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2011 Nissan LEAF repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (1%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (48%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 97 repairs.
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2011 Nissan LEAF repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (18%)

< $100 (64%)

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Chart based on 73 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Nissan LEAF

Engine not specified

Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Nov 2011
Nov 2011

7000 mi
Nissan acknowledges that several hundred vehicles are burdened with this issue, yet REFUSE to fix, unless owner whines, complains, bitches, moans, gripes, and cajoles corporate into fixing it. Although I LOVE the car, I HATE the company. 

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2011 Nissan LEAF 4dr Hatch

107-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Mar 2013
Mar 2012

9000 mi
We had some rattles fixed. Had the AC system cleaned--it had acquired a very strong mold odor. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2018
Oct 2015

18000 mi

US $90
Needed 12 volt battery 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2013
Nissan LEAF in Oregon, United States
Sep 2012 - Oct 2017
Mar 2014

50000 mi

US $307
The power switch for the driver's window no longer works. My driver's window does not roll down at all. They have to order it, on back order, it and replace it. 
Apr 2017

96500 mi

US $365
New parts and labor for rear hatchback switch and button. New struts to hold hatchback open. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2018
Mar 2016

60000 mi

US $235
Replaced all four TPMS sensors after right rear failed and could not be registered with system. Likely battery failure. 
Aug 2016

60300 mi

US $1200
Replacement traction battery, covered 80% by Nissan for customer complaint resolution. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2016
Jun 2016

48000 mi
Main EV battery lost capacity below warranty threshold. Received warranty replacement. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Nov 2011 - Aug 2015
Aug 2012

17600 mi
Display panel opened and closed repeatedly at all times 
Feb 2014

36200 mi
The battery just keeps losing capacity. In less than three years it's down by 30%. 
Sep 2014

45000 mi
Climate control temperature sensor is wonky 
Apr 2015

49300 mi

US $250
Center stack not working consistently 
Aug 2015

51000 mi
We lost four bars and were down to maybe 55 miles of range. This entitled us to a replacement but by the time we lost the fourth bar is was only six months to the end of the lease, we were seriously over the car, and the hassle hardly seemed worth it. 
Nissan LEAF in Oregon, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

24000 mi
Parking break was catching and then suddenly releasing the first time car went into reverse on cold days. First happened in January 2014, but dealer couldn't reproduce it then. This time they made an adjustment, but problem recurred a few weeks later. 
Jan 2015

24200 mi

US $60
12V battery not topped off when car plugged in. Went on vacation for a week, battery dead. Charged it, but dash covered in warning lights. Dealer charged $60 to clear them. 
Feb 2018

42000 mi

US $2200
The main junction box that handles electricity distribution for the LEAF failed, cause unknown. The dealer was told by Nissan to replace many components of the electrical distribution system. The first replacement junction box was also faulty. The repair was actually much more expensive but Nissan picked up about $6000 of the bill even though the car was out of warranty. I was very happy with Kiefer Nissan of Corvallis for negotiating that on my behalf. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Apr 2016
Apr 2015

31000 mi

US $160
12v battery low/drained prevented charging of main battery 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2015
Jun 2015

56000 mi
Replaced main traction battery with new 2015 battery. Diagnosis, parts, and work done under 5 year / 60,000 mile warranty extended by Nissan. 
Nissan LEAF in Georgia, United States
Jul 2013 - Sep 2018
Jan 2014

10000 mi
accelerator subsystem (pedal spring was oisy) 
Oct 2016

34000 mi
Main battery warranty replacement 
Nissan LEAF in Nevada, United States
May 2015 - Sep 2016
Nov 2015

24400 mi

US $120
replaced 12V Battery 
Sep 2016

34000 mi

US $1425
Replaced traction battery 
Nissan LEAF in Oregon, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

81000 mi

US $60
Replace washer nozzle 
Nissan LEAF in Texas, United States
Dec 2012 - Aug 2018
Mar 2018

35000 mi

US $145
Tire replaced due to puncture from a screw embedded in it. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2018
Mar 2018

42000 mi

US $500
Passenger Seat occupancy sensor malfunction 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
May 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

43000 mi

US $508
Vehicle Control Module (VCM), Body Control Module (BCM), Blown Headlamp Switch or Module 
Nissan LEAF in Arizona, United States
Jun 2014 - Oct 2016
Oct 2014

20500 mi

US $120
12 volt battery failed some test. I replaced it. Everything else is just fine. 
Nissan LEAF in Oregon, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

