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  Reply # 1807243 26-Jun-2017 21:07
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Hi so looking at a Leaf after a little research, pretty much eliminated the Hyundai Ioniq ev and Kia Soul ev.

 

Not not really sure on the difference between the models S, X, G?

 

And the question of buying a cheaper 2013 ish car,

 

or probably a 2014/2015 Japanese import 24kw battery approx $20,000,

 

or 2014/2015/2016 UK import 30kw and possibly 6.6kw fast charger nearer $30,000.

 

I think it better to invest more on a newer car/battery. Likely most charging overnight at home, and only have single pole 40 amp max power supply. The garage is separate from the house with 10 amp sockets, could possibly upgrade one to 16 amp charger in future. 

 

Would prefer the centre display in English. Any thoughts or advice please?

 

 

I'm all about the range.....so I bought a 2015 LEAF with 100% SoH battery a year ago.....and that was pretty good. but I found I wanted just a wee bit more range to comfortably and easily move between the fast charging stations available at the time....so I bought a 30kWh LEAF "Tekna" from the UK....basically the most expensive LEAF you could buy at the time....and probably still is today. I also like the 6.6kw internal AC charger in (most of) the UK LEAFs. You may not use it much at home, but on the road its definitely better to be able to charge at 25% / hour when available instead of 12%-13%. 

 

There are now more fast chargers, particularly in the North Island, and it's possible to get around fairly well with a Gen 2 (2014 or later) with a 24kWh battery provided the battery is at least 90% SoH. 

 

I would recommend getting the 30kWh LEAF as the battery in it both very new (none are 2 years old yet) and the it uses different chemistry than the previous two iterations. My fingers are crossed that it will prove to be the most reliable and durable battery. That higher capacity also means you usually don't have to drive like a Nana if you're less than 130km from a faster charger....even in winter when the cold reduces the capacity of the battery (assuming the car isn't in a headed garage overnight).  

The other thing is that even if your 30kWh battery degrades to 80% several years from now, it will then be equivalent to a brand new 24kWh LEAF battery. 

English for the dash? GVI (EV vendor as well as other cars) in Penrose (Auckland) have worked out how to convert the Japanese dash to English. They will do it for any LEAF owner. 

 

 





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  Reply # 1807361 27-Jun-2017 08:48
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English for the dash? GVI (EV vendor as well as other cars) in Penrose (Auckland) have worked out how to convert the Japanese dash to English. They will do it for any LEAF owner. 

 

 

Does the conversion convert all Japanese text, or just select menus? And any idea of the cost of the conversion? And what about GPS if present - can NZ maps be added?

 

I'd been planning on looking at the lowest-spec Japanese model, primarily for the ability to switch the head unit out, but it seems like there's an alternative now.

 

Thanks!


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  Reply # 1807385 27-Jun-2017 09:17
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English for the dash? GVI (EV vendor as well as other cars) in Penrose (Auckland) have worked out how to convert the Japanese dash to English. They will do it for any LEAF owner. 



Does the conversion convert all Japanese text, or just select menus? And any idea of the cost of the conversion? And what about GPS if present - can NZ maps be added?


I'd been planning on looking at the lowest-spec Japanese model, primarily for the ability to switch the head unit out, but it seems like there's an alternative now.


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I went to see them before to checkout nissan Leaf. My understanding is, they will replace the whole head unit - add band expander - and any control on the steering wheel will not work.

This was 2 months ago.





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  Reply # 1807603 27-Jun-2017 13:25
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OK so swapping the dash unit is a bit of a compromise, what is the cost?  Would be desirable to have all the smarts and steering wheel controls (eg UK Leaf) but that comes at a price.  


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  Reply # 1807649 27-Jun-2017 13:55
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I just had a call from Daniel at GVI about a Leaf I enquired about.

 

They can reprogram some of the dash to English and are working on a solution for the centre display.  Expects to have this resolved within two months, total cost around $1200 to convert a Japanese car to English.  HE said to watch their Facebook page for updates.


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  Reply # 1807667 27-Jun-2017 14:08
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They messaged me back on Facebook saying they were still working on the around view camera intergration and the bose sound, I love the around view cameras!





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  Reply # 1808103 28-Jun-2017 10:15
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I just had a call from Daniel at GVI about a Leaf I enquired about.

 

They can reprogram some of the dash to English and are working on a solution for the centre display.  Expects to have this resolved within two months, total cost around $1200 to convert a Japanese car to English.  HE said to watch their Facebook page for updates.

