Phximiev
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New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:46 pm

2012 iMIEV ES
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kiev
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Re: New Owner Again!

Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:55 pm

That's great--way to go Ben!
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Re: New Owner Again!

Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:24 pm

Awesome. Guess he couldn't resist wondering what it's like to drive.
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Re: New Owner Again!

Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:16 am

I am NOT looking at that pic until you edit out the WHITE stuff all around it !

lol

And the little one is adorable.
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Phximiev
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Re: New Owner Again!

Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:16 am

What is the 'white stuff'?

:D
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Re: New Owner Again!

Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:06 am

Way to go, Ben!
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Phximiev
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Re: New Owner Again!

Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:19 pm

This is Ben's new video in his iMiev:

http://youtu.be/idndjjFZzxY
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Re: New Owner Again!

Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:26 pm

Yeah, my drive home was cold, as well. But it wasn't nearly as eventful. Congrats on making it OK.

Ben, should've posted here first. We could've given you some tips. For one, preheating with the Defrost setting instead of HEAT will do a much better job at warming the cabin. Also, if you unplug a quick charger and plug it back in after it stops at 80%, it should continue to charge the car up to near 100%. This takes about 30-40 minutes, vs. 2 hours on level 2.
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New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV

Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:19 pm

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.

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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV

Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:25 pm

Here's my adventure blog of driving the car home.
http://300mpg.org/2015/11/20/imiev-cross-country-snow-storm-road-trip/

Here's the video about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idndjjFZzxY

Of course, I'll have to start making some memes as well. One of the other things I did wrong when I drove the car home was that I never checked the tire pressure. The listed max sidewall on the tires is 51 PSI. The tires were at 32 when I checked them the next day.

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