting that sucked in cooler air from somewhere. Worked great when left on 24/7 and the dumb roomies didn't open all the windows in heat of the afternoon. 60yr+ old system, American made.
I don't get the appeal of a hybrid in this class. OK, they get, what, 45-50mpg? I get 30/37 on my 20 year old Escort, so I have to pay 30k for a car that gets slightly better mileage? I guess if you drove enough it would eventually pay off, but I don't. And them there's the maintenance costs... I mean hybrids have engines, transmissions, etc in them, just like a normal car, now add expensive batteries.... My last battery lasted almost 11 years, my current one is approaching 6 years, let's see a hybrid do that!
I'm with ya on that. I could buy an 84 Suburban and save more money than what others pay on car payments.
And also.. not sure how you guys treat your cars, but all those fancy electronics always seem to fail.
I've got a lincoln town car that was given to me, looked great when I got it. Tons of bells and whistles, all worked.
Gave it to my mom.. literally started falling apart once used. It's biggest trick for passengers is how you can tap the brakes and it'll lock all four doors.
Wondered how the hell the passenger door handle panel got ripped off when I got home once.. started messing with the wires driving. Started arcing all over the place without blowing fuses lol.
Just traded her a 5 spd wagon for it (now can convert to pick-up). Went outside the day after replaced headgasket on the wagon to clean out the car some.. saw some trash next to it.. turned out to be the little rear window. Me and my brother had to use a heat gun to remove it one day cause after it did its trick a couple years ago, someone locked the drivers door. And we don't have a key for it. Of all days though.. was just bout to treat it with some love.
That's the day and the life of a 20 year old beater. I do admit that since no one has ever taken full responsibility for this as THEIR car, we all treat it like shit.. but it earned its reputation first.
Now would sure love to see how a 20 year old hybrid. drives itself mojo machine would handle.
Hate to keep rambling bout this. but even its single near breakdown was retarded. step father used it one day when I was working on his car.. comes home with a broken tie-rod . 1 wheel pointed straight, the other pointed left. The back tire half flat, 4 windows wound down.
Sunroof works great though. Plan on putting one in an Escort sometime. Totally inspired by this car. I'd vote for a wagon with sunroof for a new Ford Focus/Escort. Doubt it'd look as cool as a 2nd gen with one though.
Amen to that!! My Escort is having some issues, not sure if it's going to be worth it or not. I really haven't been able to say that until now. We bought ours 1 year old with 12k on it. (I was a big fan of buying a year old and saving the depreciation). We saved almost 5k$ buying it a year old. Since then my wife has had 2 accidents (15 years ago), and it has 160k on it now.
Here's what I have on mine:
Trailing arms- Easily fixable with a welder, but there's nothing to weld to.... (supports).
Left Strut Tower- Fixing the right cost 380$.
Battery is only 5 years old, hoping for another 2 or 3 years (last one lasted 10.5 years).
Alternator has been whining for 2 years- it's 7 or 8 years old.
Intermittent vibration at idle (in another thread), guessing EGR, as it's NEVER been changed.
Vibration/resonance at 3k rpm (under load, also in another thread), guessing mounts.
If this car was a basket case, this would be an easy decision. But everything works, I don't have to fight with it starting, and it gives mileage that rivals new cars. All the rust on it is confined to the bottom of the car. The rockers are gone, but there's nothing on the hood, roof, or sides of the car. There are 2 quarter size spots on the rear quarters, that are just starting to go through. But as far as the actual "Body", that's it.
Should I go the route of replacing the car, I'm going to look for another 95 Escort.
The solar powered fan has been available on the Toyota Prius Hybrid since 2010. It uses 0 battery, only solar. The link below is a short video on the matter.
1. The Honda Insight Hybrid has a base MSRP of just $18,725- I talked to a dealer out of curiosity and with proper negotiations it can be obtained for $17,000 WITH all taxes, title, tags, dealer fees ect. included. This depends on your negotiating skills but the base MSRP is still just $18,725 for 41 MPG city, 44 MPG highway. Plus it is loaded with modern technology features.
2. Maintenance costs are actually lower than older vehicles, and includes a great warranty. For example, my 2014 Toyota Prius factory recommended oil changes are 10,000 miles with Toyota oil, 15,000 miles with the oil I run in this engine. My last Prius lasted me 223,000 miles with zero issues. Replaced the battery at 116,000 miles and just tires, 1 alignment and oil changes- basic stuff.
*Toyota hybrid batteries have a 10 year warranty on batteries and premature degradation.
My last Toyota Prius Hybrid which was fully loaded lasted 223,000 miles with zero failures. Just basic maintenance- oil changes, tires, 1 alignment, battery replacement free of charge under warranty at 116,000 miles.
Only got rid of it for a newer model with better MPG.
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