My. Nissian leaf. EV. SUCKS. my battery has less than 8. Out of 12 bars. Capacity. Left. And this vehicle has no range at all maybe 20 miles. So now. Itc just sits parked while I make payments on it. For the nex 2 years. Big mistake. Buying this vehicle This will never happen Again Told nissian about this situation no help ---- oh by the way. This vehicle only has. 40 ,000. Miles on it
The one BIG problem with owning a leaf is that there is no thermal battery management. This means that the battery capacity degrades significantly over time. After 5 years and 33k on the odo my battery is down to 75-80% of its original capacity, which already was with 84 miles not very much. The nissan dealer says this is 'normal'. In effect this means that i won't be able to keep the car 10 years, because i need 40-50 miles radius during a work day. If you lease the car this does not really apply, since the you can get rid off the car after your lease term ends (and you should). There are some rumors that a leaf with a new battery is in the works for 2019, but anything before it better keep your hands off (owning). Other than this BIG drawback, the car is ok. While it is nothing fancy to look at and has a somehow cheap interior it handles and drives actually quite well and does serves it current purpose well.
Check battery health and charging features. Overall I am very happy with my leaf. My friends and family are really impressed with my EV. This is definitely the future. Never going back to combustion powered drivetrains. The mess, maintenance and pollution was not an option for me.
I purchased a used 2013 Leaf (lease return) with 30k miles for $6400. What other car can you do that with? It's like a brand new car, very tight and quiet with no rattles or annoying noises. At the time it had full bars but we lost one around 35k miles. We had been a one car family (2007 Lexus RX350) for a number of years until our kids started getting into a lot of after school activities and we found ourselves needing a second car.......but still only once in a while. I was originally looking at the Fiat 500e because the lease deals are ridiculously cheap but the car is a shoebox. The Leafs are similarly priced but a lot more car for the money. Then I saw what they were going for used and decided to pull the trigger. I waited until a good deal showed up, talked the gentleman down a little more and drove off with a 2.5 year old car for a little more than $6k. My wife is very particular and will nitpick about the smallest details. I assumed this would be my car and I'd use it those 4-5 times a month that we need a second car. Go figure........my wife LOVES the car! I mean, I do too but I'll drive just about anything and be happy. We've only had it 3 months and we're hooked. I don't know that I'll ever buy another gas car. We've only put gas in the Lexus a few times as it really only gets used for longer trips now, sitting unused for weeks on end. I was a little hesitant to buy this car because the car reviewers typically give it average ratings. I'm not sure what it takes to make them happy because I've owned just about every car under the sun, including some very nice ones and this is my favorite. We live in a warm part of southern california so I'm a little apprehensive about what the heat is going to do to the battery but the way I see it is: even if the battery completely dies in a few years, I'm still ahead of the game because it costs almost nothing to drive. Our electricity bill has gone up about $30 a month which is a quarter of what we were paying in gas and aside from tires there's literally no maintenance. When this thing dies we'll be moving onto either a Bolt or Tesla Model 3 as the range is the only complaint I have of this car.
Update 6/14/18 Still love the car but we no longer fight over it because I bought myself a 2015 Volt. For as much as I love the Leaf, I love the volt even more and it's a much more practical car as it gets rid of anxiety range. It's also a LOT more comfortable, I've done 300+ mile trips with no aches or pains. It was more expensive but it's in a different class of car, much more refined. Although my wife still prefers the Leaf because there cabin feels more spacious. We don't fight over the Leaf anymore :)