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  1. Collecting a B250e from 200 miles away.

    General Mercedes EV Discussion
    Thanks for confirming and the tip about Milton Keynes. Re the range extender, the owner of this car I am enquiring about has said that the range extender needs to be activated before charging, which is what you are saying too I think? had previously I assumed you activated it when you were...
  2. Collecting a B250e from 200 miles away.

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    Thanks. Sadly my wife (who this car is for) has ruled out black and grey. There's a really nice grey one with cream leather out there, but she's adamant that it needs to be blue or white. There's a really nice white one in Cardiff, a scant 140 miles way but it's nearly £19k which feels like a...
  3. Collecting a B250e from 200 miles away.

    General Mercedes EV Discussion
    My hunt for a B250e continues and there is a car that ticks almost all the right boxes including the range extender but I have been discounting it as it's 200 miles away. Given the MB doesn't rapid charge I assumed would be too big a challenge but now I'm thinking it might be possible. Getting...
  4. B250e - Missing Service vs Warranty

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    My hunt for a B250e continues, which led me to go and see this yesterday. I've no idea what possess dealers to arrange their stock like this, especially as I'd phoned ahead 24 hrs earlier, but there we go. Just over three years old, two owners, 20k miles, all the right spec. Chinese "Azenis"...
  5. Time to go electric

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    Quick update then on the recent Leaf test drive. This one was at the Nissan dealer in Crawley. Advertised as a 1 owner car with full history and 38k miles. From the photos it looked very promising. However it had a badly resprayed rear passenger door (lots of pigtails visible and an uneven...
  6. Time to go electric

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    I didn't drive the i3. I'd happily drive one, in that I am on board with the looks, although I was very surprised when I posted a picture of one on my Instagram and a lot of people called it ugly because that's not how I see it at all. Progressive yes, ugly no. But those doors really will be a...
  7. Time to go electric

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    This really surprises me, but then I guess it depends what ICE you've got. Certainly I've driven some dubious cars in my time, usually hire cars while on holiday, but generally a car I'd chose to drive everyday I'd want to be of sufficient merit that I didn't opt for the bike when it was dry let...
  8. B250e test drive - any top tips

    General Mercedes EV Discussion
    So, as previously mentioned, I had a test drive in a Nissan Leaf at the weekend. There were some issues with this particular example and frankly the dealer principle should be ashamed of himself for allowing it to be on the forecourt, but that's for another thread. I'll be honest, it...
  9. B250e test drive - any top tips

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    I definitely don't want to run one out of warranty either, so I am looking at examples in the main dealer network.. My wife is also insisting on a warranty as it goes, as the DSG gearbox in her Q5 let go last year shortly after 4 years and 40k miles. Thankfully we had bought the extended...
  10. B250e test drive - any top tips

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    I had heard that people picked these up cheap back in the day but even so £20k is incredible, given that they are £15k + now three years on. Fortune favours the brave (early adopter) it seems. I've now driven a Leaf too, but more on that below.
  11. B250e test drive - any top tips

    General Mercedes EV Discussion
    Firstly, sorry to hear about your wife. That's an interesting swing in value from WBAC for what is only a 4-5 month period and fits with what I had been seeing for cars advertised. FWIW I'd happily pay top dollar for a car that had everything I wanted and was from a main dealer (or private if...
  12. Time to go electric

    Ice Breakers
    Interesting, thanks. Have you done all those 110k miles in the Model S or was it 2nd hand when you got it? Good going if they were all yours. The lack of rapid charging is an interesting point. Take the other weekend, 80 mile journey to see my brother and then the return, which I did in my...
  13. Time to go electric

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    That's very interesting, thank you. The i3 and Zoe are probably too spaced constrained but I do like the idea of the Ioniq or the Leaf for a few months. I wonder what the typical age/mileage of one of their cars is?
  14. Time to go electric

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    The Soul EV is a good suggestion actually, although I do find the looks "challenging" compared to the others. I shall investigate further.
  15. Time to go electric

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    Thanks Andrew for the reply. I had a look at an i3 on Friday at a place that also had a Leaf 24. Sadly the rear door arrangement is going to be too big an issue with the need to constantly get two small children in and out twice a day (nursery run), which is a shame as I do like them. When you...
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