'11-'15 Nissan LEAF Owner Reviews
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Great second car
We have had our 2013 Leaf SV for 2 months and 2500 miles. I am 6 ft 4 and can manage fine in the front seats. Cannot say enough good things about this car makes total sense as a second car. We have had Lexus , Mercedes, Infiniti and still enjoy this car. For what I was paying for gas alone at $80 per tank our lease and electricity is covered. Pretty much a free lease. No repairs , oil changes or tough negotiations in 36 months. Just give it back and lease a new better version of he same thing. We still enjoy and need our mini van for longer drives but keeping that on the highway keeps us from spending too much on gas with a big vehicle in the city. Fun to drive try one you will be Impressed. I can plug this in with the standard charger and be back to 100 % roughly 85 miles in about 14 hours. Even in California with some of the most expensive electricity in the country my electric bill is increased $50 per month. Electric vehicles qualify you for lower electric rates at off peak times .
What they don't tell you up front is that for $40,000 you would think you could run the air and heat, but what they don't tell you is the range is NOT 100 or 75 or 50 miles if you're going to run the ac or the heat. As a matter of fact, you can't drive on the highway, that lowers your range too. Basically, if you go 45 mph with no air, it may go 71 miles on one charge. I should have bought a golf cart. Their customer support leaves a lot to be desired. If you live in the South or out West like Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, get ready for battery life issues. Drive the demo A LOT and know what you're getting into before you consider this car!!
Welcome to the future!
Its been a month that I have owned the Leaf and put on over a thousand miles. My favorite has been the torque and the 0 to 30 acceleration. I blows other cars away. Its as quiet as a Rolls and people do not need to yell on their cell phones while driving on the freeway. One thing to keep in mind is that when you drive in ECO mode the regeneration allows you to be easy the brakes. so watch the rear view mirror. So far only one time have I experienced the dreaded range anxiety disease. I did drive it over 100 miles and the range left was 6 miles and I was 12 miles from home at midnight. I live 3 miles from the Nissan dealer that has a charger but found that they chain off the lot and charger at closing. I have found the biggest electron eaters are speed and hills with climate control third. Traffic can be your friend for the extra miles. No problems yet except for last night the car would not charge. I finally tried to do a unplug and reset of the charging station and that did it. The car is really a door to the future. It won't take care of all the needs you have but can do over 80% of everything else. If you think about it, how many times do you drive over 80 miles a day? As an only car possibly no, but as a second car a resounding yes!! I pay about $2.80 to fully charge for about 80 miles. One thing no one talks about is the great parking and free charging the car gets on the road. I have season tickets to the music center here in LA and across the street is the Department of Water and Power. I get to park for free and get a charge at the same time. With all the rebates and incentives the car out the door cost me a grand total of $25,492 including charger and installation. Once the future 440 volt level 3 chargers get installed I will be even more happy. Right now there are only 2 in CA. US Walgreens will be installing 800 level 2 and 3 chargers by the end of the year. I plan to drive to Washington in the near future when I can plan the charging to meet my demand
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