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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....:crying:
 

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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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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. :surprise
 

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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. :thumbsup:
 

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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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I have a 2017 Versa S sedan and never had problems with rain, wind does blow me around but not anything dangerous. Car is 100% stock. Fun little manual car, I'm loving it so far.
 

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update on my 2017 versa, 3 years later. 114,000 miles, still all good driving like new. changed brakes and tires a few times, gear oil 2 times, oil change every 3k miles..... its all good... still driving strong. 41mpg....... fun zippy car.... need to keep it for 3 more years.... how long will this car last me guys?????
 

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Yes sir! Because I have oil changes for LIFE at no cost from my Nissan Dealer. and the minimum milage is every 2700 miles. So that's when i go in, every 2700 miles and its awesome. They also do fluid top offs. check brakes status, check belts, check filters etc... they have free water and popcorn while i wait... so it doesn't cost me anything....

all my driving is freeway miles, and i figure it might help extend the life of engine?
 

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I do 5000 mile oil changes per the book. Oil is hardly dirty at 5000.
Same here. Last oil change I'd actually been about 5200 miles by the odometer but comparing it against a GPS it registers about 3% higher than actual. I got a little oil on my hand when changing the filter and the oil was hardly dark at all. Comparing that oil to the way the oil that comes out of my my other cars look I think it could easily be pushed to 7000-7500 mile intervals without any problems. Since oil/filters are cheap and rebuilds are expensive I'll stick to the recommended interval to be safe but, if something happens unexpected and it goes over by a couple thousand miles I'm not going to worry about it. I'm running oil in the Versa I bought several ago when a store had a grand opening special on Citgo Supergard at 2qts/$1 and when I got the Versa I ordered a dozen oil filters from Rock Auto for about $2. each including shipping. My Versa shows full on the dipstick at 3 quarts 6 oz. so at the price I bought my oil/filters I'm doing changes for under $4. each and about 15-20 minutes of my time.
 

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And not to mention that the oil/filter change on my 2016 is incredibly easy to do. I can't believe how accessible the oil filter is.
 

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And not to mention that the oil/filter change on my 2016 is incredibly easy to do. I can't believe how accessible the oil filter is.
Mine is a 2016 too and I agree everything is easily accessible. I will say the filter always seems to seal tighter on this car than on my other cars. Usually if I can get both hands around a filter I can break it loose by hand but, both changes I've done on the Versa I've had to use a large pair of channel lock pliers to remove it because all my filter wrenches are too large for the Versa filter and I can never remember to buy the correct size wrench when I'm anywhere that has filter wrenches. I also tighten filters a little tighter than lots of people, I usually tighten them 3/4 to 1 turn after the gasket makes contact with the block. I want to be sure the filter doesn't vibrate and back off.
 

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Mine is a 2016 too and I agree everything is easily accessible. I will say the filter always seems to seal tighter on this car than on my other cars. Usually if I can get both hands around a filter I can break it loose by hand but, both changes I've done on the Versa I've had to use a large pair of channel lock pliers to remove it because all my filter wrenches are too large for the Versa filter and I can never remember to buy the correct size wrench when I'm anywhere that has filter wrenches. I also tighten filters a little tighter than lots of people, I usually tighten them 3/4 to 1 turn after the gasket makes contact with the block. I want to be sure the filter doesn't vibrate and back off.

I am so glad you said this. I also need to buy a smaller oil filter wrench for my next oil change.
 
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