Gotta share this, as my first i-MiEV's ownership just crossed three years.
Received a letter from Mitsubishi telling me, after a few scary words ("Due to the extremely high
(their emphasis) and constantly rising
cost of auto repairs..."), that I am pre-qualified to receive a special offer to extend coverage of my factory warranty. Out of curiosity, I called them up and after a bit of beating around the bush with payment plans I asked for simply the up-front cost for my three-year-old i-MiEV with 36K miles on it.
A 5-year 75K mile plan is $2777, with $100 deductible
A 4-year 100K mile plan is $2900, with $100 deductible
Of course, the salesguy rattled off a whole bunch of things that were NOT covered (oil changes
, brake wear, tires, etc.).
When I declined, the salesperson followed up with more scary comments regarding my exposure…
Let's see, my costs so far have been a set of tires, a dome light, and a cabin air filter (I just blow the thing clean nowadays).
So far, I am extremely happy with the way Mitsubishi's engineers have designed the i-MiEV from a reliability standpoint. Hope I don't have to eat my words in the future… besides, I now have a spare car in case something goes wrong.