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Hi Friends!

I want to know the servicing due criteria for my Nissan Versa SV 2018 model. I purchased this car from a well-known dealer in Little Rock, AR, in October 2020 when the odometer shows 70745 miles. They gave me the first free oil and filter replacement servicing. I took that free servicing on 22nd March 2021 at 73386 miles.

1. What is the appropriate time to change oil/filter?

2. What kind of engine oil is good for Nissan versa SV? Should I go for conventional or synthetic?

3. Does the quality of gas affect my car engine life? I heard that in the USA, Shell fuel is the best. However, I am using Valero and putting normal gas (87) in it. Please suggest.

4. In how many miles do I need to rotate my tires. I know, in the last servicing, they didn’t rotate my tires. Is it the right time to rotate tires (Car run already 4255 miles from the day of purchase till now)?



Thank you very much.
 

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Nissan recommends 5,000 miles/6 months for oil change unless it's severe service. I think they recommend 3,750 miles/3 months for severe service. Personally, I'm doing 7,500 mile oil change intervals on my '16 which gets pretty easy miles and am using conventional oil. I've been driving about 45 years and have always used whatever gas was the cheapest and never had issues. For the last several years I'd say at least 90% of my gas (87 octane) comes from Murphy/Walmart. Most of the time when I buy tires they come with free rebalancing and rotation so I usually have them rotated approximately every 5,000 miles. Most tire manufacturers recommend every 5,000-7,500 miles. If I were taking my car to a garage for both tire rotations and oil changes I'd probably have both done at the same time for convenience but I do my own oil changes at home. If your Versa has a CVT I'd recommend changing the transmission fluid/filters approximately every 30,000 because of the problems Nissan has had with their CVT's over the past 20 or so years.
 

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I've had an interesting experience with Shell gas in my Sentra. I wish I had thought to keep track of it with the Versa. About 3/4 of the gas stations where I live are Shell, so it's either them, Wal-Mart, Kroger, or some standalone national branded franchise that hasn't been renovated since before I was born. I figured out that my fuel mileage drops about 10-15% and I get a slight rough idle when I use Shell. I never really cared with the Versa. It pretty much lived on Shell because I got 15c/gallon discounts from signing my soul away to one loyalty program or another.
 

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I've had an interesting experience with Shell gas in my Sentra. I wish I had thought to keep track of it with the Versa. About 3/4 of the gas stations where I live are Shell, so it's either them, Wal-Mart, Kroger, or some standalone national branded franchise that hasn't been renovated since before I was born. I figured out that my fuel mileage drops about 10-15% and I get a slight rough idle when I use Shell. I never really cared with the Versa. It pretty much lived on Shell because I got 15c/gallon discounts from signing my soul away to one loyalty program or another.
I ran Shell in my cars for awhile a few years ago when they used to be as cheap or cheaper than the Walmart in town and was on a route that I took daily at the time. I never saw a decline in mileage in the cars I was driving at the time. The only time I've ever burned Shell in the Versa was in Feb.-Mar. 2019 it was the first tank of gas I ran thought it when I bought it. That was the lowest mileage I've ever had on the Versa but I chalked it up to cold/rainy weather and getting familiar with the car. Years ago when I lived in NC there was a Citgo station I bought gas at for awhile until I noticed every time I filled up there my gas mileage would drop a few MPG. Maybe different brands additives have different effects on different cars. Some people claim to get much better mileage on ethanol free gas but I've tried it in my cars and haven't seen any noticeable difference. I ran a tank of ethanol free in the Versa a few months ago because at the time it was the cheapest in town. Mileage was up from the previous tank but that was early this spring and the temperatures were a lot warmer on the tank without ethanol. Since it's now summer and the weather has warmed up I'm getting better mileage on E/10 than I did with the tank of E/0. So many things from tank to tank can effect gas mileage that unless there's a pattern with higher or lower mileage with one brand over the other it's hard to tell which is actually doing the best. Driving nearly the same roads with the same driving habits on gas from the same station my mileage can sometimes vary 3+ MPG from one tank to the next. If I'm not using the a/c I usually get around 10% better mileage in the summer than in the winter.
 

