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I commented in a previous thread regarding a transmission fluid change and what my local Nissan dealer wanted to charge me, which BTW was $180. Not trying to beat a dead horse here, just trying to understand what type of transmission I have. Whether I have the regular 4-spd auto or CVT trans, I still plan on taking care of my vehicle's transmission. Note: the CVT's revs will drop as the lockup torque converter locks up, but it won't shift like the 4sp auto does. It also will feel very smooth when driving, and when at higher speeds the RPMs will stay somewhat low. As for the smoothness in driving, I never could really tell since my wife never lets me drive the Versa Sooo, I'm either riding my ST1100 or the mini-van in during inclement and cold weather. The owner of the M3 felt his stomach twist into a walnut as the detective took a knife and began scraping paint off his car. There are 227 million cars and trucks on the road today, and the one thing they have in common is that they're all branded with a Vehicle Identification Number, or a VIN. Each VIN is broken up into three sections, and in those sections each character has a specific meaning. The first section of a VIN is the World Manufacturer Identifier, a three-digit code assigned by the Society of Automotive Engineers based on what country a car is built in, the manufacturer, and-depending on the brand-either what division within the company actually builds the car, or the type of vehicle. The first digit of the VIN determines the geographical region the car is built in, regardless of where the manufacturer is headquartered. After the general area is nailed down, the next digit identifies the country in particular, and which manufacturer in that country. For instance, the United States has some 33 second-digit codes that can be assigned to region codes 1, 4, and 5.
The third digit represents, depending on which manufacturer, the division within the company or a specific body style. Each manufacturer codes the fourth through eighth digits of the VIN differently-with specific digits in a different order-but the information contained in it remains the same. The numeric characters are assigned a numeric value, and each position is multiplied by a succession of decreasing weighted numbers.
The final section of every VIN is known as Vehicle ID Section, and comprises the VIN's tenth through seventeenth digits.
The final six digits are sequential and show a car's place in line during a production run. Once a VIN has been coded, it's usually stamped on a steel plaque that is riveted to the driver's side of the dashboard. If dashboards can be swapped, and with them the VIN plaque, doesn't that make it easy for car thieves to whitewash a vehicle's provenance by purchasing a wrecked car and switching the identifying parts over to a stolen one? No photos, news stories, graphics, or logos may be used or reproduced without written permission. How To Decode a VIN  Prior to understanding how VIN decoding works, it is important to know what it is all about.
Even if you do not intend to organize or lead a drive, please read that section carefully as well. When driving in a club event, most of the time the event leader can’t see all the cars in the group, which makes it difficult for the leader to know if the group has been separated or if any members of the group have made a wrong turn. When driving in a group we seem to instinctively focus on following the car in front, thinking we need to keep in visual contact to avoid getting lost. Any place where using a turn signal is required automatically qualifies as as a place where you must have visual contact with the car behind.
When the first group arrives at the turn, Fintry Delta Road, cars 1, 2, 3 and 4 can make the turn and continue on, but the last car in the first group, car 5, is responsible for pulling over just prior to the turn onto Fintry Delta Road to make sure car 6 sees where he is turning.
When car 6 catches up to car 5, car 5 turns down Fintry Delta Road with the rest of the group in tow.
The breadcrumbing method not only prevents people from getting lost, but it is also much safer. It should be noted however that although it is only necessary for one car to pull over and wait at each turn with this method, there is nothing wrong with several cars pulling over together to wait for the others as long as there is enough room to do it safely. Breadcrumbing is fairly easy in rural areas where most back roads have shoulders to pull off on and where traffic is usually lighter. Many of the roads we travel are narrow, winding country roads so passing among the group is not encouraged. CB radios can typically be had for less than $100, and do not need to be mounted permanently.
It may also be helpful for participants to exchange cell phone numbers prior to the run as added security in case someone gets lost. Before beginning the planning process you should contact the club's events coordinator (see Contacts page) and discuss your general event idea and the date you had in mind. When considering a route, remember to include several stops along the way for bathroom breaks.
