LeftieBiker wrote:* The ACCURATE Range Estimator.
The 2013+ Leaf SV and SL (and possibly the earlier versions)(My '12SL does, so I'd assume all Leafs have this feature)
have, in addition to the laughably inaccurate 'Guess O Meter' (aka "GOM") on the dashboard, a second, very accurate range estimator. By pressing the blue "E" button on the steering wheel, a small map display is brought up in the main navigation screen. On the display there are two concentric white circles, a pale white one that gives the GOM estimate as a visual representation on a map of how far the GOM thinks the car can go, and... the accurate
range estimate, in brighter white, representing a smaller circle. Both figures are also given as numbers on the lower left side of the screen. Thanks to one of our members bringing this feature to our attention in 2016 (!) we now have a way to do more than consult a not-so-magic 8-ball for range. NOTE: the representation of available range will still be adversely affected by large elevation changes on the route - the estimator isn't "smart" enough to take them into account. VENTILATION CONTROL TIPS* Heater Off Switch for pre-2013 Leafs.
There is a fairly easy to install switch, available through this forum, that will allow you to turn off the liquid-based heater in the 2011 and 2012 Leaf. Amazingly, these cars don't already have such a switch: if you want to stop the heater from drawing power, you have to turn off the climate control system entirely, losing all power ventilation. See http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=20446* Partial Recirculate Mode.
The 2013(My '12 SL has this feature so again I'd assume all Leafs do)
and later Leafs have a barely-documented feature that is actually very helpful in Winter, especially when combined with the next Trick after this. With the ventilation set to one of the modes that allows Recirculation (any of the non-defrost modes), and with Recirculate mode on, press and hold the Recirculate button until the light above it starts to flash, then quickly release it. The light will flash twice, then go out, making it look like the car is in Fresh Air mode. In fact, if done correctly (and it may take a little practice, to avoid re-engaging full Recirculate) the ventilation system is now taking in roughly 1/3 fresh air, and recirculating the other 2/3. This mode does two things: it reduces the amount of external smog getting sucked into the car, and it increases the efficiency of the heater in cold weather, because most of the air doesn't have to be heated from outside ambient.