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CVT or 4-spd auto (what do I have?)

Folks,

I commented in a previous thread regarding a transmission fluid change and what my local Nissan dealer wanted to charge me, which BTW was $180. The point of this post is to ask or offer advice as to which transmission my 2011 Versa HB 1.8S really has. I bought my car used so I don't have the Monroney sticker but I believe it has just the 4-spd auto. My dealer was telling me I had the CVT and he highly recommended I get the transmission fluid changed last week when I went in for an oil change. I disagreed with him but he insisted I had the CVT so I checked my VIN online.



Also, when checking out Edmunds.com, I see the CVT was only available with the 1.8SL. I have the 1.8S.



Lastly, when reading the full review on Edmunds for the 2011 Versa, I came upon this paragraph:

The 1.8-liter produces 122 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 1.8 S trim. The four-speed automatic is optional on the 1.8 S trim and standard on the 1.8 SL sedan, while the 1.8 SL hatchback gets a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In our testing, a 1.8-liter with the manual also went from zero to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds; in normal driving, this engine's extra grunt does pay off. This engine returns an estimated 26/31/28 mpg with the manual, 24/32/27 mpg with the four-speed automatic and 28/34/30 with the CVT.

Not trying to beat a dead horse here, just trying to understand what type of transmission I have. I tried to look under my vehicle to see if I had a drain plug but the car sits so low to the ground and with the front fender plastic apron, I could not see very well beneath the car.

Whether I have the regular 4-spd auto or CVT trans, I still plan on taking care of my vehicle's transmission. My issue is that the service manager had no clue what he was taking about (insisting I had the CVT) and will bring this to his attention with I go the parts counter to buy Nissan OEM trans fluid and perform my own drain and fill.

Thanks for listening.

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Do you notice it shifting as you drive?
Note: the CVT's revs will drop as the lockup torque converter locks up, but it won't shift like the 4sp auto does.

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Like 08v said... you won't feel it shift if its a CVT. If its a CVT it accelerates the same as if you were riding a snowmobile.

If you can tell when the car shifts, its the 4spd.

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If you have this on your gear shifter, it's a CVT.

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It also will feel very smooth when driving, and when at higher speeds the RPMs will stay somewhat low.
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If you have this on your gear shifter, it's a CVT.

P
R
N
D
L

It also will feel very smooth when driving, and when at higher speeds the RPMs will stay somewhat low.
Thanks for the replies folks, but this last post really sums it up.



When you look at my pic, it's pretty clear that I do not have the CVT transmission. The VIN check and Edmunds data was spot on and the service manager is (as I thought) clueless. Nevertheless, as I mentioned before I will still take care of my transmission as I want this vehicle to be around for a few years.

As for the smoothness in driving, I never could really tell since my wife never lets me drive the Versa Sooo, I'm either riding my ST1100 or the mini-van in during inclement and cold weather.

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