One year maintenance service

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.

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Price request submitted to the dealer

Just got an email this morning from Nissan Canada saying “You can now request a quote from your local Nissan Dealer and place an order for your Nissan LEAF.”

So that’s what I just did. After entering the price request, my account page shows this now:

On the home assessment front, the quote from Aerovironment came a bit higher than expected. The reason has to do with the fact that I decided to place the charging station at the far end of the garage, which added to the cost of materials and labor. I asked them to move the station to the near end, right where the wires are coming through the wall, and I’m now waiting for the new quote. I’m also waiting for a second quote from a local electrician who’s installing the charging station of a nearby friend who’s also purchasing an electric car. Let’s see how that goes.

Nissan Canada announces Leaf dealers

Nissan has finally announced the network of dealers that will be trained to sell and service the Nissan Leaf in Canada. Ottawa is getting Hunt Club Nissan, which is about 15 Km from my house and within walking distance from where I work. That basically means I qualify to get in line and purchase the car, since you have to live within 65 Km of a certified dealer to be able to do so. But between you and me: Ottawa is not that big so basically anyone living in Ottawa will qualify.

Here’s the original press release
http://www.media.nissan.ca/pressrelease/2759/1/nissan-canada-announces-retail-network-all-electric-nissan