November 14, 2014
The call came in during the Veterans Day weekend. Someone had seen our 2014 Nissan Rogue parked in the Edmunds underground garage with a flat tire.
It wasn't that way when it was parked a few days earlier, but there it sat all cockeyed with the rim nearly touching the ground. It didn't take long to find the screw that was to blame.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) will warn a driver that the pressure has dropped 25 percent below the set pressure. We can't say enough good things about the concept. The drivers of our long-term fleet vehicles have avoided the inconvenience of flat tires and roadside strandings dozens of times due to the early warning it provides.
If the nail is tightly seated the leak-down interval that triggers a warning can stretch out to several days, sometimes more. This screw was obviously there when the last driver parked it, but he had no idea because the warning light hadn't yet come on. The tire hadn't lost much pressure at that point, and it wouldn't have been noticeable to the naked eye.
So TPMS is great, but it can't issue a warning if the car isn't being driven as the air slowly oozes out. You could still return from a week's vacation to the unwelcome surprise of a flat tire in the airport parking lot.
August 26, 2014
With 10,000 miles on the odometer, our 2014 Nissan Rogue was due for its first scheduled service. This visit was about as easy as they come. It might have been even easier if the dealership had its online scheduling system dialed-in...
June 25, 2014
June 20, 2014
At 5,000 miles our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue was due for its first oil change. I had already signed up to drive the Rogue for a few days this week, so test-fleet task master Mike Schmidt asked if I could take the Rogue to a local Nissan dealer.