As happy as we have been with our Miev we encountered our first serious problem.
At just over 63,000 km (39,140 miles)
One month prior to this event on 2 occasions, we experienced the car had not charged in the morning, when the delayed charging on the Schneider EVS was set to start after midnight.
Our Schneider EVS is not one of the recalled units and the cars software was updated.
I wrote it off as not having latched the connector to the car properly. Now I'm not sure.
I had the car charging for about 3 hours (Level 2) ,just before heading out to pick up Angelika ( my wife) from the train station.
I started the car, put in D and advanced about 50 ft when a whole bunch of warning lights lit up & the car shut down -
The car icon warning light with the exclamation mark stayed lit up and the car would not go.
I thought that maybe I was too quick with the key and tried to a restart at a lot slower pace this time. The car reset and this time quit after 10 feet.
I repeated this several times to try and get the car back into the driveway, each time the car would travel less & less.
I finally got into the drive way and arrange for Mitsubishi to pick it up the next day.
The next morning I drove my ICE car to the service center at my dealership,
The service told me the road side assistance expired along with the full warranty coverage at 60,000 km , 3,000 km ago just my luck.
Our dealer equipped & qualified to service the Mev is 44km ( 27 miles) from our house .
Towing cost over $ 200
Went through the regular sales pitch at the dealer service , they did the scheduled maintenance, sold me a windshield wiper, cabin air filter, brake cleaning, etc. had them change to summer tires.
I complained about noise from one of the wheels when doing a full locked turn, They found I had a plastic inner fender broken caused from ice building up in the front passenger wheel well - ordered that.
They called me at the end of the day that the car was ready, they had road tested it &
didn't find anything wrong with the car.
That's when I had my doubts. I've seen gremlins of this kind before.
Picked up the car and it drove fine all the way home.
I plugged it in overnight - delayed the charging from the wall mounted EVS to start at 2 am.
Next morning at 5:30 am, Angelika left to go to the train station - I usually drive her and keep the car but suggested I stay home with access to or ice car in case she gets stranded
She made it 150 yards and the same scenario happened .
This time I decided to read my warranty manual and discovered that the
Roadside assistance is covered for 3 years UNLIMITED
towing to the closest dealership with qualified staff to do the service - $ 200 sigh of relief - but also a $ 200 argument to look forward to for the previous charges.
Roadside towed it to the dealer and I told them to keep it and drive for several days to make sure the problem is solved .
Now personally I don't have a problem dealing with this within reason.
As an early adapter. I expected to have to deal with several inconveniences
Paying more for the car , several recalls, The possibility of the odd road side break down,
Even inexperienced service staff that is learning.
Now others see this and are judgmental - neighbors especially for EVs
The worst kind of advertising is an EV that is loaded onto a flat bed repeatedly.
Comparing this event with some Ice cars I've owned ..
My Honda Fit had and O2 sensor fail just after the warranty expired, similar scenario
but it did not leave me on the roadside.
will update when I have more news
Last edited by sandange
on Tue May 06, 2014 1:58 am, edited 1 time in total.
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