westcoastpirate wrote: DanCar wrote:
westcoastpirate wrote:I have about 7300 miles on my 2013 Leaf. ...
What was the date of purchase? Do you know the date of manufacture?
Manufacture date 12/13, started lease 02/10/14, 1st capacity bar lost when I hit 7120 miles around 12/1/14. Any recommendations on how to handle with the dealer? I definitely think this is early. The vehicle is parked in covered parking at work as well as garaged at home.
I don't have recommendations on how to handle with dealer, especially since the outfall of the finalization of Nissan's policies on this are that until it reaches 8 bars, technically we're out of luck. If you want to network a bit more and do a bit more background research, you may have already taken these actions, but just noting to you:
[edit: looking back, we both lost 1 bar after about 10 months. A difference is that your newer Leaf had a better chance of containing the Lizard battery which should have held up a bit better? I don't know at what point on the calendar Nissan has moved to put more durable batteries into the Arizona Leafs? Or have they? I think the Lizard battery-related announcement in this forum by Nissan was a few months after your lease started?]
- Maybe participate in Leaf Battery Survey.http://www.pluginamerica.org/surveys/batteries/leaf/
I find this page instructive to browse:http://www.pluginamerica.org/surveys/ba ... hicles.php
- possibly pick up some sort of state of charge battery meter (it fits under the dash in a port there). You can see on the survey that some drivers monitor for "GIDs". It's not life-changing, but does give you a bit more granular view than just looking at bars.
- Discuss a bit with others (as you are doing here) but maybe for efficiency of learning directly with Jim Stack (Phoenix EV association President I think) and Jerry Asher (prominent Tucson area driver and TEVA member). Both of them will have knowledge and background that can be conveyed as to different drivers and their experiences in approaching Arizona dealers on this sort of matter.
I don't drive my car as much as some others, but I did lose one bar so far. I have spent a certain amount of time communicating with my dealer (the every-six-month checkups are an opportunity for this) about such things as when will I see a fast charger along a certain route. I didn't bother to ask them for a new pack. I think each dealer is different and they are under a microscope with Nissan corporate to respond well to customers, in general. Under Nissan's rules, I don't think the dealer can do much for you at 11 bars, in terms of a pack replacement, but I could be wrong, and I guess if they will reach out to you in a couple of months for your annual pack checkup, at that checkup you can discuss a bit more with them, and maybe have in-hand whatever knowledge you have accumulated.
Lastly, I have found it important to me to keep things in perspective.... I have avoided getting into it too much with Nissan, and just try my best to be happy with my Leaf. I knew going in that there might be Arizona type heat issues, and I'm not happy about the ongoing loss of range, but at the same time, there's no reason for me to make myself miserable over it, it's a good around-town car where I live, and I have just had to bite the bullet and endure the significant added expense of maintaining a gasoline car for the remainder of my Leaf lease. AFter that, I will likely buy a used PHEV or see if there are better-range BEVs for lease at that time.