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Been looking at Souls and this one has had its warranty voided because the service due this year was missed. Anyone have any experience of this and would you buy a Soul with no warranty, although it only had 18 months remaining anyway...seems in good condition and not high miles price reflects the lack of warranty.
 

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Is that only the mechanical warranty or also the battery and bodywork ones?
 

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It's mechanical and battery warranty yes. The thing is, it's just the same as buying a 2015 Nissan Leaf which has no warranty left. Is it not.. and from what I've read the Kias are pretty reliable..?
 

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Most 5 year old EVs still have a battery warranty, whereas that Soul won't. It would have to be a big saving for me take on the battery risk. I appreciate that everyone has a different risk appetite.
 

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Being an old 2015, it will likely have the original OBC which have been known to fail. If you can find out if that has already been replaced that would reduce one source of a very big bill that would wipe out any saving in price. If something like the HVAC failed that would be another big bill. Think I’d be more worried about them than the battery or motor.
 

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Being an old 2015, it will likely have the original OBC which have been known to fail. If you can find out if that has already been replaced that would reduce one source of a very big bill that would wipe out any saving in price. If something like the HVAC failed that would be another big bill. Think I’d be more worried about them than the battery or motor.
Yeah, think I'll call Kia and try and check what had been done / recalls etc and clarify the position with the warranty. Think it's pretty lame that they haven't given more leeway on the servicing considering what's been happening this year though...
 

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Most 5 year old EVs still have a battery warranty, whereas that Soul won't. It would have to be a big saving for me take on the battery risk. I appreciate that everyone has a different risk appetite.
The MK1 Leafs that are comparable to the Soul 27 only had at year warranty. Due to budget, these are the cars I've been looking at so far, 2014 and 2015 24kwh Leafs.
 

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Most 5 year old EVs still have a battery warranty, whereas that Soul won't. It would have to be a big saving for me take on the battery risk. I appreciate that everyone has a different risk appetite.
Agreed that everyone's risk appetite was different. If the car appeared to be in very good shape, and the price was significantly discounted due to the lack of warranty, then I'd be very likely to take a chance on it. Conversely, if it was only slightly discounted I would pass on it. It's a risk/reward calculation, and I'm willing to take the risk if the reward is high. Not willing if the reward is low.
 

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The MK1 Leafs that are comparable to the Soul 27 only had at year warranty. Due to budget, these are the cars I've been looking at so far, 2014 and 2015 24kwh Leafs.
Have you considered looking for one with a bad battery and then taking Nissan up on their offer to replace the pack?

As memory serves they charge about £4900 but give you £1k back for your old one.

I think that if you buy a 24kW with a knackered battery super cheap and do this you end up with a 30k leaf with a warrantied battery.

Don’t quote me on any of the finer details of this it’s only the rough details but it’s certainly worth a look.

May be a way of getting more bang for tour buck?
 

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I assume this is a private sale and not through a second hand dealer? Have you asked why they didnt get it serviced to keep it in warranty - is it definitely just the one service missed? If it is this year too, speak to Kia and ask if they would consider reinstating the warranty if you got it serviced and checked now by them - make up some excuse re Covid as to why you hadnt been out and got it serviced to date :D
 
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Have you considered looking for one with a bad battery and then taking Nissan up on their offer to replace the pack?
May be a way of getting more bang for tour buck?
It really depends if the OP wants to take on that level of project. Also my expectation is that a seller would still expect top dollar, assuming the OP would need to get it for a price that is well below the book p/ex price. I don't know what the trade offer for older Leaf etc, but it might be actually be low as on another thread a seller was made a 'silly' offer. If anyone can find a reg from an 14/15 leaf then plug it in the car valuer on Autotrader to see what the the seller would be offered....
 

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This may be an indication. There's a SoulEV 30kWh 2017 for £11490. Whereas most of this age are about £14500-15,000, this one has "part service history".
 

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Have you considered looking for one with a bad battery and then taking Nissan up on their offer to replace the pack?
I don't believe that Nissan offer this service, although a few specialists do using 2nd hand parts and "man in the middle" (MITM) devices to overcome differences in coding and battery types.
 

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I don't believe that Nissan offer this service, although a few specialists do using 2nd hand parts and "man in the middle" (MITM) devices to overcome differences in coding and battery types.
It may have been phased out then this is what I was referring to:



I haven’t researched it in any depth.
 

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IF it ever happened it stopped a long time ago. Expect to pay considerably more now for an unapproved version that no Nissan dealer will touch.
 

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Hi,

Been looking at Souls and this one has had its warranty voided because the service due this year was missed. Anyone have any experience of this and would you buy a Soul with no warranty, although it only had 18 months remaining anyway...seems in good condition and not high miles price reflects the lack of warranty.
Is it a fact that the warranty is voided?
 

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The MK1 Leafs that are comparable to the Soul 27 only had at year warranty. Due to budget, these are the cars I've been looking at so far, 2014 and 2015 24kwh Leafs.
Good point, I forgot those Leafs only had 5 year battery warranty. Does a Zoe 22kWh not work for your needs? If battery rental doesn't suit, you can buy out battery and I believe 8 year warranty from date registered.
 
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I assume this is a private sale and not through a second hand dealer? Have you asked why they didnt get it serviced to keep it in warranty - is it definitely just the one service missed? If it is this year too, speak to Kia and ask if they would consider reinstating the warranty if you got it serviced and checked now by them - make up some excuse re Covid as to why you hadnt been out and got it serviced to date :D
Good point, I forgot those Leafs only had 5 year battery warranty. Does a Zoe 22kWh not work for your needs? If battery rental doesn't suit, you can buy out battery and I believe 8 year warranty from date registered.
I tried a Zoe and quite liked it, but had almost everyone tell me to only buy a car that's still under the extended warranty due to the cost of repairs, this adds about £300 per year. This along with the lease makes it cheaper to go for a Leaf 30 or Soul.
 
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