Today, drove out to visit my sister in Oakland. I covered 41 miles.
I still don't understand the bars, will have to read up on it (I get the concept, it's just not intuitive. What I thought were the bars including the red shows 8 bars, but it's the same now as when I left).
The capacity bars represent sort of how large your "fuel tank" is. I wouldn't expect them to have changed during a drive. The used '13 Leaf I have now had all 12 capacity bars from the day it was manufactured in late 5/2013 until Nov 2017. In Nov 2017, it went to 11 bars (http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 15#p511915
) and still has 11 bars today.
The 12 bars to its left labeled "state of charge" at http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 55#p436255
are the "fuel bars" that go up as you charge and down as you discharge. The silly number that reads 86 miles in that pic is what we call the guess-o-meter (GOM).
Arrived home at 12% (found a switch on the left that gives this more useful metric).
Yes it is. '11 and '12 Leafs didn't have that. It first appeared on '13 Leafs after pleas w/the Chief Vehicle Engineer (Kadota-san), Mark Perry, a Nissan quality guy and a whole bunch of Nissan engineers in the room in Dec 2011 at Google. I was there.
Yes, I have a DC fast charging port along with the other options. Does sound like the premium package.
Premium adds Bose stereo and the 4 camera Around View Monitor w/the camera button on the bezel. QC + LED package adds quick charge (CHAdeMO) inlet, fog lights and auto on/off LED headlights instead of the crap halogens (w/o auto).
According to what I read, capacity was guaranteed to 60 months and 60 miles. From April 2013 to April 2019 is 72 months, so I'm over.
I'm hoping Nissan will do something for me but who knows, I doubt it.
No. The capacity warranty is for 60 months/60K miles, whichever comes first. If the battery falls below 9 bars before expiration, you'll receive a replacement. And yes, you're past it by time.
You are correct in your doubts. Nissan was doing an unannounced YMMV goodwill program where they'd sometimes pay for part to most of the replacement battery cost for those past capacity warranty and pleaded their case. They cut that off long ago, also w/o warning.
Yeah, I regret this purchase. On paper it's safe, spacious, not as fast as my I3 (a good thing as the 17 year old has a heavy foot).
But with this limited range, the car is almost unusable. My 500e had a range of 80 miles and my I3 will go 120.
There are plenty of 500e out there for $6-7k and their battery doesn't degrade like this thing.
I'd have sold you my 11 bar '13 SV w/premium (no CHAdeMO and no LED lights) but 64K miles for $6500. Leaf Spy SOH is at 82.xx%.
I don't know if the 17 year old you mention is male or female but if the former, there's the side benefit below...
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 80#p531280