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2011 Nissan Leaf At Two Years: 32,000 Miles, No Signs Of Age « CBS Sacramento

Almost two years ago, I took delivery of one of the very first 2011 Nissan Leafs to be imported into the United Kingdom.

With its two-year anniversary approaching, and more than 32,000 miles on the clock, has our family’s opinion of the Nissan Leaf changed?

What has life with the car been like? And do we regret buying it?

Just as we said last year, our 2011 Nissan Leaf has generally aged appropriately.

But let’s start at the beginning.

In late March 2011, we drove our new family car 45 miles home from the dealership, plugged it in for the first time, and named the resplendent red car Hiro Nakamura–after the earnest Japanese superhero on NBC’s Heroes.

As the miles piled up, I shared the things we already liked and disliked about Nissan’s first mass-produced battery electric car.

We also documented Hiro’s life with us, including a visit to the dealer for an official software update recall, various odometer milestones, and a summary one-year drive report.

Wear and tear

Since that report a year ago, nothing else has broken. A few things have either required replacement due to standard wear and tear, or niggle at us on a daily basis.

During our second periodic service, the front windshield wipers were replaced because the blades had separated from the wiper.
An annoying squeak over rough ground has developed. It seems to originate from the area between the right-hand driver’s seat and the center console. As yet, we’ve been unsuccessful in pinpointing exactly what is making the noise.
The driver’s side floor mat — an original Nissan accessory — has lost an eyelet, though it remains securely fastened to the floor.
The rear carpets and the backs of the front seats have started to look much more worn than two-year-old interior fabrics should.
The power windows, while functional, remain slow to operate. This is especially noticeable in colder weather.
Range and battery life

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