I am new to the forum and also looking to buy an I-MiEV; saw this awesome forum and was hoping I could hop in and ask some advice. Ive been doing some research and think its time to ask the pros.
It happens that I have the opportunity to purchase a 2012 i-MiEV with 17,850 miles on it for $4500. Car has open recall for the airbag(s). Its the base model and a build date in Japan of Oct 2011 (LEV50); and the owner has received the extended 10 year warranty letter. I am still concerned about the battery not being the newer LEV50N; should I be with such low mileage? I live on the Big Island of Hawaii and the closest dealership is about a $500 barge trip away to Oahu and the Mitsu dealer says I have to be there in person ($200 plane ticket) the first time any work is done because I am not original registered owner; sounds like bull-honky but whatever maybe its a purchase price negotiation point?
My main question is rather or not I should be concerned with the LEV50 battery? I have read some posts that say don't buy at all unless new LEV50N can be confirmed. To my knowledge, the current owner has been a responsible charger and is only getting rid of car because limited range wont get him to other side of island. Such range anxiety will not likely be an issue for me as this would be my daily commuter with a daily roundtrip well under 40 miles and I have a second petrol car.
So what do you think? What questions am I not asking that I should be?
What might you do in my shoes?
Any advice from the pros is greatly appreciated!