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Used Nissan Leaf - what to look for?

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by ckessel, Jul 31, 2020 at 2:47 PM.

  1. ckessel

    ckessel Active Member

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    Our beloved 2008 Acura is dying, our son drives it at this point. I'm thinking of replacing it with a cheap used LEAF. The budget is cheap, don't really want to spend more than what I can dump the Acura at CarMax for. I can find used LEAF's for 5-7k fairly regularly, early year (2011/2012) SL models.

    What I don't know is what I should be watching for. Is the 2011 going to work as a commuter car? Range isn't much of an issue, but I know the early models had low range and, if I recall, a reputation for really drastic range reductions in even moderately cold weather (i.e. 30s and 40s).

    Would some kind soul give me a 5 minute lesson on what I should be looking for if I check out these older model LEAFs?
     
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  2. CRASHER

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    Q. Used Nissan Leaf - what to look for?
    A. Other direction.
     
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  4. ReddyLeaf

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    More info needed. I have a 2011 SL with the original battery, and yes, they do have battery and range issues, but work great for what they were designed for. If you’re willing to accept less than 50 mi range for around town in moderate climate, then it’s an awesome option. Yes, the range can be cut in half at very low temperatures, say below 10 F. If you’re lucky or diligent, you can find used Leafs that have had the battery replaced under warranty, and thus, newer and more heat-resistant. Learn more at mynissanleaf.com. Also, insideevs.com has published some articles on buying used EVs, and especially Leafs. Everyone will steer you away from 2011-2012s, but they were made in Japan instead of the US, and the quality (except battery heat resistance) is top notch.
     
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    Air cooled batteries mean rapid death. Run while you can, as others stated and proven extensively, the Leaf batteries will degrade rapidly unless you live near the Labrador Sea.
     
  7. DougWantsALeaf

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    I don't know your budget, but if you can afford the mid teens, look for a used 40kWh 2018 Leaf. If you can afford low 20s, a few of have picked up new lef over 2019 Leaf Plus models. If you are in NJ or CO thanks to state rebates, you can sometimes get one under 20K new. Over 200 miles range for cheap. Very perky acceleration, not Tesla perky, but no slouch.
     
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  9. ReddyLeaf

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    So, my nine year old leaf that still has 70%of it’s original range, I should drop like a hot potato? No thanks, I’ll keep driving it all over town just like I have since 2011. Oh, it was 110 F last week, so yes we have heat here.
     
  10. DougWantsALeaf

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    our 2013 Leaf was still at 85% (11bars) after 6 years before we upgraded. The newer chemistries appear to be doing even better from what I see. For day to day, the limited range was not ever an issue for local driving. Great for teenagers given the safety of the car.
     
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