Hi, new lurking member here.
We bought our 2013 Leaf SV a couple years ago and we have been amazed at how much we enjoy it. I normally drive it back and forth to work (about 20 miles a day), but we always take it when we go out anywhere in the area just because it's so easy to live with and enjoyable to drive. We also don't seem to venture far from home, but we have other ICE vehicles around if we do.
Lately I've been considering the Soul just for a change of pace and to gain a few features we lack, like: a quick charge port (which we will still rarely use), more range maybe, a pretty good warranty (the Leaf is out of warranty now) and ventilated seats if we get a + version. I also like the higher seating position and the fact that it doesn't look like a frog!
There seem to be a few 2016 Soul's showing up that I'm sure are lease returns, with a scattering of 2017's and one 2018 (about $3000 more than any of the others).
A couple questions though.
I know that battery degradation is still an issue with these cars, but is it much less than the Leaf suffers from? Mine is at 82% SOH, mostly because it spent it's first 3 years in California. I live in the Seattle/Tacoma area, and degradation has slowed down considerably since I've owned it.
I've also heard of some long waits for a battery packs replaced under warranty. It's nice to have a warranty, but I'd rather not have to ever worry about that.
I've heard reports that the 12 volt battery goes dead in these cars occasionally. I've had that happen in the Leaf, but they did a software update that seemed to cure it. Is there a bigger battery that will fit in the Soul?
I have a spare wheel and tire for my Leaf (I don't carry it with me, but I can get someone to get it to me between work and home) because I don't want to ever use the slime that comes with the car. What do Soul owners do?
Is this even worthwhile, or should I just keep my Leaf and wait until the Niro EV is 3 years old and I can pick one up for under $20,000?