Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Samantha writes: Electric motors are the perfect engines and maintenance free. Even if there are some liquids to replace, you can do it without paying some chimpanzees to trash your car.
From your recent article:
“In addition to being fleeced, you’re forced to let someone you don’t know and likely have no interest in knowing paw your car with his greasy mitts, maybe not-quite-tighten your gas cap (triggering the “check engine” light to illuminate and requiring an OBD scan tool to un-illuminate) while also probably spilling gasoline on your paint.”
That’s better than having some chimpanzees replace your cam belt,paying for a service representative in a suit who fails to pass on your request that they do not wash your car and then they leave semi-circular scratches all the way down your bonnet. And when you get home you find the coolant level is low because the chimpanzees haven’t put the radiator back together properly. I’m still looking for where the leak is, wondering if one day, the engine will go bang or something comes loose.
The last time I had the cam belt changed I got it back with the engine sounding like a bag of nails. Both times were at the Dealer garage. These “highly trained engineers” are the otherwise long-term unemployable, with no experience, who have been on A SINGLE training course and who all graduated from the university of couldn’t give a rats ass. I bought a new set of tires and told the teenage dimwit there was only 5mm between the calipers and the wheel rim. It didn’t penetrate. Driving off, I heard the grind and had to take it back. The other teenager gave him a telling off. As soon as battery powered cars become viable or hydrogen infrastructure is useable, I’m switching to a car where the electric motor is maintenance free rather than paying for a bunch of chimpanzees to trash my car.
My reply: I understand your frustration; however, electric cars – as distinct from just the electric motors which propel them – are not maintenance-free. In the first place, you still have wear components such as brakes and suspension, neither fundamentally different than a non-EV’s and – unless you do the work yourself – still means having to pay a “monkey” to do it.
EVs also have different maintenance requirements, such as the systems which maintain the battery temperature (cooling and heating) and these systems aren’t simple and are often very difficult for the average person to service.
And there is no reason to believe the incompetence and indifference you describe will be absent from EV “service.”
There are other things to take into account, too – such as having your home’s wiring set up for the “fast” charger (and paying for it). The much higher risk of a fire resulting from a short circuit or the aging of the battery pack.
Add to this the cost of the EV itself – which is at least twice that of an otherwise similar A to B economy compact. And then the cost of your time, organizing your life around recharging sessions.
You’re still much better off with a non-electric car – and a competent mechanic.
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