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happyAvocado · 28/06/2012 23:35

I need to think of buying a car in a near future and am torn by various reviews.
Is there place where Ican go and ask simple questions, perhaps very dumb ;)

like - if I buy Mitsubishi I-Miev can I charge the battery at work to it's half capacity :) as the full charge is 14 hours, I can charge it at home, but this charge won't last for the round journey & would it have decremental impact on the said battery life

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MrGin · 29/06/2012 09:11

I was going to suggest Pistonheads when I read the thread title.....

....... then I read the post. I'd guess they're a bit 'Jeremy Clarkson' about electric cars over there :o

Google Mitsubishi I-Miev owners club and it comes up with a few options.

happyAvocado · 29/06/2012 10:21

I like to know what's going on under the bonnet if I am about to spend 10K+ on a car

If anyone can suggest an efficient car for my v.long commuting I am not too bothered about staying diesel :)

but as we know the actual mpg are overinflated by all manufacturers, as well as replacement cost of parts too
btw - I drive 115m/day commuting hence my questions :)

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MrGin · 29/06/2012 14:07

I'm not sure you'll find much under the bonnet of the Mitsubishi I-Miev other than a big battery :o

Can't you call up Mitsubishi and ask about the battery issue ?

Personally I'd be looking at a light weight two seater.... how about a Caterham :o

happyAvocado · 29/06/2012 14:14


yes, I should call them and talk to my friend who is an Electrician :)

there's stuff under it's bonnet - I went to an exhibition last year and even was driven in a very quiet electric car

I think the argument here is about known against unknown - and men are more conservative than women (well, from my experience anyway ;))

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flatpackhamster · 01/07/2012 08:39

I drive a diesel Focus. I get 48-50mpg around town and on minor roads. If I drive like my hair's on fire, I get 42 or so. I get 50-55ish on A and B roads and on a long motorway journey if I drive at 65-70 I get nearer to 60MPG.

Heaps of power and torque, 5 adult seats, big boot, good spec. If you're doing 25,000 miles a year, diesel is the way to go.

Can't imagine that a battery-powered car would be economical. It's great for ecomentalists but until they solve the battery problem - which is that it's too heavy, too weedy and too expensive - it's no good for day-to-day use.

happyAvocado · 01/07/2012 17:32

what is the model and year?

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flatpackhamster · 01/07/2012 17:41

I got it in March 2011, and it was one of the very last of the old shape. 2.0L TDCi Zetec. I've had three of them, all with the same beefy 2.0L (140PS) common-rail diesel engine, and all three have been good cars.

happyAvocado · 01/07/2012 23:30

flatpackhamster - thanks for those details
I've created another thread on MN

I got useful advice there too

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