Submitted by chuckn on March 1, 2011
I'm looking at buying a 2008 Roadster, and wanted a bit of advice.
I have a daily commute from Santa Cruz to San Mateo, CA. It's 60 miles each way, over a 2000 ft mountain, 5 days a week. Half the trip is twisty mountain road, and the other half is smooth highways at 75-80 mph.
Should I be avoiding the 1.5-2.0 earlier models (insufficient PEM cooling)?
I want this car because of all of the obvious reasons, but also because it'll give me carpool lane access through 2014. That's just over 100K miles by the end of 2014. Will battery degradation by 2014 be a problem with my range of 120 miles?
If you were buying a low mileage (~5K) used Roadster, is there anything in particular you'd want to assess?