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post #1 of 23 Old 05-07-2018, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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How hard can I run this thing? Harder than my GF?!?

Hi All! Nissan Newb Here!

A couple threads on here were similar, but I didn't want to get scolded for bumping a threat.

Here’s the gist: I live in the Nevada desert and commute in my 2018 Nissan Versa 90 miles each way per day. Of that 90 miles, about 60 of them have a speed limit of 80 MPH. This car doesn’t seem to struggle with 80, but it is working very hard – about 4,000 RPM and with the radio off you can really hear the engine.

My question is does this engine mind spinning that fast for that long every day? Does anyone have a similar situation and, if so, how many miles have you been able to put on your Versa without killing it? I try and keep cars for this commute 4 – 5 years, which is 200 – 250,000 miles. Can she take it that long and hard? : D Rather than slow down like a puss, I'm thinking at least synthetic oil to hold up to that amount of friction.

The 80 MPH speed limit is new – it use to be only 70. The last cars I had doing the drive were a Saturn and an Accord. Both did 300,000 miles flawlessly, but both those cars were running at just 2,300 RPM and the Versa is running nearly double that.

Oh! And it’s the 5-speed manual super base model with no mods. (Though I did buy a ‘Black Edition” emblem in matching font – to make her special. : D)
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Welcome aboard.

Most eco boxes run higher rpms. My geo metro was the same, 4 grand for 80 mph if not 4500. I never had any problems.

I think they say at first to vary the speed to help break in the engine, but I think Nissan does a good job of doing that before hand.
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4500 rpm isn't really very high for a 1600cc engine. Wouldn't worry me at all to run at that speed everyday.
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Forgot to ask where you got your emblem? Was thinking I'd like a matching "VICE" emblem to put over the VERSA emblem.
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I switched to synthetic at 3000 miles in my 17s for the same consern. My daughter bought hers a few weeks before I bought mine and she's been running dinosaur juice so we'll see long-term.
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Thanks for the responses, guys! I appreciate it. I like to drive a car until it's wheels fall off, but I like to keep those wheels on as long as possible. I don't want to kill this thing in a year.

As far as custom emblems, there is an online company called Emblemart.com (I hope plugging websites here is OK) They've always done right by me and can match existing fonts and sizes perfectly. VICE VERSA is awesome!

Someone asked me at the gas station what a "Black Edition" Versa was. "That means it's painted black," I told him. "Oh, that's it?" "Yea. They also make a White Edition, Red Edition, Silver Edition..."

The Accord was an Accord LX Abarth (Before Abarth was known here) and the Saturn was an SCII Superleggera.
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Ive had bad luck with engines with a honda going 104 thousand purchased new, fed synthetic oil and driven for 9 years. Ive decided if it lasts when the V turns 100k miles Ill just park and sell it and get another car. I had a scion with about 47 thousand before it started to act up. Since it was a stick shift dealer blamed me for missing a gear, so I went else where and traded it in.

From what Ive read seems these little nissan engines like the yellow jug of penzoil conventional oil every 3500-5 thousand miles. Thats what Im going with. Dealer threw in free oil changes for life, so thats there problem.
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The Accord was an Accord LX Abarth (Before Abarth was known here) and the Saturn was an SCII Superleggera.
What exactly are these two vehicles.......pics?
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Im assuming since you are worried about rpms you got a stick shift? Try running higher octane fuel. You will notice a bit more umph if you got stop n go traffic to deal with.

Do they still require you to shift to 3rd gear to reach 60? That kills the 0-60 time on the 16 models.
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Im assuming since you are worried about rpms you got a stick shift? Try running higher octane fuel. You will notice a bit more umph if you got stop n go traffic to deal with.

Do they still require you to shift to 3rd gear to reach 60? That kills the 0-60 time on the 16 models.
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Octane has nothing to do with power. It simply is the resistance to knock. The only vehicles which can tell what octane is in the vehicle are E85 capable vehicles (E85 actually runs cooler), high performance $$$$ vehicles, and customs tune. Even then, the vehicle usually has to be "notified" via an input by the driver. Using anything more than what Nissan recommends is a complete was of money and will have absolutely zero impact on MPG or power.
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