evenvy wrote:Can anyone advise if there is a third party to help me shop for the leaf without being at the mercy of the dealer?
There are many car broker services that act as a middleman and do the shopping for you. All you need to do is tell them exactly what you want (or are willing to settle for), and once they find the car you just write the check.
I need a lot of help understanding the in's and outs of buying /leasing a new leaf. I'm especially interested in :
That depends on your state. California has the HOV sticker program: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm
I don't know about other states.
For 2017 the only battery that is available is the 30 kWH. Prior to 2015 all Leafs came with the 24 kWH battery. 2015/2016 a 30 kWH battery came with the SV and SL but I think sometime during 2016 it was also included with the S. The redesigned 2018 Leaf will have a much larger battery pack but I don't know what that will be.
Charging stations availability for this car? apps that help you find a charge in emergencies?
PlugShare.com Note that many charging stations require you set up an account with them first; PlugShare will tell you if a particular charging station is part of a network. And no you can't use the ones from Tesla.
Does nissan offer support (other than the warranty) when out of a charge? (or is it all Triple A?)
There is 3 years' roadside assistance but all they will do is tow you to the nearest Nissan dealer with a charging station. Some AAA affiliates do have mobile charging trucks.
Are those really tiny little baby tires ? or can I get real R16's like my old honda accord?
Baby tires? The Leaf comes with either 205/55/16 or 215/50/17 depending on year and trim level. The car weighs 3400 lbs so you can't put puny tires on it.
Would greatly appreciate any advice and support through this mid life change.
Do a search, much of what you asked can be found through Google. Also watch YouTube videos about the Leaf.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL