anthonystclair
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Joined: Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:14 am
Delivery Date: 19 May 2019
Leaf Number: 308082
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
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So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 1:08 pm

Well, things worked out pretty good.

About a week ago now, after 2 days of haggling, my wife and I brought home a 2016 Leaf with 15K on it. It'd come off lease here in the Eugene area, was in solid shape, and we could get a lower-mileage, newer car than we thought we'd be able to afford.

Not too shabby really :)

As you can imagine though, what we thought would be our backup car... isn't. It's now the "first out" vehicle, and we are having so much fun driving it. First day we snagged new boosters for the kids, and they love riding in it. My son especially gets a kick out of showing the charging area to his friends :)

Glad to be on here as an owner now. I'm totally hooked. This is our first EV... but I don't think it'll be the last. My kids are already asking when there'll be an electric Outback available...

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alozzy
Posts: 1498
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:25 pm
Delivery Date: 18 Jan 2017
Location: Vancouver, BC
Contact: Website

Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 1:21 pm

Congratulations! I've always liked the black paint, looks good. Like you, our LEAF is the first choice to the point where my wife and I both complain the odd time when we have to drive our old Hyundai Santa Fe. Wish I could afford a newer, longer range EV but I'll definitely be picking up one of those as a used buy in a few more years...

Enjoy!
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anthonystclair
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:14 am
Delivery Date: 19 May 2019
Leaf Number: 308082
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Contact: Website

Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 1:28 pm

Thanks Alozzy! The black wasn't my first choice (I love the red and the blue), but given the price, miles, and condition, I certainly won't complain.

I did graciously "let" Jodie and the kids bring the Leaf home from the dealership. Especially since I knew that she was about to go on a business trip, so the kids and I would have it all to ourselves for a few days :)

Seeing the 2019 Leaf, the Volt, and such, I'm definitely glad to see how the EV space keeps evolving. I'll love to have my eye on an EV whenever the time comes to replace our 2014 Outback.
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Jerryr
Posts: 77
Joined: Mon May 14, 2018 8:18 am
Delivery Date: 12 May 2019
Leaf Number: 310009
Location: Bradenton, Florida

Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 1:28 pm

It’s amazing that a Leaf will be the car of choice in the driveway. It’s been that way for us since 2015. Now that we bought a 2019 Leaf Plus with a 62 kWh battery and 220 miles of range the other cars are just sitting idle in the driveway and garage.

I have a 2015 Lexus RX450h hybrid that we bought new about the same time that we bought our first Leaf. The Lexus only has 10,000 miles on it.
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Oilpan4
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Joined: Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:51 pm
Delivery Date: 10 May 2018
Leaf Number: 004270

Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 2:20 pm

Yeah my plan was for the leaf to do about 80% to 90% of driving and maybe some trailer pulling.
Nope it does it all.
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WetEV
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Delivery Date: 16 Feb 2014
Location: Near Seattle, WA

Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 3:09 pm

The LEAF has 50k miles. The ICE bought at about the same time has 10k miles. Tells the story. Lucky for me I made an agreement that the wife could have my car one day a week.
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goldbrick
Posts: 822
Joined: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:33 pm
Delivery Date: 01 Aug 2017
Leaf Number: 311806
Location: Boulder, CO

Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 6:45 pm

I have to force myself to drive my ICE cars since they don't like to sit too long without being driven. It's just one more thing about ICE cars that EV's don't require since they don't have all those nasty chemical reactions going on inside them all the time.. Reminds me of why you don't see too many steam engines any more. I've heard the maintenance on those is incredible.

LeftieBiker
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Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 10:02 pm

I drove the Prius PHEV (aka PIP) tonight, and as always it was like driving a vintage car to me - with a slushbox, no less. It was also running a little rough, probably because my housemate doesn't use the gas up fast enough.
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anthonystclair
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:14 am
Delivery Date: 19 May 2019
Leaf Number: 308082
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Contact: Website

Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sat May 25, 2019 11:24 pm

No kidding. I'm just waiting to see how long it takes for the Leaf's mileage to overtake the Outback's...
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RonDawg
Posts: 3039
Joined: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:46 am
Delivery Date: 11 Jan 2013
Leaf Number: 027089
Location: SoCal

Re: So much for a Leaf being the "backup car"

Sun May 26, 2019 3:03 am

goldbrick wrote:I have to force myself to drive my ICE cars since they don't like to sit too long without being driven. It's just one more thing about ICE cars that EV's don't require since they don't have all those nasty chemical reactions going on inside them all the time.. Reminds me of why you don't see too many steam engines any more. I've heard the maintenance on those is incredible.
EV’s don’t need as much maintenance as an ICEV but they still need maintenance and use. There are things like wheel bearings which benefit from occasional use. Tires can also develop flat spots (even if correctly inflated) from lack of use, and those are quite annoying until the tires heat up and the tires regain their roundness.

And yes steam engines are very maintenance intensive. That’s why steam locomotives mostly faded from existence quite quickly once diesel-electric ones became widely available. Normally a company would wait for such a large investment to simply wear out before replacing it, but the maintenance savings were worth retiring many of them early.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar at 34 months/26,435 miles. Lease returned 2 months later. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F.
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