i3Houston wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:26 pm
The new leaf looks to me, I prefer it over i3 but couple years ago it dealership quote was closer to 40G so that brought me to i3.
Thanks for sharing your thought on Leaf! Compressor on my i3 was replaced few months ago and so far cars been holding well but if something goes south then I would look into a Leaf for sure!
What did your compressor replacement cost? I have heard that for AC catastrophes since mine that BMW has picked up the repair bill for all but the cost of the compressor replacement. That sure is a lot more reasonable than "here is a $2000 goodwill check" to say the least. I would have gone ahead with that repair, assuming the compressor replacement cost was under $4K and kept my i3. If higher than $4K, then I probably would still let them replace the AC system and then just trade the car (minimizing my loss).
A few other things that the Leaf does considerably better than the i3: it has a good horn. Not great, but not i3 pathetic. It has excellent sun visors that slide out when needed to cover the side window. It does not have automatic windshield wipers, but much better control over the wipers with a very wide range of intermittent wipe speed from every few seconds all the way to nearly continuous, with excellent windshield coverage. The seat heaters have low and high settings that are spot on, rather than just too hot. The automatic headlights also have auto brights which work great. Both the low and high beams are excellent, although the i3 low beams are nicer (and the i3 high beams pathetic). The LEDs on the dash that are easily seen from the front of the car are wonderful indicators of charge status when charging, and the hinged rubber gasket plastic charging cover is vastly nicer than the plastic cap on the i3. The radio controls are much nicer, including the touch screen and steering wheel controls, but I prefer the radio delay off with ignition of the i3 rather than the instant off of the Leaf. I appreciate the Leaf e-pedal more and more each day, and realize how significantly better it works than the e-pedal of the i3 (which I still think is great). The 360 camera view is a feature I NEVER want to be without in any car (it is worth a test drive in a Leaf if only to see how great this feature really is for parking forward, backward, or parallel). I like the front seat comfort of both cars, but the Leaf rear seats (all 3!) are far more comfortable for adults, as are the rear doors and adjustable windows.
Both cars allow the Power off switch to automatically engage Park, and the go pedal to automatically release the parking brake, but I do prefer the tranny knob of the i3 to the more Prius like lever of the Leaf, but only because the Leaf has drive and reverse engage opposite of the direction (push forward for reverse). The i3 certainly was more fun to whip around on tight curves, but I think the Leaf may have the edge on lateral G handling (but certainly not the excitement!). The i3 clearly has the edge on acceleration, tight turning circle, and possibly braking (perhaps not on wet roads).
Bottom line, the i3 is far more of a driver's car and just plain fun driving. The Leaf is a great EV package, well executed, with great features, and great pricing, but may not be a good choice for someone who lives in a very hot climate and wants to keep it for a long time (no battery liquid cooling).