burjoes wrote:It has 9 bars. The 5/60 battery warranty ends in Oct 2016. Does it seem certain that I would go through that last bar before then? I drive about 50-70 miles a day.
It depends on how fast you drive and whether you have charging at your destination or are willing to charge along the way.
See range chart at viewtopic.php?p=101293. In particular look at the chart for the 8 and 9 bar cars. On a 9 bar car, it predicts a range until empty of 91 miles if you go 35 mph w/no HVAC usage, on level ground. Or, only 43 miles, if you go 75 mph. Keep in mind that these are w/a 100% charge and run until battery exhaustion, w/no buffer.
You don't want to pull into your destination w/the turtle light on, because often, you won't make it and it'll get tougher and tougher as the battery degrades and as it gets colder.
If you're going to ride around near the bottom, you MUST have something like Leaf Spy.
Since you're in TX, I'm almost certain you'll be down to 8 bars before Oct 2016. Heck, if you can hold out even longer (to wait until almost the last moment to get a fresh battery), you might be down to 7, maybe even 6 bars by Oct 2016.
One wrinkle is that I don't know the current status of viewtopic.php?f=27&t=17045 with respect to opting back in if the previous person opted-out, etc. I haven't followed as I don't care (since it doesn't apply to me) and I have no time to anyway.
burjoes wrote:I'm looking for the best-equipped model I can get. I drive about 50 miles a day, so it needs to be comfortable.
I'm not sure if you believe best-equipped model == comfort. There's no comfort difference on any '11 or '12 other than standard heated seats and steering wheel on the '12+ models.
'13-15 SL come w/leather, but I don't care to pay for that and that doesn't == extra comfort to me.