I really like the idea of an outlander PHEV, however I'm in two minds. My commute is 50 miles long, sometimes 70. And motorway economy is a concern. However we have two cars in the household and I could swap with the wife (providing she doesnt think the car is too big) which would address that issue.
So I'm contemplating perhaps setting my sights lower and buying an early and perhaps higher mileage model in order to try out the PHEV way of life, if it works for me and our family, perhaps sell it in a year or so and get a newer one (perhaps a 2.4l would be in range and then jump to that).
So I have some questions if you could provide any insight as owners
- What EV range/capacity/SOC should I expect at higher mileage (100k miles+)
- Are there any common faults or expensive maintenance items associated with higher mileage vehicles to look out for? (heard rear motor mounts wear out and driveline oil should be changed too).
- Will I be buying a money pit at that age/mileage?
- Is rust/corrosion an issue? Being Mitsubishi is there any underbody protection? Wax injection, galvanising etc? Where should I look?
I do my own servicing and am an automotive engineer by profession so I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty on oily bits every now and again (service items, fluid changes mainly - especially on the daily, I've a classic Jaguar XK8 for hobby restoration work etc). I tend to buy cars out of warranty anyway and do my own servicing in-line with (or more frequently) OEM recommendations, as I just find that suits my budget.
I've seen early cars can now be had for maybe £8-9k (less for 3H and proper high mileage ones) but I guess the question is, is that false economy? The price point is certainly more palatable for me as a trial, and I can fund this price point quite comfortably, which I'm more enclinded to take a punt on so to speak. Spending more I'm less comfortable without more self justification.
I've seen some very nice cars around the £15k mark but for me that's a lot to invest right now and at the moment on expected energy/fuel useage I can't quite justify it (money is better spent elsewhere, mortgage overpayment for example).
Anyway thoughts on a higher mileage early model vs a newer one, to ring fence them it would be:
- 2015 4h 90-120k miles on the clock - say £8-9k
- 2017 4h 50k miles on the clock - Say £14k
(Above are estimates based on looking on Autotrader, no specific vehicles just ball park figures from looking around)