MarkBC wrote:I have a 2012, 62,000 km on it now, I just lost one bar down to 11 a few months ago, that's pretty good. I hope my batteries will last 10 years which is what I was aiming for.
Now on to the complaints, things I don't like that would make me want to buy a new car rather than sticking it out with this one with a new battery set:
1. I HATE the low speed creep. This, more than anything, would make me want to buy a Kia Soul. I can't stress enough how much I REALLY HATE THE LOW SPEED CREEP. I don't understand why Nissan feels the legal need to do this but Tesla and Kia don't. Is there a hack to get rid of this so it just sits there rather than automatically hurling you towards cross traffic at a traffic light or into the end of your garage?
2. Can I switch Eco mode to be the main drive mode instead of D? Why do I have to flip the shifter twice to get it? And for that matter, why can't I program in my own regen preferences?
3. I HATE the climate control system, worst one in the world, I vastly prefer the fully manual simple one from my 1997 4runner. It's easier to list the things about the climate control system which I do like, which are ZERO. They did EVERYTHING wrong with this system. It overrides my every decision, won't let me do half the things I want to do, automatically turns A/C on any time I change anything, and it won't even let me hit the recirc button when it's on, I have to press two buttons to turn the danm thing off in order to turn on recirc which is pretty often, basically anytime I'm behind a stinky dino-burner and I don't want to gag. I doubt there's any effective hacks other than ripping the whole thing out which will leave me with nothing.
4. Has anyone moved their gear shifter onto the dash like the Prius? Much better location, doesn't get in the way there and lets you stretch out horizontally for a few hours while the car is charging if you want to take a nap.
That's what I don't like about the car but overall I like most other things and will probably stick with it. But can't some Russian hacker figure out how to crack the code and get rid of that awful low speed creep? I've had this thing 5 years, and I can say with certainty that I am not going to grow to like it ( the low speed creep, I mean)
1. Personally it doesn't bother me, like Leftie I feel it's mild enough to not be really noticeable, but I can't see why it couldn't be a option to disable it, didn't realize Kia and Tesla don't have it, can you enable it on those vehicles or they just always off?
2. Totally agree, it's a constant PIA to keep having to double shift after every power down. I'm surprised you didn't mention the damn NAV nag screen, which also requires a confirmation after every power down
oh they did fix the double shift/ECO on '13 and newer Leafs but you still need to push a button every time after power-down to enable B mode.
3. IMO the CC on the basic S models is much better, I think the SL(and probably SV??) are overly complicated and much prefer to KISS.
4. No but I agree, Prius got it right but if you want to see something worse just look at a Volt
now that shifter is obnoxious IMO, huge and greatly in the way, it was one of the many things I really disliked about the Volt and pushed me towards the Leaf(back in '14). Note large obnoxious in the way shifters seem to be the norm though, even on new EVs/Hybrids, IMO just stick it on the dash and make it small, I mean were not shifting these vehicles like a clutch car, get it out of the way
Overall I think they got most things right on the Leaf, seen lots worse, unfortunately I've never seen a car just the way I like it and with the very few EV models available it's just kind of a pick your poison
scenario, pick the one that has the least objectionable aspects and live with it