New Chevy NV200 from Calgary... - Nissan NV200 Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-30-2015, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 56
(Thread Starter)
New Chevy NV200 from Calgary...

Just got the van. Company work vehicle. Bare bones.

Not impressed so far.

- Those odd ball tires and wheels... What was Nissan thinking...
- lack of power and CVT trans will take some getting used to.


To do list:

- home built shelves installed.
- front license plate bracket removed. Front bumper holes plugged.
- front mud flaps installed.

- need a backup beeper.
- upgrade the horn.
- I can't find the block heater.
- maybe some plastic cheapo hubcaps to protect the wheel studs from salt and corrosion and improve the look of the tiny wheels and tires.

Loaded all my gear in it. The rear ride height dropped over 2.0".
Van looks much better! Rides better too but it's now even slower.

I'm going to have to weigh it to make sure I'm not over the van's 4700 lb GVWR.

2015 Chevy NV200 work van. 2.0L, CVT.

Last edited by ChevyNV200; 05-04-2015 at 08:24 PM.
ChevyNV200 is offline  
post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-30-2015, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 56
(Thread Starter)
minor update...

- Took me a couple of different models of cheapo hubcaps but found a set that fits. The wheels look much better now.

- I couldn't find a backup alarm bulb combo. So I bought a backup alarm module. Very easy to install right beside the driver's side tailight in the door jam.

Weighed the van:
1900 kg/4180 lbs with most of my gear, me in it and 1/4 tank of fuel.
The van's GVWR on the door jam is 2155kg/4741 lbs.

Cut some spare dummy keys for spares to open the doors in case of locked out, dead van battery or whatever...
I tried the dummy keys in the ignition to test the RFID keys.
The engine won't even crank.

Gotta replace the lame horn. Will likely find a used one for a couple of bucks.

2015 Chevy NV200 work van. 2.0L, CVT.
ChevyNV200 is offline  
post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-01-2015, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 56
(Thread Starter)
Not sure anyone is reading this but....

Went to the Nissan dealer. They were excellent and answered all my questions about the van.

The block heater cord is well hidden by the factory.
It was coiled up and cable tied under a sheet metal bracket.
Passenger side of the engine compartment, in front and left of the alternator.
The block heater heating element is screwed into a block core plug near the water pump, between the alternator and the engine block.

I cut the cable ties, uncoiled the cord and ran it thru the opening in the upper grill.
Added a few cable ties to keep it secure.

The Nissan dealer does have the JK Tires summer tires in stock if needed.
They also sell the Nexen winter tires in load range C.
The dealer stated that's what customers are using in Canada for winter.


Slowly getting the loose ends cleared up.

Still need to upgrade the completely lame horn.
Also need to improve the cargo bay lighting, perhaps some cheap LED strips or something similar.

2015 Chevy NV200 work van. 2.0L, CVT.
ChevyNV200 is offline  
 
post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-03-2015, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 56
(Thread Starter)
Picked up a replacement cheapo horn. Just a universal replacement.

Took a few minutes to replace the stock horn. There is a convenient access hole in the rad support plastic cover.
Removed the wire spade connectors, unbolted the old horn, bolted in the new horn. Done!

Now I have a real horn and I can hear it when I lock the van with the remote. The lame factory horn is in the trash.



Still researching tire options....

It's starting to look like 185/60R15C rated at 1472lbs is not the right way to go. Very limited options and too small.

195/60R15 is a 1/2" taller in diameter and 1/2" wider.
They are available in XL load rating (1390lbs) in the excellent but pricey Nokian All-weather tires.
I ran Nokian all-weather tires on the previous work vehicle. These tires are essentially winter tire tread pattern but hard
rubber compound.

1390lbs may be adequate load rating comparare to the stock tires load range C load rating of 1472lbs.

http://www.nokiantires.com/tire-sele...lts/195/60/15/

Nokian offers summer tire options also in 1390lb ratiing:
http://www.nokiantires.com/tire-sele...lts/195/60/15/

2015 Chevy NV200 work van. 2.0L, CVT.
ChevyNV200 is offline  
post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-03-2015, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 56
(Thread Starter)
Just documenting my tire findings:

Stock tires are 185/60R15C rated at 1472lbs
Stock wheels are 15x5.5".

