LeafWannaBe984 wrote:Hi All,
I'm in the market for a used car and found out about the insanely low prices for used Nissan Leafs. I've been looking 2014 and 2015 models. 2014 models I'm seeing from $8-$9 while 2015 models are around $10-11K. Most models are under 25K miles and sometimes less than 15K miles
I'm a little concerned about the battery replacement and battery life issues as they get older. Most of the cars I have purchased I tend to keep for a while (My current Civic just hit 200K miles).
I'm looking at a 5 year loan for a used Leaf. I'm debating either this or a conventional gas used car for around the same price (probably a Ford Fiesta, Kia, or Hyundai). That $5500 battery replacement cost freaks me out a little --- though I usually spend quite a bit around the 150K mile line for my cars on maintenance (timing belts, oil change, tune-up, etc). My usual expensive maint items is around the 180K mark and has been stuff like struts, pumps, etc. I'v never had to replace a transmission or anything major like that in a house before except for an AC.
I live in Texas --- so it can get very hot here --- I believe that is a factor since you have to blast AC here to survive in the summer.
I also do not have a L2 charger- I'm planning on just using a conventional plug. There is a Nissan Dealership within biking distance from me with a free EV station.
How long is your average commute?
The 2015 has what's referred to as a "Lizard" battery that is better at withstanding heat, but I'm not sure how much better it is.
Generally, I would say buy it if 60% of the current range meets your commuting needs, but that might be a little pessimistic.
Of course, you need to download Leafspy and check the current stats on the battery.
The $5,500 shouldn't freak you out. You'll save enough on gas and maintenance over the next 5 years to cover it if you need it.