Hello iMiEV fans!
Long time no see. Guess what, that little EV is still in service in Czech Republic.
Every Summer when I visit my home town, the car is there for me. Now, many things happened over those three years, lets get into it:
Since the import, the vehicle was driven by my father when I was in the USA. In the Spring of 2016, the airbag error lamp came off. It turned out to be a long time headache. Local inspection station could not read any codes because they don't have database for the US spec iMiEV and local Mitsu dealer refused to try.
Please remember that the vehicle missed 2 recalls: passenger airbag and impact sensors replacement. After much circling between NA Mitsu and local Mitsu dealer, it looked like I will be out of luck so I paid $$ to buy the branded error code reader.
It clearly showed one of the impact sensors failure.
I am pressing on NA Mitsu again and finally, in May 2017, they agreed to partner with EU representation to arrange for both recalls.
The local dealer didn't get all parts and instructions until November 2017 at which point the vehicle's inspection was expired because you can't drive car in the EU with error light on the dash.
In the mean time, my dad passed away in February 2017
and my mom took over the vehicle.
I have experienced some hard times as my mom suffers neurodegenerative disease and has been feeding me false information about vehicle failures (e.g. she forgot the car does not make noise when started).
In April 2018, I have traveled to CZ to replace 12V battery, got temporary service permit and finally took the car to the local dealer. They replaced 4 impact sensors and passenger airbag. The airbag error light remained!!!
Further, they forgot to attach the hazard light connector in the dash.
I have wondered around and got a tip to expert located in Poland within driving range of the car.
The time was up so I handed the car to my cousin and said: " If you take the car to Poland, have it fixed and make it back for regular inspection, you can drive it as much as you want except of the time I am in Czechia!" He agreed and a few weeks later, the car was fixed.
I visited CZ again last month and let me tell you, the car rides just as new, except the range is maybe ~15% shorter. Given that I have Winter tires on it, this is not too bad.
We can still comfortably travel to my wife's home town in Slovakia (80 km) with luxury margin, charge there and return back. As I type this, my family is in Slovakia enjoying the little iMiEV until later in August when they all return to NJ. Here, I drive my 2015 Nissan Leaf and my wife 2017 Chevy Bolt.
In Bytca, Slovakia
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