ncrob
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Thinking of a used Leaf - trying to decide on year/trim level

Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:04 am

I am in need of a second car, and I'd like to buy a Leaf. I've read some of the forums, and have a newbie's impression of what to look for, but still am in need of some advice. I live in the south, where it's regularly mid-90s this time of year. I don't have a garage. My commute is about 22 miles round trip, however there is charging available at my work (ChargePoint Level 2, at $0.75/hour). I have a 2008 prius, so long range isn't that critical. It seems that a late year 2013 would be the cheapest best bet, but I'm wondering given the heat in this area if it makes more sense to lean towards a 2015 with the lizard battery. Any thoughts?

alozzy
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Re: Thinking of a used Leaf - trying to decide on year/trim level

Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:01 am

Have a look at this post for concise answers on most of your questions:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=24222&start=10#p499222

And this one too:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=23775

Get a Leaf with the charging package for double the speed L2 charging (3.6kw vs 6.6 kw) and the option to L3 charge using CHADEMO port. For the relatively small premium you pay, I think a 2013 SV + QC is the best bet. Although dated, the NAV screen is still nice to have. My 2 cents, I'm sure others will disagree and say buy an S for the best value.

I don't think there's compelling evidence that Lizard packs fair any better than post March 2013 packs. Jury is still out on that...
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
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After market, DIY LED DRLs
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alozzy
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Re: Thinking of a used Leaf - trying to decide on year/trim level

Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:05 am

Forgot about this buyer's guide too, it's decent:

http://insideevs.com/used-nissan-leaf-buying-guide/
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Loving my first BEV :D

LeftieBiker
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Re: Thinking of a used Leaf - trying to decide on year/trim level

Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:05 pm

The biggest issue is battery durability in hot weather. Don't buy a Leaf built before April of 2013 (build sticker is in the driver's side door jamb) and if you do find a 2015 with no capacity bars lost, give it preference.
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.

ncrob
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Re: Thinking of a used Leaf - trying to decide on year/trim level

Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:19 pm

Thanks to all for the replies. I'll update when I've purchased one. cheers

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