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#4572958 - 11/13/17 03:11 PM 2012 Nissan Leaf
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Just spotted a 2012 Nissan Leaf, the sky blue color, lower of the 2 trim levels.

It is said to have belonged to an old man who died. He only pooped around town (a small town) with it.

It has UNDER 3,000 mi. and the seller is asking $6,000. It comes with the charging hardware (a house unit and a 12V plug in I think).

Were these any good or were they bad?

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#4572961 - 11/13/17 03:16 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
skyactiv Offline


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I'd avoid it if you lived somewhere hot like Phoenix or the California IE.
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#4572962 - 11/13/17 03:17 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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But where you live, I'd do some research as the vehicle might pay for itself depending on your driving habits vs what your driving now.
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#4572971 - 11/13/17 03:35 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 08/11/11
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Loc: n.c.
Originally Posted By: Kira
Just spotted a 2012 Nissan Leaf, the sky blue color, lower of the 2 trim levels.

It is said to have belonged to an old man who died. He only pooped around town (a small town) with it.

It has UNDER 3,000 mi. and the seller is asking $6,000. It comes with the charging hardware (a house unit and a 12V plug in I think).

Were these any good or were they bad? Seems very tempting to me, though I would be concerned about the batteries with such little use.


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#4572973 - 11/13/17 03:36 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: gman2304]
gman2304 Offline


Registered: 08/11/11
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Originally Posted By: gman2304
Originally Posted By: Kira
Just spotted a 2012 Nissan Leaf, the sky blue color, lower of the 2 trim levels.

It is said to have belonged to an old man who died. He only pooped around town (a small town) with it.

It has UNDER 3,000 mi. and the seller is asking $6,000. It comes with the charging hardware (a house unit and a 12V plug in I think).

Were these any good or were they bad? Seems very tempting to me, though I would be concerned about the batteries with such little use.


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#4572975 - 11/13/17 03:39 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 08/11/11
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Sorry, Don't know what happened with my post. I would be tempted, Though the batteries might be a concern with so little use.

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#4572990 - 11/13/17 04:01 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2124
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
Hi, Kira. Check out the reviews on Edmunds, Car and Driver, etc. Edmunds has a good valuation tool if you know the vehicle's options. Sounds like it COULD be a good buy for a driving around town car, not a long distance traveler.
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#4573040 - 11/13/17 05:02 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 218
Loc: KS
I had a 2014 Lease for 3 year. Great car and super reliable. Time is not what kills batteries. The number of charge / discharge cycles is what ultimately kills the battery. The range isn't spectacular but for a commuter it is good for 95% of your average trips. 6K is an awesome price.
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#4573058 - 11/13/17 05:18 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2754
Loc: Wet side WA
My suggestion is get the battery tested. I think new that car was near 40K. If you're only using it to get around town and you have a garage I'd look more closely.
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#4573070 - 11/13/17 05:31 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 06/27/09
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Loc: Hollister, CA
Being 5 years old the battery is going to be a little weak. It is still a great car for short trips, just priced a little high $4k would be more like it. The electric parking brake is known for failing, so avoid using it. If it fails it's about $1000.
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#4573103 - 11/13/17 06:09 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Sunnyinhollister]
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Registered: 10/27/15
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Loc: KS
You must be thinking of a different car. The LEAF's parking brake is a mechanically operated foot brake. I used the one in mine every time it was parked with no issues. I did a nationwide search on AutoTrader for the LEAF and none are priced below $6000 Everything in the 6K to 7K price range has 40,000 to 70,000 plus miles
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#4573149 - 11/13/17 07:09 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 14220
Loc: Silicon Valley
2012 is the earlier version battery that is not lizard. It usually age worse than the 2013 and later ones. If you can ask them to show you a photo of the dash and count the number of grid on the right, you should see 2 red and then 10 other blocks on top if the battery is 100% life. The top block is 15% and then 6.25% (or something like that) for every one of the remaining one. Check for how many is left and see how much range remains. There is a chance that it has been very depleted and the life is permanently reduced. Also check if it has been in a hot climate area in CarFax history, they don't age too well in heat.

But $6k is almost the cheapest you will find and it may be a bargain even if it has 5 blocks of battery life remains. If you don't need the range it can be a good teenager car or a retiree car.
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#4573150 - 11/13/17 07:10 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: DerbyDave]
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Registered: 08/05/02
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Originally Posted By: DerbyDave
You must be thinking of a different car. The LEAF's parking brake is a mechanically operated foot brake. I used the one in mine every time it was parked with no issues. I did a nationwide search on AutoTrader for the LEAF and none are priced below $6000 Everything in the 6K to 7K price range has 40,000 to 70,000 plus miles


Once in a while you'll see some $5.5k ones with 1/2 battery life gone, but for perfect battery you won't see one that cheap.
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#4573217 - 11/13/17 08:04 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: DerbyDave]
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Registered: 06/27/09
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Originally Posted By: DerbyDave
You must be thinking of a different car. The LEAF's parking brake is a mechanically operated foot brake. I used the one in mine every time it was parked with no issues. I did a nationwide search on AutoTrader for the LEAF and none are priced below $6000 Everything in the 6K to 7K price range has 40,000 to 70,000 plus miles


My early model had an electric parking break. I'm nnot sure which year they changed it over to mechanical. Autotrader values are normally higher. Craigslist has them lower.
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#4573386 - 11/14/17 12:18 AM Re: 2012 Nissan Leaf [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 1067
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I've been doing a bit of reading on EV cars. The Nissan Leaf is not the pick of the litter. It is said to have: a relatively short range especially for the early models, a battery that is not cooled (and which gets overheated in use, shortening its life), and an expensive and non backwards compatible battery. But it's also fun to drive and (aside from an expensive replacement battery every few years) very economical to operate.

In practice, it may be possible to have a bad battery rebuilt or to find a good used battery when the time comes.

All that said, that is one really cheap EV and if there is a lot of remaining life on the battery, a screaming hot deal. But I'd check the cost of a new replacement battery before buying it.
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