The ranger came yesterday for my annual service. In a couple of hours he'll return to complete the service. He installed a new PEM blower, though nothing was wrong with the old one, and a snow guard around it. He said there's nothing wrong with the cruise control. Apparently I just wasn't pushing hard enough on that awkward button. He said there's a HID headlight option available, but it's thousands of dollars. I seldom drive at night. So I guess I'll pass. My rear tires are down to around 50% tread. He recommends I replace them before driving in rain. He brought some along, so I'll buy a pair. I might (on his suggestion) just put the snow tires on early this fall, since I'm going to be gone on my Canada hiking trip for a big chunk of summer. Changing tires is a colossal PITA, since I have to haul the tires to the tire place in the Prius, and the tire place won't store my off-season tires for me, as the place in Fargo always did. I asked him about the PEM in general: Does his experience lead him to believe they're likely to fail? He replaced one in Alaska where the fellow has been using an off-grid solar system where the garage lights all dimmed when the charger was turned on. There was something about a car that was in long-term storage and had been unplugged by a misguided do-gooder. But he has not seen many have issues. I asked about brakes, having read something here. They are working on improved brakes. Not available yet. Probably will be expensive. Maybe something for the Lotus would work. If Tesla comes out with improved brakes I'll probably buy them, since it's a safety issue, but I'm not doing anything not Tesla-approved. I drove the Prius yesterday. It was an opportunity to take my recycling to the recycling place. I loved that car for the first 3 years. But ever since getting the Xebra, the Prius just seems wrong; and after driving the Roadster for a year, the Prius seems like a golf cart.