Hi, I am currently test driving a 2011 Leaf SL with 38,800 miles on it from Carvana. They offer a 7 day test drive and I have to decide today or tomorrow if I am keeping the car. It is showing 8 bars of battery capacity and I initially thought is was too late for the 5 year warranty (thinking it would have expired in 2016). However, the carfax and the Nissan paperwork both show the car being sold on 8/31/2012, with the warranty valid until 8/31/2017. Yesterday I took it to a local Nissan dealership where they performed a battery test, the invoice states "Notify customer the battery life is within the expectable drop amount for this vehicle. If it drops more return for further diagnosis. The battery usage report will optimize battery life if followed to 5 stars in all categories. See attached for details." I have included images below. I am confused because on the Nissan website (https://www.nissanusa.com/electric-cars ... e/battery/
) I have seen the text "the Nissan LEAF® Lithium-ion battery is also warranted against capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge", is this only for more recent year cars?
This car would cost around $7,000. I charged it to 100% and got 60 miles of range with that being 53 city and 7 highway and no climate control, I stopped when the low battery warning came on and it was showing 8 miles of range remaining. My commute is only 7 miles each way and my office has free charging stations available, so I think this car would work, but it would be great with a new battery. The dealership also has 3 leafs that are 2015 "s" models with around 25,000 miles, they are all from Georgia and priced around $10,000, I am trying to figure out if that would be a better way to go. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.