Hello everyone -
this is Peace here from MN, I've stumbled upon this forum as i was researching the Nissan Leaf so have been reading up on some stuff. Hubby and I are planning on getting an SL but I'd like to verify my limited understanding and hope one of you more experienced owners/leasees can confirm. We fit the profile of owner versus leasee (buy vs own the Leaf had me stumped for a while as the lease deals seem so good right now doubled with the unknown factor regarding what happens to these generation leafs batteries 5-7 years from now) - we've always bought new cars and then drive them until the wheels fall off (and i hate having car payments forever). what i'm wondering about is:
1) If i were to buy a 2014 S trim and add the Charge Package, will this car have the capacity/capability of an SL? granted I won't get the leather seats and all the bells and whistles of the navigation system, alloy wheels… (i don't really care about the navigation system - i have a mobile Garmin that i can use) and all the other bells and whistles, except the leather seats - kind of like them, but I can live w/o if this means several thousand dollars less. What i do care more about is the ability to do quick charge (say 5 years from now, there's a quick charge at every corner of the street so I'll plan well for my future Leaf S so I'll be equipped - i know i'm dreaming!) But, i think someone said that the SV and SL also have better heating/cooling capacity as well - so i'll miss out on more than the leather seats, in getting just he S model even with QC? i do care much more about functions and capability, as you can tell
2) I read here that with '14 models, it's "programmed in" that you have to charge up to 100%, no choice, and I understand that you're supposed to NOT charge to full all the time, to preserve our precious batteries. So does this mean that if i want to do the right thing for batteries, i should probably pick the '13 over the '14? or, is there hidden meaning or message that i missed?
3) in your experience, should i wait until Dec of this year to get the '14 for even better deals than the current incentive since the rule is that's the best month to buy, as dealerships want to get rid of all current year models at year end? We're in the position to wait but i just get impatient due to seeing the $3,500 cash rebate being offer for new leaf owners from Nissan. BTW, I think it's either $3,500 rebate or 0% financing with Nissan, not both, correct?
4) it doesn't seem like the '13 is much cheaper than '14? do you know why?
I really do appreciate all your input. I've already learned a lot from "lurking" around prior to joining
thanks so much!
potential '14 or '13 Leaf SL (I hope - though there are so few SLs within my 250 miles radius. I checked several websites and only yielded 1 or 2 SLs!)