You could choose to have members pack their own picnic lunch or dinner and stop somewhere along the run route, or you could stop at a restaurant. You may also choose to stop at a restaurant, but a large number of participants makes this option more difficult so there are several things you must keep in mind. Whenever possible it is recommended that you drive the route before the event date to make sure there are no unexpected problems like road closures or construction. Once you have a plan in place for your event, you need to write out all the event details and pass them on to the events coordinator. Once you have all the information, it should be written out and sent to the events coordinator (the sooner the better) who will have it posted on the club website. On event day the leader must hold a mandatory meeting for all participants prior to the run. During the run, the leader follows the same breadcrumbing rule as the rest of the participants (see Notes For Participants Part A above) which is to never turn off the road you are currently on unless you have visual contact with the car behind. If traveling on a multi-lane road and there is a turn coming up, the leader should stick to the appropriate lane well in advance so that the whole group is ready for the turn.
On the open highway, it is acceptable to use the left lane to pass slow traffic, but whether it is advisable to do so will depend on the length of the left lane, the relative speed of the OTM you wish to pass, and the distance to the next turn. If the group has been separated by OTM traffic while on the open road or highway, the leader can use highway passing lanes to get the group bunched up again. When traveling through urban areas breadcrumbing becomes more difficult as there are fewer safe places to pull over if cars get separated. With the greater potential for difficulties in urban areas, it becomes very important for the leader to announce all turns over the CB.
Once past the urban area and the last of the traffic lights it is a good idea to check the status with the sweep car and regroup if there is too much separation between the cars.
Although all the strategies above are all designed to keep the group together, the leader must bear in mind that pulling over too often or slowing down too much will take all the fun out of a drive. Also, if the group is travelling a great twisty road and a few cars get stuck behind a slow OTM, or if a few participants prefers to drive a slower pace, the leader should continue on at a normal fun pace and not be afraid to loose sight of some of the cars behind. The trick to being a good leader is recognizing when to keep cars together and when to let them find their own pace and have fun on the open road.


There's beautiful summer sunshine in the forecast and you feel like taking a drive to a park for a picnic supper one evening to break up the week.
Keep in mind that impromptu runs should be limited to fairly brief, straight-forward, casual drives.
Members from the north or south Okanagan areas are encouraged to organize events in your region even if attendance would be difficult for members from other regions.
For example, if you held a short evening drive and picnic supper mid-week in Naramata, many Vernon members would likely not be able to travel that far on a week night. Our goal is to organize an equal proportion of events in the north, central and south Okanagan regions. Have you ever looked at your Miata's vehicle identification number and wondered what all those letters and numbers mean?
Description Vin Chech Here Menu Skip to content Home Sitemap Check My Car Records This change highlights the impact sent the company; how you can get in the US has witnessed a gamut of activities following the test drive. There are varieties of seat covers there are varieties check my car insurance record of seat covers your vehicle and weigh the value against the loan at reasonable deal. The point of this post is to ask or offer advice as to which transmission my 2011 Versa HB 1.8S really has. I tried to look under my vehicle to see if I had a drain plug but the car sits so low to the ground and with the front fender plastic apron, I could not see very well beneath the car. My issue is that the service manager had no clue what he was taking about (insisting I had the CVT) and will bring this to his attention with I go the parts counter to buy Nissan OEM trans fluid and perform my own drain and fill. The VIN check and Edmunds data was spot on and the service manager is (as I thought) clueless. When assigning those characters, every letter and numeral is used except for I, O, and Q, since they can be easily confused with 1 or 0. Made up of the fourth through ninth digits, this identifier contains the information that pins down exactly what kind of car the VIN is being assigned to, as well as a "check digit" that validates the VIN.
The model of car, trim level, engine, and safety equipment are all contained in these four characters.
Usually starting with "100001" and counting up, the sequential number allows manufacturers to know exact cutoffs for when certain parts were used, making recalls easier to coordinate or service bulletins applicable to only a certain range of vehicles. As restorers of classic cars have discovered, the plate itself is sacrosanct-it's illegal in many states to remove the plaque for any reason, including restoration-and if that plate is ever removed and lost, the car's VIN is recorded as scrapped, and the state issues a new vehicle ID number. Whether you are just along for the drive or you want to organize or lead an event, we encourage you to become familiar with these few simple tactics. As a participant, it is very valuable to have a complete understanding of how an event is run and the various tactics the leader may employ during an event.
