I notice last weekend when I visited the ATM that the drivers window would not roll down on my LEAF. Other windows worked just fine, the problem was isolated to the drivers window.
I went to Newton Nissan this weekend and they were very gracious to ‘fit me in’ even though I did not have an appointment. The car was fixed within 60 minutes while I waited, the issue was a faulty switch. I’m now glad I purchased a Security+ Maintenance program when I bought the car from them. I avoided $134 in parts cost and 1/3 hr of labor, say $35. The original 36,000 mile warranty is now expired, I have 41,000 miles on my LEAF. I am utilizing the maintenance contract which is good for a total of 100,000 miles, or another 59,000 miles of motoring.
As the car ages one can expect more of these little niggly problems to crop up, the maintenance program should cover most problems going forward. At total cost of $1,100 a 100,000 maintenance program is worth it if you intend to keep your car for 5 or more years. My average car ownership is about 6 years; I have found reasonably priced maintenance contracts to pay for themselves. Nissan Security+ programs provide the added benefit of a free rental car should the car need to stay in the shop longer than a reasonable wait time.
I’m glad I have not had to depend upon the maintenance program more, the LEAF has been very reliable to date. I had anticipated a higher than average number of service visits due to the EV technology in the vehicle. The EV components so far have been flawless and thanks to not having to change oil, the number of trips to the shop are much less than a conventional gasoline vehicle.