Had the car into the dealer today for the recall and everything went well - software updated and brake pump inspected. Since this car has never left the high desert, there was never much chance of brake pump or under chassis corrosion.
Interesting point about vehicle behavior changes, but I noticed nothing on the drive back from the dealer (considerably longer than my 3 mile commute home), which included a bit of freeway driving and lots of suburban commercial corridor stop and go (ABQ doesn't have suburbs per se, but most of the city itself is at about that density). Given that, I guess it couldn't have been all that dramatic a change. I'll watch it with a keener eye this weekend, and mention here if I perceive (or imagine
) any newish behavior.
In conversation with the service folks, the dealership's about as frustrated with Mitsu as we are regarding the Outlander PHEV's no-show this year, since "We could sure sell 'em." They're across the street from their group's Chevy dealership and are well aware of how well the Outlander PHEV stacks up against the Volt. As for the i-MiEV, even if Mitsu does resolve battery issues and starts making vehicles available, the dealer will accept orders but has no intention of stocking them, though they're maintaining their certification for servicing the existing handful of i-MiEVs and future Outlander PHEVs (unsurprisingly, it's the same certification). They have kept one 2012 i-MiEV in raspberry that they use as a shuttle, so prospective buyers could at least get a sense of the car's general appearance and configuration.
Overall, MMNA has treated the dealers at least as badly as us, and I don't think they're going to stick their necks out again unless Mitsu provides some support. As I've said so often, customers won't buy what the manufacturer won't even try to sell.