2012 Leaf I MIGHT buy

Discussion in 'LEAF' started by sy_trilogy, Feb 9, 2020.

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  1. sy_trilogy

    sy_trilogy New Member

    I would appreciate recommendations from members here. I will look at a 2012 Nissan Leaf that has under 30,000 miles on it that has been owned by two different households. It looks great in its recent pictures. What I am most concerned about is that it can only be brought up to a 60% charge with so few miles on it.

    I will only use this as a second car for short trips around town. I will have access to a gas-powered vehicle for travel of any distance. I know I will need to replace the battery pack at some point, but I have no idea where in the future that will be! I do not know why the battery figure is so low. It is in Florida and always has been. I suspect it has been garaged from the shape of the paint job. I can't imagine how the battery could have sustained so much loss in so few miles! If I had to, I suppose I could replace the battery now by using credit, but I'd hate to have to do that right away. I do not need the car for work, but it would be nice to know I could use it for commuter purposes if I had to do that. I am in Florida as well, and the thought of driving the Leaf without air-conditioning because there isn't enough juice in the car to do that would drive me crazy. Is it possible to replace all of its lights with LED's at a dealership?

    Any thoughts and recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
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  3. marshall

    marshall Active Member

    Unless you can get the car for a thousand dollars or less, I would pass on buying it. If you are interested in a used Leaf, I would read through what you need to know went purchasing a used Nissan Leaf.

  4. Kenneth Bokor

    Kenneth Bokor Active Member

    I would disregard the other comment and if you feel it will work for you at the limited SoH and the price is right, then go for it. You can keep looking as there are many used Leafs (and Teslas and other models) on the market now. Basically the main concern for any BEV would be the battery pack. Most of the other components are rock-solid and will last for long periods.
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  5. sy_trilogy

    sy_trilogy New Member

    Thanks for the reply, Ken. I just saw your kind reply today. I did purchase the Leaf 2012 SL, and I have since had the traction battery replaced by a nearby Nissan dealer that was offering the replacement for an OTD price of $4,746.46. That special offer ended on June 15. I got in just under the wire. The price then jumped to $8,500 just for the battery. I love the car, and I hate cars just on principle! I have turned my garage here in Florida into an intensive care unit for the Leaf which is partially air-conditioned and holding the temperature at no higher than 83 degrees during this very hot summer.
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  6. Kenneth Bokor

    Kenneth Bokor Active Member

    Hi and thanks for sharing your experiences! Great to hear you got a deal to extend the life of your Leaf! Wow, your garage is just as good as our house!
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