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Just got a brand new 2014 Versa Note but I'm not sure if something is up with this transmission.
At first it was jerky starting out with a second of rev followed by a sharp take off. I'm not sure if maybe I was being a little overly soft on the gas at the time. I was just going from driving a Prius at the time. In the two weeks since I bought the car this problem seems to have gone away.
Now I'm faced with something for all I know could be normal. When accelerating from a stop I hit a point just before reaching 40mph where acceleration will drop sharply accompanied by a whine like you might here from an electronic servo. At the same time the tachometer will jump then dive back down to where it was. This all lasts for no more than a second or so and we go on like nothing is wrong.
I am due to come back to the dealership Monday to make sure there's nothing wrong but I would like to be fully prepared if this is something that should not be happening.
 

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ok now that i've seen this i know exactly what you are talking about and it is normal for the transmission in the Note as unlike the prius you drove before it has an auxillary gear set that has both a high and low gear. the low gear is used when taking off from a stop and once you get up to around 30-40mph will switch up a gear so to speak. Mine has done this from the get go, but mine also had around 70 miles on the clock when i got it as it had been the training car for the dealership to get them to know the car. mine is now rolling up on 10,000 miles with no issue what so ever so im pretty sure you should be ok. alot of people on here may not know about it as the transmission for the Note may be the same unit as other versa's but it has been reprogrammed to be a little more peppy when you lay into the gas pedal. also as was mentioned the transmission is adaptive so if you are really light on the gas for a long period of time it will adapt to that as it thinks you are going for more economy driving rather than more spirited acceleration. i notice on mine if i am heavy on the gas for a long period of time it will adapt to giving more instant acceleration from a stop. i hope that some of this may help you and if you have any other questions im sure me or someone else will be happy to answer to the best of our abilities.
Your insight into this is very helpful. Especially learning that there is a high and low set to the transmission. I suspected that this might be the case but wasn't sure. It does make a lot of sense when I consider that the Prius apparently didn't have this and subsequently had very poor efficiency at low speeds.
I did however stop in at the dealership. It was a bit of a mess as there was a miscommunication and my visit was not scheduled and after an hour drive to get there to find this out. I did talk to the service manager though and he assured me that it is normal, particularly for the smaller cars to have a rough adjustment period at first. He also explained that the recent extremely cold weather is likely making this worse.
I feel more comfortable about the whole thing now. This can be a lesson for all new Versa owners to expect a bit of rough driving at first.
 
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