SalisburySam wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:51 am
zialeaf wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:34 am
I own a 2011 LEAF with about 50,000 miles on it. The battery is quite diminished. System shows as 7 bars, but this does not seem accurate based on actual use. It takes forever to charge, and regen braking works very poorly now (battery just cant absorb current the way it used to). I have to be very careful and can only expect about 30 miles on a good day. The current condition of the battery is entirely my fault. I have been very hard on this car. For over a year it endured very deep discharges twice daily 5 days a week, many fast charges and a lot of WOT driving. I knew this would take its toll on the battery, but I am now looking at options to replace it. I love the car and have no intention of ever getting rid of it.
Wow, I’m surprised you didn’t qualify for a factory replacement battery at the 5-year mark.
Additional odd datapoint: my 2012 SL gets 35 miles from 100% to LBW. No abusive driving (I’m 73, come on), 80% charges for most of its early years, only 4 QC’s and the rest all L2 at home, and a current odometer reading of 13,522 total miles. But wait, there’s more. I have 9 capacity bars showing. Total crapfest for a $40k vehicle.
I tried, but Nissan held to their requirement for 6 capacity bars to be eligible for a warranty battery replacement.
This is actually my second LEAF. I was one of the first to get the LEAF when my wife and I lived in Seattle. We then moved to the Bay Area and had to rent for a year and had nowhere to park and charge the LEAF, so I sold it. Then we bought a house that could accommodate owning a LEAF again, so I bought a second one. I wonder if I told Nissan of my early adoption and advocacy for this car if they would sell me a new battery for less than the ridiculous sums they are now demanding. I remember quite clearly when we bought our first LEAF that Nissan was consistent in promising that a new battery at year 7 would cost $5500.
Sound like we are in the same boat. Under all but the most mild driving and optimal weather conditions, I can't expect anything more than 30 miles. That's doing regen braking at every opportunity and keeping it in "eco" mode. Yet the car shows 7 battery capacity bars!