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Versa Steering

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I have a question on how the Versa should feel in regards to the steering wheel. I've always been able to feel the steering wheel (vibrations? the wheel itself isn't moving, i just feel it). I notice especially going 50 and above on the freeway.

I thought it may have been my tires. But I put on new tires last week, and I still can feel it, if not more. Is it the texture of the road?

Is this normal? Is it the engine I'm feeling? Or could something be off balance?

I am new to the small car world - so let me know if it just goes with the territory.

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Its normal.
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Great! Thank you!!
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it should be in relation to the road. On smooth road, you should'nt feel much even at high speed, maybe near 80 or so...but not much at 60. Road surface does effect the steering feel heavily, in Hawaii, our main Freeway has those rain gaps for draining, and when you're driving about 60, it's kind of rough. I think it's because the car is fairly light, and the steering isn't as "heavy" as a european.

Are you using aftermarket wheels? suspension? low pro tires?
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No aftermarket. The main freeway I drive on seems to have rougher pavement (i think it has something to do with materials they used that works better for winter conditions). Other times on different freeways I can still feel it - but not to the extent.
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I have a question on how the Versa should feel in regards to the steering wheel. I've always been able to feel the steering wheel (vibrations?
Do you mean feeling changes in steering direction or changes in the road surface transmitting through the steering wheel?
I think your question was kinda answered already, but i had to ask

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Road surface transmitting through the steering wheel. I don't think I've ever noticed anything in the direction.

I wasn't sure if I should be feeling anything, or if what I was feeling was the surface or engine.
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I totally hear ya on the small car/big car experience. My wife's Altima has noticably less road and engine noise. Nicer car, more sound deadening, engine revs lower etc

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Ok - so today I was on a smooth part of the freeway, and the steering was really rough. I wish I knew better how to explain it. It was very windy so I don't know if that factors in. But I'm starting to think something is wrong, but I have no clue what!
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The blowing wind definitely factors into the handling, especially if you are used to a heavier car. My V blows around a bit over the local Skyway Bridge, but not as bad as my 89 Tercel did lol! At least my tercel had manual steering, and you could feel the steering response much better, especially when tricked out with upgraded massive 175-70-13 tires LOL. So yes, the slightly taller Versa does catch the wind and move you around a bit. Shouldn't be too crazy though. If it's unsafe, get it professionally looked at for your peace of mind! Hope this helps. 08v

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