Used Nissan Leaf (Mk1, 2011-2018) review - What should you look out for?

As a pioneering EV, the Leaf featured a number of quirks that you’ll need to be aware of, particularly if you’re coming from an ICE car

Nissan has a reputation for good build quality, excellent reliability and thoughtful design. Yet the Leaf isn’t perfect and there are one or two things that you should keep a lookout for when viewing any possible purchase.

Common used Mk1 Nissan Leaf problems

Charging cables

Ensure all charging cables are present and undamaged; new ones are costly, but you could consider a used one.

Charge times

It takes eight hours to fully charge a Leaf using a domestic 13-amp three-pin plug socket; the fast charger roughly halves this.

Phone apps

Buy a Leaf with NissanConnect/Carwings (Acenta trim and above), and you can monitor the battery charge remotely from your phone.

Infotainment

The Leaf’s infotainment system uses a pre-loaded SD card. Ensure this is present and correct, because buying a replacement can be costly.

Recalls

The original Leaf has been recalled three times so far, firstly in January 2015 because of faulty steering columns being fitted during the manufacturing process, potentially leading to a loss of steering in the worst-case scenario. The 4,474 Leafs affected by this fault were built between February 2013 and October 2014.

The second recall came in August 2015 and involved 10,248 Leafs made between May 2013 and March 2015. Only cars with keyless go were affected by a switch issue, which could cause the electric motor to cut out entirely. The most recent action was issued in July 2017, and affected 65 Leafs made in February and March 2017. These were fitted with a faulty headlamp-levelling system; Nissan’s fix was to update the control unit’s software.

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