185/60R15 -- 23.7" diameter -- 1472lbs -- JK Tire

185/65R15 -- 24.5" -- 1390lbs -- Nokian -- 3.4% diameter difference
195/65R15 -- 25.0" -- 1520lbs -- Nokian -- 5.5% diff

195/60R15 -- 24.2" -- 1390lbs -- Nokian -- 2.1% diff
205/60R15 -- 24.7" -- 1520lbs -- Nokian -- 4.2% diff


The 205/60R15's look good. 4% greater in diameter than stock.
This means that at 100km/hr (62MPH) on the speedo you will actually be going 104km/hr (64.5mph). Not too bad.
Plus the 4% reduction in overall drive-train ratio which is not good.

The 205's may be a bit too wide for the narrow 5.5" wheels. The sidewalls may budge on these wheels.


Just my thoughts...

2015 Chevy NV200 work van. 2.0L, CVT.

Last edited by ChevyNV200; 05-05-2015 at 09:22 AM.
ChevyNV200 is offline  
post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-04-2015, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 56
(Thread Starter)
Well today I drove around with my GPS showing speed.

It turns out the factory speedo reads 2-3 km/hr (1-2mph) too FAST.
So slightly larger diameter tires would cure that nicely!

2015 Chevy NV200 work van. 2.0L, CVT.

Last edited by ChevyNV200; 05-06-2015 at 07:51 PM. Reason: Edited my mistake in that the factory speedo reads too FAST, not too slow as I originally posted.
ChevyNV200 is offline  
post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-04-2015, 09:25 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 5
Thanks for sharing your upgrade ideas, it will help me with some changes on my Nissan. I put a dome light from a big box truck in the back of mine with an aftermarket LED bulb in it. Wired to a house battery set up behind the passenger seat.
panemo is offline  
post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-05-2015, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 56
(Thread Starter)
Thanks for lighting suggestion.

I saw where another member here posted a picture with a Scangauge installed.
As we all know, Nissan didn't think it was necessary to install a water temp gauge in these vehicles. grrrrrrr...
Plus the Scangauge should show voltage and hopefully even trans temperature.

I have an older Scangauge kicking around somewhere and will test it out.

2015 Chevy NV200 work van. 2.0L, CVT.
ChevyNV200 is offline  
post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-05-2015, 07:53 PM
LJH
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 6
Bought a Chevrolet City express. I have 3500 miles on it, so far. Same issue, do not like the tire size, will up grade soon.
Not too impressed with the horn.
Just returned from a 1200 mile trip, across Ohio, Pennsylvania. It drove very well.
Already has a recall to fix a problem on the wiring harness. If, I have no problems with the van, the next few years, I will be happy with it.
LJH is offline  
post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-06-2015, 09:41 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChevyNV200 View Post
Well today I drove around with my GPS showing speed.

It turns out the factory speedo reads 2-3 km/hr (1-2mph) too slow.
So slightly larger diameter tires would cure that nicely!
Maybe I've not had enough coffee yet this morning, but don't you have this backward i.e. a larger diameter tire COVERS MORE DISTANCE in the same time period (and for the same rotation) thus would result in a higher KPH than the speedo suggests.

Making the problem even worse.
TJsNV200 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Nissan NV200 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



  Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NV200 as Motorcycle Transporter Report DanNV200 Nissan NV200 General Discussion 7 02-13-2017 08:33 AM
Uk nissan nv200 motor home thread yorkshire steve UK 2 03-10-2015 10:21 AM
Nissan announces 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty for NV200 Aristo Nissan NV200 General Discussion 5 02-10-2015 02:54 AM
Transit Connect 2014. I miss my NV200! Phil Canada 2 11-27-2014 07:48 AM
2014 Nissan NV200 Priced from $21,100 Aristo Nissan NV200 News 0 04-17-2014 07:05 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome