bazzmclean wrote:DaveinOlyWA wrote:bazzmclean wrote:
I see thank you. I guess what worries me is Georgia is pretty warm and its a black car so if it was parked outside all the time it would have been kept at a hot temperature which would explain the degradation.
yeah, there is little doubt there was increased degradation due to heat. It is possible that numbers are depressed from lack of driving but probably no more than 2-3 points. There is a guy with over 80,000 miles on his 2013 LEAF in WA and he claims about 5% loss of range so far so climate makes a huge difference
Look what I found out on used Leafs: Many older cars will have just 9 or 10 bars showing on the battery meter. If you find an older LEAF that still shows 12 bars on the battery meter, be suspicious. Rumors are beginning to surface that unscrupulous dealers have figured out how to trick the meter so it reads 12 bars even on old cars with weak batteries. Allegedly, the car will continue to show 12 bars for a few weeks until the software catches up with reality. Then bars will start disappearing at a rapid rate and you will be driving a LEAF with half the range it should have.
That is known as a BMS reset. There are some that will do it on purpose, to hide the true capacity. That is why LeafSpy is so important when purchasing a used Leaf. The AHr reading stays constant, even with a BMS reset. A low AHr reading with 12 Capacity Bars on the dash shows it has been done. There are also some Recalls/Software Updates for the Leaf that will do a BMS reset as part of the update process.