nela wrote:Hi everyone!
I currently have a 2013 SV, manufactured date is 3/13, in an "extended test drive", of sorts, until Monday. Aka 5ish more days to make a final decision. In service date is June of 2013, grew up in Davis, CA.
It is at 10 bars, 29078 miles. Just checked LeafSpy and it looks like it only recently dropped to 10. AHr is 49.25, SOH 75%.
I am in Austin, TX. My goal is to take advantage of a new battery under warranty- I am hoping I have heat on my side and can drop the battery over an extended Texas summer. It won't be parked in a garage, it'll be parked in the sun, on the road. My commute/errands will be covered just fine by its short range (40 miles @ ~75% SOC). I will also mostly be charging at public stations and/or work, if I can finagle a plug to use.
I'm already kind of in love with it, but I don't want to be too blind to a fruitless endeavor.
Any thoughts on how feasible it'll be to drop to 8 bars by June of 2018?
I see it's your first post, so welcome to the forum!
You didn't say that you had already called Nissan's 877-NO-GAS-EV number with your VIN number to confirm the warranty details. That's your #1 priority right now. A previous owner could have settled the class-action lawsuit for cash, voiding the capacity warranty.
When you wrote you would "be charging at public stations and/or work" does that mean you have no plug at your residence? Or was this just a side-comment about it being cheap to charge? I would definitely not purchase a Leaf without being able to count on using the trickle (110v) charger at home.
I'm also in Austin, purchased a 2011 Leaf SL this year, and had the battery replaced under warranty in early March. You can run the numbers against online predictors or bounce the idea off forum members, but I personally would shop around for one that's MUCH closer to dropping to eight bars. Maybe if it was in the high 60% SOH range with 10K and a year left on the 5yr/60K warranty AND the price was great you could consider it. Otherwise I'd pass.