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Looking for a cheap, used EV. Thoughts?

Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:42 am

My 2012 Leaf is unfortunately no longer able to meet my needs. I bought a Tesla Model 3 to replace it for my own needs, but I had planned to keep the Leaf for my 16yo to use. But the battery is just too degraded, and it no longer has enough range to handle local trips in cold weather.

So I'm looking to replace it before next winter. According to some posts here, it looks like Nissan updated to a better battery chemistry in mid-2013. So one idea is to replace it with a 2014 or newer Leaf. Is the battery that much better? This car will spend all of it's time parked outdoors, but I'm in Pittsburgh, so there are only a handful of really hot summer days each year.

When I checked Carvana, the least expensive EVs were:
  • Chevy Spark EV
  • Fiat 500e
Any thoughts on these cars? I'm especially interested to find out how the batteries fair in these other vehicles. Are they actively cooled?
2012 Black SV, bought 2012-04-04, sold 2019-05-10. 7 bars, 101,850 miles.
Current rides: 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance, 2018 Chevrolet Volt LT

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Re: Looking for a cheap, used EV. Thoughts?

Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:48 am

The Spark is fast and powerful, but very small - it makes the Bolt look big. It is also long out of production.The 500e was made by a company that hates EVs and doesn't have a good reliability record. I suggest you read my used Leaf buying guide. ... 2&p=538030

I assume that Pittsburgh is a little warmer than Albany. That being the case, a pre-4/2013 Leaf will still degrade quickly enough to make you regret buying one.
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2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, & 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
PLEASE don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

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Re: Looking for a cheap, used EV. Thoughts?

Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:22 am

FIAT - Fix it again Tony.
Horrible reliability record. Bottom of the pile in Consumer's.

Again, from the recent Consumers Report, 2015 seem to be one of the better Leafs. 2016 have more problems.
2014 SL; Seattle, WA

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