Most Common Problems with Nissan Leaf 1st Generation

Most Common Problems with Nissan Leaf 1st Generation

The 1st Generation Nissan Leaf has a lot of “issues.” If you’re looking for a used car, it might be best to pass on this one and go for the 2nd Gen. Here are the most common and most frequent problems Nissan Leaf 1st Generation has.

Nissan Leaf Common Problems

Complaints, lawsuits and generally annoying non-features have gotten the Nissan Leaf 1st Generation owners complaining! Here is what they are reporting.


Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system has taken on a life of its own. The AEB is causing the 1st Generation to brake suddenly when there is no obstruction in the path before it. This issue is causing a lot of rear-end collisions. It also deactivates itself, which is a whole other annoying problem. Lawsuits have been filed in a few states.

Cold Weather Mileage Shortage

Your 1st Gen has difficulty in colder temperatures. When it gets cold outside you can expect a loss of 57% of your normal mileage.

Avoid the 2013 Model

Any of the years of the 1st Gen have their issues, but the 2013 model is particularly troublesome. There are 8 different complaints listed on and there were 37 service bulletins issued by Nissan for needed repairs.

Needed Repairs Recognized by Nissan

It is good that Nissan issues service bulletins, but 37 of them is a lot. The service bulletins issued for the 1st Generation range from many repairs needed for the electrical system and a wide variety of repairs needed for airbags, seats, cruise control and other miscellaneous issues.


You should probably pass on taking on this car that has so many problems, but if you simple must have it, make sure you pay a fair price for having to deal with all the headaches. It would be better to purchase a used 2nd Generation Nissan Leaf.

What to Expect for the Nissan Leaf Battery Life in 2018

What to Expect for the Nissan Leaf Battery Life in 2018

The Nissan Leaf battery life is constantly being improved by Nissan. There was a time when the Nissan Leaf was the most popular battery electric vehicle in California, but that was not the case in 2017. The Bolt EV, Tesla Model S and X, and Fiat 500e all passed by the Nissan Leaf in sales. So, Nissan has to try pretty hard now to regain its popularity in California. Here is where the battery life comes in.

Nissan Leaf Battery Life

The Nissan Leaf battery life has greatly improved for 2018 with its new battery design. Now it goes farther on a charge and it recharges faster than it has previously. Also, the Leaf has a new design and more features that will impress you and tempt you back from your Tesla. Ok, maybe not from the Tesla, but from some other car. Totally.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf now gives us more tech with the ProPILOT Assist driver-assistance technology, the e-Pedal and has more power with a better range. These features can automatically maintain the distance and speed the between you and the car in front of you, keep the car centered in its lane and it’ll help with sudden stops if the car in front of you slams on the brakes. The leaf will start braking automatically. E-Pedal is a braking technology that automatically starts braking when you’ve taken your foot off of the accelerator. On inclines it’ll hold the brake until you accelerate again, which is a very handy feature with the hills of San Francisco.

The new Nissan Leaf battery life for 2018 gives the Leaf owner a driving range of up to 150 miles per charge. The quick charge port allows you to recharge 80% of your battery in only 40 minutes. So, life is looking up for the Leaf in the year to come.

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