We use CB communication at the front and rear of the group of cars in order to relay information but CB reception can be spotty, especially with larger groups in rugged terrain. If every participant takes on a very small amount of responsibility much of the pressure can be taken off the leader, and the group as a whole can have a fun drive without anyone getting lost. But in fact, the single most important factor as a participant is to pay attention to the car behind you and follow the golden rule: NEVER TURN OFF THE ROAD YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON UNLESS YOU HAVE VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE CAR BEHIND. In addition, visual contact is also required at any Y, fork in the road, or any other part of the route where a choice of direction may not be obvious. Cars 1, 2 and 3 are free to turn into the park and continue on, but car 4 can no longer see car 5 behind him, so car 4 is now responsible for waiting at the Fintry Park entrance until car 5 arrives.
When car 5 catches up to car 4, car 4 turns into the park entrance with the rest of the group in tow. Breadcrumbing makes it necessary for only one car to pull over and wait in any given spot, whereas finding a safe place for a large group to pull over and wait for someone on narrow country roads can be difficult and dangerous.
It is not necessary to drive at a speed you are not comfortable with in order to keep up with a car that wants to zoom off ahead.
If you can't see the car behind and you are not able to safely pull over prior to a turn, try to give the car behind the best possible shot at seeing you by slowing down to delay making the turn for as long as possible, then make the turn and pull over as soon as there is a safe place to do so. It is acceptable if it is done in a safe and legal way, and it is best to restrict passing to highways and open roads.
Being able to hear instructions from the leader is obviously very valuable and would virtually eliminate the possibility of getting lost. Antennas can be magnetically mounted and removed after the run, or you can purchase electronic devices built specifically for Miatas that allow the use of your stock radio antenna for the CB and radio simultaneously. As discussed above, the participants will all be playing a small roll in helping to keep the group together, which takes much of the pressure off the leader. There may be events in the planning stage that are not yet posted on the website, and the events coordinator will let you know if there is a potential date conflict or if someone else is planning a similar event. The book Destination Highways BC was designed for motorcyclists looking for the best paved twisty highways and side roads and is a fabulous resource for sports car enthusiasts as well.
The timing of the stop is not as critical, plus there are numerous possibilities for scenic stops while traveling the back roads. Try to choose a spot with easy access in and out, keeping in mind that some locations may have easy access if travelling north but terrible access if travelling south. It will also allow you to check the timing of the drive, making sure the meal breaks and bathroom breaks fall at appropriate times. Provide the date, meeting times and locations, a rough description of the route, and the approximate amount of time the event will take.
It is important for the leader to create a substantial gap between himself and the OTM he passed to allow sufficient room for the other Miatas to follow suit.
Simply keep to the right lane and slow down to let OTMs pass quickly and easily in the left lane. For this reason the leader should always attempt to re-group the cars prior to entering cities and towns. It is also important for the sweep car to let the leader know if part of the group gets separated by a traffic light, or when the the entire group has completed a turn. Or maybe it's fall; golden leaves cover the twisty rural backroads and an unexpected burst of warm dry weather settles into the valley, just begging you to throw the top down and head for the hills.
You will need to inform everyone of the destination and any stopping points prior to departure.
Time is usually tight when planning last-minute events, so if the events coordinator is unavailable you may send the information directly to the communications coordinator. For example, a drive out to Fintry for a picnic, or a drive through the East Kelowna orchards to look at the blossoms.
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I bought my car used so I don't have the Monroney sticker but I believe it has just the 4-spd auto. Nevertheless, as I mentioned before I will still take care of my transmission as I want this vehicle to be around for a few years. Data gleaned from these digits are what allow insurance agents and banks to tell, at a glance, exactly what car they're dealing with. But manufacturers also print the VIN on self-destructing tags that are placed on easily removable parts, and stamp the number at various places on the car's body and frame. Similar to the problems that telephone companies faced with running out of area codes, the seemingly inexhaustible supply of VINs is rapidly drying up.


They are aimed at making the event safe and fun for everyone, as well as preventing anyone from getting lost. The first 5 cars are free to continue zooming at their regular fun pace and leave the others behind. If there is still no safe place to stop, drive as slowly as you can without impeding regular traffic. In groups of about 20 cars or more the distance and terrain may cause poor radio reception between cars at the front and cars at the back. If you have equipment or installation questions, feel free to approach any of our members with a CB. You could picnic at any of the city, regional and provincial parks, beaches, highway rest stops and tourist attractions. For example, picking a downtown restaurant with only street parking could result in members scattered over several blocks. When test driving the route also look for tricky intersections, blind turns or any other part of the route where people could easily make a wrong turn. You will also need to let people know if you're planning a picnic or if you have made plans to eat at restaurant.
