Phatcat73
Posts: 426
Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:44 pm
Leaf Number: 401511
Location: Buffalo Grove, Il

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:44 am

Check the help file in the app for recommendations
2016 SV; purchased 20-Jan-17, <5k, 98% SOH; 01-Apr-17
2013 SV; purchased 6-March-13 44k, 81% SOH; 3-Apr-17
2015 S; purchased 29-July-14, moved to AZ Nov-2014, 19k, 83% SOH; 30-Mar-17
(LD storage) 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 4x2), 101k

rthurlow
Posts: 7
Joined: Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:25 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Jul 2017
Leaf Number: 322360
Location: Northern Colorado

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:25 am

Re: LeafSpy - I found this thread regarding the iOS version: viewtopic.php?f=44&t=19147

Rob T

Supersleeper
Posts: 75
Joined: Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:04 am
Delivery Date: 06 Aug 2017
Location: SF Bay Area

Got my 2011 SL just yesterday

Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:16 am

I’d been browsing Craigslist here and there, just getting the feel for what’s out there. Just yesterday found this one with 58k on it and about half what I’d seen in the past. Nice red color with beige interior. I had a little nervousness about the purchase with some distance anxiety, but when I paid for it and got behind the wheel, I was thinking, this is great! Coming from my convertible BMW 330ci, I was thinking, this really didn’t feel like a downgrade. Plenty of pep, and just felt solid. My BMW is an 03, so it’s a little lesser for the wear, and the Leaf is so much more modern.

It’s very ironic parking next to my wife’s 09 Mustang GT convertible. Same exact color and interior as that car, but we’re talking 17 miles per gallon.

MalcolmReynolds
Posts: 51
Joined: Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:39 am
Delivery Date: 04 Jul 2017

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:17 pm

I have had my car for a month now. So far the car has worked fine for my limited use since I don't drive very many miles, the Leaf really is great. I knew what I was buying before I bought, I knew the range limitations, and the variations by climate as it gets cold or hot, and I had a very good idea what my use would be, the distances, and how it might work for me. So for my purposes so far the car has been exactly what I needed and wanted.

Local prices have climbed for the used Leaf since this time last year. My son bought an SV last year at this time and he managed to get an amazing deal on the car. Fast forward one year and the prices of those same cars are 2k higher than last year and the selection was much worse. I literally had to go shopping out of state to find a car that I wanted. It worked out the car arrived and things went OK. The car is very nice, very well built.

Since I bought the car there was a recall notice for reprogramming the air bags. There is also a voluntary advisory about upgrading the Carwings system to 3g cellular network. However after reading the negative reports here on this forum I declined the upgrade to the Carwings TCU until I start to see people here saying that Nissan has fixed it. If you are not sure what I am referring to then search for TCU upgrade here on the forum. The service department at my local dealer was very easy to work with to get the car scheduled and to get the recall done. I am happy with the way that worked and how easy they are to work with. The only limitation was that they only have 1 Leaf certified technician to work on the cars so I had to wait for his availability. I hope that changes in the future.

I have seen many examples here on this forum where Nissan has stepped up and offered to fix things, or offset the cost of repairs even with cars out of warranty. I see them offering batteries that we can buy that seems reasonable compared to what I have seen for other EV's out there. So it seems to me that Nissan is stepping up. But I see a lot of negativity toward Nissan which I question if all of it is warranted. I do see some failures that honestly probably shouldn't be happening so it is good that Nissan does address these. Overall the Leaf does appear to be a very solid car.

The car I bought still has all the battery bars, but I know with the miles it has on it that I am probably pretty close to losing a bar. I just hope that my battery continues to hold up and function in the capacity I need it to for the next 3 or 4 years with my limited miles that I drive. If the battery holds up then I would be happy to consider buying a new battery if it is still available.

My needs and wants are very modest. So I am not a person looking for a self driving car, and lots of bells and whistles even thought my car comes with a lot of toys. I didn't buy it for the toys and won't use a lot of the things that are on the car. So I would be thrilled to see something like a solid state battery offered for our car or even a higher capacity battery retrofit to our car as time goes on.

I am odd, for some reason the look of the current Leaf has grown on me and the new spy shots of the new 2018 Leaf don't do anything for me. So I would be very happy to be able to extend the use of this car for many years into the future if Nissan will offer support and upgrades for this car. I like the modern and unusual look to our Leaf over the more conventional look of the car they are flashing to us right now.

So far I am pretty happy with the Leaf. If you do your homework and know the limits of the car and if they will work for your circumstances I think you might find this car will work very well for you too. It is a pretty nice car. Don't let the negativity of others influence you about this car until you have evaluated it for yourself and if it will meet your needs. For many people the Leaf is a great daily driver.

