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  •  My BMW 328i gets better than 30 mpg in actual use (2+ / 0-)
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    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 10:02:04 PM PST

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    •  Your BMW 328i (0+ / 0-)

      also probably cost you brand new between $40,000-$55,000 depending on the model.  

      Now add in fuel costs and maintenance.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 05:56:10 AM PST

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      •  All vehicles have maintenance costs (1+ / 0-)
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        This constant assumption that there'll be no maintenance issues on an electric car get tedious. There's still a lot of moving parts, there's still brakes, suspension, tires, lighting etc. There's also some pretty sophisticated software and lots of processors, do you think those won't require any maintenance?

        Bottom line, it's still a car, and it's going to require maintenance. Will it require less maintenance? Certainly. But to say that these things are zero-maintenance, hassle-free is wishful thinking at best.

        I've seen this sort of thing a lot with the EV community. It's like no EV company can do any wrong. No matter how shitty that company's product is (Zero and Coda) they're still treated like they're the best thing ever.

        You need a license to drive, a license to run a business, but any idiot can buy a gun.

        by Hannibal on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 10:27:26 AM PST

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        •  Sure they do (0+ / 0-)

          but you won't be changing oil filters, spark plugs, belts, cat converters, exhaust systems, alternators and so on.  

          There are far LESS moving parts in the Tesla than your standard IC car.  Outside of tires, brakes, air filters and certain fluids to keep those parts moving smoothly.  So it's obvious that maintenance will be significantly less.  Especially when you consider that you only have to go for maintenance every 15,000 miles as opposed to every 2,500-5,000 miles.  

          This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

          by DisNoir36 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 01:28:26 PM PST

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          •  Tesla has 15k mile maintenance intervals? (0+ / 0-)

            And you actually think that's low? That's on par with modern Ducatis, which aren't exactly known for being low maintenance.

            You need a license to drive, a license to run a business, but any idiot can buy a gun.

            by Hannibal on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 07:41:29 PM PST

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