JoeS wrote:I'm happy that your dealer stuck up for you, and with a new pack you're good for many years to come, especially as you'll probably get the LEV50N cells.
I wouldn't bank on that
I know if I was running the circus, I would be taking in all the defective packs replaced under warranty and analyzing what problems they had and replacing any defective cells (with good used cells from other failed packs) and thoroughly testing the pack. Those 'refurbished' old packs would be what *I* would be using for new warranty claims - Why put a brand new $10K pack in a 5 year old car which has a value of about half that?
I might be completely wrong . . . . but if I was in charge of the Mitsu warranty program, that's how I would be running it. The warranty is just to make the car serviceable again - Nobody is guaranteed a 'new' battery. Refurbishing old packs would save 75 or 80% of the cost of warranty claims and I'm sure they know that
I couldn't agree more. Given the openly dishonest conduct by Mitsubishi and their admissions concerning falsifying their mileage representations, which includes by the way, the mileage representation for the iMiev, IMO they may do anything to reduce the cost of their warranty claims or reject them as long as possible. See the forum topics here for a discussion of the Mitsubishi admissions.
The question remains as to what cell is in your replacement pack? It wouldn't surprise me at all that Mitsubishi used older LEV50 cells rather than the newer LEV50N cells. It also wouldn't surprise me if the specifications for the LEV50N cell were falsified either.
If there is an effort on the part of iMiev owners, first it should be to formulate a way to identify the cells used in the packs. My initial thoughts are to stick a small camera of some kind through the AC duct to see if the cells can be photographed (taking all safety precautions also). After that, to formulate a replacement cell of some kind.
I have posted this before, but it is worth repeating here, to wit, every purchaser of an iMiev should know what cell is in the vehicle and should know the condition of those cells before purchasing the car.
Given their admissions, caution should be exercised.