Hi everyone, my name is Andrew and I am a happy owner of a Graphite Blue 2016 S purchased new in November 2016.
I am a software engineer by trade but also enjoy dabbling in mechanics and electronics. My father is an ASE certified master mechanic and he taught me everything I know about cars. I have two project cars I tinker with, three engine rebuilds under my belt, four vehicles total that I own and maintain and drive. I got the versa because it was the cheapest new car available and I was looking for a cheap daily driver, something simple with a manual transmission and a stout warranty, so I could always have something to drive to work while messing with or fixing my other buggies. I was able to snag my new versa for just under 10 grand which was a sweet deal but as you know, you don't get much with the base S model. Hence here is my thread to keep track and organize my various mods and upgrades and improvements that will come over time.
As far as project cars go, this is merely a daily driver so its not going to get anything too crazy (I don't think) but that being said I do plan to take this largely blank canvas and throw in some creature comforts and custom upgrades as I ultimately spend the most time in this car out of my collection and I want to be comfortable and have a few nice things going to and from work. I am hoping to eventually meet or exceed feature parity with the more upscale versas although there will be a few things I omit and probably a few things that no versa has from stock.
The first thing I wanted, having bought the car right at the start of a Minnesota winter, was a long range two-way remote starter system. A lot of mornings its very cold here, thick ice/frost on the windshields and although we can debate whether or not its good for the engine its nice for the driver to be able to fire it up from the comfort of the living room or office a few minutes before departing to get a jump on heater output and defrosting the windows. You can read more specifics about the install I did in this thread that I made about it: https://www.nissanversaforums.com/gen...n-5-speed.html
Contrary to popular belief you can indeed install a remote starter on a manual transmission car, its really no big deal as long as you are able to make yourself a reliable neutral safety switch.
The next thing I was after was bluetooth streaming music. I like the stock radio well enough but I wanted to be able to stream my music without an AUX cord so I added my own bluetooth module and soldered its output to the back of the AUX port so I wouldn't have to look at it. I made a post about that here: https://www.nissanversaforums.com/i-c...ock-radio.html
Although it is safe to say at this time I am not finished with that mod, I have some ideas for improvements I plan to carry out this spring, so more to come on that.
Upcoming mods are going to be things like power door locks, possibly power windows as well. At some point I expect to add the fog lights the fancier versa have. In the next month or so I plan to swap out the shift knob and do some leather wraps on the steering wheel and handbrake. I've been playing with arduinos lately and have some wild ideas about things I could do with them to improve the car but you'll have to wait and see what does or doesn't come of that.
I suppose this would be a crappy thread if I didn't include a picture of the car, so here you go:
I am a big fan of special and unique parts and I stumbled across and snapped up something for my versa which, as far as I can tell, is a pretty rare part but I am not sure how rare. I found this on ebay and googled and googled to see what car these might have came from or what special edition or concept model or what, but except for the one ebay listing I could not find any reference to any stock OEM nissan steering wheel control switches like these ones. What makes these ones special is the color, they are BLACK. Has anyone ever seen BLACK steering wheel switches like these? There will be more pics and video to come on this but they just arrived in the mail today so here is the teaser video:
I searched pretty hard to try and find what the origin of these black switches were, do they come on a special edition of the car? One of the foreign variants of the car? Are they from another nissan platform like the Sentra who shares our steering wheel? Are they off a concept/show model? Other than the ebay listing, I have not turned up even one picture of these switches in this color. Where do they come from? They are 100% oem nissan parts. The listing described them as coming off a car with zero miles. Are there more of these out there? Who knows. Possibly somebody will chime in here and solve the mystery, but for the moment I am feeling excited about having some potentially pretty rare oem parts like this. Makes me feel better about the price I paid for the silly things too
Thats it for now, the ball is rolling slowly on this car but I've committed to a few things and plan to run the wheels clean off this car if possible so I look forward to participating in the forum and trading ideas and information!