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Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:27 am
by gunther
Hey all, I haven't posted here in almost five years but thought I'd provide a little update. I passed 5 years of FFE ownership back in May (no more payments!) and am now over 70k miles. This pic is from a while back.

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I'm still really happy with the car. I haven't noticed any dropoff in battery capacity and haven't had any major problems, although I did run into the dead 12V battery a few times. In fact, I wrote up a blog post about what I learned on that, not sure if this is now common knowledge, if not it might be helpful for anyone with 12V problems. The car been my daily commuter this entire time and I've probably gone through about 3,000 charge cycles at this point. Unfortunately my HOV lane decal is going to expire at the end of this year and can't be renewed, so I need to buy a new EV to get a new sticker. :( But I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of this car, and plan to give it to my 16-year old so it stays in the family.

Cheer!
gunther

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:45 am
by kalel14
Nice to hear a positive long-term experience.

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:30 am
by Twinstangs
Very helpful blog on the 12v problem. Thanks!

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:26 pm
by Fat Focus
What are you thinking about to replace the Focus?

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:01 am
by gunther
Fat Focus wrote:What are you thinking about to replace the Focus?
Most likely a Chevy Bolt. My biggest complaint about the Focus is the small range. But I'm open to suggestions!

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:00 am
by jmueller065
gunther wrote:
Fat Focus wrote:What are you thinking about to replace the Focus?
Most likely a Chevy Bolt. My biggest complaint about the Focus is the small range. But I'm open to suggestions!
I'm pretty happy with my Bolt.

Been making a few blog posts about it too: https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:44 am
by campfamily
gunther wrote:
Fat Focus wrote:What are you thinking about to replace the Focus?
Most likely a Chevy Bolt. My biggest complaint about the Focus is the small range. But I'm open to suggestions!
If you can wait a few months, you may want to consider a Hyundai Kona or Kia Niro; those will both be out late 2018 / early 2019, and should have range similar to the Bolt at a similar price. The non-EV versions of those vehicles are out in the US now, so you could go and take a look at them now to see if you're interested. The full EV versions are being sold in Europe and Korea now, and have had excellent reviews.

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:27 pm
by triangles
If you could wait there's always the Tesla Model 3 SR.

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:21 pm
by gunther
jmueller065 wrote: I'm pretty happy with my Bolt.

Been making a few blog posts about it too: https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/
Great blog! Super relevant to me as I think about a Bolt as well, thanks!

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:50 am
by jloucks
Nice, thanks for the update.

We are about to have our paid off too. It will be nice. No gas, no car payment. Yay!!