gringostar wrote:Any idea how long the battery should last?
An open ended question in my view. Depends on what you mean by "last" - my 2011 has 132K miles on the battery. If you need to drive less than 50 miles a day and have access to charging half way, it is going to last a very long time and battery longevity shouldn't be an issue.
In my opinion, the best way to evaluate a LEAF is to look at the charging costs and equate that to your current car's mpg. If it makes sense (and it made more sense when gas was more expensive) then that should be what drives your decision. Worrying about range, battery life are issues each person has to decide. But you need to be honest with yourself and not base things on your once a year trip across the state. Things will change a bit with an EV - you have to plan and you need to be disciplined in following a charging program that minimizes damage to the battery.
Enjoy the 2011. These may be one of the best used car deals out there.