Since you're in blazing hot Phoenix, for the longest longevity, you want a lizard pack or want to eventually have that installed. Once your capacity warranty is over, think of the Leaf as throwaway car that you use until it no longer meets your range needs. At that point, dump for whatever you can get for it, which might not be much since replacement batteries cost (is only known for 24 kWh batteries right now) is so high.dot4f wrote:cwerdna, I am not an owner at all I am considering buying a used Leaf. I want to know what I am getting into, before I get into it.
Since so many Leafs were sold here, and since there are long term range / capacity issues, it seems as if the values are deeply depressed.
If you get a 30+ kWh car, your capacity warranty is 8 year/100K miles and you start off w/longer range to begin with. 30 kWh batteries seem like they're worse than the 24 kWh lizard pack but I haven't followed closely.
If you care about battery longevity, you should look into EVs w/active thermal management (esp. that can engage wherever you're often stopped/parked in the heat) and a good rep for holding up in the heat.