This forum was excellent for helping me out getting a car and I figured I'd check back in and let you know how it went. I ended up purchasing a 2014 BEV Giga, 20" rims with 65,000 miles for about $12k right before the pandemic hit. I understand prices have fallen since but hey, I needed a car then. I was focused on getting a fully loaded one at first but I saw full leather and my personal opinion is that the mix of leather and cloth actually looks better. Rims I was worried about but while it could be that I simply haven't experienced 19" I don't think the 20's are problematic and I have to admit they look great. Rex was another thing I was curious about but ultimately I figured that for me it would be an additional cost for a worse product... maintaining a combustion engine defeats one of the major benefits of electric and I'd never use it.
Overall, I love this car. Thoughts after driving it for a few thousand miles:
*Speed is capped at 95mph. I never saw this mentioned here and didn't think to look it up. Honestly, this is probably for my own good and I appreciate it but I'm at the limit for 90% of my freeway driving.
*The turn signals are truly terrible. I have no idea how this awful system made it into production. I cannot overstate how much I hate them.
*One of the LEDs on my AC fan display is out and the AC button flickers. Not a big deal but shouldn't be happening.
*Range maxes out at about 50miles. I commute 15miles and only charge at work so when I get home it's at 35 tops... and then I need 15miles to get back to work again. This gives me about 20miles to work with which means I can only travel 10miles before I have to head back. I can still get groceries with it but it's really a commuter car. There's been many times where I would have liked to take it somewhere but could not due to the range which is a bummer because I love driving it.
*Backseats I have down all the time. You can fit a surprising amount in the back once you remove the tray thing and put the seats down. However, they don't really feel like they were meant to be down as the headrests sort of hit the back of the front seats. Also, I can't put the front passenger seat down all the way.
*Radio preset buttons are too far away but the wheel thing between the two front seats scrolls through super fast. Really like that you can have a station highlighted without going to it and it switches instantly.
The price is by far the biggest selling point for this car... it feels and drives like a $50k BMW but only costs $12k.