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Turning over a new Leaf!
By anewleaf1 on 05/29/13 19:07 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

We've only had our 2011 Leaf for two weeks but already we are in love with this car. Gas has gone up $.20 since my last fill up in my old car, so I'm already saving more money. The car has great "get up and go", it isn't anything like the hybrids you hear about not having any power to them. I can leave everyone at the stop light if I want to. The first few days I found myself speeding frequently. The interior is very comfortable, even for adults in the back seat. It sits up a little higher than the sedan I traded in, which is nice. This car is all electric so it's not for someone looking to drive it a long way. I only use it to commute to work and run errands so it's perfect.
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful
No battery capacity warranty leaves owners with worthless cars
By azdre on 09/06/12 20:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

The lack of a battery capacity warranty has left dozens of warm-climate owners with cars that are no longer useful, and that are unsellable. There are no dealers in Phoenix, AZ that will take these cars as trade-ins because of the issues with the battery. After getting positive battery care reports, we can travel no more than 50 miles in our car that should go 80-100 miles. Nissan is changing it's story at every turn, and refuses to acknowledge a problem. Google: Real World Battery Capacity Loss, and you'll see the real deal with how Nissan treats it's customers. They do not stand behind this product. They got their 1.4 billion dollar loan, they don't need the LEAF anymore.
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Welcome to the 21st Century!
By stellarrat on 05/01/12 16:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

I've had my 2011 Leaf for a month now. It's my only car. So far I've spent a grand total of $8.10 in electricity to drive 729 miles. In my previous car I was spending $180 a month in gasoline and probably another $50 in maintenance (if you averaged it out per month.) In the NW, off-peak power is $.044 / kwh. So, as you can see it's saving me about $220 / month. I've taken this car to every family event, errand and work daily. Not a single problem with range or anything else. I don't even need the 240v charger. The car is just great all around. Good room, good ride, excellent electronics, and decent handling. Acceleration is very good around town.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Smooth As Silk
By billsea on 02/25/12 12:00 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

I've really enjoyed owning and driving this car, which is now up to 10,000 miles. It is incredibly smooth, quiet and generally effortless to drive. The interior feels large, with plenty of room in the back for adults. The storage area is ample for the around-town usage dictated by the range. The range is occasionally a nuisance, but that's increasingly mitigated by charge stations. When my trips are well within the range, I have fun with the torque and the low center of gravity. So far it's getting about 30 miles per dollar, a fascinating new metric that really puts the sucking sound in the front of our minivan in perspective. (It's five times more expensive to drive that one a mile.)
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Just Buy It!
By peterhi on 02/16/12 17:05 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

I have been driving my Leaf for 1 month, with 1,000 miles. Had a very difficult decision to sell my 2007 Lexus IS250 which I loved, and was worried to be driving an econobox tin can. I have no regrets at all! Believe it or not but it drives just as well as the Lexus, is more quiet, just as smooth, accelerates well, and just feels good to be doing the right thing! I have a 20 mile r/t commute to the office; with side trips, often am driving 35-40 miles which is perfect. I have a gas car for longer drives but rarely use it. Take advantage of tax credits while you can! Nissan put lots of research and money into this vehicle to get it right the first time. Just Buy It!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
After over a year of ownership
By eniac on 02/09/12 11:44 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

I've owned my LEAF for over a year now and have put just over 10,000 miles on it. The car is still really fun to drive and we've enjoyed every single mile. Everything is still tight, no rattles or wind noise. As for operating costs, I had the tires rotated twice (for fre at Discount Tires), annual battery check at the dealership (also free), and I replaced the cabin filter for $11 and had it detailed on its birthday for $60. Other than $342 in electricity to "fuel" it for the entire year, thats my total costs so far.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Nissan Leaf & Blink Charging Station
By rickrick on 12/09/11 23:51 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

The Leaf is a fun car and it's always great passing buy the gas stations and not having to pay the ridiculous prices.
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Good so far.
By pacoug on 09/26/11 15:08 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

I'm in Pennsylvania so I haven't experienced the reduced range that comes from cold winter temps yet. That comes in a couple months. But I can tell you right now this thing makes a much better commuter than I thought it would. My drive to work is about 12 miles, about 30 minutes each way. It works in my life and would work for most urban commuters. I didn't intend for this car to do much duty besides going to work and back; essentially it's the third car. But it's becoming my choice for anything within 20 miles of home--which is most of what I do day-to-day. If this car fits your life you might consider it. I'm still probing the range limits to see what I can and can't do.
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Car of the Future
By jackie_gt on 09/22/11 08:19 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

Just LOVE the new car. It exceeds my expectations in all areas. I highly recommend buying an SPX Level 2 EVSE portable charger that can auto detect voltage. This also charges the Chevy Volt. I use it to charge my Nissa Leaf. Plugs into an outlet similar to a electric dryer outlet at home and similar ones at my businesses. As of 9-22-11, price $749 + S+H.
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7 of 21 people found this review helpful
Experience after 2 months
By ph_ on 08/23/11 08:42 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

Review

Ok, I've had a leaf for about 2 months now. Admittedly, I also have a gas car, which I use when I need to go out of town. That said, the Leaf is the primary vehicle being driven about twice the miles as the gas car. Overall, Nissan did an excellent job. I could complain about a number of things but I'll focus on the essentials instead. 1. Plugging in at night is no problem. It takes about 15 seconds - and another 15 in the morning. 2. Acceleration is great. The specs are above. But, from observing the Leaf's kilowatt meter, it appears Nissan restricted the acceleartion (probably for safety). Instead of immediately pegging at 80kw (the top of the meter), it... (see forum)
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