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New 2014 Versa and looking for information. I think I will feel better with larger tire and was wondering if the 195/55/15 will work without issues? I have the CVT tranny and it appears to have what I call slipping issues or I have not learned to drive the thing yet, any recurring tranny issues with the Versa? I enjoy driving it. I live in an area where we have flat straight roads and getting from place to place in a timely manner is key sometimes, does anyone know if this car's computer controls the MPH and if so, what is the limit?
 

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The “slipping” feeling is normal, if this is your first CVT equipped vehicle it will take time for you to adjust to the nuances of it vs. a geared automatic.

Just don’t mash the accelerator you won’t get anywhere you will just make a lot of noise, take it nice and slow initially then gradually push the throttle down till you get to cruising speed. Use your RPM gauge, I like to accelerate at or just below 1500 and 2000 RPM depending on my needs then let off the accelerator so the RPMs drops and reapply the throttle to maintain cruising speed at very low RPMs this is where you gas savings come into play. Just remember it’s always adjusting automatically once you get a feel for it you can use it to your advantage to keep RPMs low for better fuel economy.

Because it has no gears it's not going to shift like a geared automatic, you push the gas down and it will just go at whatever RPM it needs to and the engine will race up and maintain that RPM until you let up off the gas, think of it like a jet engine, just throttle up the engine roars up to speed throttle down slow down and become quiet.

Do not let anyone service the transmission except a Nissan shop!
 

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Excellent write up........Yes, it is a different driving and learning curve to understand the CVT compared to the conventional automatic transmission. The key as you mentioned is to keep the RPM's in the sweet spot at or around the 1500rpm range. This seems to be the most efficient range where you can maximize the fuel economy to hit the 38mpg city and 45mpg highway. The driving habits were a little easier for me to convert from the 1.8L with standard automatic to the 1.6L CVT. I installed a Scangauge on my 1.8L to help me relearn how to maximize fuel economy using the TPC ( throttle positional sensor) gauge readout. It was more or less to feather the gas pedal to keep the number of the TPS as low as possible. When I started to drive the 1.6L with CVT, it was basicly feather the gas pedal to keep the RPM's in the sweet spot of 1500rpm.

As you said, don't mash the gas pedal. The car does not respond like a standard transmission. The CVT is not for everyone so I suggest test drive one and see if you like the response, otherwise stay with a standard transmission or fluid driven automatic.
 
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