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 Post subject: New Owner in Phoenix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:49 pm 
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Hi Folks.

New guy here. I just took delivery of a 2013 with 73K miles on it from Carvana on saturday. I have 7 days to decide if I want to keep it or not. I don't know if there are any other Rav4 EV's in Phoenix or not. It is very clean, has new tires, and seems to run and drive very well. So far, I'm pretty happy with it.

Warranty considerations.
It is a lot of miles for an EV, but still has about 2 years and 27K on the factory battery warranty.
I did take the Carvana 2 year 100K warranty which says it covers the EV electronics. I will go to a local Toyota dealer to see if they will even consider selling me the Platinum service contract, but not hopeful. Carvana will let me cancel theirs if I do that. Will they run the service history for me? I hope so. Ford dealers will do that.

I plugged it into a Blink yesterday for 1.5 hrs at the mall and it added a lot of miles to the GOM, so yeah, 40A is the way to go.
I have now fully charged the battery on the 110V (Took forever) as I do not have a 240V charger yet.

GOM Reset
This morning it was at 94miles on the GOM but asking for another hour of charge even though it said charging complete. I plugged it in for another hour and it said the same, so I now have disconnected the 12V battery to reset the GOM per the Tony Test. I did have it on extended charge mode.

Unfortunately, it is cold (47*) and rainy here in Phoenix today, so the temps are not where I'd like to do this at but we'll see what I get.

Already, it has at least the 94 mile range, which isn't perfect but works for my drive to work and back for a couple of days.
I figure if it needs a battery in a year or so, it is the same cost as buying a car with half the miles on the battery now, and I will have longer battery life that way.

The car was pretty cheap. I think it is a better deal than a used Leaf, and definitely a better deal than a new one at less than half the price. It is also a sort of litmus test for us to see if we can live with an EV, as my wife wants a Model 3 when her current ICE lease is up in a couple of years. I do still have my ICE pickup.


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 Post subject: Re: New Owner in Phoenix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:22 pm 
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The GOM won't tell you much right now, as it's dependent on the driving pattern the car has been experiencing. The Tony test should tell the tale as far as battery degradation goes. Check on the coverage limits on the warranty you purchased. Some repairs can get pretty expensive and it would be a shame if one motor replacement exceeded the coverage limit. In your shoes, I would be most interested in whether the motor has ever been replaced, and if so, how recently. If it's gone 73K miles without needing one, that's good. If it's been replaced recently, that's also good as the more recent replacements seem to be holding up as they should.

The batteries seem to hold up pretty well, so I wouldn't expect you need a new battery in a couple of years.


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 Post subject: Re: New Owner in Phoenix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:52 pm 
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Kinda what My thought process is too. Thanks for the insight.
I logged the car into Toyota service online. The previous owner took it in for the 5K checkups regularly until about 40K, when I presume the lease was up. Second owner only took it in for some tire pressure checks and a 12V battery replacement. Supposedly needed a jump start.
LOL Jumpstarting an EV.

Only thing I can see that was replaced was some sort of pad on the back seat and the battery.

Unless this only shows non-repairs, It looks like everything is original...


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 Post subject: Re: New Owner in Phoenix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:22 pm 
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Before you are out of the 7 day period, go through the Top Ten List here:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1589

Unfortunately, the Tony Test will not give you an accurate result at such a low temperature.

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