• fb_100002267455522 avatar Frank Posted: 10/25/2012 12:10pm PDT

    That's one deservedly happy driver

  • fb_100003070178243 avatar fb_100003070178243 Posted: 10/23/2012 7:05am PDT

    Our Leaf has been wonderful also especially considering the recent gasoline price spike. You state "Without the high temperatures known to influence battery aging", did I miss something? Did Nissan come out and admit this? Would like to know as I have lost 2 bars here in the California desert at 10,000 miles.

  • fb_599454693 avatar Jan Posted: 10/23/2012 7:01am PDT

    Just FYI, Energy Saver and HydroEdge tires are no longer made by Michelin (though still have limited availability in tire shops.) They have both been replaced by Michelin Defender combining great features from both. The new tire is amazing if you believe all the marketing hype but it truly is and it's got the 90K mile warranty to boot :-)

  • fb_679158781 avatar JP Posted: 10/23/2012 4:36am PDT

    Thanks for the tip regarding the Michelin Tyres. I'll lok for those when the time comes for my LEAF. I just went past 17,000 miles yesterday.

    Other than an intermittent passenger door speaker (which recently got replaced under warranty) I've had trouble free driving with my LEAF. Being the first generation LEAF and first year of manufacture I expected to be visiting the dealer often. It's great to see the reliability where it is in such an early model vehicle.

    I have seen slight range degradation, it's hot in Tennessee (but nothing like what is experienced in AZ). I estimate about 8% degradation at 15 months.

  • smithoid avatar smithoid Posted: 10/22/2012 3:16pm PDT

    Great report Nikki.
    My Leaf has just got 24,000 on and it's ultra reliable. Everything you say in your report is right. The best thing is I don't have to put fuel in it. No battery degeneration. It seems to do the same miles I had when I bought it and it gets better all the time. All you Leafers check my video out on Youtube - Nissan Leaf Road Trip. I think you've seen it Nikki.

  • fb_500068902 avatar George Posted: 10/22/2012 6:28pm PDT

    Michael, are you in the Pacific Northwest as well?

  • smithoid avatar smithoid Posted: 10/23/2012 2:12pm PDT

    Sorry George, no. I live in Ilkley in Yorkshire, England.
    It's nice to see people talking about the car from all around the world.

  • fb_604660808 avatar Brad Posted: 10/22/2012 12:52pm PDT

    Great report, Nikki. I'm a Leaf owner living in the the US Pacific Northwest (Seattle). Our Leaf has just crossed 20,000 miles since June 30, 2011.

    I used to charge to 100% by default but found I rarely needed the whole charge (unless it was winter time), so I set the car to default to 80% and press the override button on the rare occasion I need the full 100%. I also quick charge a few times a week, but have never seen battery temps below 4 bars or above 6 bars.

    My experiences exactly mimic yours--no apparent range degradation from when the vehicle was brand new.

  • fb_1677725216 avatar fb_1677725216 Posted: 10/22/2012 12:50pm PDT

    I LOVE my 2011 Leaf. It's much more reliable than a gas-powered car because it's so much simpler, and given that I plan ahead and don't try to drive beyond it's range. It has over 19,300 trouble-free miles so far, and I think I'll keep it another 19 years. I expect the battery to outlast the car.

  • fb_500068902 avatar George Posted: 10/22/2012 12:49pm PDT

    Congrats on the milestone, Nikki!

  • glemieux avatar glemieux Posted: 10/22/2012 11:57am PDT

    Nice to see this report. I just passed 15k in less than a year of ownership, running a very similar commute and charging schedule like the one reported. Great to hear things are still going well for you guys at 25k! I didn't have any loss of battery showing up in the 15k diagnostic, but I've been quick charging about once per week lately, so I'm curious to see the long term effect of that.

  • fb_1470388190 avatar David Posted: 10/22/2012 11:24am PDT

    Great report Nikki! my LEAF "only" has 23,000 miles and like you; I report no issues. I do have a SOC meter that tells me I have lost "about" 2-4% (hard to say because it varies WIDELY) most of the time. I don't drive as much regularly so can't really say that my range is less than what it was when new. Either way; as I had hoped, quick charge stations are being deployed which has moved my LEAF from "town car" to "regional car!"

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 10/22/2012 10:12am PDT

    Great report. I think I'll try the Michelin Energy savers on my Prius.

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 10/23/2012 11:13am PDT

    Once you go Michelin, you won't go back to anything else... :)

    Yes, you have to PAY the premium for Michelin.

  • drees avatar drees Posted: 10/22/2012 10:02pm PDT

    The Michelin Energy Saver tires seem to be very good on any car - the guys on Prius Chat have had good results. The only downside is their high price. Good Year FuelMax tires are cheaper, but it seems that their quality and fuel economy isn't quite as good.

  • fb_543591094 avatar fb_543591094 Posted: 10/22/2012 9:56am PDT

    Nikki - It is possible to charge the LEAF to 80% by default whenever you plug in without having to worry about the timer. See the set up instructions here:

  • fb_535830066 avatar Nikki Posted: 10/22/2012 12:56pm PDT


    Great -- but that means it charges when the car is plugged in, right? We need to make use of TOU metering in the U.K. (Known as economy 7). It reduces the cost of charging at night by at least a half.

  • drees avatar drees Posted: 10/22/2012 10:00pm PDT

    Yes, but if you only use one timer, you can use the 24-hour 80% setting when away, but it will require that you turn switch timers when you charge away from home.

    Not a bad idea, anyway, since if your car gets unplugged while away and charging on the timer-override button it won't start charging automatically again.

  • fb_1620175433 avatar William Posted: 10/22/2012 9:49am PDT

    Although we have a little over 8,000 miles I have to agree it's been a great car for us - and we live in Phoenix, AZ area.

  • fb_727251423 avatar James Posted: 10/22/2012 9:30am PDT

    My LEAF also just turned 25K miles on the odometer. Zero problems and zero maintenance costs...my tires are still in good shape. My "fuel" costs have been a little over 2 cents per mile vs 24 cents per mile on my gas car. Over my 18 months ownership, I have driven 92% of our miles on the LEAF and 96% of our trips have been in the LEAF. FANTASTIC CAR!