37000 mi

US $75
Car rear ended Feb last year and I believe they let water accumulate and run down the P brake release cable. The actuator froze up setting off alarms. I disassembled it, repaired it, bought "Leafspy Pro" and a LM327 to reset the codes. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Nov 2013 - Jan 2019
Jun 2014

30000 mi
Center console around infotainment system often rattles. 
Jun 2016

52000 mi
CV joints were making a loud clicking noise when accelerating from a stop or slowing to a stop. Dealer applied TSB which included removing and greasing the axles which eliminated the noise. 
Aug 2016

53400 mi

US $120
The main traction battery lost enough capacity to qualify for warranty replacement, but car was two months past 5-year warranty. Car taken to dealer to ask for out-of-warranty assistance. 
Aug 2017

64000 mi

US $650
Driving range on the car was reduced to about 45 miles from 75 miles when new. 7 of 12 capacity bars showing on the dash. Had dropped to 8 bars just two months after warranty ended about a year earlier, but Nissan declined to provide assistance. After losing another capacity bar, I attempted to get Nissan to provide out of warranty assistance and after many calls and getting the case escalated to the executive offices, they offered to pay 90% the cost of a new battery which I happily accepted. 
Nov 2018

75000 mi

US $400
The navigation unit would not boot up and constantly reboot in cooler temperatures or until the the unit warmed up, rendering it impossible to use. I replaced the entire navigation unit with a refurbished unit which was a drop-in replacement. 
Nissan LEAF in Washington, United States
May 2014 - Jul 2018
Jun 2014

30000 mi
Two door lock actuators were replaced as they were sticking and thus not properly unlocking/locking two of the doors 
Sep 2014

34000 mi
Two more door lock actuators were replaced as they were sticking and thus not properly unlocking/locking two of the doors 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Nov 2011 - Feb 2014
Apr 2012

3000 mi
complimentary update of the vehicle software. Nissan has added an additional driver-convenience alert designed to notify the driver if their door is opened while the vehicle is still in the "ON" or "READY" mode, and the shift selector is n 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2018
Nov 2012

33200 mi
Software update due to grabby brakes at low speeds. 
Sep 2016

89000 mi

US $4000
Main EV battery replacement. 
Nissan LEAF in Tennessee, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2012

18000 mi
Passenger window very slow to go from open to closed as compared to drivers window. 
Oct 2012

16700 mi
Intermittent speaker in passenger front door 
Mar 2013

23000 mi
Brakes were very 'grabby'. Dealer updated the brake controller firmware referenced ina service bulletin which resolved the issue. 
Aug 2013

31000 mi
Battery Management System software upgrade. 
Nov 2013

36000 mi
EV System Warning Light illuminated after failed charge event. Diagnostic codes read and interpreted by dealer and charging system tested OK. Cleared codes and returned to service. 
Feb 2014

42000 mi
Drivers Window would not roll down. Dealer replaced faulty master window switch. 
Apr 2014

44200 mi
Charge Door not closing smoothly since Ice Storm during winter. 
Feb 2016

83000 mi
Rear wiper motor was weak and staled often. Dealer replaced motor under extended warranty. 
Jun 2016

91000 mi
Slow to close front passenger window 
Dec 2016

100000 mi

US $2937
Removed and replaced 24kWH High Voltage Traction Battery with new Traction Battery 
Feb 2017

101000 mi

US $199
Telematics Communications Unit upgraded after it stopped working when AT&T turned off 2G coverage. 
Jun 2017

107000 mi

US $2766
Repair fault with telematics system. Previously installed telematics unit never worked. On Board Charger failed preventing the vehicle from being charged. Dealer replaced faulty on board charger. 
Jul 2017

107950 mi
EV Warning light came on. Telematics communications stopped working. Dealer examined codes. No fault found, advised to continue to drive car. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

26000 mi
I sold the LEAF at the 3 year mark because the battery didn't get along well with our summer heat in Fresno. 
Nissan LEAF in Washington, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2017
Nov 2013

22600 mi
Heater stopped functioning. Dealer replaced wiring harness under warranty. 
Nov 2016

47700 mi

US $800
Intermittent taillight failure. Replaced entire taillight assembly. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

38000 mi

US $700
GPS was broken. Saw no satellites. Main touchscreen console had to be removed and sent out for repair 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2017
Mar 2014

48000 mi
Clicking sound when starting and stopping. Dealer replaces washers and greased splines. TSB, not a recall. I also reported a "clunking" sound then turning to the left, but dealer said sound was normal (even though it had just started). 
Apr 2015

