agedmachine wrote:I took the car back today - luckily, CarMax was fairly easy on the return process, even though I was left sitting for 30 minutes after arriving on time for the appointment set.
To answer a few questions about the car I returned -- there were 10 battery bars to the right. It came from an auto auction, and had previously lived in California.
BTW, California by itself is very non-specific and is useless for helping determine battery degradation. Temperatures play a very large role in the rate of battery degradation. Cycling and age are other factors.
Look at the huge variance in temps that can and often does exist in the SF Bay Area in the summer:viewtopic.php?f=9&t=19967&p=464260&hilit=dublin#p464260
Some parts of CA are even hotter like Death Valley and Palm Springs.
Some folks in my in my part of the Bay Area were able to lose 4 bars before the 5 year/60K capacity warranty expired on their '11s and '12s. Some missed it. Someone in one of those cooler cities would have PNW-like minimal degradation. https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattle ... 036995594/
in the mild PNW didn't lose a capacity bar on their '13 until 92.7K miles. That'd be impossible in my part of the Bay Area. I bet that same vehicle in my area would be down 2 or 3 capacity bars by the same age and mileage.viewtopic.php?p=473995#p473995
is of a guy in Phoenix w/the same build month as mine. I lost my 1st bar at 49.6K miles in Nov 2017. I'm still 1 bar down.
agedmachine wrote:This lead me to the very helpful people at Platt Auto Group in SE Portland, who only sell electrics.
There was a black 2013 SV for $10k that initially brought me to their establishment, but after looking around at their inventory (they did have a LOT of different Leafs) -- I ended up driving away in a 2015 Ruby Red with about 34500 miles for $15k.
It's the decked out model with leather interior and four cameras, and so far I'm really happy with it - the look and feel of the interior alone was a noticeable difference, it's in really good shape overall.
I've heard of that dealer. Hopefully their cars all resided in the PNW.
Sounds like you got a the most fully-loaded '15 SL (assuming it had factory black leather). The Around View Monitor system is part of the premium package. If curious, see Specs tab of http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/ ... -press-kit
But +1 on what Leftie said. The '15 "lizard" battery is the best battery, so far.