Thirty (30) mile range?

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Thirty (30) mile range?

Postby data211 » Thu Jul 07, 2022 11:09 am

There is an advertisement for a 2012 Leaf with a 30 mile range. It has about 63,000 miles on the odometer. the price is marked at about $1k below the average price for the car.

What would be the steps to find a good mechanic to work on the range problem? Dealership? Find a mechanic? Ask my ICE mechanic?

Is it possible to find a good mechanic to work on the problem or will it be up to me to troubleshoot and then have a High Voltage certified mechanic fix it? (I would never recommend telling an ICE mechanic what to fix unless something was visibly broken, and even then the question might be why did it break and not fix this.)

Thanks in advance for your advice.


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Re: Thirty (30) mile range?

Postby Rogue One » Thu Jul 07, 2022 5:22 pm

:welcome:

Just a thought, what's the possibility the stated range is a misprint?

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Re: Thirty (30) mile range?

Postby VStar650CL » Thu Jul 07, 2022 6:30 pm

The first thing to do is download a copy of LeafSpy Pro ($15~20) and get a compatible ELM327 plug-in adaptor for the OBD port ($15~25, and Spy will work with either WiFi or bluetooth adaptors). LeafSpy Pro will tell you more about the state of your HV battery than you'll probably ever want to know, and the service menu will let you read and clear DTC's that may be in the system. Most importantly, it will give you detailed cell voltages and cell balance information about the individual battery cells, so you'll be able to tell if the battery has lost capacity across the board or there are a few out-of-wack cells limiting the whole battery. The fix won't be cheap either way, disassembling a Leaf battery to replace cells isn't easy or cheap and requires EV skills and tools, but it's a lot cheaper than a whole HV battery assembly.

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Re: Thirty (30) mile range?

Postby data211 » Tue Jul 19, 2022 4:43 pm

Rogue One wrote:
Thu Jul 07, 2022 5:22 pm
:welcome:

Just a thought, what's the possibility the stated range is a misprint?
The range is printed in large font over a photo of the car. It looks very intentional.

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Re: Thirty (30) mile range?

Postby data211 » Tue Jul 19, 2022 4:54 pm

VStar650CL wrote:
Thu Jul 07, 2022 6:30 pm
...the service menu will let you read and clear DTC's that may be in the system.
What is a DTC's please?

It seems like there is no way to save even a portion of the $1K savings without likely doing a lot of work. High voltage is not a problem, but I don't have lifts or a friendly mechanic.

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Re: Thirty (30) mile range?

Postby VStar650CL » Tue Jul 19, 2022 7:26 pm

DTC = Diagnostic Trouble Code. It's the "codes" a scanner reads when an ECU onboard has detected a problem.

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Re: Thirty (30) mile range?

Postby BadQ45t » Wed Aug 10, 2022 8:17 am

30 mile range isn't a misprint, that is probably all the car has left. The only way to fix this is to replace the battery pack. Nissan will do it, last time I was looking for my 2011 they wanted 9k, there are few other aftermarket options, but all will involve thousands. Your ICE mechanic cannot help you and the only "fix" is replacement of the entire battery pack unfortunately.

I would pass 100% on this car unless you needs are to drive 10 miles to market and back and no more.


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