Probably like many of you I promised myself that the next car I purchased would be electric. With 3 kids, working for myself, and 6kW Solar on the roof, there were many factors that were needed in order to get the right car for our family.
The Outlander was the way to go. But a new one was out of my price range, so I started looking into second hand.
Found a 2018 model, with 45,000 km on the clock.
I've been really excited, the original dream was to use the advertised 40-50km on EV mode to do the errands, and charge during the day under the power of the sun.
But gosh, I'm finding the fuel efficiency to be horrendous.
I am going to start writing down the trips I do, and how many km's I get out of the EV mode, but even then, once the battery is drained, the fuel level seems to just evaporate!
There seem to be so many ways of driving this car, that it's a bit confusing. Plus, I don't know how far the batteries would have degraded over the 45,000km from the previous owner. (It was a council owned car)
Now, I have seen that there is a wealth of knowledge on this forum already. And I've only just started reading, so I've got a lot to learn, but I figured that it would be best to be specific about my questions.
First question. Is there a way to check if the batteries are just not great anymore? I'm taking it to the Mitsubishi service center on Tuesday to get the Wifi
SSID/password scanned. Because it didn't come with the car from the dealer. I mentioned whether they could do a battery diagnostic on the car, and they said it didn't work that way. But they didn't say it with much confidence so I'm doubting them somewhat.
Secondly, am I just driving it wrong?! - So far, I had just been putting the car into Eco mode, setting the regenerative braking to B3, and then just trying to drive carefully. I figure I'd get much better range with the Air-con off, but in the Australian heat, it's just not a pleasant thing to do.
Thirdly, is there a checklist of other things to check for newbies like me. I think I read somewhere that keeping the tyre pressure high is really important for some reason, things like that I guess.
Lastly, every now and then the proximity sensor will ping even when there are no cars around. And once the wiper started up for no reason. Are these things I should be concerned about, or are they common gremlins? (I've actually never had a car with proximity sensors before)
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