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So - Mrs Calypso’s 2010 Ford Kuga recently passed its MOT, but with an advisory due to a small leak of exhaust gases from the flexi pipe. Apparently - according to anyone I took the car for a quote - this is a labour intensive thing to replace. Subframe down etc. To add to the pain, the rest of the exhaust, while gas tight, is pretty rusty and needs replacing - so all in, about £1300.  It’s also needing some bushes at the rear, a timing belt replaced, and within a couple of thousand miles, front brakes. Easy £2500 all in. The car is worth £2700.
 

SO

 

We traded it in for this - a 2015 Hyundai ix35.  We got a great deal, it costs buttons per month, it’s cheaper to tax, insure etc. Some nice features too - heated front AND rear seats anyone?

 

the Koreans really seem to have their act together!  FSH, full major service just done, and nothing obvious needing attention for a long time. 


 

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Look slovely that. Its amazing now how modern cars become so quickly uneconomical to repair. I think the future will be worse with batteries etc.. meaning £5-8k replacement cost making them uneconomical to repair at a much younger age. 

 

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Sensible move Mark. 

 

New motor looks good. Is it 4 wheel drive?

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47 minutes ago, E39mad said:

Sensible move Mark. 

 

New motor looks good. Is it 4 wheel drive?


No Rupert, front wheel drive only. 4x4 not really worth the penalty you pay in weight, fuel economy and specialist parts. 
 

Although we live near Inverness, we have never not been able to move around because of snow. We found when we had our E46 on winter tyres, that it was better than a lot of 4x4s on normal ones. 

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2 hours ago, sanjx said:

Look slovely that. Its amazing now how modern cars become so quickly uneconomical to repair. I think the future will be worse with batteries etc.. meaning £5-8k replacement cost making them uneconomical to repair at a much younger age. 

 


For sure. We never buy cars new - we take them at 4 - 6 years old, after they have perhaps had their first wave of replacement parts. I’m not sure I would want to buy an electric at that age, unless the batteries had been replaced. 
 

that said, the technology is moving pretty quickly, so perhaps this will be addressed. 

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Its quite amazing how well these battery vehicles are lasting and clocking big miles.  Just the other day i watched a youtube video on a 2014 tesla with 140K miles on the clock and its still on original brakes.  Plenty stories of them hitting half a million miles with little repairs.  They seem better than we thought, i am in the same boat wouldnt have looked at an old battery but i might be taking a re-think..

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What would be interesting to see is the battery capacity/mileage range on a vehicle with that mileage. How much has it decreased since new and what state of health is it in. The constant discharging/re-charging is what kills these types of batteries in the long run. 

Tesla are putting a new type of Battery in Tesla 3's for their production run, which should have a longer life and be less affected by charge cycles. 

 

video link here

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I believe that Tesla are covering the batteries for 8 years, so it’s in your interest to clock the miles and get a new battery out of them if any problems.  I’m sure i had heard them mention that the car was still achieving around 284 miles to a charge which is still good after that time.

 

Like you say be good to know what sort of capacity loss is going to occur after this time, however for company car owners clocking the miles the service costs as well as cost of charging considering these early Tesla's benefited from free charging for life.  Not so good now i don’t think..

This is one of the videos i watched. 

 

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These days if you have your own business you can write off the cost of buying an EV against your taxes, so you can get a free car essentially . . . .  that's what i'd be doing if i was in that position. Use it as a company car for free, and selling it is 100% profit

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I'm not self employed so went the complete opposite to EV and have just bought myself a G11 750i. We're all going to end up electric at some point in the future so may aswell enjoy the fossil fuels whilst we can (and no EV is going to sound as good as an ICE!)

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