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Re: Warranty confusion - Help!

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:02 am
by SageBrush
By the way, OP:
How may miles a day will you drive the LEAF between charges ?
What is the minimum time the car has to last ?
How severe a winter do you have ?

My wife and I are happy with our LEAF as a second car used locally, but it is not good for much more than that and the battery degrades by the month. Do your homework to be sure the car fits your requirements now and down the road.

Re: Warranty confusion - Help!

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:09 am
by sciencegirl
I didn't expect many to respond to my first post - thank you all for taking the time. I hope to be a frequent visitor as soon as I get my own baby. I'm going to push my luck since I have your attention and ask away ....


I did get a carfax - clean titles and both cars have spent their lives in New Jersey, where I currently (pun) live. Summers get hot here but no long stretches above 90 - avg btwn 65-85F. The 2014 I mentioned earlier spent it's life in Boston, another reason I put that car third on my preference)

Winters are my worry. Anyone with two cents worth on worst case scenario ranges in tri-state area winter
in which January is the coldest month with temps avg upper 30's to lower 40's. Otherwise temp avg. for the year is 55F?

Re: Warranty confusion - Help!

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:16 pm
by LeftieBiker
The heatpump-equipped cars (SV and SL) should get about 60-65 miles of range in Winter weather above 25F, and more like 47-55 miles in frigid weather. I have a 2013 with about 86% capacity, and those are my figures for upstate NY.

Re: Warranty confusion - Help!

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:13 pm
by SageBrush
sciencegirl wrote:Winters are my worry. Anyone with two cents worth on worst case scenario ranges in tri-state area winter
in which January is the coldest month with temps avg upper 30's to lower 40's. Otherwise temp avg. for the year is 55F?

A lot depends on how you use heating and how much defrost (an energy hog!) is required.

We live in Colorado where the air is dry enough to not require a lot of defrost use, and we minimize heater use by pre-heating the car in the garage before a drive and using seat heat, gloves, and warm clothes rather than cabin heat. All told our winter range loss is ~ 10% compared to balmy weather but it could easily be 40% if our behaviours were different and the car lived outside.

Another confounding factor to consider is that the battery will take up less energy during a charge as the battery temperature decreases in the winter, and battery resistance increases as its temperature drops, adding another inefficiency to winter driving.

Re: Warranty confusion - Help!

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:46 pm
by RonDawg
Durandal wrote:Warranty is irrespective of the number of owners, so all other things the same, the number of owners is irrelevant.


Maybe for Nissan, but not for all brands. For example, Hyundai's 10 year/100k miles powertrain warranty only applies to the original owner, or a second owner IF the car was sold as an official Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned. Otherwise, after the car is sold off by its original owner, the powertrain warranty drops to the typical 5 year/60k miles.

https://www.autotrader.com/car-tips/buy ... ble-228454

Re: Warranty confusion - Help!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:12 pm
by eatsleafsandshoots
$9k sounds like a terrible price for a 40k mile Leaf when they're being sold NEW with 30kWh packs for $12k + a free 3 year Rogue lease in Colorado.