I am leasing for three years, but I like the car so much (an my monthly payment is so low) I could see myself extending the lease and /or considering a buyout of $20k IF the dealer gave me an iron clad warranty ($3.5k value) included. I am worried about an unexpected out-of warranty failure that would cost thousands. I know there is a 8 year 100k warranty on battery /motor (DRIVETRAIN?- what is the exact language?) but I feel like the computer (gateway), or On board charger, or inverter, or something like that would be an expensive fix and not included in the fine print.
Those are valid concerns. As I understand the battery warranty...it is 8 years / 100,000 miles and no more than 30% degradation. I haven't found the fine print (haven't looked for it) but I'd assume it's much like Tesla's battery warranty that gets voided due to abuse - intentional or otherwise such as leaving the car fully charged over the summer in the heat of a 120 degree Arizona garage. I'd also assume that MB has software to detect how many times you've done a range charge, and may wiggle out of a warranty claim due to extra battery wear.
I've imported several MB's over the years. In order for the warranty to survive crossing the border, the car has to go through a "Canadian conversion" which entails a local dealer swapping out the cluster, shuffling some paperwork, and a shakedown of ~$3000. Apparently, it's the same process for a B250e, however our dealerships may not be equipped to service them at all...our dealers have received no EV service training, and may not have the tools / diagnostic equipment to work on them (I doubt they even have an EVSE - or for that matter, even know what it is). My local dealer is contacting MB Canada for details about this. MBUSA says there is no issue but I should find out tomorrow. The other snag is the annual and required battery check where the closest "EV authorized" dealership to my knowledge is in Seattle. I can't fathom having to drive 900 miles one way 100 miles at a time, having to stop for at least 27 hours to charge the battery along the way or having to rent a flatbed trailer and tow it there on an annual basis. That alone may become a deal breaker. I really want to own/drive an EV but damn there are a lot of compromises.
I imported my VW TDI and accepted not having a warranty in Canada only because I saved ~$9000. The car is now out of warranty with 50,000 miles and without a single issue in the last three years. What are the odds of having the same experience with a B250e?