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Have been looking around the site.
There's a lot of great info and friendly helpful folks.

Not a Nissan owner yet.
I have been looking at the Versa HB with CVT, but will probably wait for the Note, later this summer.
Presently driving an '08 Honda Fit Base w/stick (noisey and rough riding),
but has been super dependable and great on gas mileage (mid 40's).
I'm retired and probably need a quieter, smoother ride.

Thanks for having such a great site.
 

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Welcome to the forums. Waiting for the note would be a great idea, its most likely gonna have a lot of after market support like it already has in Japan. I hear a lot of bad things about cvt, just a warning.
 

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Hi JVersa
I too have been reading some bad about older cvt and some good about newer cvt.
Reliability is important to me, and granted the cvt does have a tarnished record.
I was hoping the bugs have been worked out of the newer cvt's,
but would be interested to learn more on the subject.
I did try a 2012 Versa HB with the 6 speed manual and liked it, but thought the cvt would offer better gas mileage. I was surprised that with the standard in 6th gear, engine RPM was 3000 at 65mph. Just like my 08 Honda Fit stick in 5th gear, which I think should be closer to 2000 rpm.
I am confused about the Overdrive button on the cvt. Why ?
Can't seem the find out much info on it either.
 

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Welcome to the forums. Im not into the CVT at all but I've had my Versa(5speed manual)for 3 years and love it. Very reliable. I like the Fit as well. Any issues with it?
 

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No issues at all with the Fit, mechanically. 118,000 miles with just oil, filter and tire replacements.
The patchy and pot holed roads here in Maine, cause the Fit to ride rough and loud.
Tried out a 2013 Versa Sedan and a 2012 Versa HB over these same roads and
the ride is so much smoother and quieter.
Not completly sold on the CVT yet either, I like the gas milage potential, but I am concerned with reliability.
I've always driven standards and may do the same when I finally get a Versa.
What kind of gas milage do you get with your Versa ?
How many miles have gone in the 3 years you've had it ?
 

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I honestly dont keep up with MGPs. I usually shift under 3K to keep the engine/tranny healthy and have the oil changed around every 2K miles(normally hit 3 months before 3K miles). I purchased the car new so it had 5 miles when I got it...34K miles later and Im still a happy Versa owner. I've made it "mine" over the years.
 

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The Versa does ride better than the average compact, but not as well as my Altima:)
I'm very keen to see the Note with stick, welcome!
 

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No issues at all with the Fit, mechanically. 118,000 miles with just oil, filter and tire replacements.
The patchy and pot holed roads here in Maine, cause the Fit to ride rough and loud.
Tried out a 2013 Versa Sedan and a 2012 Versa HB over these same roads and
the ride is so much smoother and quieter.
Not completly sold on the CVT yet either, I like the gas milage potential, but I am concerned with reliability.
I've always driven standards and may do the same when I finally get a Versa.
What kind of gas milage do you get with your Versa ?
How many miles have gone in the 3 years you've had it ?
Welcome!

I've got an 08 CVT here. Reaching 84,000 kms and I have had the car for 5 years now and no issues with my cvt at all. I've only had to pay for oil changes up until this point. It gets good mileage on the highway, but I do most city driving so my mileage isn't the greatest. On the highway the RPMs sit low when cruising at 100km/h (hovers around 2000-2100 rpm).
 

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Welcome!
Reaching 84,000 kms and I have had the car for 5 years now and no issues with my cvt at all. I've only had to pay for oil changes up until this point.
Sounds encouraging, and I understand Nissan may have made some CVT improvements since '08. Hope to hear of somemore encouraging CVT experiences before looking at the Note later this year.
 

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My bro has an 09 sentra, cvt in it, and he's at 85,000 kms now. No issues for his car either.

My coworker though has an 09 or 10 Rogue (can't remember the year), and the cvt went somewhere in the 80,000 km range. It was replaced under warranty but took months to repair. Nissan told her they had a lot of rogues come in with failed CVTs but only one versa so far.
 

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The patchy and pot holed roads here in Maine, cause the Fit to ride rough and loud.
Don't even get me started on road quality up here in Maine.. My versa rides petty rough, but that might have something to do with all the air market parts installed.. When it was stock (a long, long time ago) it rode fairly well, and m assuming the newer versas are even better.
 

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Don't even get me started on road quality up here in Maine..
There is one road in particular that I travel almost daily, Route 41.
(Franklin and Kennebec County area)
There is about a 9 mile stretch from Vienna to Farmington Falls with patch upon patch, frost heaves and pot holes. They've stopped using cold patch to fill the depressions and pot holes, and now just fill with sand/gravels every week or so. Probably not the worst road in Maine, but pretty bad.
The new Versas handle the roads as well as my wife's Toyota Camry.
The 2013 Honda Fit we tried still rides as loud and rough as my 2008 Fit, but the newer Fit has more padding in the seats, so that's a slight improvement.
 

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I have a 08' as well SL Sedan V with CVT. Only had about 2 months now, but runs great and as iLuv states, good low rpm on highway. I am averaging 32MPG (imperial) city/hwy, 60/40.

In speaking with a couple of Nissan dealers and mechanics, they all praise the Versa CVT and claim it's rock solid. Plus the CVT has 200,000KM/8-Year (I think) warranty so if it blows up, you're covered. Only maintenance on the CVT is the CVT oil change, which is expensive ($350) and should be done around 100,000KM mark. The reason for the price is the oil is expensive (like $20 per litre). I was in at a Nissan dealer recently for some brake work and I asked them to check the CVT fluid. The color is changing a bit so they did recommend I do it soon, since I am at 119,000KM. I'll do this in a month or so.
 

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Plus the CVT has 200,000KM/8-Year (I think) warranty so, if it blows up, you're covered.
I was thinking of getting a 2013 Versa HB or the new 2014 Versa Note.
The warrenty for the drivetrain of the 2013's (in the usa)is now 5 year 60,000 miles.
I didn't see any factory extended warrenty for the CVTs,
except for 2003-2010 Nissans with the CVTs covered for 10 years 120,000 miles.
Maybe I overlooked something or haven't dug deep enough yet ?
 

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I was thinking of getting a 2013 Versa HB or the new 2014 Versa Note.
The warrenty for the drivetrain of the 2013's (in the usa)is now 5 year 60,000 miles.
I didn't see any factory extended warrenty for the CVTs,
except for 2003-2010 Nissans with the CVTs covered for 10 years 120,000 miles.
Maybe I overlooked something or haven't dug deep enough yet ?
I'm not too sure what the 2013 warranty is like, sorry. Our cars are 2008 & 2009 respectively and we were both sent extended warranty paperwork a few years ago from Nissan Canada informing us of the extension.
 
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