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I ran Shell in my cars for awhile a few years ago when they used to be as cheap or cheaper than the Walmart in town and was on a route that I took daily at the time. I never saw a decline in mileage in the cars I was driving at the time. The only time I've ever burned Shell in the Versa was in Feb.-Mar. 2019 it was the first tank of gas I ran thought it when I bought it. That was the lowest mileage I've ever had on the Versa but I chalked it up to cold/rainy weather and getting familiar with the car. Years ago when I lived in NC there was a Citgo station I bought gas at for awhile until I noticed every time I filled up there my gas mileage would drop a few MPG. Maybe different brands additives have different effects on different cars. Some people claim to get much better mileage on ethanol free gas but I've tried it in my cars and haven't seen any noticeable difference. I ran a tank of ethanol free in the Versa a few months ago because at the time it was the cheapest in town. Mileage was up from the previous tank but that was early this spring and the temperatures were a lot warmer on the tank without ethanol. Since it's now summer and the weather has warmed up I'm getting better mileage on E/10 than I did with the tank of E/0. So many things from tank to tank can effect gas mileage that unless there's a pattern with higher or lower mileage with one brand over the other it's hard to tell which is actually doing the best. Driving nearly the same roads with the same driving habits on gas from the same station my mileage can sometimes vary 3+ MPG from one tank to the next. If I'm not using the a/c I usually get around 10% better mileage in the summer than in the winter.
I can say that my lower mileage has been consistent every time I've gotten Shell with the Sentra specifically, but I'll also admit it's within the margin to be circumstantial. I do know that Chevron gas smooths out the rough idle, even on the same octane rating. Nissan recommends 93 because of the turbo, but says 87 is acceptable. 87 is more acceptable to my wallet and doesn't seem to impact fuel mileage or performance by any significant amount. I'm on track for a new set of tires in the fall, so I'm curious to see how that will impact it as well.
 

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I can say that my lower mileage has been consistent every time I've gotten Shell with the Sentra specifically, but I'll also admit it's within the margin to be circumstantial. I do know that Chevron gas smooths out the rough idle, even on the same octane rating. Nissan recommends 93 because of the turbo, but says 87 is acceptable. 87 is more acceptable to my wallet and doesn't seem to impact fuel mileage or performance by any significant amount. I'm on track for a new set of tires in the fall, so I'm curious to see how that will impact it as well.
You might try running exclusively Shell for awhile while keeping close records of fuel mileage then go to another brand for about the same number of miles while keeping tabs on fuel mileage. Afterwards see what your average mileage is on each brand for several tanks/miles. This should tell you for sure if it's the Shell gas or not. I keep track of everything I do to the Versa with cost/mileage/date in a notebook and have recorded every fill up with MPG for that tank plus I keep an online fuel log. There is also the possibility that the car is sitting different when you fill up at Shell and more gas is actually going in the tank than when you fill at other stations. Are you doing hand calculations or going by the dash computer? The dash computer in my Versa is usually anywhere from 4-7 MPG optimistic therefore I always hand calculate so i know exactly what the car is doing.

As for the new tires unless you buy a low rolling resistance tire and you're not running low rolling resistance tires now you'll likely see a decrease in mileage because more tread equals higher rolling resistance. I had to put 2 tires on my Versa soon after buying it. I put Kumho TA11 on it. They've now got about 19K miles on them and still look nearly new. They're wearing so good and give such a smooth ride that when I got the opportunity to get two more online at a great price I jumped on them and have them in my storage building just waiting to be put on in a few thousand miles. I also put them on my '02 Escort which is a heavier car with a smaller tire. The Versa has 185/65/15's and the Escort has 185/65/14's. The ones on the Escort have worn considerably more in approximately 11K miles than the ones on the Versa have in 19K. The TA11 has a 75K mile treadwear rating. This may or may not be the type tire you'd be happy with but I just thought I share my experience with them in over 2 years worth of driving on them. Over the past 30 or so years I've ran several sets of Kumho tires and they've always performed well for me.
 

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I know in my area Shell is always 7 to 15 cents more expensive than other stations. I have no idea why. There are gas stations on almost every corner so I always bypass Shell. I usually buy gas at QT or Chevron. I sometimes buy at WalMart/Murphy Express but lately they have been more expensive than QT. I do stick with 87 octane though.
 

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every time I go to Italy I love seeing octave gas starting at 95, their lowest is still higher than our highest xD

they have 95,98 and 100 octane.


Right now I'm using only Shell because of an offer on my card, but I usually go to Exxon.
 
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