Hello. I am looking to buy my first Leaf. I have been lurking in here for a while reading and learning. I live in Oklahoma City. My daily commute is about 13 miles one way. 99% of the time it is just me driving to and from work, with an occasional errand to run in the evening and/or a short drive for lunch. I probably average about 12,000 miles per year.
My wife drives a minivan that we would use for road trips or any time we need more room for our two kids 11 & 9yo. We also test drove a Volt, which I liked, but the back seat was so cramped that we ruled it out. I am hopeful that we can choose to take the Leaf out to dinner or other family outing once a week or so, and maybe take some of the load (and gas cost) off of the minivan.
This will be replacing an old 2000 Malibu with 140,000 miles. I would like to drive it for a while, and would NOT plan on replacing it in 2-3 years.
I am looking at two low mileage CPO cars here locally. Having longer powertrain CPO warranty seems nice to me, especially since I won't be able to take the Leaf to my mechanic. The first is a 2015 S with 4700 miles. The second is a 2016 S w/ 30kwh battery and 2700 miles. Right now the 2016 is listed at $4000 more than the 2015. Both of these cars were locally owned.
From what I can tell, the advantages of the 2016 are:
1) 30kwh battery means longer range and more years before battery degrades below my useful limit
2) I think the 30kwh battery gets longer battery degradation warranty?
3) 10 more months of bumper-to-bumper warranty
4) The stock stereo seems to have NissanConnect Mobile Apps - not sure what the advantages of this are vs the 2015 S. If my phone can send bluetooth audio I think I am happy
To me right now I don't think the 2016 seems worth an extra $4k, but I would imagine they would come down off of that price (likely the 2015 dealer would also though). Are there other advantages I am missing? How much $ would the longer range of the 2016 be worth to you? Should I get an OBD scanner and leafspy to check out the batteries on these, even with the low miles? Any other things I should be thinking about?