64000 mi

US $6500
Battery capacity degraded to where the car was barely usable for my daily commute. Did not meet the minimum requirements for a warranty replacement (needed to be 3 of 12 capacity bars lost before 60k miles). Made me pay the full amount! 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2016
Feb 2012

14300 mi
squeak/creak in driver's seat when moving around in seat. Similar to the sounds of a plastic water bottle being squeezed... Bolts on seat pan were loose. 
Oct 2012

23700 mi
Loss of second EV battery capacity bar. 
Jun 2013

34000 mi
Had TSB for whirring/clicking sound at low speeds done. Involved lubricating wheel bearings and splines. Also had P3227 program for capacity meter and charger reprogramming done. 
May 2015

61000 mi
In-warranty replacement of the EV main battery due to capacity loss. Lost its fourth battery capacity bar at 59,983 miles. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
May 2011 - Apr 2014
Aug 2013

25400 mi
Software update to address grabby brake issue 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2014
Feb 2012

4800 mi
segment on display not working. so digits aren't displayed correctly. Special part ordered parts came in, display replaced when phone is connected to bluetooth, an incoming call is answered either on touch display or button on steering wheel, the phone answers but the call is not routed over the speakers. Could be an incompatability issue with my Samsung phone when on bumpy road, sound like a shield rattling is heard. 
Apr 2012

6500 mi
On my request they adjusted the hood rests. Rattle is way less, but not gone. Another trip planned in the future. 
Jan 2013

16000 mi
rattle in dashboard. update: rattles later went away on their own. 
Feb 2013

16700 mi
color display in center column keeps opening and closing after when power is turned off. during driving it is static and works. being replaced under warranty 
Mar 2013

17000 mi
navigation system in dash replaced 
Sep 2013

23000 mi
Although battery gage shows still full charge being accepted, instead of being able to drive 90+ miles on a full charge, the best I can do is 55 miles now. Dealer does the "usual" diagnoses and find everything within parameters. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Jan 2014
Jul 2013

36700 mi
Software reflash for battery and charger (to accurately reflect State of Charge). 
Nissan LEAF in Texas, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2017
Jul 2012

16000 mi
Lost 2 capacity bars 
Jun 2014

42000 mi
Battery pack fell below 9 capacity bars. Covered under battery warranty. 
Jun 2017

70000 mi

US $150
Drivers window would not open or close. Window switch replaced 
Nissan LEAF in Texas, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2016
Dec 2015

44000 mi
Warranty covered drive battery replacement 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

56000 mi
Warranty replacement of high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack (propulsion for all-electrical car) 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
Apr 2011

500 mi
On delivery of car March 30 the car died in the dealer parking lot. The dealer could not get the car started and had to give a loaner. It was partially fixed on March 31 and then the computer was upgraded on April 22 with permanent fix. 
Mar 2014

24000 mi
Heater was no working. I took it in and they thought it was the PTC element. Took two weeks to get part and it was not it. Next ordered PDM module, took two weeks and was not it either. Found it was temp sensor. Replaced and all fixed. 
May 2015

34700 mi
Center console screen reboots every few minutes at random. Car keeps running but the audio goes off and the screen reboots like at key on start at startup. 
Nissan LEAF in Washington, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2013
Dec 2012

25000 mi
Firmware update 
Nissan LEAF in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2017
Mar 2014

28000 mi
Problem with the telemetrics unit communicating with vehicle 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2016
Oct 2015

48500 mi
Battery replacement under warranty 
Nissan LEAF in Arizona, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2017
Jun 2015

24000 mi
Replaced on-board charger assembly 
Mar 2016

28000 mi
Replaced main traction battery 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2018
Mar 2014

30000 mi
"clicking" noise 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
May 2013

47000 mi

US $410
Climate Control Fan (MOS module) replaced. 
Aug 2013

55000 mi
Software upgrade P3227 
Feb 2015

90700 mi
Car would not charge on Level 2, 240VAC stations. Diagnosed as a blown diode in the onboard charger. Declined having the charger replaced. 
Apr 2015

94200 mi

US $1
Soldered diode in pilot line to fix problem described previously. 
Sep 2015

104000 mi

US $5600
Replaced High Voltage battery due to degraded capacity. 
Nissan LEAF in Washington, United States
Sep 2011 - May 2018
Jun 2014

12000 mi
12 volt battery was failing, wouldn't hold a charge. 
Apr 2017

20000 mi

US $50
12 volt battery needed replacement again. 
Nissan LEAF in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2012
Apr 2011 Correct software bug in air conditioning system. Revised user information system. 
Apr 2012

3200 mi
Range decreasing. Battery losing capacity. 

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