BabaYaga wrote: ↑Wed Mar 02, 2022 2:48 pm
Bought on a whim from Nissan dealer after engine and CVT issues on 2013 Subi Outback got both annoying and expensive as a daily commuter. Price was OK to get feet wet with an EV (all used cars are pricey today). Have 50A line to garage but have not yet picked a charger.
SOH at 81% is bad for a 2017 with 29k miles, too many charges for miles indicates bad hygiene by original owner - didn't know about this stuff when purchased. Enjoying learning the ins and outs of EVs.
Range is an issue - commute is 55 miles round trip. Looks like my best case is a 62 mile range from 85% charge @ 3.4 mi / kWh (average per Leaf Spy). Actual range is WAY LESS than the car's computer shows, so that is an estimate. With dash showing charged to 91%, drove 1 mile, and GIDs show 74.5% vs SOC @ 86.5% in LeafSpy. Dash shows 11 bars. It does get cold here - first week I had the Leaf temps were down to 5F to 15F. That isn't a concern for the 2 weeks of the year when the snow flies and the Subaru goes to the ski hills.
Spent $2500 on extended warranty covering everything up to 107,000 miles within 84 months. Battery replacement term is if SOH drops below 70% (I am at 81%) it gets replaced for free. I'm trying to figure out if I should cancel this and get money back due to overlapping mfg. warranty which dealer didn't tell me about and terms are not clear. What are odds of seeing 11% degradation over 2 or 3 years? Or should I ignore warranties and plan to find a better battery (if price and availability fall in future).
Researching DTC codes from LeafSpy:
U1000 0008 CDM CAN Comm Circuit
B2820 0008 CHARGER Quick Charger VC-63
U1266 0208 MULTI AV TCU Conn AV-92
Any insights before I go to dealer?
1 - the mfg battery warranty is for the battery to lose "4-bars" of health, not 70%. The 4th bar drops at around 65% SOH. So you'd have to lose another 14% SOH to qualify for the warranty replacement. Might be possible, but your local weather is going to work against you.
2 - Washington is one of those "ideal" environments for extending a Leaf's battery health. So if you want that replacement battery to be covered under warranty, then you'll have to "work" for it (leaving it fully charged under the hot sun for multiple days, multiple successive quick-charges, etc).
As for the extended warranty coverage, I believe that it explicitly excludes the main battery pack. Any mention of a "battery" is usually about the 12-volt lead-acid battery. You should double-check the wording in the contract. If it DOES include, then that's great, since the mfg battery pack warranty is only for 80,000 miles and 8 years (see how that doesn't line up with the extended warranty?).
One final note, the 2017 Leaf had a 30kwh battery pack, and any warranty replacements handled by Nissan will be replaced with a larger 40kwh battery pack. So if it happens for you, congrats!