RE: Brake boost vacuum pump ECU fault.
Would I do it again? Ask me this time next year....... I would not be interested in a Mitsubishi, the Leaf was a possible contender but style-wise it didn't really suit and I disliked the over gimmicky electronics and instruments. I see the Fluence as rather a Q-car, that I like! I must say the test drive in the Leaf impressed me. Strangely, I bought the Fluence without a test drive, withlout actually seeing one in the flesh.
Battery billing. First time round worked okay but it took RCI Finance three months to get it up and running, only then after I started panicking and wrote to them. This time round I haven't a clue. They're still billing me for the old car - remember, I didn't buy the present car, it was an exchange and the dealer (or Renault) should have made the necessary arrangements but my contact at Renault has been on holiday so i can't investigate just yet. I'm still paying £76 per month for 3 years and 6000 mile limit.
Insurance. I too found some comparison sites were not up to speed but did get a range of quotes from the sublime to the ridiculous, from under £200 to several thousand. However at the moment I have transfered the car onto my old insurance till it runs out, then I've been quoted £275 for a full year, a figure I can very easily better so I'll be changing. The value I proposed was £18000, allowing for purchase price of car plus full value (£7000) of the battery as per RCI's instructions. The insuring of a Fluence does confuse insurers with cover for a car that depreciates plus cover for a battery that doesn't (though in reality it does). What will happen in the event of a prang is anyone's guess. Maybe the safest route would be to try insuring the car minus battery and take out a totally separate policy for the battery, but then just suppose the battery sets fire to the car, your insurers would be fighting one another!
The battery hire comes with reams of small print that could worry you to death. I don't know why RCI don't insure the battery (their battery) and add that to the rental cost and keep things simple. Any thoughts?
Just charged the car overnight after worrying about the forecast thunderstorms and a cable dangling out of the window. I used a 10A cable as this is cheaper than using the wall charger - the wall charger almost completes the charge at full price before the offpeak hour arrives. Remember the car and charger neither have any means of timing the charge, a big minus point. Woke up to find email saying battery charged to 100%, range 105.6 miles, and the light on the charge cable still indicating charging ongoing; this went out after another hour so what it was doing during that hour I don't know. I've noticed previously that the charging light suggests charge goes on for a lot longer than predicted. If the charge really does complete earlier then I'll have to plug in via an accessory timer so charging begins at 12.30 to ensure best value.