SageBrush wrote:60 mph does not sound fast but I have no idea what the Cd of the car is with boards on the roof.
OP ? Can you share consumption data ?
I don't have any experience with hauling longboards on top of a Leaf. I'm doing it on a Prius, and I know how to handle the rack and the longboards on a Leaf, but I've never done it on a Leaf and I don't have any data.
When I have the Thule rack (without longboards) on the roof of a Prius, there's a very slight reduction in MPG... maybe 5% at the most. Of course with longboards stacked on the Prius' roof rack then I'd have more drag, but I've never tracked that data.
LeftieBiker wrote:Is there an issue with leaking refrigerant in the later Leafs? Unless the 2017 is an S, it uses a sealed electric heat pump, and they seem very reliable. So do the A/C units on the S, for that matter. I'd say that unless the 2017 has a clearly bad pack, negotiate for that. Even it is down one bar with no update, it will give you more range.
This is good to read, because if there was an issue with older Leaf A/C systems then we'd be starting to learn about it.
I've always had a refrigerant leak by the time that our air-conditioned cars were 10 years old, and I guess my A/C attitude has always been "when", not "if". If a 2014 Leaf developed an A/C leak in 2024, well, the battery was getting old anyway and we already had an extra $5000 growing in the car fund. But if Leafs have not shown any tendency toward A/C problems over the years then spending extra for a newer vehicle makes better sense... and it has the extra range.
We're waiting to hear back from the sellers with VINs (for CarFax reports) and to set up test drives.
2015 model S, bought in January 2019.