IssacZachary wrote:Let me get this straight. If the battery goes 8 bars during the warranty period Nissan can slip a 9 bar "rebuilt" battery in the car.
Yes, however the '11 and '12 guys due to the amended Klee settlement end up receiving a new battery: viewtopic.php?t=18905
For those outside beyond model year '12, IIRC, Nissan does NOT have to provide a new battery as a free warranty replacement. IIRC, Andy Palmer did state that spirit of it was that they only intend to replace the battery once so they wouldn't just put in a 9 bar battery, since it could fall below 9 bars again before capacity warranty expiration.
From the '13 warranty booklet PDF I have w/minor edits for hyphenation:
LITHIUM-ION BATTERY CAPACITY COVERAGE
In addition to the Lithium-Ion Battery Coverage for defects in materials or workmanship, the Lithium- Ion battery is also warranted against capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for a period of 60 months or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
This warranty covers any repairs needed to return battery capacity to a level of nine remaining bars on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge. If possible, the Lithium-Ion battery components will be repaired or replaced, and the original Lithium- Ion battery will be returned to the vehicle. If necessary, the Lithium-Ion battery will be replaced with either a new or remanufactured Lithium-Ion battery. Any repair or replacement made under this Lithium-Ion Battery Capacity Coverage may not return your Lithium-Ion battery to an “as new” condition with all 12 battery capacity bars, but it will provide the vehicle with a capacity level of nine bars or more on the battery capacity level gauge.
So far, it seems like everyone (most everyone?) has been receiving new batteries. That could change for '13+ Leafs.
IssacZachary wrote:Does that mean that the $6,000 battery is "refurbished" too or is it new (12 bars)?
I believe the $5,499 battery is new: viewtopic.php?t=17168