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Re: Seven year report, 2011 LEAF.

Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:39 pm

mgoleta wrote:2011 LEAF SL, QC ,April 21,2011

Current mileage, 40.1K, 10/12 bars, only around town driving. Only L1 charging to 80% first 4 years, last 3+ years L1 charging to 100%, Never ended up using QC or L2.

The first set of tires wore out at 20K miles (3-1/2 years). Replaced at Costco ($470). These tires also lasted 20K mi, 3-1/2 years but they had 60K warranty. As a result Costco replaced all 4 tires for a net of $165.
Otherwise service costs have been quite minimal, total of 3 brake fluid changes, yearly battery check (first 2 years were free), tire rotation (free after getting Costco tires). Touch-up paint for small nicks and scratches, $26, 12V battery replacement after 7 years ($81 from Costco), yearly replacement of windshield wipers from Costco ($7).
Unplanned costs, $200, upgrade of telematics after ATT retirement of 1G service.
This year I had some intermittent operation of the backup camera caused by loose cable.

The car has been solid and reliable.

We just replaced the 2011 LEAF and our 2007 Prius with a 2018 Bolt Premiere and a 2018 LEAF S with winter package (ie. heated seats in both cars). Now we are a completely EV household. Gave up on our reservation for a Tesla M3 standard range after it became apparent that it would not be delivered until after the federal tax credit starts phasing out (2019 Q1 or 2019 Q2).

Total electricity costs for entire house net $120 over 7 years (monthly service charges minus energy buy back at end of each year). Total cost of original solar installation, $12.5K. Projected yearly cost going forward with 2 electric cars, $90/year for entire house.

Our original 2011 LEAF will continue on with one of our friends.

Thanks for the detailed report. It will be interesting to hear your take on the Bolt and 2018 Leaf since you will be driving both.

Bakersfield, California
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2015 Nissan S with QC, leased, returned
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Re: Seven year report, 2011 LEAF.

Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:52 pm

Here's my seven year anniversary report after charging to 100%:
2011 SL received 8/18/11. I'm the original owner. Paid MSRP (no other choice at the time).
9 bars, 47,754 mi, 75 miles on the GOM at full charge.
AHr 44.22, SOH 67%, Hx 46.43%, 85*F temp, 4.092 V, 96.4% SOC
Extrapolating LeafSpy data collected over the past four years, I'm anticipating 8-bars on May 1st, 2019 (7.75 years).

I'm still running on the original 12V battery, but have one new set of tires and windshield wipers. No other maintenance except wiper fluids (not even air filter or brake fluids, though I have contemplated doing those). Essentially all of my driving has been in-town at 25-45 mph except the occasional 5-10 mi jaunt at 60-75 mph and 3-4 trips out of town in 2012-2014. Seven years of perfect in-town driving. I love the zippiness and smaller size. The lack of regen in winter is annoying, but not hazardous. I've saved about $9000 in gasoline, and probably a few thousand in other maintenance costs. Certainly not enough savings to justify buying a new EV over my 25 yo ICE, but money was not my reason for getting an EV. Would I do it again? Absolutely, given the conditions in 2010-2011. Will I do it again today? Absolutely NOT. Nissan has lost my business due to lack of TMS and price gouging on the replacement battery costs. Their original statements were that new battery tech would be backward compatible and owners would be able to get the newest, highest capacity battery replacement at $5000 or $50/mo (or something like that), which is currently proving to be completely false. I highly doubt that Nissan will get my business again. On a positive note, finally after seven years, there are now DCQC stations in each of the three cities that make up our community, strategically-located about 15 mi from my house. This fact now means that my lowly 2011 Nissan Leaf will easily meet my in-town driving for another 10 years (at least).
2011 SL; 9 bar, 45.80 AHr; 45,000 mi; rcv'd Aug 18, 2011
Long: ... al#p226115"
Cold: ... 60#p243033"

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