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Hi, I was doing my homework on buying a leaf and I've seen lots of talk about 5 grand for a battery replacement, but when I rang Nissan in Eltham they quoted me £20,000. Now I don't need a battery I'm just curious of future expense because 5 grand is doable if the car is nice, but 20 grand I mean are they having a laugh.
 

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Where have you seen the £5k price? You could get it done for that but it will not be for a new one or by a franchised dealer. Why are you expecting to change the battery? Do you think likewise to replace the engine when buying an ICE? In which case what do you budget?
What age and type of LEAF are you looking to buy?
 

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Where have you seen the £5k price? You could get it done for that but it will not be for a new one or by a franchised dealer. Why are you expecting to change the battery? Do you think likewise to replace the engine when buying an ICE? In which case what do you budget?
What age and type of LEAF are you looking to buy?
Where have you seen the £5k price? You could get it done for that but it will not be for a new one or by a franchised dealer. Why are you expecting to change the battery? Do you think likewise to replace the engine when buying an ICE? In which case what do you budget?
What age and type of LEAF are you looking to buy?
Hi dk6780, I have already bought the car and love it, I saw an article by autocar or express and also Vicki butler on 5th gear said 5 grand. I have allways driven v8s, Jag, lexus, BMW, but I have been wanting to get on the electric car ladder as I want to enjoy my car without the mayor coming up with another scheme to spoil my enjoyment, so I bought the car, a 14 plate acenta FSH 54000 miles, I've done leaf spy and it varies from 84.30 to 85.96, now I have 12 bars but also unfortunately I have a bit of OCD going on so I'm dreading loosing that 12th bar, not much to worry about in the present climate but that's me. As for the motor I love it and can't stop praising it to anyone that will listen. Anyway great forum been reading it for ages but just plucked up courage to join as normally keep my self to myself, thanks for your reply.
 

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Hi dk6780, I have already bought the car and love it, I saw an article by autocar or express and also Vicki butler on 5th gear said 5 grand. I have allways driven v8s, Jag, lexus, BMW, but I have been wanting to get on the electric car ladder as I want to enjoy my car without the mayor coming up with another scheme to spoil my enjoyment, so I bought the car, a 14 plate acenta FSH 54000 miles, I've done leaf spy and it varies from 84.30 to 85.96, now I have 12 bars but also unfortunately I have a bit of OCD going on so I'm dreading loosing that 12th bar, not much to worry about in the present climate but that's me. As for the motor I love it and can't stop praising it to anyone that will listen. Anyway great forum been reading it for ages but just plucked up courage to join as normally keep my self to myself, thanks for your reply.
Good choice. You'll have great fun with it. That battery will give you many years of good service, and if anything goes wrong with it then it will probably only be a couple of cells that need replacing, not the whole thing.
If like me you also suffer from OCD then the best thing is to only use LEAFSpy when you need it, and leave it alone the rest of the time. Alternatively upgrade to a 30kWh model which has a stronger battery, more range, and an 8 year guarantee.
 

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Good choice. You'll have great fun with it. That battery will give you many years of good service, and if anything goes wrong with it then it will probably only be a couple of cells that need replacing, not the whole thing.
If like me you also suffer from OCD then the best thing is to only use LEAFSpy when you need it, and leave it alone the rest of the time. Alternatively upgrade to a 30kWh model which has a stronger battery, more range, and an 8 year guarantee.
Thanks, I got to make you right I was starting to put it in after every journey, I think I shall leave alone and just enjoy, great cars thanks again for reply.
 

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6990 Euro fully installed for a 30kWh at Muxsan.
Products ⚡ MUXSAN
You'll have to drive to the Netherlands though :)
 
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The cheapest LEAF on Autotrader at the moment is £5k , but the cheapest LEAF 30 is only £10k. Much as I'm impressed by the work that Emile and the team at Muxsan do, I wouldn't spend more to upgrade an old LEAF24 with a 30kWh battery but keeping its older spec rather than replace it with a newer LEAF30 with a battery guarantee, dealer support and generally newer components.
 

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The cheapest LEAF on Autotrader at the moment is £5k , but the cheapest LEAF 30 is only £10k. Much as I'm impressed by the work that Emile and the team at Muxsan do, I wouldn't spend more to upgrade an old LEAF24 with a 30kWh battery but keeping its older spec rather than replace it with a newer LEAF30 with a battery guarantee, dealer support and generally newer components.
Completely agree but it's nice to see there are options for the longer term.
Upgrading to 40kWh is probably a more interesting option.
The OP was asking about battery prices and these are definitely better than the £20k Nissan want!
 

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6990 Euro fully installed for a 30kWh at Muxsan.
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You'll have to drive to the Netherlands though :)
Cheers metal head, think I've seen them on YouTube, hopefully never need to do it I've just seen some real bad degradation on you tube and hope mine don't go the same way, just a bit para lol
 

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Cheers metal head, think I've seen them on YouTube, hopefully never need to do it I've just seen some real bad degradation on you tube and hope mine don't go the same way, just a bit para lol
It's only really hot climates like Arizona that hurts the leaf batteries. That's where most of the horror stories come from.
Japanese gen 1's (2011-early 13) are the next weakest but even those last pretty well in our benign climate.
 
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Months ago I had a conversation with a complete anti-EV guy. He trotted out every bit of missinformation you have heard! Of course he said batteries need changing every 3/5 years.
I countered with "There are thousands of Leafs on the roads going back to 2010. If the batteries needed replacing there would be a big industry replacing and repairing them. Go on google and find me companies doing that"

And that was that.
 

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Stupid question time.

Why haven't specialist garages popped up yet that can identify and replace just the degraded battery cells and get you back up to 100%

Surely there's a market for it?
 

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Stupid question time.

Why haven't specialist garages popped up yet that can identify and replace just the degraded battery cells and get you back up to 100%

Surely there's a market for it?
Because all the cells degrade slowly - to get back to 100% you'd have to replace the whole lot. Cell replacement is useful when a couple of cells lose capacity far quicker than the others, and you replace those ones but it only gets you back to whatever the bulk of the cells are at.

There are garages that can replace faulty cells, it just isnt needed that much because the batteries are so reliable, hence you don't see it advertised on every street corner.

Cheers.
 
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