take wrote:My leaf is 2012, bought last year, unsure if the battery checks were done while under the previous lease owner. I have till 12/2017 for the warranty, and am currently at 10 bars (waiting on my OBDII dongle to check leafspy stats). Since it seems there is a possibility of dropping two more bars, I'm going in for the batter checkup and wanted to share quotes.
As a data point, Hanlees Hilltop Nissan in Richmond, CA wants $160 for a battery check. I confirmed there are no other services besides battery check in this quote. They are crazy. Nissan Marin gave quoted $77, and Autocom Nissan of Concord quoted $45. The highest was > 3.5x the price of the lowest! But the good news is that it is possible to get reasonable and insane prices in the san francisco bay area, so call around first.
I am in nearly the exact same boat as take except I have just dropped to 9 bars and 51,000 mi. For reference, I'll give my experience.
Sunnyvale (California) Nissan gets $40 for a battery check. I noticed they touted that they include multi-point inspection, including tire pressure and depth check. Until I read this thread today, I thought they were just trying to jack up the price, now I am appreciative. This dealer is known to handle a lot of Leafs, I saw 10-15 go through in the time I sat at the dealer.
My service guy was quite anxious to replace my battery, he said I will have no problem losing one more bar in the 11 months or 8,000 miles on my battery warranty. He suggested I use an "express" charger (L3) twice a day and kill it quickly and there was one just outside the door. It seems battery replacement is a profitable service for them. When I mentioned I did not know the service history of the car, he dismissed the concern.
I have noticed that I don't get regenerative braking anymore, I was told this can be symptom of a weak battery. Their report claimed I still have regen and there are no error codes stored, so I am a bit unclear on that, it is not an official Nissan claim. It used to be I could drop it into ECO at any speed and feel it - no more.