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Hey guys I've only read a couple of posts about the capabilities of our Vs in snow and so far it sounds promising. I bought my car on May 5th and have yet to try it out in snow. It's an '11 with stock Continentals and I do have traction control which I thought might help. I was curious to see some thoughts on how theirs handled the stuff and if the traction control is beneficial or not. Just lookin' for a heads up to get an idea of what to expect in rush hour!
 

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Very happy with my v with snow tires. As with all my cars, once the snows are on, the only thing holding me back is ground/snow clearance. Best benefit is seen during panic/emergency braking. With one car, i put a little wider snow tire on. Wouldn't recommend that cuz it made extra unnecessary tire noise. And if you go too wide, the car gets "floaty", negating the benefit of snow tires!
I'll be putting the snows on my V and Alty next weekend, i hope:thumb2: Winter is not my favourite season, but it is satisfying for my cars to be prepared, safe and capable.
 

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Fourth winter coming up for me with the Versa. I put snows on, this Sunday they will go on, and never have any issues getting around. Just drive carefully, put some snows on, and the car handles fine. I also have ABS so that often kicks in during the winter season.
 

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Well I've only had a single car ever with snow tires on here in Ohio. They are a bit pricey and I really have nowhere to store the old stock ones considering I live in an apartment. I don't think we would get half the snow as you in Canada would and certainly not nearly as severe. I think if i were to fork out any serious cash on the wheels it would be for some 17" Enkeis and all season tires. I would say on average we only get maybe 2 days of "serious" conditions where there is more than a couple inches on the roads. Plenty of dustings and an inch here and there is very common tho. Then again I drove an Escort with next to completely bald tires for a few of those days last year and almost lost control... I know, I'm insane but I'm comfortable with that. :ihih:
 

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The versa does ok in the snow with winter tires, although compared to other cars I have had (jetta tdi, civic, corolla) it isn't the greatest.

I typically just drive my one tonne chevy (with snow tires) in the winter and have no issues.
 

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We had a moderate snowstorm in Boston this week (8 inches) and my Nissan Versa hatchback SL was HORRIBLE -- way worse than my former Scion xA. This weekend I am getting new, high-end all-weather tires (decided against snows since I do a fair amount of highway driving as well) to see if they improve things.
 

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I think it drives alright. But, I cannot get bottom half of windshild clean. The wipers just smear the windshild. If I put the defroster on full blast, the lower part of the windshield gets clean but the top half is smeared badly.
 

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Hi, well winter is a fun time to drive and if you are not used to driving in snow, sleet, slush and ice, it will be a challenge.

There are many complaints here about the V not being a good winter car. I totally disagree. We have 2 Versas and have no problem getting around.

The most important thing is tires. You have to have snow tires, not all seasons in order to navigate decent snow and ice. Where myself, Ash, and Jason on this forum live is all around Toronto. We are used to getting good amounts of snow and have a dedicated set of tires just for winter purposes and this makes a HUGE difference.

I was recently up north about 2.5 hours outside Toronto area in our local "cottage country" outside of Parry Sound. I was at a kids camp off the beaten path and 10 km's off of the highway on small dirt roads. It snowed heavy the night I was there and in the morning had about 6-8 inches of snow on the ground. I drove back to the highway on an unplowed road with no problems. Just watch the speed, slow acceleration and deceleration and no quick movements.

So I don't see why anyone is complaining about the Versa being worse than another 2WD car. If you are having issues, then it is tires and/or driving style in the snow/ice.

With regards to the windshield, I would suggest you get your washer spray nozzles adjusted (not sure how they are in the Notes) by the dealer. Should be an easy and free fix. Proper alignment should have the washer fluid being sprayed mid-upper center of each side of the windshield. So when you are moving they will still be able to clean the entire area.
 
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