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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:16 am
by swhang
LoLRick wrote:Bought a new 2017 Leaf SV on Earth Day. Sticker was 35,758, but after the Duke Energy $10,000 credit and trade-in, we were out the door for $15,000. As a Tesla owner for 3 years, I'm not new to EVs, but have to say I am loving the Leaf!


I would love to hear your reasons of going from a Tesla to a Leaf.

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:25 am
by Oils4AsphaultOnly
swhang wrote:
LoLRick wrote:Bought a new 2017 Leaf SV on Earth Day. Sticker was 35,758, but after the Duke Energy $10,000 credit and trade-in, we were out the door for $15,000. As a Tesla owner for 3 years, I'm not new to EVs, but have to say I am loving the Leaf!


I would love to hear your reasons of going from a Tesla to a Leaf.


I think he/she has both. Once model 3 comes out, I'll have both as well. :)

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:52 am
by Ekendahl
Yay! My "new" leaf was delivered yesterday - Base 2015 Red SV. I think only extra might be mud flaps? 17.800 miles and off-lease. Paid $11.500 + taxes I bought it on auction so sight unseen.
I took my chances as it was the best price I could find.

The listing showed it was in NJ. It turns out the car was originally registered in GA! Argh! A much warmer state!. It still shows 12 bars. I might figure out LeafPro (for tire pressure monitor) later.

The car has unmatched wheels - 3 original Michelin and one off-brand el-cheapo(?) "OHTSU" tire. It also has some scratches on that rim. It seems someone hit a curb too hard! I was aware of small scratches from the listing, and overall it's in much better condition than I thought.

I've never driven with unmatched tires before. Should I be concerned?

Other than that the car drives great (after bumping tire pressure to 42). It's a perfect (family) city car. Easily fits my two kids. Peppy around red lights and more than enough oomph for easy lane changes. Excellent visibility and surprisingly high off the ground. I'm 6.3" and fit well in the car even if it could have some more leg support or seat angle. Much better than a 2006 Prius.

I like the leaf more than the 2011 Hyundai Genesis V8 that it replaces (for the city driving I now do). Better acceleration in 0-35 mph. Much better off the line. Love that it, like a go-cart, has a wheel in each corner. That makes it feel nimble on messy Boston/Cambridge/Somerville streets.

oh! Nissan Connect SV user "ZachsLeaf," if you're reading this - I got your car! Hope you took good care of it (it looks like it)! Love it so far!

/Robert

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:01 pm
by LeftieBiker
IF the unmatched tires feel ok on both dry and wet roads, and the car doesn't pull one way or make extra road noise, they are probably ok for now.

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:04 pm
by Ekendahl
Thanks. The Car isn't pulling or making noise and works great on wet and dry roads. Tire dimensions look very identical to Michelin one. Will keep for now.

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:59 pm
by LoLRick
swhang wrote:
LoLRick wrote:Bought a new 2017 Leaf SV on Earth Day. Sticker was 35,758, but after the Duke Energy $10,000 credit and trade-in, we were out the door for $15,000. As a Tesla owner for 3 years, I'm not new to EVs, but have to say I am loving the Leaf!


I would love to hear your reasons of going from a Tesla to a Leaf.

The Leaf did not replace the Tesla. It replaced a 2012 Honda Pilot. We live too far out in the Suburbs for the 24kWh Leaf to be practical, but the extra range of the 30kWh does the trick. We have 2 reservations for the Model 3 and had planned to wait for it, but the Duke Energy deal and deteriorating condition of the Pilot combined made us go ahead and get the Leaf now. We're thrilled to be 100% electric. I'm not sure what will happen to the Leaf when the 3 comes. We might just keep it as a spare.

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 9:20 pm
by nwleaf
New 2017 S here in Portland, OR. First EV, was looking at used 2013-2014 SV's but came across a lease deal for a 2017 S w/ quick charge package for 1,200 dn (inc. first month) and 159 mo x 23 more payments on a 2 yr 12k lease. Figured when the lease is over I may buy into the next gen Leaf or who knows. Since my electricity is about $.08, it is cheaper overall than my old monthly gas expense. So far so good, and I am glad it has the 30kw battery!

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 2:31 am
by microman
Picked up my 2014 Leaf a few weeks ago (bought if from my brother who is upgrading to a Renault Zoe - longer range which he needs to get to his holiday home). Here in New Zealand virtually all Leafs are Japanese imports, and you pay from NZ$10,000 for a 2011 Gen 1 with average mileage to up to NZ$25,000 for a 2014-2015 Gen 2 with low mileage . I paid NZ$19,000 for a 2014 with 9000 km.

I have to say I love the car - just cant get over the quietness and smooth acceleration. For the first couple of weeks I only drove in Eco mode and tried to get the maximum range (varies from 140km to 160 km with a mix of motorway and town driving). Now I just drive it - mostly in Drive (much more enjoyable). I have the 8amp charger with 240V power at home so charging takes 8-12 hours depending on battery state.

I just bought the OBD2 thingy and have downloaded the instructions to activate it. Hope I can make it work (I'm a bit of a tech novice). Very keen to find out what state my battery is in.

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 11:20 am
by Juliansleaf
Just got my 2012 Leaf SL delivered from Carvana last night. Unfortunately, they forgot the charger! I picked up a lease turn in with 38,000 miles for $7500. I'm sure I'll have a ton of questions, so please be patient with me.

Thanks,
Julian

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 11:23 am
by GetOffYourGas
Juliansleaf wrote:Just got my 2012 Leaf SL delivered from Carvana last night. Unfortunately, they forgot the charger! I picked up a lease turn in with 38,000 miles for $7500. I'm sure I'll have a ton of questions, so please be patient with me.

Thanks,
Julian


Of course you mean the charge cable - the charger is in the trunk, underneath the plastic hump.

Do you have another option to charge in the meantime? That's a pretty critical part for an electric car, especially for a new owner. Not so bad if you already have a 240V EVSE in your garage, but still.

If you have questions, ask away. There is a lot of knowledge on this forum.