2016 Nissan Versa SV Fuel Mileage Update

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  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I also saw no need for an auto tranny on a motorcycle, altho I’m not manual shift crazy. After re-gearing my Suzuki up 15%, I still most often, turned my manual tranny into half an auto tranny, by shifting from 1st to 3rd to 6th gear.
     
  2. Ford Man

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    I may still get that 55 mpg tank this summer. I think I'm about 350 miles into this tank and if I recall correctly the Ultra Gauge when I last parked it was showing over 56.5 mpg. This is not a normal tank. I've done a lot more light traffic 4 lane driving on this tank and have driven the worst sections that I usually travel less. There has also been lots of 40 mph driving on this tank. By the end of the weekend I'll probably be about 400 miles into this tank and since they can start selling winter blend as early as 9/15 I may go ahead a fill up Sunday afternoon so I'm sure to get at least one more tank of the good stuff this year.
     
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  3. Ford Man

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    Today we made a trip to a neighboring town just across the TN state line to pick up my wife's new glasses. Gas was $ .18 a gallon cheaper at their Walmart than it is at the one here in our hometown so I filled the tank to be sure I got at least one more full tank of summer blend this year. The car had been 395.1 miles and took 7.099 gallons for 55.656 mpg. This is officially my best tank ever in any car I've owned since buying my first car in 1977. I don't expect to break this record for quite awhile if ever. Lots of this tank was low traffic volume 4 lane driving, lots of 40 mph driving and extremely little a/c use.
     
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

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    Good work , Ford Man !
     
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  5. Ford Man

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    Probably a good thing I filled up yesterday when I did. Right after I filled up yesterday it started raining and rained the approximately 30 miles home, it was raining this morning and the temperature is several degrees cooler than we've been seeing. Since I filled up yesterday the Ultra Gauge is reporting 54.8 mpg but, usually it's about 1 mpg optimistic.
     
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  6. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I’ll take extra gas cans with me when I travel to areas with lesser gas prices than my area(which is almost anywhere). I’ll come home, fill all our cars with cheaper gas & we won’t need gas for a long time. The best deals I’ve gotten was at the “price war” town, getting gas for half-price of our local gas prices(55 gallons over the duration of the gas war).
     
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  7. Ford Man

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    All the other stations were within $ .02 of what it costs in my hometown but, for some reason Walmart had theirs $ .18 a gallon cheaper. Most of the time the gas here in my hometown is the cheapest in the area, at least within 40-50 miles in each direction.
     
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  8. Ford Man

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    Filled up again today. 543 miles, 9.977 gallons, 54.425 mpg. 14,475.9 miles tracked, 297.841 gallons used, overall average 48.603 mpg. I've saved 127.921 gallons over epa combined rating or 4349.3 free miles. The weather had cooled down on this tank by probably an average of 10-15*. I assume the gas I got today was winter blend so I'm expecting another mileage hit on the next fill up. My current mpg is dropping but, my overall average is still on it's way up. This made 9 consecutive fill ups at 50+ mpg.
     
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Good work , Ford Man !
     
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  10. Dorean Clarke

    Dorean Clarke Active Member

    How's the fuel mileage update?
     
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  11. Ford Man

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    Just filled up the Versa again yesterday for the first time in over a month. 518.2 miles, 9.666 gallons, 53.611 MPG. Here's my new stats. I lost over .5 MPG between this tank and the previous tank. I'm still satisfied considering the time of year and that I'm using winter blend now. I just put an oil catch can on it about a week ago. I'm wondering if taking the oil mist out of the PCV will have any affect on MPG. It may be only my imagination but, it seems I'm seeing higher numbers on some stretches of road than I was prior to putting the catch can on. Just for driving slower and watching traffic conditions nearly 1/3 of my miles have been free miles vs EPA combined estimates.


    Total Fuel Cost $641.70
    Total Gallons 307.507
    Total Miles 14994.1
    Gasoline Cost Mile .0428
    Ave. MPG 48.760
    Tank MPG 53.611
    Gallons Saved Vs EPA 133.496
    Free Miles Vs EPA 4538.9
    Average EPA +43.412%
    Tank EPA +57.678%
     
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Hi Ford Man. Thanks for the intro to oil catch cans. Looks interesting and probably useful for your direct injected engine. I wonder why car manufacturers don't build something like that into the PCV return...
     
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  13. Ford Man

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    The Versa isn't direct injected but, the catch can will help keep so much oil vapor from going back into the intake and combustion track keeping the engine cleaner. I imagine the reason manufacturers don't put catch cans on is because, it would be something else the end user would need to take care of (empty every several thousand miles) and it would cost them a couple dollars per unit. Most people won't check the oil much less anything else. I'll probably empty mine at every oil change even though I don't think it will be anywhere near full. I just used about a 10-12 oz. jar for my catch can. I drilled a couple holes in the lid then screwed barbed fittings in the lid and put silicone around them to prevent any vacuum leaks. I've been running a catch can on my '97 Escort for years and ran one on the '88 Escort that went 518K miles. The one on the '88 had to be emptied pretty often at the end. I'm sure it was because there was probably lots of ring wear and allowed a lot more combustion by products by the rings. If I recall correctly when I put them on those cars I did see a small increase in MPG but, it's been so long I don't remember. Either way they will help keep the inside of the engine cleaner. If you decide to make a catch can out of something you have laying around it's not a bad idea to get a couple copper mesh scrubbers and put in the catch can. That gives the oil vapor something to stick to rather than just relying on the oil to fall out of suspension. I'm sure lots of it would stick to the sides of the jar and fall out of suspension but, I think the scrubbers also help. I just checked mine on the Versa and after only about 180 miles it looks to have about 1/2 a teaspoon of oil in it. That doesn't sound like a lot but when you figure that over thousands and thousands of miles it would add up to quite a mess. Since I used a jar that would have been thrown in the trash all I had to buy was 2 barb fittings, 2 ft. of 3/8" fuel line and 2 copper scrubbers. I already had an open tube of silicone. Total cost was about $7.50. If I'd have used clear vinyl hose instead of fuel line the cost would have been under $5.
     
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  14. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sorry, my bad...
     
  15. Ford Man

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    @BillLin, I thought this video might interest you. It shows some of the combustion products that get removed. Water, gasoline, oil vapors.
    The one on my '88 used to fill up with what I assume was water or gas vapor more so than oil.
     
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  16. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Likely mostly condensed water vapor, especially during cold weather.
     
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  17. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Thanks, Ford Man. I'll watch the video tonight.
     
  18. Ford Man

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    I'm already seeing a small amount of that in the Versa too but, in the '88 Escort I'd say at least 90% of the fluid removed was something besides oil. I've heard some people question why manufacturers don't put a catch can on then re-route the oil removed back into the oil pan. I don't want anything that looked like what I was getting on the '88 going back into my oil pan! I'd have rather put oil in it that had already been run 10K miles than to put that stuff in with my oil.
     
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  19. Ford Man

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    It's just a little over a minute long and is showing them emptying the contents. It just gives an idea of the kind of mess it will remove. Here's one that's about 7 minutes long that explains some of the benefits.
     
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  20. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Thanks, Ford Man. The videos were very informative.
     
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