gunther
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Five years, 70k miles

Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:27 am

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

kalel14
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Re: Five years, 70k miles

Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:45 am

Nice to hear a positive long-term experience.

Twinstangs
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Re: Five years, 70k miles

Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:30 am

Very helpful blog on the 12v problem. Thanks!

Fat Focus
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Re: Five years, 70k miles

Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:26 pm

What are you thinking about to replace the Focus?
2018 Focus Electric
2013 GT350 Supercharged Widebody Convertible
1999 F250 7.3 Crew Cab 6-Speed 4x4
1964 Falcon Convertible 289 4-Speed

gunther
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Re: Five years, 70k miles

Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:01 am

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!

jmueller065
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Re: Five years, 70k miles

Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:00 am

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/
2018 Cajun Red Chevy Bolt
2016 Magnetic C-Max Energi (lease returned)
2014 Sunset Escape
2014 Thor Axis (V-10)
2013 Focus Electric (lease returned Jan 2016 for the C-Max above)
https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/

campfamily
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Location: Southern California

Re: Five years, 70k miles

Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:44 am

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.
GONE - 2015 FFE, Magnetic with leather interior, debadged & tinted
38,500 miles (since May 2015), average 246 Wh/mile

REPLACED WITH - 2018 Tesla Model3, LR RWD, Obsidian Black
11,000 miles (since Nov 2018), average 235 Wh/mile

triangles
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Re: Five years, 70k miles

Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:27 pm

If you could wait there's always the Tesla Model 3 SR.
2014 Blue Candy FFE
http://www.fuelly.com/car/ford/focus/2014/triangles/303811 (since this forum doesn't allow BBcode in sigs)

gunther
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Re: Five years, 70k miles

Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:21 pm

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!

jloucks
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Re: Five years, 70k miles

Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:50 am

Nice, thanks for the update.

We are about to have our paid off too. It will be nice. No gas, no car payment. Yay!!
2014 Chevrolet Corvette
2013 Ford Focus Electric
2009 Cadillac STS V8
2005 Ford Crown Victoria LE
2004 Dodge Ram 3500

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