pjoseph
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Leaf Number: 1186
Location: Austin, Tx

Re: What do you wish you had known before purchase?

Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:26 pm

South Point Nissan in South Austin. Paid MSRP two years ago (those were the early days). Service has been good.

As much as i like the Leaf, it will take a lot for me to buy another Nissan. While they have a decent EV out, their battery replacement plan is simply nuts. While it has been nice to not fill gas for ~2 years, my time is more valuable and Nissan simply has not stepped up.
2011 Blue Ocean SL
70 K miles
Traction battery replaced on Sept 23rd, 2015
Powered by a 6.44 kW AC PV system

Boourns
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Location: Austin/Round Rock, TX

Re: What do you wish you had known before purchase?

Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:38 am

Didn't want to start a whole new thread, so if anyone is still reading tell me if you have any thoughts. I am test driving a Leaf tomorrow morning. Any recommendations for what to do/test/pay attention to? It will be the first time I drive an EV of any kind (my wife too).
2013 SV

KJD
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Delivery Date: 08 Dec 2011
Leaf Number: 15656
Location: SLC, UT
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Re: What do you wish you had known before purchase?

Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:57 am

Boourns wrote:Didn't want to start a whole new thread, so if anyone is still reading tell me if you have any thoughts. I am test driving a Leaf tomorrow morning. Any recommendations for what to do/test/pay attention to? It will be the first time I drive an EV of any kind (my wife too).

My only complaint with the LEAF is the battery has degraded about 10% over the last 18 months. You said back on page one that you were looking for a 24 month lease and I think that is the best way to go.

Do NOT purchase like I did.
2012 SL Delivered 12/08/2011
Sold 05/12/2015
2012 Tesla Model S 85

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Nubo
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Location: Vallejo, CA

Re: What do you wish you had known before purchase?

Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:51 am

Boourns wrote:Didn't want to start a whole new thread, so if anyone is still reading tell me if you have any thoughts. I am test driving a Leaf tomorrow morning. Any recommendations for what to do/test/pay attention to? It will be the first time I drive an EV of any kind (my wife too).


Yeah. Have fun and stop worrying so much! ;)
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

Boourns
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Re: What do you wish you had known before purchase?

Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:16 am

^ :lol: point taken
2013 SV

Berlino
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Joined: Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:28 am
Delivery Date: 05 Aug 2013
Leaf Number: 412600
Location: Quebec City, Canada

Re: What do you wish you had known before purchase?

Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:31 am

Boourns wrote:
I am test driving a Leaf tomorrow morning. Any recommendations for what to do/test/pay attention to? It will be the first time I drive an EV of any kind (my wife too).


Normally, people look for potential problems or annoyances during test drives. However, unless you have special needs, the LEAF's drawbacks (range and such) don't show up in a brief test drive. Most people come away very impressed. Close the windows, turn off the radio, and see if you can hear any noise at 25-40 mph.

You might want to start with Eco and B mode off, then turn on ECO, and finally test the car in B mode. If you start out in ECO/B, the feel of the brakes may be surprising. It's also good to commence with ECO off to see how the LEAF can accelerate.

Finally, if it's a hot day and you notice that the dealer has charged the vehicle to nearly 100%, ask him to only charge to 80% in the future, unless necessary, as per Nissan's own recommendations for battery life.
Ordered: 7/18/13 Delivered: 8/05/13
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EVSE Upgrade, LEAF Spy Pro
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LeftieBiker
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Delivery Date: 31 May 2013
Location: Upstate New York, US

Re: What do you wish you had known before purchase?

Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:32 pm

Bump.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

The most offensive, tasteless phrase in use here is "Pulled the trigger." I no longer respond to posts that use it.

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