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Nissan Versa Tire and Wheel Questions

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  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    With the white stuff already coming down (Nov. 5th) I have been searching for information on fitting my Versa SL with a set of winter snow boots.

    Going to "town" is a 100 mile round trip over dangerous winter roads.

    The "Tire Rack" lists the available snow tires and prices OK, but can't provide steel rims for the Versa. I find that hard to believe and wonder if anyone else has set up their Versa for winter conditions with dedicated winter tires and rims?
    They do have mag rims, but around here we spend 5 months a year driving on roads treated with salt and sand. Hard on mags, disasterous on front windshields and slow death for the rest of the car body.

    My local tire dealer is also stumped on the rim issue, but I thought somewhere I have read that the Versa rim is also the same bolt pattern and set-back as several other vehicles....now if I could just find out what they were..I might have some other options.

    Any thoughts?
  • The bolt pattern for our cars is 4-114
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Well, after some serious computer pecking I bought a set of 4 steel wheels from a Versa S, 'take-off'. $100.00 including shipping.

    Now I just need to decide on a good set of winter tires. The Versa rims are only 5.5" wide, so I might stick with the skinny OEM 185 size.

    I really like the looks of the Bridgestone Blizzack tred pattern...sort of looks like the famous Nokias..but a lot less money.
  • Has anybody upsized their wheels/tires? I would like to firm up the ride without making it harsh. I am torn between 195/55/16 and 205/45/17. Please advise
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    For anyone tinkering with the idea of changing up to a different size of tire and rim on the Versa, there is little out there to go on as the model is so new.
    The advice from places like Tire Rack is a good start, but for DIY swaps, I found the best little site on the internet.

    Using this Miata link you can actually see front and side views of any tire and rim combination you can dream up, and compare them to the original Versa 185 65 15 OEM's.
    Miata.net Tire Size Calculator
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Sorry that Miata tire conversion link needs to be cut and pasted in a search...this one should be a live link.

    http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Well I finally wore out my OEM Continentals, two of them completely, at 30,000 miles. I was never impressed at all with the wet traction on them and they started to show unusual wear fairly fast. We've typically gotten 45-50,000 out of the Kellys I usually run, but Kelly doesn't make the size so I have a new set of Cooper CS4's. Time will tell the tale!

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Drove the Versa SL last Sunday and was very unimpressed with the tranny, it hunted way more that the 1.8 engine in my Civic and they both have the 1.8. Does the CVT tranny behave any better in the Versa? The stock tires that came on the car I drove were kind of sucky around corners...not much grip and they were 15" wheels. Bet this car shod with 16" sneakers would handle so much better.

    The Sandman :)
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    You are right about the OEM Versa tires, mine are darty, wandering, and kind of skimpy looking on the 15" rims.

    The OEM 185 65 15's could easily be replaced by 205 60 15's without changing the dynamics much. I am using Hankooks in that size on wider Sentra rims for my winter tires.
    Fantastic difference..the car tracks true and straight, seems less reactive to frost heave cracks in the road and the wider tread looks more in proportion to the wheel wells.
    I love my CVT set up, no lurching, up-shift bumps or sudden downshifts on hills or passing.
    Not sure what your Civic is like in these areas, but if it's still running good.....hold on to it for another model year.

    When all the new 2009's start showing up there will be lots more to choose from that get better mpg's than the Versa.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Just what I suspected...the CVT would be a much smoother ride. Not sure why the sales guy didn't put us into a CVT Versa after driving the CVT Sentra? Wider tires will always give a smoother, more controlled ride over skimpier sneakers. Plan on keeping my Civic till I retire...we're starting our search for my two girls.

    The Sandman :)
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    We are also looking at what the options are for a couple of teenagers. To be honest, these guys arn't car guys. ...sigh.

    So then, what we have decided is that for these kids, we want a car that has the best reliablity and longest warranty on the planet.

    They all love our Versa, but according to the newest info on reliabilty and 5 to 10 year warranty,..it will be a Hyundai.

    The Elantra beat the Civic for top spot by 1/2 a point on reliability, but our new 2003 Honda Odyssey 3 year warranty seemed to run out overnight.

    USE THE SLIDESHOW FEATURE TO ENLARGE AND SCROLL

    http://picasaweb.google.com/longo3002/VersaPics
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    The oldest wants the Elantra and her sister wants a Mini, which I doubt she'll get. We're also thinking that they should lease to start building some credit history and hopefully with full time employment around the corner, they can get what they want after the lease period is over. I want them to get a 1st car that's "cheap to keep" so that reliable transportation won't be an issue.
    Now we're also floating around the idea of buying a "retirement" condo in Orlando for them to live in and pay us rent until we retire in a few years. A win/win situation for us all we think. Looks like it's gonna be an expensive 6 months in our house. Ah, the duties of a parent go on and on...lol!

    The Sandman :)
  • Just to let you know. I had this light go on. It turned out that I had a welding nail in my tire and had to have it fixed. My dealership was not able to fix punctures on the weekend so I went to Sears. They sealed the tire. When I left Sears the light was still on and they did not have a manuel. They said the light will re-adjust in a few miles and it did. No light going on since.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    About my only "complaint" about my Versa was the Continental tires that came on it. I wasn't impressed with their traction, especially in wet conditions, and I pushed it to squeak 30,000 miles out of them. I would have changed them at about 20,000 if it hadn't been coming into warmer weather.

    I've got about 8,000 on the Cooper CS4's I put on and they're definitely wearing better and have better traction than the Conti's

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I took a bit of time to closely inspect my Cooper CS4's yesterday. Over 9000 miles and they seem to holding up just fine as I approach the second rotation. The OEM Continentals were showing noticeable wear just 6 months and about 6,000 miles into their lifetime

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Finally got to put the new tires to the test in winter conditions. The Cooper CS4's are SO much better than the OEM Continentals were. Certainly a dedicated snow tire would be better, but I'm pleased with the choice.

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • garydcrgarydcr Posts: 3
    If you put your heater on defrost most cars are disigned for A/C to come on automatically. This helps the defrost to defog the windshield more quickly and keeps A/C compressor lubricated inside during offpeak (winter) nonuse off A/C.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Well I'm loving the Cooper CS4's I put on 27,000 miles ago. The OEM Continentals were completely shot at 30,000 miles, but these CS4's ride quieter, have better traction, and if tire tread depth is any indicator, are going to have about double the tire life of the Conti's.
    I had been using Kelly Navigator Golds on my vehicles for years, but they don't come in the Versa tire size so my good buddies at Tire Town put me onto the Coopers.

    And if you're thinking I put a lot of miles on my car you would be right! Having a kid involved with AAU basketball will do that to you... in a hurry! I can't wait until she starts playing in college ;)

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    AAU basketball. I haven't heard those terms of basketball usage for quite some time. Obviously it's a level of ball that's still alive and well, and probably just as competitive as the AAU League's that existed when my Dad played AAU and college basketball.

    Good for you and for her, it sounds like a blast! ;)

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Has Anyone Else had any luck resolving the constant replacement of hubcaps in the 2007 hatchback? I have lost my second one and haven't had the car a year. When I took the car in I thought since I had retrieved the hubcap from the ditch it rolled into, that they could put it back on. No! So if they can't superglue them I have to be on constant hubcap patrol and can never hit a bump again? I finally talked with the sales mgr there and he said I had to wait and come back in a month but they would take care of it. What happens next time? I feel super cool driving around without a hubcap for a month and chasing rolling hubcaps into ditches. The service guy offers me no direction or suuport, just asks me what have I have running over? He has to have heard this before.
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