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Mike410
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Jan 22, 2018, 1:20 PM

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Is there anything wrong with using a generic antifreeze/coolant like Prestone (Longlife), in a 2015 Nissan (Micra)? The car manual says to use only a Nissan version, but does using a third party coolant, cause any damage?

Thanks!


Hammer Time
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Jan 22, 2018, 6:46 PM

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It requires either Genuine NISSAN Long life Antifreeze/Coolant (blue) or equivalent.

To be equivalent it must state on the label that it can be substituted for Nissan long life. It also will be blue so no I doubt Prestone long life is acceptable.



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Mike410
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Jan 25, 2018, 12:46 PM

Post #3 of 8 (331 views)
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Thanks for the reply. On the Prestone label it says it works with any make and model car. Wouldn't all car manufacturers state that they recommend using their own brand of fluids?
Are there only certain car makes that can use third party like Prestone?

Your thoughts are appreciated!


Hammer Time
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Jan 25, 2018, 12:51 PM

Post #4 of 8 (329 views)
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Yes they recommend their own OR equivalent. They use some very specific chemicals that are engineered to their product so no, the prestone cannot be used in all cars.

Your car requires a very specific type of coolant.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 25, 2018, 1:40 PM

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Mike: Quoting you ">Wouldn't all car manufacturers state that they recommend using their own brand of fluids?<" Yes they frequently do always want you to use their dealer brands named products. They don't even make oils and antifreezes but it's made to their specifications since color added do as Hammer Time says and get the right product. Why - who knows what materials they used that want a special type specifically?
All this stuff says it's good for all vehicles and better than nothing if in a total jam to get you just till you could be safe and deal with it but wouldn't trust it for this full time, they all love to sell their products,


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Mike410
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Jan 28, 2018, 11:14 AM

Post #6 of 8 (278 views)
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Thanks for the replies! I guess the consensus is to use the car manufacturers own brand!


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 28, 2018, 11:21 AM

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This case yes. Just pay it you know it's more but good for a long time. Will close out unless YOU request it re-opened,


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Hammer Time
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Jan 28, 2018, 2:54 PM

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I'm sure there are aftermarket coolants that will work but they will talk about this coolant specifically and it will be BLUE.



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