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  1. BadgerGreg

    Second Thoughts Put to Bed

    I was stranded twice, both times after about a year of ownership and ~20,000 miles. Although it's fixed and I honestly still like the car, I'm a bit stressed out about the potential for it happening again; especially since I road trip a lot. I ended up purchasing a BMW i4 M50 (pictured below)...
  2. BadgerGreg

    BlueCruise Easily Fooled

    My personal rule with driving assistance (ADAS) is that it's not a very good idea in urban freeways with lots of traffic. Best to stay engaged and be ready for the unexpected. ADAS is better suited for long-distance interstate travel; long stretches of lower traffic between cities. Urban...
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    Stranded due Likely to High Voltage Battery Issue (HVB) & Ford's Response

    Unless it was an auto shutoff due to heat, which happened to me the first time (and was fixed by clearing the codes). It's possible that's what happened here, but not necessarily so.
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    Stranded due Likely to High Voltage Battery Issue (HVB) & Ford's Response

    Sorry you're dealing with this; it happened to me twice, but neither time was it on the road. My guess is that the dealer needs to communicate with Ford Mach E engineers to correctly diagnose the issue, and that takes extra time to coordinate. Because this is a new technology for Ford, the...
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    Safety Recall 22S41 - 2021-2022 Mach E - HVBJB Recall [high voltage battery main contactors may overheat]

    Honestly, we should be counting our blessings, as there is no dictate that we park our cars outside or away from other cars like the Bolt battery fiasco. This is pretty mild in comparison.
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    It's official: Car washing in my city is now forbidden

    Recycled wastewater and desalination plants are going to be inevitable, as they are in other similar climates. The only downside of recycled wastewater is that, while it's clean and technically safe, it's really hard to filter out the complex compounds from pharmaceuticals that pass through the...
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    Stop Safely Now (HVBJB): Mach-E Owners Biggest Fear - Facts and Info Thread

    Make sure your service techs test the car on the road and put it through the motions after installing the replacement HVBJB, then park it and restart the car to make sure it's working. When I had my HVBJB replaced in April, the replacement HVBJB failed after the road test (I think after they...
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    Stop Safely Now (HVBJB): Mach-E Owners Biggest Fear - Facts and Info Thread

    Me either. No warnings before the failure. Also, one failure happened during cold weather, and the second time it happened during moderate spring weather.
  9. BadgerGreg

    Stop safely now

    Since you got a 12V battery warning, it's a good sign that it's not the high voltage system. It may be a simple 12V battery replacement.
  10. BadgerGreg

    Car stuck in middle of intersection, all sorts of lights and warnings. TERRIBLE service so far. *EDIT* Car fell off the rack at dealer

    Sorry to hear about that...glad you're safe! Reach out to @Ford Motor Company; they may be able to give you options to secure a rental car to bridge between now and when the dealership can give you a loaner. They helped me out in the past when I was stranded; I can't guarantee they'll cover...
  11. BadgerGreg

    2000 Mile Road Trip from Boston MA to Xenia, OH and Back

    Great summary - thanks for sharing! Regarding the Blink charging session at the hotel, I'm curious about that experience. Did you pay for that charge? Assuming you did, how much did you pay? My experience with Blink isn't so great; they charge per minute and at 5-7 kW, you end up paying a...
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    2000 Mile Road Trip from Boston MA to Xenia, OH and Back

    Agreed on being afraid; although my experience at EA stations has generally been positive (so far) I don't see new stations going in nearly at the rate we need to have them installed in order to stay ahead of demand. For all the fanfare I've seen from EA regarding system expansion, I haven't...
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    Short but long trip…report

    Based on where you live and the distance for your bi-weekly trip, you certainly bought the right trim (California Route 1). Make sure you download and use PlugShare - EV Charging Station Map - Find a place to charge your car! Plugshare will show you Level 2 and Level 3 chargers on your route...
  14. BadgerGreg

    EV Arbitrage: Selling my Mach E

    As I understand, Driveway processes the payment first and then picks up your car. I'll be sending my title, existing loan, and bank account info to them via UPS overnight. They pay off the loan with Ford Credit and wire the proceeds to my bank account. Then they schedule a pickup. Most...
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    EV Arbitrage: Selling my Mach E

    I'm proceeding with Driveway, although the entire process hasn't played out yet. Based on others' experiences, it appears to be completely legit and relatively smooth. It isn't as immediate as Carfax and Carvana, but the offer was better. I'm sending in my paperwork in the next day or two and...
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    EV Arbitrage: Selling my Mach E

    You get to keep the credit, provided that you intended to own and use the car as your own. The 'intent' is broadly defined, and there's probably no way to enforce that. You could buy a car, drive it a few months (or a few weeks, or DAYS), and decide you don't like it. That's good enough for...
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    EV Arbitrage: Selling my Mach E

    Yeah, I think of it as a slightly smaller version of the Mach E GTPE. Definitely a little less 'utility'. My wife always drives the larger car (Ford Explorer now), so we have the room when we need it. I've usually always had the smaller and zippier car, and she hasn't complained about that...
  18. BadgerGreg

    EV Arbitrage: Selling my Mach E

    Although I wouldn’t consider BMW ownership ‘beta testing’. They’ve been manufacturing EVs for years and have a lot more experience than many other auto companies when it comes to this tech.
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    EV Arbitrage: Selling my Mach E

    Good advice; I’ll be on the lookout for that. Driveway gave me the best offer, so I’m hoping to close with them.
  20. BadgerGreg

    EV Arbitrage: Selling my Mach E

    Same thing happened to me with Carvana. Because the MME is a high value car, you need to create an account and contact one of their appraisers. It goes through multiple appraisers before you get an official offer. It takes a couple of days to get the offer that way.
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