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When to say goodbye

Thu Mar 17, 2022 5:17 am

I have a 2017 FFE, with an 8 year Ford Premium Care zero deductible warranty.

Been a member of the forum for some time, and have come to this possible conclusion.

I should dump my FFE BEFORE the warranty expires, because if it's after the warranty, and I experience a coolant leak, I have a 2 ton WORTHLESS paperweight sitting in my driveway.

Is that a "correct" conclusion? Your thoughts?

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Re: When to say goodbye

Thu Mar 17, 2022 7:17 am

Or the other way to look at it is that you got your purchase value out of your car for 8 years. Everything beyond 8 years is a free bonus until it dies.

I intend to keep my '14 FFE until it's eventual death. I view every day past the my 8 year warranty that expires in November as a bonus. The car has practically paid for itself in gas savings alone.

It isn't completely worthless when it dies. At a minimum a Junk Yard will give you a few hundred for it. You could probably make more by harvesting the battery cells if you have the skill set to do that without electrocuting yourself and selling them to the DIY crowd.

It is hard to justify keeping it as a second car though when Ohio charges a $200/year tax on it.

Back to your point, 100% the FFE is a disposable car outside of warranty. Especially since there are no economically viable battery repair/replacement options.
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Re: When to say goodbye

Thu Mar 17, 2022 11:18 am

Call me crazy!! I’m in the same boat as you are. I will reach 100k first. (Probably with a couple months to go on warranty!) My thought is to bypass upper pack hoses prior to a leak happening!? Say at 99,999… Another member suggested putting moisture sensors in the pack and at the first hint of moisture bypass the hoses. Just a thought because we will be way ahead dollar wise and I really like the FFE. And California gas is 559 today…

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Re: When to say goodbye

Thu Mar 17, 2022 7:20 pm

So what about getting an extended warranty for the battery? Is that possible?
Even if it was a $1000 for an additional 5 years, that would be great insurance.

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Re: When to say goodbye

Thu Mar 17, 2022 7:38 pm

Next time you get a call about your cars extended warranty, strike up a conversation ;)
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Re: When to say goodbye

Thu May 05, 2022 10:04 pm

Had to say goodbye to my 2013 FFE about a year ago. Lasted about 8.5 years. Battery coolant leak.

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