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 Post subject: Re: Which Model Year/Build Should I Buy, & Mountainous Terra
PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:37 am 
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Mr.250e,

??? Not sure how you go 31 miles, even downhill, and arrive with a near full capacity battery. My last physics class was in high school. Maybe I am underestimating how much regen you will get coming down the hill, hm, very interesting. If so, to go back up the hill should be a breeze, save the double whammy of really cold and the uphill highway driving. Perhaps your engineer friends can do the calculation as it is all calculable.

Bite the bullet and get a good deal on a used MB250e.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Model Year/Build Should I Buy, & Mountainous Terra
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:53 pm 
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31 miles commute each way is easy in a B250e. And if you get the Range charge option -- use it as often as you want -- it does not degrade the battery and it does not get monitored by Mercedes. I have used range charge about 600 times in 3 years -- all winter, for my 60-70 mile round trip commute to NYC. (no charging at work) . The only time I don't use a range charge is on my day off or weekends, or summertime when range is over 100 miles anyway. If you are getting a B250e used and are going to keep it a long time, get every possible option. the sticker (MSRP) should be about $51k. Why not? The special options make the car so much better. Radar cruise control? awesome. Heated Seats, heated windshield, better stereo, etc. these are essential items -- the stock radio is garbage. Leather seats are great. Nav is great. CarPlay, etc. get it all. Try to get a 2015 or 2016 model. Under 20k miles is ideal.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Model Year/Build Should I Buy, & Mountainous Terra
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:20 pm 
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Here's a little update as promised:

I absolutely love my B!

When traveling to work (31 miles one way), I am able to arrive with a full battery compliments of the downhill commute and regen via paddle shifting. This has remained true in the dead of winter with snow tires as well the height of the summer season. I charge upon returning home and do it all over again several days a week.

Things that I particularly like about the B are:
-Its European quality and feel;
-Improved visibility over my last MB;
-Ease of entering and exiting (again as compared to my last MB);
-Utilitarian style and function;
-Winter/mountainous driving is no problem w/Blizzak snow tires, which I've noticed have no appreciable impact on range;
-Cool interior lighting, which you can set to almost any color along the color spectrum;
-Hatchback is great for storing my gym bag and other miscellaneous items out of sight; and
-I've become the "star" of the office, serving as the "Uber/Lyft" driver whenever we have meetings off-site. :D

The only thing I wish the B had is greater range...

If you've figured out how to improve range, please let me know. I'd even consider adding another battery, if that were possible!

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 Post subject: Re: Which Model Year/Build Should I Buy, & Mountainous Terra
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:30 am 
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Mr250e,

Hi, forgot to ask. What happens on commute home from office. You start with 100% but have to drive back up the gentle hill all the way home. On a cold day, I would assume you arrive back with a reserve of 25%? How low has it gotten in the worst of conditions, i.e. cold? I ask to try to gauge how our car performs with consistent pressure on accelerator even in economy range.

Assume you have a top up option near work as I believe you asked about securing provided cable during unattended commercial charging. BTW, when I charge commercially, it is almost always in an attended lot or gated parking lot at work.

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