When we purchased 5 years ago our Mitsu dealer service was 12 miles away.
That dealer bailed out of Mitsubishi about 3 years ago. Now our closest is 450 miles one way.
Basically unreachable unless trucked there.
At the time of the great airbag recall there was a dealer service "only" 200 miles away, and after a bit of arm-twisting Mitsubishi paid for a truck to haul our 5 local MiEVs up and back.
But if we ever need repairs that are MiEV unique (not, for example, the conventional brakes, etc.) whether under warranty (such as failure fo the traction battery pack...the only thing still under any warranty AFAIK) or not we're up shits creek.
I have towing service on my auto insurance "to nearest place repairs can be made".... thought that covered me until I read the fine print and saw 50 mile limit. Shopped for third party towing and road service insurance and even the "premium" policy I found had a 150 mile limit.... and none of them would, even if they would cover a long trucking to a distant service dealer they'd never cover bringing the car back home.
I even looked at the option of renting a trailer and hauling it behind my newer Forester..... but the MiEV plus trailer would exceed its towing capacity.
# Are any of you in the same situation.... long way from Mitsubishi service and see the potential problem I do?
# Any ideas for solutions re that risk?
# Do you share my virtual certainty that Mitsubishi would not readily agree to pay for a truck transport to a distant service even in the case of a clearly defective battery still under warranty?
# Would anyone in a similar situation have any interest at all in some kind of class action suit/claim on Mitsubishi (or a publicity campaign at least) based on, basically, that when we purchased we had a reasonable expectation of accessibility of service?