trentr
Posts: 305
Joined: Sun May 02, 2010 12:10 am
Delivery Date: 16 Apr 2011
Location: Silicon Valley

After 8.5 years of driving and 95K miles

Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:16 pm

I still have my LEAF that I bought in April of 2011. No issues to report except for battery degradation. See the images below. If I'm reading it correctly, I think I lost ~55% in 8.5 years. The car is still usable for the most part to pick up kids in school, kid's activities, etc. The max distance is now down to about 35 miles. I'm not really sure what to do with the car when the distance becomes ridiculously low. I will probably just donate it. The battery replacement is very expensive at $8K. I would rather buy a used Chevy Spark for $6.5K with a better battery. Anyway, this will be my last Nissan.

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2011 Blue SL+QC

Lothsahn
Posts: 533
Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:35 pm
Delivery Date: 04 Jan 2018
Leaf Number: 007797

Re: After 8.5 years of driving and 95K miles

Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:19 pm

trentr wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:16 pm
The battery replacement is very expensive at $8K. I would rather buy a used Chevy Spark for $6.5K with a better battery. Anyway, this will be my last Nissan.
I think it's pretty telling that you have had a car for 8 years with basically no maintenance, no issues, etc, and you're unsatisfied to the point that you won't buy another Nissan. This really tells to how foolish it was for Nissan to screw over the early adopters. Even if they'd left the battery replacement at $5500, you'd probably still be "happy".
2011 Silver SV, purchased 2018, lives in Missouri (previously in CA)
LeafSpy Pro + BAFX Products OBDII dongle
Battery swap 2019/04/24 (87% SOH, 12 bar)

SageBrush
Posts: 4907
Joined: Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:28 am
Delivery Date: 13 Feb 2017
Location: NM

Re: After 8.5 years of driving and 95K miles

Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:46 pm

Lothsahn wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:19 pm
trentr wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:16 pm
The battery replacement is very expensive at $8K. I would rather buy a used Chevy Spark for $6.5K with a better battery. Anyway, this will be my last Nissan.
I think it's pretty telling that you have had a car for 8 years with basically no maintenance, no issues, etc, and you're unsatisfied to the point that you won't buy another Nissan. This really tells to how foolish it was for Nissan to screw over the early adopters. Even if they'd left the battery replacement at $5500, you'd probably still be "happy".
Once upon a time there was widespread optimism that as time passed Nissan would bless their early adopters with higher capacity battery replacements at $/kWh prices that kept pace with price drops to the manufacturers.

Instead we have disposable, throw away cars. Clearly Nissan could not care less, but I sometimes wonder if they even have a clue just how badly they broke faith with the environmental crowd that got them started.
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2013 LEAF 'S' Model with QC & rear-view camera
Bought off-lease Jan 2017 from N. California
Two years in Colorado, now in NM
03/2018: 58 Ahr, 28k miles
11/2018: 56.16 Ahr, 30k miles
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2018 Tesla Model 3 LR, Delivered 6/2018

camasleaf
Posts: 646
Joined: Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:20 am
Delivery Date: 17 Jun 2011
Location: Camas, WA

Re: After 8.5 years of driving and 95K miles

Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:23 pm

I am at 89000 miles and lost 40%. It still does the RT to vanpool and in summer I would dare to do the 30 hilly miles to work with the hope I can charge there. I was hoping for a battery upgrade. But I end up picking up a used Model S P85 for weekend drive and RT to work. 90% of the time, for work, I still use the Leaf to go to vanpool.
2011 SLe 06/17/11 Over 89000 miles 61%SOH 13.8kWh
2018 Honda Clarity PHEV
2014 Model S P85 77888 miles 256mile range
5.7kW DC Solar System

powersurge
Posts: 1519
Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:24 am
Delivery Date: 06 Dec 2014
Location: Long Island, NY

Re: After 8.5 years of driving and 95K miles

Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:43 am

camasleaf wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:23 pm
I am at 89000 miles and lost 40%. It still does the RT to vanpool and in summer I would dare to do the 30 hilly miles to work with the hope I can charge there. I was hoping for a battery upgrade. But I end up picking up a used Model S P85 for weekend drive and RT to work. 90% of the time, for work, I still use the Leaf to go to vanpool.
Quick question... I see you have a honda clarity... How has that been compared to the Leaf?

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