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Hi,

Thought I would join the forum as my Polestar 2 is due to be delivered on Tuesday 26th Jan.

Car is base spec as its a company car and I have ordered it in Thunder Grey.

I am 28 and have owned about 20 different cars and driven over 50 so it will be good to see how it compares. I currently have a Model 3 SR as a temporary company car out the pool so will be able to make a comparison between the two when it arrives.

I still haven't seen a Polestar on the road in and around Chester but have seen loads of Teslas so it would be interesting to hear if anyone lives local 馃榿
 

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Another new joiner, they're coming in thick and fast! Welcome! :)

Might be worth having a quick read of the first page of the Frequently Asked Questions post at the top of the main Polestar 2 Forum section as there's lots of useful information in there regarding what to expect for the big day.
 

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Another new joiner, they're coming in thick and fast! Welcome! :)

Might be worth having a quick read of the first page of the Frequently Asked Questions post at the top of the main Polestar 2 Forum section as there's lots of useful information in there regarding what to expect for the big day.
Thanks, I will do 馃槃
 
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Welcome to the forum! I am also getting mine on the 26th but am down in the South West!

I need to ask, how have you managed to own about 20 cars in 11 or so years of motoring? That a pretty frequent change of vehicle!

I have not owned an EV yet but have driven a few (Tesla, e-Nero, Leaf) and cannot wait to get to grips with my Polestar!
 

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I'll admit to being in my mid-40's and after having my quite long mid-life crisis in my 20's-30's I have just counted up my car owning history as 15/16 (if you count buying back a car from parents because I couldn't bear being without it). This is my list:
daihatsu charade turbo
vw polo bread van
rover 213
Ford fiesta popular - from about 1975
vw polo
Fiat Barchetta
Saab 900 turbo
BMW M3 E36 - 4 door
TVR Cerbera 4.5
BMW M5 E39
Subaru Legacy + TVR Chimaera 4.0 (weekend toy)
Audi S4 Avant B8
VW Golf TDI
Audi A6 3.0 TDI V6
Audi S4 Avant B8 (bought it back..)
nothing - driving the wifes Abarth 500 till the Polestar arrives

I miss the Cerbera the most, nothing will ever compare to it and I have driven Porsches and Ferrari's, the most raw car driving experience ever. Racing a Lambo murcielago down the A4 being driven by a Saudi giving me the thumbs was amazing (I won't divulge the number of mph reached for fear of repercussions).

I look forward to the Polestar, my first full EV. I am older and 'wiser' but would still take back the Cerbera with all its faults for the weekends.
 

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Welcome to the forum! I am also getting mine on the 26th but am down in the South West!

I need to ask, how have you managed to own about 20 cars in 11 or so years of motoring? That a pretty frequent change of vehicle!

I have not owned an EV yet but have driven a few (Tesla, e-Nero, Leaf) and cannot wait to get to grips with my Polestar!
Right, I will have a go at listing them now...

1st Car - 1980 Austin Mini 998cc - Eventually 1293cc (Owned this from aged 16 - 26)
2nd Car - 2001 Ford Fiesta 1.25 Ghia (Owned from 17 - 18)
3rd Car - 2006 MG ZR 105 (Owned from 18-19)
4th Car - 2006 Ford Fiesta 1.4 Ghia (Owned Aged 19)
4th Car - 2003 Renault Clio 172 (Owned from 19-20)
5th Car - 1972 Austin 1100 3 Door - Broke for parts aged 20 (had a 12g295 cooper head which was I sold for more than the car cost...)
6th Car - 2011 Honda Civic 2.2 Diesel SI (Owned Aged 20)
7th Car - 2002 VW Golf GTI 1.8 T (Owned Aged 20-21)
8th Car - 2006 Audi A4 2.0 TDI S Line (Owned Aged 21 - 22)
9th Car - 2014 BMW 520D M Sport Touring (Owned Aged 22/23ish - Company Hire Car for 6 Months)
10th Car - 2016 Jeep Renegage (Owned Aged 23 - Company Hire Car for 3 Months)
11th Car - 2016 Mercedes GLA200 (Owned Aged 23/24 - Company Hire Car for 3 Months)
12th Car - 2012 Citroen DS3 1.6 Turbo (Owned Aged 24 - 25 - Personal Car as Took Allowance)
13th Car - 2017 Vauxhall Astra 1.0 Turbo (Owned Aged 25 - Company Hire Car for 2 Months)
14th Car - 2017 DS5 2.0 HDI Prestige (Owned Aged 25 - 26 - Company Car for 18 Months)
15th Car - 2003 BMW Z4 3.0 Convertible (Owned Aged 25 - 27 Weekend Car - Sold as Purchased House)
16th Car - 2012 BMW 330D M Sport Coupe Remapped to 320bhp - (Owned Aged 26 - 27 - Personal Car as Took Allowance)
17th Car - 2019 Volvo S60 T5 R Design Edition - (Owned Aged 27 Personal Lease Car) - This was wrote off after 6 months...
18th Car - 2020 RRS Autobiography - (Owned Aged 27-28 - Company Hire Car for 2 Months - Sent back as BIK was horrendous)
19th - 21st Car - 2020 BMW 3 Series 320D M Sport *3 (Owned Aged 28 - Company Hire Cars - Various Models)
22nd Car - Tesla Model 3 SR - (Owned Aged 28 - Temporary Company Car)

The Polestar will be the 23rd car and I will be adding a 24th later in the year as a weekend toy now I have been in my first home 12 months or so.
 

