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by oilerlord
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the B-Class Electric Drive
Topic: Next EV?
Replies: 71
Views: 12796

Re: Next EV?

Hey Jeff,

I'm bringing back my VW TDI sportwagen from our place in AZ (when the border opens again, that is). Nothing like owing & driving the yin and yang of vehicles. I love both cars for different reasons.
by oilerlord
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the B-Class Electric Drive
Topic: Next EV?
Replies: 71
Views: 12796

Re: Next EV?

Mimark, Good job on negotiating a good deal. Dealers (from experience) don't want slow moving units piling up on their lots, especially used EV's that just keep hemorrhaging resale, and that salespeople have no incentive or motivation to sell. Your dealer decided their first loss was likely their be...
by oilerlord
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the B-Class Electric Drive
Topic: Next EV?
Replies: 71
Views: 12796

Re: Next EV?

For me, this RAV4 checks off all the boxes:

https://pressroom.toyota.com/toyota-rev ... av4-prime/

- Can do 40-ish mile trips pure EV
- No need to "take the other car" when winter kills my EV's range.
- Roomy / well appointed / reasonably luxurious
- Fast
by oilerlord
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: B-Class Electric Drive News
Topic: Daimler Layoffs?
Replies: 6
Views: 1667

Re: Daimler Layoffs?

I also think that we are already starting to witness a trend where next generation of millennials aren't seeing the value in shoving $30-50K (even if they had it) or a big monthly payment into a vehicle. Notice how so many cuteUV's are coming out - trying so hard to attract a younger audience?
by oilerlord
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: B-Class Electric Drive News
Topic: Daimler Layoffs?
Replies: 6
Views: 1667

Re: Daimler Layoffs?

I think it's Daimler coming to the realization that people (generally) aren't buying cars anymore in favor of minivans disguised as small SUV's. I expect more manufacturers to reduce or eliminate cars from their lineups like Ford has done.
by oilerlord
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: B-Class Electric Drive Pictures and Videos
Topic: 2017, 18k miles, $21K - should I buy?
Replies: 16
Views: 3972

Re: 2017, 18k miles, $21K - should I buy?

I think MB started including Range Plus on 2015 and later model years. My 2014 doesn't have it / no button on the dash. If you're also shooting for 100K, you won't want to use it.
by oilerlord
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: B-Class Electric Drive Pictures and Videos
Topic: 2017, 18k miles, $21K - should I buy?
Replies: 16
Views: 3972

Re: 2017, 18k miles, $21K - should I buy?

Hey Peter, My car doesn't have the range-extender option - not that I'd ever use it anyway. A goal of mine is to see if I can get the car to 100K miles, and still have at least 70-80 miles of range in summer. By then, I could see the car only capable of around 30 miles in extreme cold. At that point...
by oilerlord
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: erorr code p1c0300 -malfunction visit workshop
Replies: 10
Views: 2715

Re: erorr code p1c0300 -malfunction visit workshop

Just a guess, but could this be an issue with the 12V battery? A lot of people don't realize how integral the 12V battery is to the overall operation of the vehicle. It doesn't only power the radio and windshield wipers - critical functions also rely on it. My car is a 2014 model. This winter, I sta...
by oilerlord
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: B-Class Electric Drive Pictures and Videos
Topic: 2017, 18k miles, $21K - should I buy?
Replies: 16
Views: 3972

Re: 2017, 18k miles, $21K - should I buy?

I'll also mention as of today, my B has 47,358 miles on it. I have noticed some battery degradation but that is to be expected - especially in winter. At -20C, (and with the heater ON), the car at best has about a 40 mile range. In summer, my B is still at around 90-95 miles. Regardless of the seaso...
by oilerlord
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: B-Class Electric Drive Pictures and Videos
Topic: 2017, 18k miles, $21K - should I buy?
Replies: 16
Views: 3972

Re: 2017, 18k miles, $21K - should I buy?

RE your concerns: I Googled the service schedule and it lists oil changes at every 5000 miles. Is that a typo? What maintenance is actually required? Yes, obviously oil changes aren't applicable to an electric car. With my 2014 model, I've only changed the battery desiccant cartridge (because there ...

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