Hunt Club Nissan performed the first one-year scheduled maintenance service on our Leaf yesterday. A few highlights:
- The Battery Usage Report came out with 5 out 5 stars in all categories (charging, driving and storage) and no noticeable capacity loss after 21,570 Km (12/12 bars). The usage report is required as a condition of battery warranty and was done at no cost.
- The in-cabin microfilter was replaced. Cost was $33 for the filter plus $39 for labor. Auch! Next year I’ll replace it myself. Gary Leaber provides these online instructions and you can buy the filter online too.
- The “schedule 2” maintenance cost $132 and included road test plus inspection of all sort of things like brakes, lights, wipers, steering, suspension, etc. besides lubrication of locks, latches and hinges. The same service on a regular gas car would cost $182. They take $50 off the Leaf service fee because there’s no oil change. Yes!
- For comparison, the “schedule 1” maintenance performed last March was significantly cheaper ($85).
- Front brake pads are now at 8 mm, down from 9 mm six months ago. They’re wearing off 1 mm per 10,000 Km. At this rate they will last 90,000 Km or 4.5 years, which is not bad at all. It shows how easy on brake pads the Leaf is, mostly because of regenerative braking.
- Rear brake pads are the same as six months ago (7 mm). These are the ones used by the parking brake. It’s as if they’ve been compressed by the parking brake pressure but not really worn.
- Brake fluid looked like new. They’re supposed to be changed after 48,000 Km or 24 months.
- Original all season tires went down from 7 mm to 5 mm.
They had to replace one of the tire pressure sensors (under warranty) after I complained about a false alarm being displayed on the dashboard intermittently.
No recalls or software updates this time.