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post #1 of 10 Old 01-04-2017, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Almost lost control of my new versa in rain

2017 S Sedan manual, it's raining and dark on freeway. big gush of wind blew and pushed my versa into the next lane, can't believe how lite the car is and a strong wind gush could do this to the versa.

i've owned other small cars, del sol, crx, civic, prius gen 1, and this is the first time it happen to me. so scary....

i should have known... if you're thinking of getting versa, just keep this in mind....
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-05-2017, 12:46 AM
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Yes, I've noticed these cars are very susceptible to the wind. Thanks to its light weight, skinny tires, and relatively light weight. If I'm not mistaken, even the heaviest versa (SL automatic) weighs just a hair over 2500lbs, and the base model manual transmission is is like 2200. So yeah, this car loves to be thrown around by the wind lol.

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Nothing new here. See this thread....

versa unstable
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Yes, the Versa is unstable. Wider(and taller) tires help reduce this issue. Mine is lowered and is much more stable but I understand this isnt for everyone. I would suggest tires and brace bars!

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The very amount of rain on the road at the time can be the difference, we all want to blame the car.............................I have seen NO small light car that does not move around in the rain and wind when the conditions are right for it. It just jumps up and makes its' presence known when you drop your guard. What is that telling you?

Slow down.

The earlier ones are slabsided and wind catchers deluxe. Like driving a cardboard box.
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Checking tire psi is a good area to start. Then get alignment checked. Many tire shops will check it for free. I find it takes a good thousand miles for the tires to break in and grip well.

Ive done all of the above and its a nice driving car.

No matter what vehicle I want I find myself behind the wheel of another economy car.
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'No matter what vehicle I want I find myself behind the wheel of another economy car.'

Same here, even back when I could afford whatever I wanted. I paid cars off left and right in 2 years or less. I just do not want to buy anything that causes more cost, they are bad enough now as is. I pretty much turn every car I have into a money generator instead as compared to most. The costs now to get work done are so ridiculous I cannot believe it and I used to work garage way back in the day. Even back then we were so cheap we stripped entire groups of customers from the GM dealership across the street, it got so bad the dealer owner came and asked Dad to quit doing it. Dad replied back if they would fix the cars better he wouldn't have to, it was pretty funny.

The more electronic modules they leave off the lower end crackerboxes the better I like it. Not afraid of electronics at all but they use them to make the cars more and more to where the average guy cannot fix the issues. That's not by accident.

You need a reflash or software update now just when changing a battery, gimme a BREAK!!!!!
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There is no free lunch. The key to optimum gas mileage is low weight, small engine, and good aerodynamics. In theory the 2016+ Versa Notes should be a bit more stable due to the aero design (same drag coefficient of 0.30 as the Fairlady Z). I took my 2016 Note >65 mph in HI with the tradewinds and didn't have any problems.

I expected the Note to weigh no more than 2500 lbs. Anything more and I'd be disappointed, for what I bought the car for - gas mileage. And of course it's not as quick as a Honda Fit. The latter has 130 hp versus the 109 of the Nissan, but that is why the Fit doesn't get quite as good gas mileage, for a car that is $2500 more expensive. At near $20K, I did not think a Fit was worth it at almost 61% of the cost of my 2013 Mustang, which is pretty much optioned out - but I did get a good deal on that car via Military Overseas Sales.

As for the high stance of the Versa Note, I'll take it. Couple of times I pulled too deep into a parking space and was not greeted with the 'scruuunch!' that I would get on the Mustang. Took a closer look and was pleasantly surprised that Nissan designed the front end of the 2016 Versa Note high off the ground and with a recessed rubber ground skirt to clear curbs and sidewalks.

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'There is no free lunch.'

Amen to that................the idea is to put as much of that variable give and take in your own favor as you can.

Just the cars not having positraction can get you in trouble in the rain, they don't mention a word of that when telling you how good FWD is. ALL FWD cars have rain handling issues depending on weight and its' distribution and the tire patch.
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yea its pretty bad, i even splurged on the $1000 megan racing full coilover suspension, with good tires etc... its doenst help much at all... in bad rain i can go about 60mph, but even creepin to 65mph it gets worse(pulls left right really fast),so i go back down to 60...luckily for me i dont drive on the freeway much...i dont know what i would do if i had to go 70-75 on CA freeways where i live in bad rain...and yes people go 70-80 in the rain(here in central valley) its nutz... in the future i will opt for wider rims tires when i need a new set, we'll c if that helps...
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