Nissan Leaf: Sales Overshadowing Huge Flaw

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We can all agree that the Nissan Leaf is an old EV car and it desperately need a successor but despite that fact, the car is still achieving decent sales figures. We are not sure if it is Nissan’s marketing team that is doing a great job in promoting the Leaf but the sales results are there to see.

We are shocked by this, especially when knowing that buying a Nissan Leaf is like paying for a car that can last you up to 8 years max with no opportunity of milking some cash from resale value. As good as the Leaf is, the car has one huge flaw which is a Battery Thermal Management System.

Without the feature, the Leaf will experience rapid battery capacity loss. In addition to that, the Leaf can fail to work entirely in non-compatible climates like in Arizona. This basically means that the Leaf is likely to be completely useless after about 8 years on the road.

The good news here is that Nissan has confirmed on the development of the next-gen Leaf and it is likely for the car to come with a highly intelligent battery management system. The details are not out yet but we can look forward to hearing more about it later this year.

1 Comment

  1. ZEOG1

    January 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Word is getting out it is the most reliable car ever made and it will last forever. Of the 18 or so cars, trucks, and vans I have owned, not including my wife’s cars, it is hands down the finest of them all. I do not know how many cars she has owned since we have only been married 16 years. But she sold her second Prius, a plug in model, bought a used Nissan Leaf, pocketed thousands upon thousands of dollars (USD), and now she drives a car that is more reliable and 100 times moire fun to drive. The Leaf is a lot nicer and better car and does not shake or rattle like the Prius. I guess the Prius just feels flimsy compared to a Leaf. My Leaf is a 2012SL model with just under 59K miles. I have saved about $10,000 USD in electricity after restructuring our plans and about 6,000 gallons of gasoline. I have not had a cold or infection in five years from gas pump handles either.

    It all depends on your personal requirements, the Leaf would be a terrible car for a traveling sales person or a person that is constantly going out of town. When we are going out of town however we are almost always driving our Titan Crew Cab PU Truck and pulling a 8,000 pound camper. We even follow along in the Leaf sometimes if it is near home. But we can drive anywhere in Birmingham, where there are few public chargers, on a single charge. We love It.

    I’m just not sure why you say the car will only last 8 years. I seem to remember my Infinit transmission cost $3,500 and every 5 years I had to dish out $1,200 for a timing belt and water pump. My 300ZXS COST A FORTUNE IN REPAIRS. Besides it was a slow POS compared to the new electronic cars.

    So far for repairs I have spent $100 for a new 12v battery (purely preventive) and I bought 5 bottles of wiper fluid. I love it. And for its fifth anniversary I splurged and bought some Rain X wiper blades. Sweet.

    When I bought the car the batteries were like $15,000 USD. Now I hear they are like $5,000 USD with an instant $2,500 Nissan rebate. Sweet. I imagine in a few years they will be less than a $1,000 and go over 200 miles per charge. When the batteries are replaced it is just like a new car; no drips, no seeps, no stinks, no leaks, no smoke, no problems.

    My truck stinks every time I get near it, every single fracking seem and joint and hose and connection is weeping something and then when it gets Hot the stench is awful. Every fluid in a gasoline vehicle is highly corrosive or a solvent.

    I would respectfully disagree. Keep up the good work.