I leased a '13 Leaf SV w/both packages for 2 years. I've owned a use '13 SV w/premium only since July 2015 to replace it.
ElectricMonkey wrote:I miss not knowing if I’ll have enough juice to make it home.
I miss knowing the exact location of every charge station in my area.
I miss driving <55mph on an empty freeway after working late, for fear that I won’t make it home if I go any faster.
I miss relying on heated seats to keep me warm in the winter, for fear that I won’t make it home if I run the heater.
I miss driving with the windows down on a noisy freeway in the summer, for fear that I won’t make it home if I run the AC.
I miss constantly wiping down the inside of my fogged windshield, for fear that I won’t make it home if I run the defrost.
I miss that feeling I used to get when I had zero juice left and there was a gas guzzling SUV parked at the only charge station around.
I miss spending my lunch hour eating at whatever charge station I can find.
I miss that feeling I used to get in the pit of my stomach when I was merging onto the freeway before being able to get up to the same speed as traffic.
I miss that feeling I used to get when it rained, and the car would hydroplane at anything over 55mph.
I've not had these problems. I've only had one very close call once over my 4 years of Leaf driving.
ElectricMonkey wrote:I miss replacing very expensive windshield wipers every 3-6 months.
I miss having to buy a new set of tires after only 20K miles.
I miss having to replace the brake fluid after only 20K miles.
I miss needing a wheel alignment after only 20K miles.
I never replaced the wipers on my 2 year leased Leaf. I bought refills from a Honda dealer for cheap (don't have the receipt handy but I'm pretty sure was under $20 total) around March 2017 as they were streaking badly at that point: viewtopic.php?p=489698#p489698
on the used Leaf I bought in July 2015.
My original leased Leaf had enough tread left on its original tires after past 23K miles to not get dinged by NMAC at lease return. Three tires on my used Leaf with under 24K miles were very worn. I replaced all 4 w/Ecopia EP422 Plus. 23K miles later and all still have plenty of tread.
I never changed the brake fluid on my leased Leaf nor the used one I have now. Been looking to test the fluid since Nissan's recommended intervals seem excessive and silly.
Leased Leaf never needed an alignment. Used Leaf I had an alignment done when I bought the 4 tires. Alignment still looks ok: no uneven wear. I did buy lifetime alignment, so I need to find some time to get it checked and re-adjusted, if needed.
ElectricMonkey wrote:I miss having to buy my own spare tire, jack, and tire iron (which, oh by the way, I was very glad I had at point).
I miss being told by the service department that I’ve been degrading the battery by frequently using the quick charger.
Never experienced the above. The latter point is moot on my current one, as well. It doesn't have a CHAdeMO inlet.
ElectricMonkey wrote:I miss the fact that the charge port door locks automatically, and can’t be opened without a key, even though there’s clearly nothing to steal in there.
It's better than Teslas where their flap closes automatically. It is NOT conducive to plug sharing.
ElectricMonkey wrote:I missing having to replace the plastic hub caps because I hit a pot hole on tires that sit so close to the rims.
I miss having to trick the charge timer into charging during the best time-of-use hours.
Never had plastic hub caps. Never had a problem.
I'm not sure what you mean by trick. Most of my charging is done for free at work. If you want to charge at cheaper rates, you're going to have a set a timer somewhere or manually plug in or unplug at the right times.