2016 Nissan Versa SV Fuel Mileage Update

Discussion in 'Nissan' started by Ford Man, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    My CVT on my Dodge Caliber was wonderful, despite all the trouble lots of people had with the CVT. Even in the mountains, my CVT worked superbly. The CVT works better than any other transmission in stop & go traffic..... absolutely elegant. After 53,000 miles, my mechanic did have to replace the gasket BETWEEN the engine & the CVT. The CVT was a Nissan Jatco production & the engine was a collaboration between Hyundai, Mitsubishi & Dodge. Dodge couldn’t even get a gasket designed right on their own efforts. Anyhow, bad reports about the CVT kept coming. A few years after the introduction of the lovely 2011 Elantra, I traded the Caliber for a 2013 Elantra. Been exceedingly happy ever since.
    I think the CVT in the hands of a careful driver gives good longevity. In the hands of a throttle-happy moron, the CVT has its problems. Years after getting rid of the Caliber, I met two Caliber drivers who had the CVT, who each had 200,000 & 230,000 miles. No problem with their CVTs ever.
     
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  2. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    So far the Versa has 23K miles and there's been no problem with the CVT. I plan on doing fluid/filter changes every 30K miles. How often did you service the fluid filter in your Caliber?
     
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  3. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Dodge manual had CVT fluid changes every 60,000 miles. Needless to say, when the connecting gasket between the engine & CVT was replaced at 53,000 miles, the CVT fluids were changed too.
     
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  4. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    The manual on the Versa doesn't list a mileage for fluid/filter changes but says the fluid condition can be checked by a dealer. From what I've read online this is just something stored in the ECU that reports the amount of time the fluid has been overheated. I suspect taking it to a dealer to have this done would probably cost as much as me doing a fluid/filter change myself and the fluid/filter would be much more effective at protecting my transmission. I recently bought 10 quarts of the Nissan NS-3 fluid on ebay for about $125. including shipping and an original equipment Nissan branded filter is about $15. I'm guessing the 10 quarts I've got should do approximately 2 drain refills. While not extremely cheap to do it will only have to be done probably about every 3 years and is better than risking a damaged transmission.
     
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  5. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    My wife and I decided to ride to a neighboring town Friday afternoon that is up a 4 lane that doesn't usually have much traffic. Since there was little traffic on the road I set the c/c at 40 MPH for about 30 miles to and 30 miles back. At one time the Ultra Gauge was showing a tank average of 60 MPG but, that was very early in the tank. When I parked it yesterday after going to church and to mom's house for lunch I was between 150-160 miles into the tank and the Ultra Gauge is still showing a tank average of 58 MPG. The Ultra Gauge usually under reports my actual mileage by about 1 MPG. Unless something unexpected happens I'm probably going to be able to beat my best tank by a few extra MPG.
     
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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Ford Man:

    Not just a little but a ton over your best tank! :)

    Wayne
     
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  7. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    The Versa loves 40 MPH driving. When I'm on flat ground and the temperature is in the mid 80's and up I see some really amazing numbers on the Ultra Gauge. There's a few stretches about a mile or a little longer each that I drive a few times on nearly every tank that during the summer and at 40 MPH will maintain an instant MPG of 70-95 MPG. I forgot for sure but, I think at 50 MPH on those same stretches the numbers drop to about 60-90 MPG. I'd love to have the Versa out in the flatlands of OK and KS for a couple tanks just to see what I could do on nearly perfectly level roads. We don't have any mountains in this area of KY but, there are small rolling hills over lots of this area.
     
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  8. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I'm now about 250 miles into this tank and despite 4 trips so far on one of the worst sections of road that I travel on a regular basis ( about 11 miles each) and two on another bad section (about 10 miles each) the Ultra Gauge is reporting 56.7 mpg. The alternator went out on the Escort Friday. I could have bought a rebuilt store brand one locally for about $124 all in but, I checked Rock Auto and they had a rebuilt Magnetti Marelli (rebuilt by Chrysler Corp.) on a closeout sale I could get for $66 including shipping and don't have to send in a core so I decided to save the money, probably get a better quality rebuild, and wait a few days for delivery. I've got the old alternator off so when the new one gets here all I have to do is put it on and the Escort will be back on the road in approximately 30 minutes.
     
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