Darryl wrote:The first questions I would ask myself is "Do I really need a new battery? Or can I continue to use the car with less range between charges." As the battery technology is greatly changing and who knows what next year my offer. A third party battery? More KWh battery? Better heat resistance?
After market battery packs for these cars are not going to be in the market for quite some time....in fact they may never come out...considering there wouldn't be a big market for them...since we are only talking 100,000 total leafs sold so far in the US..
As for the OP's question....I would suggest to ask yourself..what are your alternatives?
1. Is the current range simply unlivable?
2. If so, what would you drive as a replacement car (fuel/maintenance costs)
3. How many miles of driving you do in a month?
4. What is the current residual value in this car?
5. What would be the cost to upgrade to a new Leaf?
6. How much money in fuel/maintenance you would have saved so far?
7. Factor in differential cost of car insurance if you were to upgrade to a newer leaf..
After you put all these numbers down, you need to do a self evaluation whether buying 60 more months at $100/month is the best option in your situation or not?
In many situations (in my case, I need 18,000 commute miles/year and 100 miles of range/charge/day) the $100/month for a replacement battery is not a bad deal at all..as against getting into a brand new replacement car just to avoid the battery replacement cost on the older car.