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Nissan LEAF repairs by problem area

Engine (18%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (42%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (7%)

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Nissan LEAF brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (7%)

< $100 (81%)

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Chart based on 27 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Nissan LEAF 4dr Hatch

107-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

13000 mi ABS controller needed replacing. ABS was stuck in the "active" position meaning when the brake pedal was depressed the ABS would prevent the brakes from being used. Basically the car was undriveable. 

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2015 Nissan LEAF 4dr Hatch

107-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

15000 mi

US $1
Software update to prevent occasional brake "grabbing", performed during routine 15,000 mile maintenance. Mfr recall, no charge. 
32860 mi

C $500
Replaced front disc pads and rotors, clean rear brakes 

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2014 Nissan LEAF 4dr Hatch

107-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

50220 mi Brake pedal does not fully disengage. Most likely due to spring being too weak. This only happens when cold in the cabin. 
55180 mi During annual inspection brake pads were found to be almost dead. Replaced. 155Eur 
73160 mi

€175
Annual service, 175€, found rear worn pads. Did not pay 75+30€ labour, too expensive. Nissan logo worn, they asked 35€ for replacement, did not pay, they promised to change free if it happens again after warranty (has happened 5-7 times). 
16820 mi Firmware / software update for brakes at cold temperature. 
36000 mi Fuse pull and replace for TCU 
25420 mi

C $250
Replaced front left caliper 

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2013 Nissan LEAF 4dr Hatch

107-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

22000 mi Brakes stayed on after a brake tap slowing the car from 50MPH to 25MPH. Brakes did not release as commanded. They downloaded new system software which was a recall type campaign. The problem seems to be gone. 
6000 mi Software update to improve the grabby/difficult to modulate brakes. Was successful in my case as brakes are now okay. Not great, just OK in terms of modulation... would much rather have Tesla-style brake control on this car. 
21000 mi Grabby brakes. Problem was not resolved. TSB exists but they said it didn't apply to this vehicle. 
33000 mi Grabby brakes. Finally came up with a firmware update. 
23700 mi Factory recall, software update 
25000 mi Updated brake software. 
13000 mi Coming to a full stop, and accelerating from a full stop resulted into a single but loud click. There is a TSB for this issue, which involves applying lubrication and swapping out some washers. Parts weren't in stock, so I have to return. Brakes extremely sensitive under 15 MPH. Known issue with 2011 and 2012 MY, 'new' to 2013. There was a TSB for it (SB 2013 LEAF; Brake Pedal Sensitive at Speeds Below 15 MPH,NTB14017), which involved applying a software update. 
14000 mi Follow up to the previously reported clicking noise. Parts were ordered, and have been installed. Noise is mostly gone (I can hear it, but it's much quieter). Mostly concerned this problem will come back. 
25000 mi When driving over a pothole or bump in the road, regen braking becomes disabled (so only mechanical brakes are working), which can be quiet dangerous. Dealer hasn't been able to duplicate this, so I'll be taking them for a test drive. 
35500 mi Nissan finally announced a recall for the brake software, which also covered the multiple issues I've been reporting since the beginning. Software has been updated, and most of the issues have been addressed. 

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2012 Nissan LEAF

Engine not specified

31000 mi Regarding braking is very low or nothing. The dealer service person drove the car and said its working correctly. It's actually working but from 0-20%. It's not working correctly. 

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2012 Nissan LEAF 4dr Hatch

107-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

37000 mi

US $500
The dealer says he found a leak behind the master cylinder, but the entire master cylinder and mountings are apparently one piece so the whole thing had to be replaced at significant cost. 
22000 mi

US $22000
Brakes locked at 25mph, slid into guard rail 
22000 mi Grabby brakes 
34000 mi Right side ABS sensor malfunction. Diagnosed same day, parts put in next day. Repair complete. 
11000 mi Warning lights diagnosed. Dealer unsure of cause. Not fixed. Lights went off by themselves on trip home. Deep snow may have affected wheel yaw sensor which subsequently reset by itself. 

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2011 Nissan LEAF 4dr Hatch

107-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

25400 mi Software update to address grabby brake issue 
23000 mi Brakes were very 'grabby'. Dealer updated the brake controller firmware referenced ina service bulletin which resolved the issue. 
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. 
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. 
33200 mi Software update due to grabby brakes at low speeds. 
30000 mi "clicking" noise 

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