I’ve been lurking on this forum for a while, on and off, thinking that a used Leaf could work for me, but, reading about all the battery uncertainty kept me from getting too serious. Buying a used Leaf is NOT easy! I am ready to engage the helpful folks on this forum, as I’m trying to get off the fence and seriously shop for a Leaf.
I’m interested in a Leaf because most of my driving is within 30 miles, but I’d need a comfortable 80 mile R/T potential to feel that the investment is worthwhile, for me.
I’ve been subscribed to CarGurus and I get listings on a regular basis. I originally thought I’d aim for a 2016 or older, but moved up to considering 2017s because it would give me some more peace of mind by having a longer warranty coverage on the batteries, although there seem to be few 2017s for sale.
One question I have is, should I let Consumer Reports dissuade me from considering a 2018? They single that model year out as having a very bad “Reliability” rating, but they identify it as the “second generation” Leaf. Does this “redesign” represent a lot of value and balance the reliability hit, in terms of value? Is that poor reliability rating deserved?
That said, prices I’m seeing seem mostly to be based on the number of miles the car has been driven, rather than the model year. I understand how that works on ICE cars. Would folks, here, say that miles under it's belt is the best determinant of the value of any given Leaf with the same size battery, irrespective of year?