Also I think if people know that they are going to be driving a lot and may be bumping into the range limits of the car consider a L2 power option for your home. The ability to put enough juice quickly into your car throughout the day is a game changer for those who are constantly on the run to and from home running errands. The flexibility of the car opens up greatly if L2 charging at home is an option for you. Of course everyone's circumstances are different so evaluate your situation to see what would be the best fit for you.
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"Serenity" 2013 SL 12 bars 39k+ miles and counting
Zencar 32a EVSE

rthurlow
Posts: 7
Joined: Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:25 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Jul 2017
Leaf Number: 322360
Location: Northern Colorado

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:45 am

rthurlow wrote:Cheaper and faster - I can get a 6-50p plug and some wire at Home Depot.


I got this wired up last night with 8-3 wire and did my first charge :D And I have Leaf Spy Pro with an LELink OBD
thing to show me how it's going. My 2015 Leaf with the fast charge option got charged to 277 GIDs / 98.6%
for a 97.3% state of charge and 21.5 kWh for a 84.8 mile range to low-battery warning (corresponding to 96 miles
on the dash display). The battery is better than I thought, good for 9600 miles and the price I paid.

Rob T

foxtrot
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:04 am
Delivery Date: 25 Aug 2017
Leaf Number: 302707

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:16 am

Got my leaf yesterday, last week i finished Elon Musk book and a week later I bought an electric car. hehe. I did a lot of research and for the driving I do, i decided I would get over the anxiety range because I will be fine the leaf range for the 95% of the driving i do. I mainly drive kids around and do the mom thing.
I got 2015, almost 14000kms, SV or SL (can't remember), no leather and no solar panel, so whatever that is, but it has bose and navigation. I will figure all that out.
We live in Chilliwack and my family of 5 have a trip to seattle planned for tomorrow. Its 241kms from our home, car is supposed to get 120kms at its best, so we unsure if we going to try it out. I have mapped out all the level 3 charging stations, so we may just go for it.
I am so excited. I am going to drink coffee with my new car and figure things out on it. i am mainly confused about this climate control stuff.

Cornellio
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:59 pm
Delivery Date: 03 Dec 2015
Leaf Number: 036287
Location: SF Bay Area
Contact: Twitter

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:33 am

Congratulations! I'm surprised you wouldn't want a Tesla after reading the book, but the Leaf is nice EV. Be aware that the fast highway speeds reduce range quicker than city driving. I have the 107 mile range Leaf and I have make it from Salinas, CA to San Mateo, 92 miles of highway driving with about 10 miles remaining. As long as you have enough fast chargers along the way, allowing for some leeway, you should be OK.
2016 Glacier White Leaf SV

redcottage
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:46 pm
Delivery Date: 0-11-2011
Leaf Number: 017163
Location: New Paltz, NY

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:50 pm

Well, my trusty old 2000 Buick LeSabre's tranny died (and I really loved that car), so we were in the market for another car. My wife found a 2012 Leaf SL with 2,545 miles for sale locally on Craigslist which came with an uninstalled AeroVironment 240V EVSE. We did the research and decided to go for it. One thing we discovered after the purchase, was that maybe low miles wasn't such a good idea since we don't know how the car was stored. Manufacture date is 11/11. After ditching Eco driving for more fun in D (I'd read somewhere in the forum that Eco driving isn't necessarily good for the batteries and aggressive driving is?), I've gained back some of the battery stats that I'm seeing with Leaf Spy Pro. Using the 240V EVSE with Leaf end-timer set for 9am and charge to 100%. At the moment after 3 weeks and about 1,000 miles I get AHr= 60.02 SOH= 91% HX= 89.53 odo= 3,586. Early days yet... Oh, and we both love the Leaf!

Dooglas
Posts: 170
Joined: Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:08 pm
Delivery Date: 04 Jan 2017
Leaf Number: 314779
Location: Oregon City, OR

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:53 pm

redcottage wrote:My wife found a 2012 Leaf SL with 2,545 miles for sale locally on Craigslist which came with an uninstalled AeroVironment 240V EVSE. We did the research and decided to go for it. One thing we discovered after the purchase, was that maybe low miles wasn't such a good idea since we don't know how the car was stored.

Where it was stored and where it was driven are perhaps even more important. Incidentally, it is helpful to post your location in your profile so it appears to the left. That gives others some idea of the conditions under which your LEAF will be used.
2013 Leaf SV - lease ended, 2016 Leaf S30

redcottage
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:46 pm
Delivery Date: 0-11-2011
Leaf Number: 017163
Location: New Paltz, NY

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:48 pm

Profile updated I think. In any case I'm the third owner, the second owner bought it from her neighbors, a celebrity couple earlier this year, which leads me to think it was garaged and maybe properly "maintained/stored" by the original owners. She says it was just driven on weekends. She decided it wasn't for her and we ended up buying it. New Paltz is about 70 miles north of New York City.

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