I've been thinking about this quite a bitJoeS wrote:Do let us know if that software update has any noticeable effect on anything 'else', as I'm always leery that such updates may affect the driveability or battery usability of our i-MiEV. I don't know if the manufacturers are allowed to slip in changes for things other than the exact recall issue
The car is basically a rolling computer and as such, minor programming tweaks here and there can improve the way it functions in all sorts of ways - The problem is, it's not hooked up to the Internet like your laptop or TV is . . . . there's no easy way to make those changes
So, I would assume (bad thing to do, I know) that the Mitsu programmers always have a handful of tweaks they would like to apply, but have no way to get them into the car until it's called in for something like a recall. I would bet we got half a dozen tweaks when it was recalled for the vacuum pump replacement and I hope it will be getting half a dozen more this go around. In the meantime, my TV has had a dozen upgrades to it's programming and my laptop has had twice that many
If Mitsu isn't using these recalls to make all the changes they'd like to make, I'd be really disappointed. I just wish they were a bit more upfront and would tell us what they are changing and why. I think most EV owners are lots more 'in tune' with the working of their cars than say Hyundai or Kia drivers . . . .