Thank you for your responses! I figured that there may have been some sort of trouble code as well. I should also note that I pulled two reports from two different independent companies about the car and neither of them showed any issues at all. In fact they both just showed regular maintenance. I would also find it very difficult to imagine that someone would drive around in phoenix in the summer with no a/c. I've been to phoenix a few times, and the really is no joke. As a side note, they sold it to the AZ dealer in October, so it wasn't peak heat season when they sold it. which sort of makes me doubt that they would've sold it due to lack of a/c because it wouldn't have been painfully hot at that time.
I may be showing a bit of overoptimism here, but upon thinking about it, there are quite a lot of hills/valleys in AZ and around phoenix. And I was the first person to test drive the vehicle after it arrived at my local dealer from AZ. The previous owner also had the vehicle for 2 years and 8 months, so I'm not totally sure that they went without a/c for that long. I even ran the numbers on the mileage that they racked up, and if they drove it every single day for the entire 2 yrs and 8 mos it would only have average like 23 miles a day. Having said all of that, yes, it really does get very hot there, and i believe last year there was a heat wave too.
But the sale is already final, and the car has been paid for, so I don't think there will be any returning it.
What I'm getting at here, it that it IS possible that whoever had it before me, drove it up and down mountainous terrain, in (at least) fairly warm temps, and likely at decent, (near or at) highway speeds.
While it's only one data point, I saw a YouTube video where a guy drove his 94ah up a mountain, and at the start of the trip it quoted him 145mi (in comfort), but his battery ran out closer to 71mi. because of the temps (cooler in his case), but mostly the elevation. So I mean, I wouldn't put it past mountainous driving at highway speeds to half cause the range to show half of what it would be on flat terrain. And his average was like 35mph or something to that effect, if I'm not mistaken.
It would be super awesome, if anyone from phoenix or any mountainous area really could chime in with their actual numbers. I'd like to have hope that it's still a good purchase, since like I said, there won't be any returning it.
OH, I should also note, a couple more things:
-When I test drove the car, and when the salesman and I turned on the car and then turned on the a/c it was 96 deg outside and the car had been sitting out in the sun all day (windows up). He waited all of 10 seconds to say "this is way too hot, the a/c isn't cooling as it should". Which I chalked up to it just needing to take a minute or two because it's so hot and humid here, that that's typical of any car to need a min or two to really start blowing cold.
-When I test drove it, i went for about 3 miles or so, and the predicted range didn't even budge. which 3 miles isn't long, but it's a large percentage of the 19 miles predicted remaining range (~15%), so I would imagine that if it REALLY only had 19 miles of range left it would've at least gone down by even one mile during the test drive.
-When I called the local dealers service dept, they said that they were going to replace the fan and the compressor. Although, I didn't see any CEL or anything like that. (I don't know if they're just shooting in the dark, or what lol)
Meh, maybe I'm just being a hopeful i3 romantic lol
But again, there's no report showing that the a/c was damaged or CEL, or anything like that. So Maybe if the packs are jacked, (but hopefully not), then they could still be replaced under warranty. Could anyone please provide their experience with actual range in mountainous areas?