GaleHawkins wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:51 am
The Leaf is our 6th Nissan since 1973 but the first one without an engine and gas tank. The Nissan PU served us well for 30 years and never needed brakes or exhaust repair the 140K miles we drove it. I expect the same out of the Leaf.
You're conflating two issues; whether Nissan makes good products in their low end of the automotive market and whether they can
compete in the high end of the BEV automotive market, e.g. with Tesla. My first Nissan, a Pathfinder, lasted 530K miles without any major
problems other than timing belts (every 60K), brakes (every 80-90K), and clutches (only two). I now have a 2012 Xterra at 60K miles
without any problems. The only costs have been oil changes & tires. My 2013 Leaf at 74K still has 10 bars & no problems, which I still
drive after recently getting my '19 Leaf (now @ 5.5K miles). So even though Nissan competes well in the lower end of the automotive
market, it's not considered by most consumers as a high end status/premium vehicle producer, again the example is the Infiniti
at its marginal sales. As a result, Nissan will find it extremely difficult to transform its image to compete with a Tesla or Audi in the
high end BEV market.
#1 Leaf SL MY 9/13: 76K miles, 47 Ahrs, 5.0 miles/kWh (average), Hx=70, SOH=73, L2 - 100% > 1000, temp < 95F, (DOD) > 20 Ahrs
#2 Leaf SL MY 12/18: 10.3K miles, SOH 109Ahrs/115Ahrs, 5.2 miles/kWh (average), DOD > 20%, temp < 105F