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 Post subject: Re: Lease Return? What would you do?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:33 am 
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I kept mine as well. Probably lost some money also. I have my original battery which does between 98 and 101 on the regular charge, as high as 115 on full charge.

I was looking at Teslas and my brother took a look at the Bolt. Neither was a replacement. It also would have cost me to get remove the Jademo for turn in.

The real value of the car comes when it (hopefully) drives forever.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease Return? What would you do?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:00 am 
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Allen wrote:
The real value of the car comes when it (hopefully) drives forever.
I don't need forever... Just until something near equivalent is produced.
I cross my fingers every day.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease Return? What would you do?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:05 am 
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Allen wrote:
I kept mine as well. Probably lost some money also. I have my original battery which does between 98 and 101 on the regular charge, as high as 115 on full charge.

I was looking at Teslas and my brother took a look at the Bolt. Neither was a replacement. It also would have cost me to get remove the Jademo for turn in.

The real value of the car comes when it (hopefully) drives forever.


The usability of a rav4ev is imho "doubled" by the JDEMO add-on.
Unfortunately, if _any_ of the known quirks ( non related to JDEMO ) hits your RAV4EV, toyota (in my experience) makes you jump to hoops in order to even diagnose it.
I really hope it keeps working for you.
As long as it works, it is one of the most versatile EV's and certainly an economic one available at the moment.
Just hope that it keeps working!

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 Post subject: Re: Lease Return? What would you do?
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I had quite a bit of issue when I first got the car. I figure now that they replaced the battery and motor, I should be good for a while. Let's hope the DC/DC converter doesn't blow out.

I did order a Model X to back the RAV4 up.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease Return? What would you do?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:43 pm 
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Tony,

I plan to buy out at the end of leaser (11/30/2017). I'm interested in the "Leather interior". How much is it?

Thanks,
Charlie

TonyWilliams wrote:
smkettner wrote:
If I had Jademo installed and the car was not a problem child I would buy it.
Plan to keep it 2 to 5 years until the flood of EVs hits the market.


Me too. With a new motor, new onboard charger, and a future new cabin heater, I’m good for the next 100,000 miles (I hope).

The only things I plan to change:

1) New wheels / tires (I like the 18” ones on the RAV4 Sport)

2) Leather interior

3) New floor mats

4) Small body repairs

5) Upgrade to JdeMO charging speed (200 - 250 amps... nearly double the 125 amp speed)

6) Auxiliary battery pack of 15-30kWh

7) Maybe the roof rack

I already have a trailer hitch, which I use regularly.

With the above, I will be quite happy into the next decade. CHAdeMO charging stations continue to be added daily in the world, and they are only getting faster. Nothing on the immediate horizon can replace the RAV4.

Perhaps one of the best features of the RAV4 is the Toyota parts... nearly bullet proof, and can be easily maintained anywhere. I love how the non-Tesla parts just “work”. My Tesla Model S just had the driver’s door, then the passenger front door fail. Can’t open either door. They want $700 per door to fix. This is something I’d never even think about with the RAV4.

I have to also say that Toyota has ALWAYS repaired these cars... there are no RAV4s that were abandoned for lack of a Toyota repair. Their commitment to getting parts (by cannibalizing existing lease returns) when Tesla won’t respond in a timely manner (after 5 years!) is a testament that they will do what has to be done... plus they get future potential warranty repairs off the market ;-)


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