LeftieBiker wrote: Nissan and their affiliated dealerships made claims about the Leaf's range and battery life that were untrue. They also offered NO warranty on the battery - just those claims of exaggerated range and greatly understated capacity loss. That meant that everyone who ever owned a 2011/2012 Leaf with OEM battery, new or used, would be harmed by Nissan. That called for financial assistance with replacing those defective batteries, made through March of 2013, for the life of the car.
I don't recall Nissan corporate making false claims about range. I recall them giving results of testing that didn't reflect typical real-world use cases for North American drivers, and of course hoping that had a certain psychological effect on less-discerning consumers. And of course car salesmen will say almost anything. As always it pays to do research on a major purchase. I'd frequented this forum, and did not have unreasonable expectations.
Also, to give credit where it's due I do recall their literature during the Launch Events directly addressing the issue of range vs. driving needs and actually making conservative recommendations about such things as a reasonable commute distance for the car.
As far as battery life, not sure if they were lying or simply relying on inadequate testing. They certainly weren't guaranteeing anything
. The complete lack of capacity warranty was a major red flag. As they didn't have the confidence to stand behind the battery, I chose to lease.