GerryAZ wrote:Since I have had issues with dealer-installed anti-theft equipment (or installation/removal) on two vehicles and the LEAF's computer systems are deeply integrated, I strongly suspect your problems are related to the anti-theft device or damage done to the wiring harness during installation. If you like the Leaf otherwise, take the lemon law buyout and start over with another LEAF (but choose one without dealer add on). If another EV would suit your needs better, you have a lot of choices in California. Couldn't you transfer the CA credit to another new EV (or pay back the one on the 2016 Leaf and get another on the new EV)?
Thanks for your response!
I did end up taking the buyback option on the 2016 Leaf and then leasing a 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which we like because it has a real 125 mile per charge range.
Interesting regarding your anti-theft equipment hypothesis. I hadn't thought of that. I suppose I'll never know if that played a role. I will say though that the Nissan engineers did replace the "harness" on the Leaf, and the problem persisted. I will also say that, since the dealership would not issue a refund for the anti-theft device, we had the third party company transfer the anti-theft device to our new car (the Hyundai). No issues with the Hyundai so far.
Also, I was able to transfer the CA rebate ($2,500) from the Leaf to the Ioniq. The rules are apparently that you have to have the vehicle for at least 2.5 years (30 months) to be free and clear with the rebate. If you re-sell the vehicle before that time, you either have to pay back a prorated portion of the rebate, or "transfer" it to another EV you purchase or lease. Since I leased another 100% BEV (the Ioniq electric), no money changed hands, the state just "applied" the rebate they had already sent me for the Leaf to the Ioniq. It was just an update of the database on their end, and saved me from having to pay them back from the rebate.