As @powersurge put it: “ As for me, A $5K replacement would be a good deal because I will be darned if I give Nissan $40K for even a Plus Leaf. That is too much for a specialty car that has a dubious future. After owning a New Leaf for 6 years, I will invest $$ for repairs on my owned car, buy not Give Nissan MORE NEW $$$ on their latest half-baked products.”
I used to agree to both points, maintain an owned car but no new money to Nissan. However over time, I've gotten bitter about Nissan’s handling of early battery capacity losses. I have signed up with Fenix for a replacement but I’m even rethinking that. To not warranty capacity from the get go borders on criminal and forced the 5-year, 4-bar capacity warranty for vehicles in hot climates, and I did not qualify. Today, though, I barely eke out 30-35 miles on a full electron tank in city driving. No ICE vehicle I’ve ever owned or heard of had its gas tank shrink to hold less energy range over time, let alone to less than half its original size. That Nissan didn’t properly back its early batteries is to me both a shame for the EV and for early owner’s pocketbooks. Yes, they’ve improved the batteries and capacity retention, but come on now, $5500 for a new electron tank?
Yeah, no more Nissan logos in my driveway. And when I locate the used Model S I like and is priced for me, my 2012 LEAF SL goes to the charity du jour. So yes, I’m a bit bitter here.
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