I've been agonizing over whether to buy a particular Leaf.
I still have the electrician scheduled on Thursday to wire in the 14-50 plug, I still have the JuiceBox Pro 40 which I can return to Amazon for $20. I do recognize that these are major overkill for the 3.3kw charger, but I figured I'd invest and be ready for a faster-charging car for the future.
I live in Phoenix. I have an assigned space in a garage well out of the sun, for what it's worth.
My round trip commute is 42 miles which on a good day puts me at 75mph but, more than usually, averages half that even in the HOV lane as there are slowdowns at the interchanges and often things just get backed up a bit. On average, the HOV lane on my motorcycle saves me about 20 minutes a day. Very soon it will be too hot for me to ride with proper safety gear.
I currently have a 2011 Sonata GLS with 64K miles that my coworker would happily buy for $7500. It still has 35k / 3 years left on the powertrain
The leaf in question is a 38k 2012 SL (backup cam, heated seats, 12v Solar Panel) with minor scratches, otherwise clean, and I verified received a spankin' new battery in March of this year.
The price is $8000 firm, and I have test driven it. I couldn't get Leafspy to work, but I was able to verify that it was an entirely new battery by calling the Nissan dealer. Just believe me when I tell you the guy won't budge a dollar on the price.
My big decision point is, how many years can I expect to get to work and back without having to charge at work? There are two-hours-free chargers in my work garage, but taking 20 minutes out of my day to unplug the car is a pain in the butt.
I'm really agonizing whether to give up my so-far-reliable car for one that might be unable to make my commute in four years. I've never had any major mechanical trouble with my Sonata.
I do expect it's a Lizard battery because of how recently it was replaced.
I estimate I'll save $800 a year in gas/registration/oil changes but if anything goes majorly wrong on the Leaf I'm totally out of pocket.
What do you think? How many years could I make my 42 mile highway commute without having to charge during the daytime?