 

 

I did not have time to visit GVI (down the road 10 minutes drive from me) yet. But R&D about JDM Leaf has bee done and dusted by myself, Engineers in USA and Russian Far East with the following outcomes:

 

ODO (AKA Instrument cluster) can be reprogrammed into English.

 

AV unit must be REPLACED with the donor unit from USA or UK - mandatory with both rows of buttons. I have imported one AV unit with buttons from USA and have bench-top stand to test those (as there are dodgy offerings from someone on eBay of damaged units).

 

Claims from two men (one local in NZ and one in St Petersburg, Russia who wants $1200 USD for that reprog) about "successful" reprogramming of JDM unit into English with keeping ALL existing functionality (most importantly not only audio, but full integration with the car's energy system)- had never been eye witnessed by anyone else in NZ or in the Russian Far East where there are a lot of people capable of reprogramming other JDM cars (e.g. Toyota) AV units into English/Russian.

 

On top of that we now have Service Manual with Electronic Diagram of JDM Clarion with very detailed analysis made by Engineer in USA about complexity of modification, including self-protection features which could brick your unit.

 

There are also reported differences in electronics in amplifier and radio sections - different for different markets.  Amplifier from UK for example may not be compatible with your speakers from USA/Japan (2 / 4 ohms)

 

GPS maps for Nissan JDM/UK/USA AV units are not available for NZ.

 

In the nutshell - use google translate :-) or if you are lucky to import the unit from US - I can test it for you before you start dismantling your car.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1808122 28-Jun-2017 10:40
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Or import a UK leaf....?

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  Reply # 1808130 28-Jun-2017 10:48
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Or isn't the other option to select the lowest-spec Japanese-sourced Leaf and replace the replaceable head unit with a local one, which can also have GPS? Or are companies not doing this anymore?

 

My thinking is I'd rather have a fully NZ-compatible head unit and forgo the upgraded features of the other models such as the heatpump heater, or are there other key advantages to the higher specs?


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  Reply # 1808149 28-Jun-2017 11:07
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The base model (S) spec JDM doesn't have eco mode IIRC.


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  Reply # 1808154 28-Jun-2017 11:12
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And B mode for extra breaking, the surround view cameras are amazing and the heated seats and steering wheel are heavenly.
The heat pump is so worth getting, who wants to sit in a cold car just so you can get where you need too





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  Reply # 1808156 28-Jun-2017 11:24
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The basic spec model still comes with heated seats front and rear - it's one of the selling points for my kids, who are jealous of my wife and me who have heated seats in my car! Not sure about the heated steering wheel (certainly the lack of this is the worst thing about my car in the mornings at the moment!)

 

The ability to eek out every last km of the car with strong regeneration/eco modes isn't a big issue for us, given the way the car will be used (small provincial city, an average of 15 kms or so a day).

 

The base car still has a heater, but I assume it's considerably less efficient. But, as mentioned, impact on mileage isn't a big issue for us. The surround view cameras does sound good, though - does this come on both of the other two (higher) Japanese specs? We'll not be in the market for a UK model, given the price difference.


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  Reply # 1808171 28-Jun-2017 12:00
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Eco mode, does that limit the maximum current and that's all?

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  Reply # 1808205 28-Jun-2017 13:43
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gzt: Eco mode, does that limit the maximum current and that's all?


Eco mode makes the accelerator a little less stabby, means you have to press it further in to get full power but also helps you not throw your passengers back in the seat every time you take off, I do turn it off every now and then, mainly when I want to show off 😜

The surround view cameras only comes standard on the tekna but the Japanese models tend to have random things added, like mines the x spec (middle one) but has the Bose and cameras added, presumably the person who ordered it in Japan added those as they weren't fussed on the flash wheels.

I don't think that's as common with the UK models





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  Reply # 1808326 28-Jun-2017 15:52
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Or isn't the other option to select the lowest-spec Japanese-sourced Leaf and replace the replaceable head unit with a local one, which can also have GPS? Or are companies not doing this anymore?

 

My thinking is I'd rather have a fully NZ-compatible head unit and forgo the upgraded features of the other models such as the heatpump heater, or are there other key advantages to the higher specs?

 

 

Well, it seems like a few retailers are still selling Leafs with the replaced NZ-sourced head unit; most are being sold by Autolink Cars. Here are a couple of examples:

 

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/nissan/auction-1353040967.htm

 

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/nissan/auction-1352958668.htm

 

Does anyone here have any direct experience of this type of conversion, and can therefore comment on it?


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