SVTEXPY wrote:Hello, I am interested in buying a Leaf as a commuter vehicle. I would like to stay around the $6,000 mark to spend. Looking on line, it appears I may be able to find a 2011 or 2012 for about that amount.
What are the things I should look for when buying? This is strictly a commuter car. Probably looking at the S model, don't need NAV but would like Bluetooth phone and audio, heated seats are nice, don't need a heated steering wheel, backup camera is nice but not needed.
There's no such thing as an S trim '11 or '12. That was new with model year '13. For the first few years of S trim (at least '13 and '14), the S trim's stereo only supported Bluetooth for phone calls but NOT A2DP music streaming. SV and SL stereos of all years at least '11 to '17 have always supported both.
I've posted about a disturbing trend re: '11 and '12s I've seen recently...
http://mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f ... 12#p554947
Where are you located? Can you update your location info via your user name in the upper right > User Control Panel > Profile tab? That way, we don't need to ask in future posts/threads or do sleuthing to deduce it.
How much of that driving is city vs. highway?
Are the batteries degradation based on cycles or time?
Can you replace just a single cell or do you have to replace the entire battery pack at one time? If so, how expensive is it to replace the entire battery?
On the former, it's more on time but high temperatures (hot climates) make it worse. And, some chemistries are worse than others w/the pre-4/2013 built Leafs being amongst the worst.
On the latter, unless there's a defective cell/module, all the modules age pretty evenly. Barring defective cell/module, replacing only a single or a few modules will do no little to no good.