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A few highlights, I wont post them all as it will clog up the whole website...
 

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Nice selection!

Mine is not as extensive and am in my 40's -

Citroen 2CV
Fiat Uno
Fiesta XR2
Astra SRI
VW Golf GTI
VM Golf VR6
VW Corrado G60
Ford Mondeo S2000
Vectra GSi
Audi S4
Audi S6
Mini Cooper S
Honda Civic Type R
Mini Cooper JCW
VW Transporter T5 - full camper conversion and still have this
Mercedes C250
and in 11 days a Polestar 2
 

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Renault Extra (basically a Renault 5 van)
Rover 214
Ford Sierra
Ford Mondeo
Peugeot 406 Estate
Lexus IS200
Alfa Romeo 156 Selespeed*
BMW 320td (Compact)
BMW 120d M-Sport
BMW 520d (F10)
BMW 520d (F10)
BMW 530e (G30)
Polestar 2

Couple of bikes as well due to mid-life crisis:-

BMW F800R
BMW R1200GS TE

And I still run a 1998 Range Rover 4.6L V8 which is mainly used for DIY / trips to the dump etc. Now that thing still blows me away every time I drive it. The comfort and refinement on what is now a 22 year old car really is astonishing. And the tech - that car was fully loaded with stuff that didn't hit mainstream vehicles for many years afterwards. It averages 7 mpg though!

I never thought I'd move away from BMW. I love the driving feel, ergonomics, iDrive - the whole ownership experience was a joy. Very few problems and fantastic dealers. But alas, there was no way on earth I could stay with them last year as I was unwilling to throw away 0% BIK. Their lethargic and half hearted path to electrification has been extremely disappointing. I still miss my last car a little bit - a full BEV 5-series will be an absolute joy and I can't wait for it to happen. But they might have given the 5-series beaver teeth by then, and if that's the case, they can foxtrot oscar...

* The Alfa was the worst car I have ever owned.

Was delivered with 147 miles on it (the delivery trip was 30 miles), a bit of trim missing off the steering wheel, scratched bonnet and a ripped gear lever gaiter. Oh, and it stalled every morning when I pulled up to the first roundabout. I'm quite convinced it was someone else's rejected car.

I had it for six weeks, but it spent five of those weeks at the dealer with various faults. The dealer was complete and utter pants and didn't even give me a loan car.

When I finally got it back, it tried in earnest to kill me (total brake failure approaching a roundabout on a dual carriageway at 70mph). Turns out there were no nuts on the bolts on the master cylinder. When I pushed hard enough on the pedal, it just pushed the whole master cylinder back.

I left it on the roundabout and walked home.

Obviously I then told them in no uncertain terms to shove the car where the sun didn't shine, and cancelled the direct debit. They then sued me for breach of contract - what complete a-holes... I won by the way... after having to pay for an independent inspection by Thatcham.
 

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Wow @Greggy50 that's a remarkable list... what do you do that allows you to have such cars at such a tender age? :)

My list, not so spectacular:
  • 1995 Rover 214SEi
  • 2000 Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 with Prodrive Pack upgrade
  • Jaguar X-Type 2.2D (decided to go sensible)
  • second Jaguar X-Type 2.2D (higher spec, straight swap)
  • (purchased in 2010) 2003 Jaguar XKR convertible 4.2V8 supercharged (decided not to be sensible now!)
  • May 2014 Vauxhall Ampera (the original self-charging plug-in hybrid, years before Toyota's efforts)
  • May 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
  • end 2020 Polestar 2
 

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And mine
Golf Scirocco - held together with duct tape, clutch fell out in Piccadilly in the rush hour :oops:
Citroen AX GT - the most scary but fun car so far
Citroen CX - Dealers put me off citroen for life
Renault 19 - Disappointly dull
Leon Cupra - my absolute favourite car so until the P*2
BMW 330i - nice engine but too many annoying "features" in the cabin
Mercedes C63 - never really got the best out of it and hated the sound
Mercedes C350e - made me want to go fully EV, missing the 360 camera!
 

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Wow @Greggy50 that's a remarkable list... what do you do that allows you to have such cars at such a tender age? :)

My list, not so spectacular:
  • 1995 Rover 214SEi
  • 2000 Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 with Prodrive Pack upgrade
  • Jaguar X-Type 2.2D (decided to go sensible)
  • second Jaguar X-Type 2.2D (higher spec, straight swap)
  • (purchased in 2010) 2003 Jaguar XKR convertible 4.2V8 supercharged (decided not to be sensible now!)
  • May 2014 Vauxhall Ampera (the original self-charging plug-in hybrid, years before Toyota's efforts)
  • May 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
  • end 2020 Polestar 2
Hi, I work in the facilities management industry as an account manager for a local authority contract. We are big on zero carbon and EV so the car list is heavily weighted towards EVs.

My car allowance was 拢6.1k which I give up to have the Polestar and a small upgrade cost over that to upgrade to from my car class (normally stuff like a 330e M Sport) but the BIK saving is far more than the upgrade cost. It effectively means it costing me circa. 拢400pm take home for the car with tax, insurance & servicing included with no mileage cap which is a bargain for the cost of the car.
 

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Sounds great! Good for you, making the most of it and good for your company being EV-friendly (y)
 

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Car is delivered tomorrow, looking forward to it arriving :)

I actually saw my first Polestar in Chester a couple of days ago in the Curzon Park area in black and it looked really good in the flesh!
 
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