pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,688 miles

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2013 Nissan Leaf electrical problems

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2013 Nissan Leaf Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 232014


  • 5,500 miles


This is an electric car. The car will not start, even though the battery has plenty of charge. A dashboard message was displayed, indicating the problem is the car is not recognizing the key. There were other unusual electrical issues at the same time, such as only one of the four windows would roll down, and the doors temporarily locked and refused to unlock.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014

Leaf 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Nissan Leaf. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical system issues. The consumer stated on two rare occasions, he accidentally pushed the power button in quick succession to turn off the vehicle. All systems shut down, no power steering, no brakes, etc, but the vehicle rolled backward out of the garage.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 272014


  • 9,400 miles
Car was being charged at pep station at ncsu campus. When I unplugged the charger from the car, I saw fumes and the plastic at the charging port of the car was melted.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 272014


  • 8,500 miles


The 12V battery in my Leaf goes completely dead once a week. The doors wont even open with the remote. I have to jump the car and then plug it in to my 220V charger at home. This has happened 4 times in the last month. I took it to the dealer and they checked out the vehicle and said everything is fine! really, a 8 month old car that needs to be jump started once a week is normal. I have checked the website forum, mynissanleaf.com and this is happening to a lot of 2013 Leaf owners. Please help as Nissan will not.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 082014


  • 5,534 miles
Goodness my 2013 Nissan Leaf was park in the recreation. The car won't start because there are ev systems warning icon display on the dashboard. I had to tow my nissa Leaf to broadway Nissan dealer. Everyday the service advisor told me that they are waiting for Leaf engineer to look at the problem. They cannot find the problem and this is a non-comment problem. I told the service adviser this is not acceptable. Everyday their excuse still waiting for Leaf specialist to come and look at it and they cannot find the issue.

- Foster City, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 022013


  • 1,500 miles
Passenger airbag shows off when passenger in the seat is a typical adult, ~130 pounds. The underseat sensor (ods occupant detection system) is not calibrated - needs about 160 pounds to sense a person in the seat. Nissan had a recall (March 2013) for this exact problem. They claim that this vehicle was not included. It is a safety issue. Nissan hotline ([xxx]) says take it to the dealer. The dealer says call Nissan. This car needs to be a part of the recall. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 202013


  • 8,100 miles


My Nissan Leaf was plugged into 220V charging station at my home. It was charging for over an hour. My spouse went to leave and when entering the garage she smelled a strong burning smell. Smoke was coming from the charging station plug where it plugs into the car. She turned off the power at the breaker box and then proceeded to unplug the charger from the car. Two of the terminals on the plug were damaged and 2 terminals on the receptacle on the car were damaged. The connection had gotten hot enough to melt the plastic and create smoke indicating a fire. Nissan has determined by pictures that the car was not to blame for the incident. They are blaming the charging station for the failure. They have denied any warranty coverage. The burden of the bill has been placed with the customer. The car is currently only 5 months old and has less than 10,000 miles.

- Yates City, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 112013


  • 250 miles
When starting the car, all lights on the dashboard illuminated and car would do nothing. Shut down and restarted the car and everything was clear. Put the car into reverse and had nominal braking. It took 10 feet of slamming the brake pedal to bring the car to a stop at 2 mph in reverse. It literally felt like no brake pressure. Stopped and restarted again and things were seemingly back to normal. Took it to dealership who blamed it on low 12V battery. Braking was pathetically weak at the one time... it was not just the typical lack of regenerative and motor assisted braking you would get during a fault.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 082013


  • 5,500 miles
Vehicle is unable to have continuing charge shuts off randomly leaving me unable to drive sometimes due not be fully charged when you expect to be charged and having problems on different charging stations contact Nissan 06/13/13 and was advised to take to the dealer and 6/14/13 left the car at dealer commonwealth Nissan that did not find any problem and claim vehicle is working as designed they was unable to reproduce problem and next day 06/15/13 had problem again unable me to drive home and need to restart charge couple times until get enough charge to drive home on 6/17/13 took the car again to dealer commonwealth Nissan and they before look the car said the problem is the charging station on my house they reset the vehicle and put to charge on their charging station and problem also happen proving the problem is the vehicle they gave the keys back saying they order a charging port did not gave me any date or idea when the part will arrive handle me the key of a defective car that can leave me strand on the street anytime.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #1

May 292013


  • 2,600 miles
I was driving in heavy traffic on the 101 freeway in camarillo, ca on the way to work. Car suddenly flashed multiple conflicting diagnostic codes (traction control, brake system, electrical system) and reduced power to the car and put it in turtle mode. I was able to move from the middle lane (of three lanes) to the side of the freeway and called Nissan service. Power was only available to the dashboard and car would not go into forward or reverse. Car was towed to dealer after calling Nissan road side assistance. Dealer replaced the accelerator pedal pressure sensor and returned car back to me after car was in service for three days. Car drove fine for two days on very short trips. My wife drove the car again and it died again on highway 33 in ojai in town. She had no power to move the car out of traffic. She powered down the car and powered it back up and was surprised to find that power was restored. She was able to drive it back home (about a mile) and we had Nissan roadside assistance tow it back to the dealer. Car has been in the shop now for almost two weeks. Dealer is in communication with the factory to get a new computer that controls the power distribution system to other car components. However, dealer cannot give us an estimated delivery date of the part. It seems they may have to get it from Japan. Dealer is very friendly but is not able to get car fixed in a timely manner. I also am concerned that they don't really know the source of the problem. I am very concerned that if the problem happens again, either my wife or I will get into an accident on the freeway. Car was is just a month old when this started with no other apparent problems.

- Ojai, CA, USA

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