Well folks, it came down to this. After losing one bar 10 days ago we began a frantic
search for what our next step should be. I'd like to share my thoughts with other Leaf fans
1. Spoke with several other site members from Phoenix and Dallas that had also lost capacity.
2. Took my car in to the Nissan Dealer (see my post under "Lost a "high-voltage battery status" bar, down to 11" thread)
with rather comical results (I wasn't laughing though).
3. Called Nissan and lodged an official complaint with absolutely no results other than
"its normal, expected loss"
4. Scanned through the warranty documents, Texas Lemon Law statutes, statements by Nissan officials
spoke to a couple of attorneys to see if I had any legal options. Concluded that as long as Nissan
stated that they do NOT warranty capacity, we did not have much recourse other than to wait for
a PR disaster to happen in order for them to rectify this problem.
5. Noticed on our weekly trip to the Farmer's Market in Dallas ( we do this same route every week
after a 100% charge) that we'd lost at least 12 miles of range.
Based on the above we started exploring what the trade in options would be. The Nissan dealer
we bought it from offered us $23K and then backed out. Carmax offered $23.5k (very surprising)
Ended up looking at the Camry Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Was really impressed with
the Sonata (our 2nd car has been a 2007 and 2010 Camry hybrid for the last five years)
The Sonata with the ultimate package blew me away. Plus, with this open wound from the Leaf
fresh in my mind, they offer a LIFETIME warranty of the hybrid battery. Worked out a deal
on the phone (with the Leaf trade-in) and arrived at the dealership.
They said everything was good except that THREE of their buyers for the Leaf had all backed out!
I'm saying this to benefit other MNL members if they are considering trading in, the value
is falling like a rock. Waited for a couple of hours while they made calls (I could hear them)
finally found a buyer for $23K. Completed the deal and drove home in the new Sonata.
Despite reports on some websites, averaged 44.5mpg on the 30-mile trip. Its no Leaf, but hey
I don't have to worry about range any more.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the Leaf. The concept, the technology, the quietness of the ride,
(I'm signed up for 100% wind power so I was practically off the grid). But alas, I truly think
Nissan shot themselves in the foot by not responding aggresively to this issue. Moreover
I'd always felt that the true range (about 70 miles) was grossly misrepresented before
the EPA numbers came out.
Thats how my Leaf saga ended.