hbquikcomjamesl
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:59 pm

Finally got my sonar yesterday. An EchoMaster unit, with the dual-bar-graph display, custom installed, with the display module mounted atop the rear starboard headrest (using a strap-on bracket I designed and fabricated myself).

In that position, the display is visible in the rear-view mirror (in the upper starboard corner of the rear window) and looking over my shoulder (in which case it lines up with a point just past the upper starboard corner of the rear window, which is much less strain on my neck than the more central locations I'd used with sonar displays on my Camry).

Still to come: a donut (probably upright, on the port side of the trunk), and a portable GPS navigator (probably mounted on the starboard side of the console, by the 12V power socket).
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:15 pm

I don't have it yet, but next week I'll be picking up a Brilliant Silver 2021 SV 40kwh Leaf that I'm leasing, with Tech and Protection packages, and cargo cover. My first mod, which I recently performed on my SL, will be to render the rear edge of the cargo cover non-lethal, using foam pipe wrap. I could have spent more to lease an SV+, but having driven both versions I prefer the lightness and quickness in normal driving of the 40kwh cars. We have the SV+ for longer trips or drag racing.
Brilliant Silver 2021 Leaf SV40 W/ Pro Pilot & Protection
2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, & 2 lithium E-bicycles.
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PLEASE don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

G3NG4R
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:15 pm

hbquikcomjamesl wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:59 pm
Finally got my sonar yesterday. An EchoMaster unit, with the dual-bar-graph display, custom installed, with the display module mounted atop the rear starboard headrest (using a strap-on bracket I designed and fabricated myself).
I looked up EchoMaster and they make a lot of products. Would you share the model you have, or maybe a couple pictures of your setup? I'm really intrigued by what you described.

hbquikcomjamesl
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:58 pm

G3NG4R wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:15 pm
I looked up EchoMaster and they make a lot of products. Would you share the model you have, or maybe a couple pictures of your setup? I'm really intrigued by what you described.
You asked.

The sensors and control unit are a PS-TRUCK (no idea why, except that it's maybe less expensive); the display unit is a PA-DISPLAY.

Here are the two starboard sensors.
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The display unit, mounted on my custom bracket, strapped to the starboard rear headrest, from the front and the back
ImageImageSonar 3 by James Lampert, on Flickr
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sun May 02, 2021 7:58 am

jjeff wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:48 am

Congrats! just wondering, do you find yourself coming anywhere near 15,000 miles/year with any of your Leafs? Now maybe it's easier with a larger capacity Leaf but I just couldn't imagine getting anywhere near that with either of our 24kwh Leafs, it would have to be actively charging anytime we weren't driving it and even then with our '12SL that only has a 3.6kw/h charger I don't think we could make 15k/year miles. We probably drive less than most but average ~6k/yr on our Leafs, now if we could use them cross-country on our 1000 mile trips or even cross-town 100-mile trips we'd be putting on more miles but for now we have to use our older Prius for those kinds of trips.
One more thing, most of the leases I see are for 10k maybe 12k miles/year even though I know the average driver is now doing closer to 15k/yr, do you know if your lease would have been much less if it were say 12k miles or even 10k miles/year?
My wife has a daily fixed commute of 66 miles round trip for 200 working days of the year...so yes, we will put the 15,000 miles/year easily...
I can tell you one thing....we end up putting more miles on the Leaf as the battery gets larger.....with shrinking range anxiety on a larger radius....the Leaf becomes the preferred vehicle on increasingly more trips.

On the previous 2018 150 mile range Leaf, we ended up putting roughly 18,000 miles/year...when you do the math, paying the mileage overage at 15c/mile make more sense than trying to run a gas car, so, we don't worry much about mileage overage...

The 2018 150 mile range Leaf at the time of lease return had almost 54,000 miles on it...but was still returning a healthy 130 miles of range on the battery. We could have literally used that car all the way to 150,000 miles on the odometer...
1st Leaf : 2013 SV (2013-2016) acquired - Feb 2013
2nd : 2016 SV (2016-?) acquired - Jan 2016
3rd : 2015 SV (2016-2018) - acquired - Jun 2016
4th : 2018 SV (2018-2021) acquired - Jun 2018
5th : 2021 SV Plus (2021-?) acquired - Apr 2021

Cinnabar
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri May 07, 2021 1:28 pm

Cinnabar wrote:
Tue May 10, 2011 8:01 am
I picked mine up on Sunday from Premier Nissan in San Jose. It took about an hour and 45 minutes, which was great. I told them I needed to be out of there by 2:00 pm, and they easily made that deadline. It was a pretty painless experience. I wish I would have gotten a bit more for my trade in and the really pushed the extended warranty very hard, to no avail.

Took the car straight downtown for the dinner and the Shark's game and then home after the game. I had many miles to spare.

Drove into work today and the 32 mile commute ate almost half the battery. I will trickle charge today and have plenty of juice to get home. I miss my carpool lane stickers all ready, and look forward to getting the new white stickers in 6-8 weeks. I will hopefully have some flexible hours until then!

I am also seeing more Leafs on the road. It looks like their deliveries are finally ramping up.
It’s my 10th anniversary of picking up my LEAF. It is still my daily driver. I have 81225 miles on it, and still have all the bars on the replacement battery. It’s been a better car than I could ever have imagined, and very inexpensive to own and operate.

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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri May 07, 2021 2:36 pm

Cinnabar wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 1:28 pm
It’s my 10th anniversary of picking up my LEAF. It is still my daily driver. I have 81225 miles on it, and still have all the bars on the replacement battery. It’s been a better car than I could ever have imagined, and very inexpensive to own and operate.
Consumer Reports has an article this month on the least and most expensive 2011 models to have owned. The LEAF tops out with "Cost at 10 years: $0".

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-rep ... -the-road/
Though the first-generation Nissan Leaf EV didn’t get pulses racing with driving excitement, it cost owners almost nothing to keep running and earned top reliability scores.
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Cinnabar
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri May 07, 2021 3:17 pm

jlv wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 2:36 pm
Cinnabar wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 1:28 pm
It’s my 10th anniversary of picking up my LEAF. It is still my daily driver. I have 81225 miles on it, and still have all the bars on the replacement battery. It’s been a better car than I could ever have imagined, and very inexpensive to own and operate.
Consumer Reports has an article this month on the least and most expensive 2011 models to have owned. The LEAF tops out with "Cost at 10 years: $0".

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-rep ... -the-road/
Though the first-generation Nissan Leaf EV didn’t get pulses racing with driving excitement, it cost owners almost nothing to keep running and earned top reliability scores.
That has certainly been my experience. Even after 10 years, I don’t think the general public realizes how different the cost of ownership of EV’s versus ICE cars is. I expect the Tesla Semi to really be a big difference maker in that regard.

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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri May 07, 2021 8:53 pm

Picked up a silver 2017 SV.
65,000 and 75% SOH and 10 bars.
Great car, amazed and how quiet and smooth it is, should do all of my daily driving for several years.
I'm really hoping I get a battery replacement in a few more years/miles, shouldn't be to difficult.

hbquikcomjamesl
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sun May 09, 2021 8:52 am

Having bought a strictly generic owner's manual case, I wanted to make it somewhat less generic.

And I spend my Saturdays docenting at the International Printing Museum. With access to printing and typesetting equipment.

So I bought a blank embroidery patch, and printed it, by letterpress:
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leafpatch by James Lampert, on Flickr

I used an ink that should fully set.
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