Long-time lurker, first-time poster, and proud owner of a new (to me) 2013 SV in brilliant silver. Have been wanting to go electric for awhile, and I can say after driving the Leaf for almost a month, I cannot see myself going back to an ICE in the foreseeable future.
I feel I did my due diligence in researching (including some reading on this forum, thank you all), and knowing what to look for in terms of features and "must-haves". I think I got a real decent price considering the options and mileage (36k at purchase). I am, of course, concerned about the battery long-term. I did not have LeafSpy when I walked into the dealership (I do now), but the capacity meter on the dash was down one bar. A couple weeks of driving and it dropped a second bar. The SOH in LeafSpy is reported at just over 76%.
Realistically, on a day-to-day basis I won't need a whole lot of range; I drive just 8 miles round trip to work, southern Los Angeles County, and if the wife's gas guzzler is in the shop it's 24 miles round trip to drive her. She & I took the Leaf up to Castaic (with a top-off as we got to the Valley), to scope out some real estate for family, no problems... last leg we charged in Canyon Country & got back home with plenty to spare. I typically trickle charge a couple times a week to 80% and I never let it get down to turtle, so I don't really know my max range, but by extrapolating it seems 60-70 miles would be realistic (I typically hit 3.9 miles/kw, so at 76% SOH that works out about right, or at least at the low end of that I guess).
My question: Looking forward to (hopefully) several enjoyable years out of this car, what can I expect as far as degradation? Honestly I won't be shattered if it drops a bit, though obviously it would be nice to at least maintain the level of performance I have now. But for the sake of planning, how fast have previous owners seen the capacity drop over time/mileage? If family moves to Castaic or Antelope Valley in five years or so, will we be looking at taking the fossil fuel burner up to visit?
2013 SV --- QC / Navigation --- Brilliant Silver