Also try to be very clear and accurate with directions and make sure you are using the correct names when referring to meeting places and other locations. Please do not use this term as it give's the impression that passengers do not need to attend.
Also remember that it takes a significant amount of time for the entire group to pass a slower OTM. The leader should announce on the CB the intention to regroup the cars by keeping to the slow lane.
A few OTMs among the group here and there is perfectly acceptable and is not cause to pull over or regroup. Slowing down to keep the slower cars in sight is not necessary and will only serve to take the fun out of the drive for everyone else. Your information will be distributed to the membership via email and be posted on the website if time permits.
More extensive runs (those spanning several cities, needing multiple meeting spots or multiple stopping points) require more extensive planning and aren't suitable as impromptu drives. It is not necessary or even practical that all events be accessible to members from all regions, as some members live as much as three hours apart. The techniques offered to exports do not surprising for a company that can be removed without any hassle you can travel to new places. My dealer was telling me I had the CVT and he highly recommended I get the transmission fluid changed last week when I went in for an oil change.
And, just as with area codes, the solution is deceptively simple: SAE has found that by easing restrictions on the use of letters and digits, an exponential number of available VIN combinations can be created. The formal VIN started in 1981 since before that there were different formats used by different manufacturers.
However, in larger groups members can be advised to relay messages through the line to insure that everyone is informed. The website Google Maps is a great tool for planning a route if you use the full potential of the website. Also, feeding an average-sized Miata group (from 20 to 40 people) at anything other than a fast-food restaurant will require some preplanning. Also, please use plain text and avoid extra formatting such as tabs or multiple spaces, as it will all need to be removed and reformatted by the web designer anyway. If traveling a long stretch of open 4-lane highway (for example, between Summerland and Penticton or between Winfield and Vernon) you will likely have sufficient time to allow the entire group to complete the pass. The leader can also regroup the pack by using a pull-out or rest area, but keep in mind that if the highway is very busy, a large number of cars would likely not be able to get back onto the highway in one group anyway, so stopping at a pull out may only be helpful if traffic is light. Try to keep the flow going, especially out on the twisty back roads, and remember that if everyone practices breadcrumbing, the group can be separated by significant distances without worry. There are several common meeting places in the Okanagan that the club has been using for many years. Sustainable flex fuel or low emission oil and steering oil leakage of peace of mind in today’s world of ever more expense of car seat covers. The standardization of the numbers was done to get rid of chances of similar VIN’s appearing.
If you ask Google for directions from point A to point B it will typically give you the shortest main route, which is usually not what we want for back road zooming.
You will need to call the restaurant in advance with an estimate of numbers, and if required you may need to call them back from the the meeting spot the morning of the run once you have an accurate head count. It is also advisable to pick a secondary meeting place and time for members from other towns. However, if the OTM is traveling only marginally slower than the group, or if the left lane will run out soon, or if there is a turn-off coming up, it may be wise to just stay behind the OTM. The digits that are found on car VIN indicate the year the vehicle was manufactured, assembly point, country of origin, model as well as other important details that will prove helpful in its identification. However, Google Maps allows you to modify the route by clicking on the highlighted route and dragging it from one road to another.
If the restaurant requires an accurate count before the morning of the event you will need ask members to RSVP. It is also advisable to bring a map to the meeting so everyone can see the route and any stopping points. In the case of an upcoming turn, it is important for the leader to remember that passing must be completed by the entire group well in advance or members might be caught out in the wrong lane.
This gives complete control to map out all the great Miata back roads, and your completed map with the highlighted route will automatically calculate all distances and provide written directions.
But beware; Google Maps written directions, especially on back roads, frequently do not reflect the real-life turns and situations very well. It takes considerably longer for restaurants to serve large groups, so remember to factor that into the timing of your event. Again, try to pick a location with good parking and easy access given the direction you're travelling. Some maps may not have all the back roads listed, but the map should at least give a general outline of where the drive is headed and any stopping points along the way. Google Maps also does not differentiate between paved and unpaved roads, whereas Destination Highways BC and the Backroad Mapbook do. Typically the best strategy involves using several of these resources together and confirming the route and directions by driving the route in advance of the event.



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