greggny3
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2012 Leaf Battery Replacement Advice?

Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:13 pm

Hello! I have a 2012 Leaf with a badly degraded out-of-warranty battery that needs replacement. Our local Nissan dealer quoted $4800 for a battery replacement. This seems reasonable, given what I've read, but I want to make sure I'm not missing any better possible options (third-party batteries? higher than 24kwh batteries?). Also, are there any questions I should be asking the dealer that I might not be thinking of.

Thanks for the help!

goldbrick
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Re: 2012 Leaf Battery Replacement Advice?

Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:16 pm

Sounds like a good deal if 24kWh is OK for you. Other options are to source a used battery from a wrecked Leaf and have it installed. It's been done on just about any combination but some combinations are easier than others. It's not a small job and unless you're willing to DIY all yourself, it would be more than $4800. Costs are probably all over the map as are the shops to do the work.

I'd ask the dealer if the battery comes with a capacity or defect warranty. Otherwise, 'how soon can you finish?' :mrgreen:

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Re: 2012 Leaf Battery Replacement Advice?

Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:36 pm

Be aware that the 2011 and 2012 models need some additional items to adapt to the replacement traction battery. They include a couple of brackets and a different underbody cover, if I remember correctly.
1st Capacity Bar loss 30k mi 16mo
2nd- 49k mi 25.5mo 51.5Ah
3rd- 73k mi 36.5mo 46.9Ah
4th- 86.5k mi 43mo 42.6Ah
5th- 101k mi 50.5mo 38.4Ah, end 36.1Ah
New Battery 9/28/15 104k mi 66.1Ah
1st- 160.5k mi 34mo 54Ah
2nd- 184.4k mi 53mo 49Ah

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Re: 2012 Leaf Battery Replacement Advice?

Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:51 am

greggny3 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:13 pm
Hello! I have a 2012 Leaf with a badly degraded out-of-warranty battery that needs replacement. Our local Nissan dealer quoted $4800 for a battery replacement.
Just to be sure, what is "badly degraded"?

The most recent news was that battery replacements were $5500 again, so $4800 is a bargain by that measure. I'd make sure that price is the real bottom line.
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