cdysthe
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Should we get a 2014?

Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:02 pm

Hi,

We've been looking for an iMiev for a while but they have slipped away or been too far away for us to be able to buy them. Now our local CarMax has one. It's a 2014 with nearly 30K miles on it for $5990. CarMax is where we have gotten all our vehicles over the last few years so we feel comfortable buying from them. They also give us a great trade in for our older car. We have already decided on an iMiev. It is perfect for our use as a popping around town vehicle. For longer trips we have our trusty Outlander GT. Our main worry is the 30K miles. The car looks perfect and nearly new, but those 30K miles make me worry a bit. I have no experience with EV's and do not know what 30K miles does to a battery. Should we get this (blue) 2014, or keep looking? The CarMax warranties are good, but I do not know how their translate to an EV.

Any advice greatly appreciated. Happy Holidays btw! :)

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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:05 pm

The battery is warranted against failure for 10 years or 100K miles, so getting a 2014 gives you a couple extra years of warranty vs buying a 2012. How the battery holds up has proven to be pretty much a non-issue. Failures are pretty rare and Mitsu has been great about getting the car fixed at no charge

Since this one is local to you and the price is very good for the year/miles, I would say "Go for it!" . . . . before another one slips away

Don
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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:10 pm

Go for it.

After owning an i-miev for four years I would not hesitate to buy a used ev that was in good shape.

Pete

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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:39 pm

Hi,

Okay guys. We're going for it right now. Will drive it home in 30 minutes or so :)

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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:24 pm

cdysthe wrote:Okay guys. We're going for it right now. Will drive it home in 30 minutes or so :)
Excellent decision, and that's a nice color. What a great family Christmas present, for a good price! We can all see the EV grin on your face. :D BTW, whereabouts are you located?
http://myimiev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=3196
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:07 pm

You guys won't believe what happened. They hadn't charged it and I do not know how to check that yet. Just assumed it was charged. It died on an icy freeway in Massachusetts after 10 miles . Still 8 miles to go. Police came to protect us from plows. CarMax had to send a tow truck which took us home with the new car. Charging now. What a way to start our EV/IMiEV experience!

Only way now is up! Merry Christmas!

I'll be back with a million questions :)

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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:51 pm

OMG! :o

First of all, good that you plugged it in immediately.

You have two gauges on the dashboard that would have given you plenty of advance warning:

Fuel gauge, on the left side of the instrument panel. It shows battery charge level in sixteen bar increments. One bar gives you roughly four miles of range.

Range Remaining, on the right side of the instrument panel. You need to push the little selector button until a number with a left-facing horizontal arrow under it shows up. This predicts the number of miles you can drive, based on battery charge level and how the car was driven for the past 15 miles (it's a 15-mile moving average). If your driving is consistent, it is a very reliable predictor.

In practice, I almost never let the charge level get below two bars, and almost never fully charge the car either. We can get into that later. In this case, fully fully charging the car all the way up to the top and letting it eventually turn itself off all in one unbroken charging cycle will actually be good as it will ensure that the individual cells will be balanced and it will perform an internal recalibration as well, as who knows how long the car has been sitting unused.

Hope you got a good night's sleep. What a traumatic start to your EV ownership. :cry:
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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:52 am

Thank you so much. That was a great crash course in how to stay in power so to speak.

We live in Massachusetts but I'm a Norwegian so I'm very used to have EVs all around me when I visit there, There's iMiEV's everywhere you turn and both my sister and brother has one. It's just that they were never mine. I just borrowed one to go to the store or to my office over there. CarMax didn't seem very well informed or prepared either and we were tired and wanted to get the thing home for Christmas.

CarMax knocked off another $500 after this happened and my wife and I had a romantic adventure in the dark on the freeway waiting to be rescued. We love our little blue battery car even more now after we had to rescue it :)

My teenage son's comment when we came home in the ice storm on a tow truck was: "I knew it!". He is learning to drive and it's not exactly what he wants to show his friends. I told him the girls will flock to you when you show up in the iMiEV. He was not convinced.

Interestingly enough driving from the dealership is probably the longest trip the iMiEV will take with us. From now on it's only to school, grocery store and to the beaches around Gloucester with a free parking and charge outside city hall now and then :)

My 7 year has daugher has named it "The Kitten Car". No way to change that now :)

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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:04 am

cdysthe, you've had your i-MiEV for over a month and been subjected to some of the most horrific winter weather as a cruel initiation into your i-MiEV ownership experience. Just curious how the i-MiEV is working out for you?
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

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Re: Should we get a 2014?

Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:22 am

The iMiev is working out great. When it gets really cold it loses some range and it doesn't get warm as fast as gas cars do. Before we got it we had defined pretty narrowly what we will use it for and what the limitations would be. But since it is a "around town" car for us we haven't found much to dislike. It even digs itself through some snow and behaves nicely on slippery winter roads. Since it's rear wheel drive it behaves a little differently from what we are used to but it gets to from A to B in rain, ice, blizzards, fog and cold. The preheat options using the remote is great! I start that when I get up in the morning so the car is ice free and relatively warm by the time I take kids to school. There are charging options in the towns we go to, mainly Ipswich and Gloucester here in MA so we do not get to experience real range angst even. My wife took the car to the goat farm she works at from time to time up in Newburyport. That got pretty close to no bars when home again but it all went fine.

Love in the iMiev and not having a car loan to pay off :)

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