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Firstly, can I check how many miles they have done in battery alone and with engine assurance?

Are high milers risky or would the motorway use be easier on the car?

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The cars do not split the mileage but if you have the overall calculated MPG and the mileage you can roughly work out the split. This may need the overall to be displayed in metric units to get a usable number and not just 250+mpg shown on cars with a high electric mileage. see example below

As the petrol engine is run at one of just a few speed settings and not revved up and down like a conventional engine, I would expect it to last longer than the engine its based on. If you like it has an easy life ;)
The electric transaxel seems almost bullet proof apart from the bearing that is known about and is relativly easy to have fixed.

Example (mine)
Imp 45406 miles traveled display 250+MPG
Metric 73075km display 1.04l/100km
From the second you can see it has used 760 litre (rounded) or 167 gallons
If you assume the car does 50mpg that is 8350 miles on petrol.

This is not that accurate due to how the mileage is assigned but should give a good estimation.
 

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If I was thinking of buying a second Ampera, I would go for one that was out of warranty because it seems to reduce the purchase price significantly. This would make it well worth the gamble . . .
 

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If I was thinking of buying a second Ampera, I would go for one that was out of warranty because it seems to reduce the purchase price significantly. This would make it well worth the gamble . . .
Indeed - can be from £2k difference and up (ignoring R Symonds!).

My Zoe is great but in for another warranty claim so thinking of changing. But don’t want to swap one highish risk for something unknown to me and not covered (atleast Renault pay for it all!).


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There are currently 14 Amps listed on eBay and four of these are listed at around £8k which is half what I paid for mine five months ago. I don't think they are going down in price any more than any other car - I am guessing there are a few high milers coming off lease and that is why the prices are more affordable. If you want to buy an EV that is comfortable and reliable - then these lower priced examples must be worth a punt even if you have to invest a bit more at a reliable specialist dealer (like Bellingers) to make sure that everything works as it should . . .
 

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I have a 148,000 mile Ampera, almost had it 12 months now, been absolutely spot on, not spent a single penny on it, awesome car ! I (personally) wouldn’t chase low mileage cars, they’re too big money, mine was £7880
 

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Sounds good Paul :)

Seen one which had a FSH but one was at Halfords - disappointing as something may have been missed :(


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I have a 148,000 mile Ampera, almost had it 12 months now, been absolutely spot on, not spent a single penny on it, awesome car ! I (personally) wouldn’t chase low mileage cars, they’re too big money, mine was £7880
Well for my first EV, I figured a low mileage example with a full service history would be worthwhile. I know I spent far too much (and I wanted one in Crystal Red) but one lives and learns. If I could have been more patient (something I have never been known for!) I may well have purchased a less expensive example. In my limited experience, so far, the Ampera is a truly excellent car with very few faults and the few faults that may be found are fixable. If you can get one for less than £9k it must be an excellent buy that should be snapped up without delay.
 

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Seen one which had a FSH but one was at Halfords - disappointing as something may have been missed :(
You shouldn't worry too much about where it was serviced unless you are after the warranty.
All they do is change the oil in the engine every two years and walk around under the car with a camera. If you are lucky you get a new battery.......in the key fob!
The electrical system isn't generally servicable and looks after itself.
 

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Mine is in at Drive Leicester tomorrow for a minor service costing £125 including the "Service Club" discount.
I will watch the video with great interest considering how much it will cost and look forward to high definition wide screen or more likely the normal box brownie shaky hand standard.
 

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Well its had the service but there isn't much listed apart from screenwash. I guess the engine oil change is next year.
There is a tick sheet that confirms my suspicion that the wheels are all there and it stops when I press the middle pedal.

I didn't even get a new fob battery for my £125 but they did wash it although typically it was washed by me on Sunday.
Didn't get the video that I was told I would get and they even have the mileage wrong on the invoice!

Am I the only one thinking that a £35 MOT is a far better annual safety check of a car where they concentrate on the parts that matter and even do a brake check on a rolling road than this very cursory but very expensive stealership visual "service"?

Anyway, that's the last "service" that the warranty requires so future srvicing will be done at home.
 

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I didn't even get a new fob battery for my £125
Count yourself lucky! I've recently had to pay £300 at Arnold Clarke Manchester for the oil change service (plus counting of wheels of course, thrown in for good measure). This keeping warranty intact business is a two edged sword!
 

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I have a 148,000 mile Ampera, almost had it 12 months now, been absolutely spot on, not spent a single penny on it, awesome car ! I (personally) wouldn’t chase low mileage cars, they’re too big money, mine was £7880
can I ask what kind of electric range you getting? I'm hoping to commute around 40 miles a day if I buy - what percentage you guess would be in EV mode?
 

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Over 20k miles and 3 years I've averaged 32 on electric. Varies from a high of 52 on a flat test run in summer to low 20s in stop start hilly winter conditions. Most of my miles are pottering around Bristol which is fairly busy and hilly, so I'm sure others on here can beat my mileage. Around 12 C seems to be the temperature at which there is a noticeable drop off in mileage.
A fabulous car though, the best I've ever had.
 

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Over 20k miles and 3 years I've averaged 32 on electric. Varies from a high of 52 on a flat test run in summer to low 20s in stop start hilly winter conditions. Most of my miles are pottering around Bristol which is fairly busy and hilly, so I'm sure others on here can beat my mileage. Around 12 C seems to be the temperature at which there is a noticeable drop off in mileage.
A fabulous car though, the best I've ever had.
 

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I do a 36 mile round trip daily more than 95% of my journeys are electric 104 gallons for 31K miles in petrol mode, look for a route that is as flat as possible even if it's longer, avoid high speeds and you will be fine for 30+ miles even in poor conditions depending on heater settings and the like.
I used a cycling route planner to find my favourite route, the amp does between 4 and 5 miles per Kwh, Pre heating the car and the battery is essential to get range in cold weather. There are many articles on the site by Donald and others about how to maximise the range
 
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