Hey guys, yep, that's me.
I picked up a 2012 iMIEV. The price was $6995. It has 30,000 miles on it, which seems really high compared to many of the cars out there, but it also has the fancy radio, alloy rims, and quick charger. About the lowest I've seen iMIEVs for lately was $6500, and that was always a base model. So, I feel like I got a pretty good deal. I drove it from the south-west side of Chicago to my house, about 40 miles west of Milwaukee, WI (at night, in the snow, and every other "wrong" thing you could do....)
The car came with the remote and 1 key.
So far, I'm loving it. It's basic, but handy and cute. Hop in, drive, don't use gas. I've been a long-time EV'er, but this is my first commercially built electric car.
There are a couple of outstanding recalls on this car - underbody rust, power brake vac pump, and some other thing. Unfortunately, the closest iMIEV authorized dealer is in McHenry, Illinois, which is about 67 miles from me.
I had an extra copy of the key made at my local hardware store. It unlocks the door fine. In the ignition, it lets me turn on the radio and other accessories. Looks like I'll need to pay the big bucks to get a chipped key, but at least I have a spare to unlock the door when I lock the key inside!
Are there any other options for a second key that can actually power up the car OTHER than the dealer? I checked at the local hardware store. They said chipped keys are usually 70-$80, depending, but that they didn't have my key. (In their book, it just says "Please refer customer to dealer.")
Of the few things that I DON'T like about the car, they are all pretty minor, and are mostly just a matter of getting used to something new and different. That said, it would be nice to have a light in the charging port. A black plug into a black port at night in my dark garage isn't perfect. I'd also like to add a seat heater to the passenger seat, and when summer comes, I bet that tinted windows would be nice. RayJay3 also told me about a hitch available for the car. I'd love to be able to use a small trailer or cargo carrier.