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My current car is 2005 Retired Police Interceptor from the county. Picked it up at an auction around 6.5 years ago. I've gotten my money's worth, so I am starting to look for something a bit more economical, while a fun car to drive, the 15-16 MPG hurts the wallet a bit.



I'm looking at getting a 15-16 Hatchback Note with the SR package. However looking over the forms, it seems like there is a known issue with the hr16de. I read over the whole thread, but couldn't seem to grasp an Idea how big of an issue this is? Is this looking like ALL the hr16de's have this issue? Or just a hand full?


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What are you talking about? There are no proven/confirmed production-wide issues with the hr16de engines, you must be reading the local troll slime and buying into the paranoia they try so hard to create. Well over half a million hr16de versas have been sold the past few years in the US and Canada and roam the roads happy as can be :driving:, plus however many are sold in other countries under the other names (Tiida, Latio).

If you are referring to the alleged connecting rod knock, that is ONE GUY smearing the same BS in forum after forum. Sure, maybe something was wrong with his one engine, its a mass produced car and not every one may be perfect. But he's basically alone in his experience. There are one or two easily excited people who don't know a lug nut from a leaf spring who read his post and got worked up "HOLY CRAP GUYS MY CAR MAKES NOISE TOO!! IT RUNS PERFECTLY GREAT AND ACTUALLY HAS NO ISSUES BUT OMG THERE IS SOUND COMING FROM IT!!!" and jumped on the bandwagon.

Listen there is not a lot of sound deadening material in these cars and the engine and transmission mounts are made more for longevity than dampening. This is a cheap commuter car, the engine makes noise and you are going to hear it. Simple as that. Over at BMW and others they are doing everything they can to stifle every possible peep and pop from their motors until you can't hear a thing and you aren't even sure if its running or not (and they've gone so far with that to the extent that now they have to play artificial vroom vroom noises in the cabin through the radio speakers :banghead:) You can go get a honda they put a quite a bit of effort into keeping their perceived engine noise down (except you can always hear the ticking of the injectors it seems like), but all the sound deadening in the world will not make it run better or last longer than a noisier car.

The long and the short of it: Engine and road sound dampening is a luxury and the Versa, being the cheapest of the cheap, has very little of it. Deal with some sound or pick another car. Or turn the radio up like most of the rest of us do :grin

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Someday I very much hope to acquire a set of those 16 inch OEM rims the one you are looking at has! I think when I wear out the tread on the set my car came with instead of getting new tires for the steelies it will be new tires and rims and I'll source out a set of those. I want factory looks rather than going to cheepowheels.com and getting some poorly cast rice burner specials. I think you will really like that car if you decide to buy it.
 

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What are you talking about? ..... jumped on the bandwagon.
Yeah, that's the one I was talking about. I came across it in a few different forums, and scrolling thought I saw a few handfulls of people saying they had the same issue, so I got nervous.

The long and the short of it: Engine and road sound dampening is a luxury and the Versa, being the cheapest of the cheap, has very little of it. Deal with some sound or pick another car. Or turn the radio up like most of the rest of us do :grin
The P71 I have is pretty loud too, not as loud as my mustang was, but pretty loud. They skip a lot of luxuries for the police, so I'll actually be moving up a few features with my versa. Turning up the radio has never been a problem.

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Someday I very much hope to acquire a set of those 16 inch OEM rims the one you are looking at has! I think when I wear out the tread on the set my car came with instead of getting new tires for the steelies it will be new tires and rims and I'll source out a set of those. I want factory looks rather than going to cheepowheels.com and getting some poorly cast rice burner specials. I think you will really like that car if you decide to buy it.
I wont lie, the wheels play a huge part in my decision to go up a trim level or two.
 

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If you like the fun of driving a look a like cop car Id get the versa sedan. Get the silver one and remove the hub caps, put cb antenna on the trunk, bull bar on front to name a few mods. >:D
 

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Well Guys - I did it.
I bought a new 2016 Metallic Peacock SR!

I was going to buy a certified one out of NY, but the dealership sold it after they had agreed to hold it for me....
I was able to work with a local Nissan Dealership who found 5 in a 500 Mile radius of VA. They got me in touch with the dealership, I put down my deposit and started making plans. I left VA last Sunday at 10PM and arrived in Hilton Head SC at 6:30AM to buy my new versa.

They threw in Door Edge Guards, Wheel Locks, Door Edge Guards, Rubber Floor Matts and Window Tint. Bad news is the window tent may not be legal in VA. I tried to get them to do a swap for the Nav Radio, but they wouldn't so I guess that's just a project I will have to tackle one day. I paid about 8K less then the sticker price for the car, witch was awesome! It ended up being a $1,000 difference between the CPO in NY and New in SC.


Here's the pictures - Had 8 Miles when I picked it up.













 
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