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New September 15
98000 miles.
100s of low battery warnings.
Over 50 turtles.
Pushed the last 20 yards twice.
1 flatbed (Nissan dealer en route put barrier in front of charger at 1pm on a Sunday)
No faults ever and never missed a beat. (Except car wings)
Driven everywhere on B and never used D (wish I could disable D and save a double click)
Brake pads worn about 5% never changed.
11 bars out of 12 left.
Used the handbrake twice (MOTs)
Still drives like new. And looks pretty much like new too.
Loved this car. Just PXd it for a 40.

If I was picky I wish.......
It had a towbar (bike rack)
It had cable storage under the bonnet (or better still a glendinning - google it)
Main beam LEDs instead of candles.
A low washer fluid warning light
Side windows that clear rain when you put them up and down.

A small niggle list on a great car.
 

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I didn鈥檛 count.
But I did a 70 mile (each way) commute, charging in work of course.
So twice a day every working day.
I arrived in work or home with either no bars or a turtle every day.
I knew points in the journey where the charge % needed to be and either sped up or slowed down, aiming to be on absolute 0 as I arrived.
BTW the heater makes little difference to range and a lot to comfort! In winter use both heat and aircon and it doesn鈥檛 mist up which is otherwise a leaf niggle. I only ever switched it off if I was having a 鈥渟queaky bum鈥 moment with range because of , say, a detour.
 

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Respect. I play a similar game but to arrive back home with 10% (as I have no work charging currently) and clearly smaller cojones than you (which I disguise as sympathy for my owned battery).
I agree with your comments on the heating and AC but preconditioning makes a huge difference. The lack of work charging means about a 5% loss of battery if I use heating and AC on the way home which needs to be factored into the use of charge by certain points game on both halves of the journey. :rolleyes:
 

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Would be great to get a leafspy shot of that to see what its like now as being on 11bars it has to be around 80-85% SoH.

Your driving mantra is kind of like mine, its mean to be driven and it has battery warranty so i'll drive and charge it as i need to :)
 

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Totally agreed re pre heating.
considering the caning I gave my battery I鈥檇 say stop worrying about that!
 

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If your near someone who could quickly do it before its P/X'd it would be great, i think its great as a toll for checking things like battery temperature and mpkwh on a trip much easier than on the cars normal dash, but dont obsess and drool over the SoH and battery balancing much, once every few 1000 miles maybe... Reminds me i should take a grab and stick in the battery health thread...
 

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Wow that is a perfect example of getting the most out of your leaf!
The saving on fuel over them miles must of nearly paid for the car!
I hope your new 40 gives you as good service you should be able to keep the heating on all the way now 馃槀
 

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Leaf spy - my plug in thingy packed up about 40000 miles ago and I didn鈥檛 replace it. To easy to obsess. Dino drivers don鈥檛 go shoving boroscopes into their engines to measure the wear all the time.
You haven't met me, have you? ;)
I have been known to use Ajax to speed up the running in off ICE in the past.
 

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If your near someone who could quickly do it before its P/X'd it would be great, i think its great as a toll for checking things like battery temperature and mpkwh on a trip much easier than on the cars normal dash, but dont obsess and drool over the SoH and battery balancing much, once every few 1000 miles maybe... Reminds me i should take a grab and stick in the battery health thread...
The monthly saving was indeed greater than the cost of the lease.
I鈥檝e now learned that the cost saving is irrelevant in it being a better way of powering a vehicle that is nicer to drive.
 

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Well said - and your experience with long-ish commute shows what's possible. Respect. For the two 'last 20 yard push' events - did you have enough in the battery to heat the rear window to keep your hands warm while pushing ?

My wife uses our Leaf for a short commute, and we drive around locally. Such short (5-30 mile) trips are where ICE are badly polluting - while they warm up their emissions are worse. An electric car is ready to go whenever you've got it charged, and there's no pollution difference for short or longer journeys (and, when the 'lecky is renewably produced, it's a big win). Alas, not currently scalable - but in 10+ years things will be different. They said wind would never catch on...

It's a really great car to drive - fast or slow, and with or without 'squeaky bum' :)
 

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That's great going! Just coming upto the territory of the 3rd bar going but even so it's done super well!
Obviously frequent use is a better thing than sitting idle.
 

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Well it鈥檚 gone. The 2nd bar was gone this morning when I took it to work to be collected on the flatbed. Like it knew it was going.

Still an incredible car. Still drove like new. Someone will get a bargain.
 
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