LeftieBiker
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:48 am

My Leaf salesman has gone silent. I don't know if the virus got him or something else has happened, but I know nothing about my chances of getting a 2020 SV Plus now. I may have to choose between a good deal on a 2019 SL Plus and be stuck with leather forever, or have to pay through the nose for a 2021 SV Plus. With no Around View on the 2019 SV Plus my options are limited.
Scarlet Ember 2018 Leaf SL W/ Pro Pilot
2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, & 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
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DougWantsALeaf
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:07 pm

Leftie,

That's frustrating. Is your objection to the leather environmental/cruelty related or just preference. I ask, as the SV does have a leather wrapped steering wheel.

There are a few 2020 SV Plus' available in Chicagoland sporting some reasonable discounts. That said, 2019 models are even a few thousand less. If I could convince my family to ditch the minivan, I would pick up a 2019 S Plus for under 30K before the federal discount applied.
2019 S Plus (98.06% SOH) & 2019 SV Plus (94.77% SOH) Both Silver
2013 Leaf SV sold 2019 with 11 bars
100 Mile Club Member (Number 87)
Max Miles on 13 Leaf: 120 miles
Max Miles on 19 SV+: 242 Highway miles @ 4.5 miles/kWh

LeftieBiker
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:03 pm

I don't like leather for ALL of the above reasons. I'm a vegetarian (I know about the steering wheel and don't like it), and have always - even before I became vegetarian - found leather to be way too much like the hard vinyl seats I grew up with in our American cars. It's too hot by far in the Summer, and too cold and hard in the Winter. Even the heated seats in my SL are too hard in cold weather. You can feel every seam, even through padded seat covers.
Scarlet Ember 2018 Leaf SL W/ Pro Pilot
2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, & 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
BAFX OBDII Dongle
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DougWantsALeaf
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:31 pm

We picked up a left over 19 Leaf Plus S for our teenagers.

Sadly it was the same color as the one we had already. The fun part now is truly feeling the ride and efficiency differences in the cars. The S certainly feels lighter. It has a little less ground clearance as well due to smaller tires.

Welcome to Leaf insanity!

Car was 30K +TTL (delivery included in the 30). After the federal rebate it puts the true pre tax cost at about 23K. Guessing with more time a sub 30 price could have been had, but this sales person has helped us with previous cars and service questions, so didn't mind paying the premium.

We did test drive an early 2015 leaf (build August 2014) with 12 bars, but felt the kids would less likely strand themselves with this car.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hydyga ... p=drivesdk
2019 S Plus (98.06% SOH) & 2019 SV Plus (94.77% SOH) Both Silver
2013 Leaf SV sold 2019 with 11 bars
100 Mile Club Member (Number 87)
Max Miles on 13 Leaf: 120 miles
Max Miles on 19 SV+: 242 Highway miles @ 4.5 miles/kWh

berferd
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:59 pm

Bought a new 2019 Leaf Plus SV yesterday from the dealer. Now to get a 240v circuit pulled to the garage.
2019 LEAF SV Plus

scottshafferart
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Leaf Number: 318898

Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:30 pm

I picked up a used 2015 SL and I think I struck gold. It has 68k miles on it but...FULL 12 BARS! It estimates 88-94 miles per full charge. I've driven it over 400 miles and it seems pretty accurate.

It's my first EV and I'm converted. My job as a teacher is perfect because I live less than 4 miles away and my wife and I just built our dream home. I have a garage to maintain it through the extreme heats and colds.

I paid $6800.00 and it looks awesome.

Is there anything I can do to maintain this lucky battery pack? I only fully charged it once and got it flashing low miles once too? I only charge it by 120v because I don't need more.

goldbrick
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:55 am

^sounds like a good deal, congrats. The battery degrades fastest at very high or very low SOC and high temperatures, so to maximize battery life, try to keep the SOC in the middle range. Time is the enemy too so a few minutes at 100% SOC is not a big deal but a week at 100% SOC should be avoided. It's ort of like sun exposure - walking across a parking lot at noon in June won't hurt you much but if you lie there all day you'll get a sun burn and your skin will age faster. Think of heat and high SOC as like lying in the sun. Avoid it to reduce the aging effects.

It's also hard on the battery to sit at very low SOC so try to charge before you get to < 10% SOC if you can. Once again, it's the time spent at very low SOC that is bad so if you do run do to 0% just make sure to plug it in immediately.

Heat also accelerates battery degradation so try to keep the car cool by parking in the shade in the summer if possible. A lot depends on where you live and on a 2015 battery it won't make difference unless it's over 90F outside.

And finally.....I know from first hand experience that you want to make the car last as long as possible and be as good as possible to the battery. That's fine but the sooner you can just accept that it won't last forever and enjoy driving the car the more you will enjoy it. As long as you don't do anything stupid to the battery like let it sit outside at 100F for a week at 100% SOC the degradation will probably be pretty normal. If you want to track it you can get the LeafSpy app and watch each 0.01% SOH drop in real time or you can just drive it, enjoy it and not worry too much about it. Best of luck and enjoy your Leaf.

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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:25 pm

We went to the dealership today expecting them to pull a 'bait & switch' with the trade-in value of the PIP. They did not. She got a $10k trade-in allowance for it, with the $5700 down payment coming from that. So she did ok on the PIP after all, and now has a 2020 SV+ with All Weather, SV+ Tech and Protection (half installed) packages. The odometer had 31 miles on it. This dealership keeps the Leafs charged to 100%, so SOH is down to 98.09%, but that will do, and the salesman is going to suggest something like 80% instead in the future. Speaking of which: if you need a Leaf in the Albany/Schenectady/Troy/Saratoga area of Upstate NY, David Seacord at Lia Nissan of Colonie is the guy to see. He's only the second new car salesperson I've encountered in almost 40 years who doesn't Pull Crap on his customers. He actually discouraged her from getting the add-on "packages" to the lease. I should be able to show a photo or two later. They have a 2019 SV+ at a very good price as well.
Scarlet Ember 2018 Leaf SL W/ Pro Pilot
2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, & 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
BAFX OBDII Dongle
PLEASE don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

DougWantsALeaf
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:36 pm

Congrats and enjoy.

I also tried to "educate" our dealer on not leaving the Leafs at 100% , as I often have seen them topping off their new Leafs which weren't sold yet. I do wonder if with the new Leaf, because it starts with NEDC range on the GOM if it was a sales tactic to comfort/sell potential buyers.

My 2019 was sitting at 65% when I bought it in June. What I dont know if that was just the 12v slowing pulling down the car over 9 months from a high SOC, or whether I was lucky.

It is also possible you will see an increase in your early adjustments. I was very excited to get my .17% back this cycle on our S.
2019 S Plus (98.06% SOH) & 2019 SV Plus (94.77% SOH) Both Silver
2013 Leaf SV sold 2019 with 11 bars
100 Mile Club Member (Number 87)
Max Miles on 13 Leaf: 120 miles
Max Miles on 19 SV+: 242 Highway miles @ 4.5 miles/kWh

LeftieBiker
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:47 pm

We'd be pleased to get a slight increase - or even just no decrease.
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2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, & 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
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