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Nissan Versa

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  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,017
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  • franko1franko1 Posts: 15
    Did any of you all Versa owners get blindsided by your insurance co? My insurance increased $265 / year between the SL and my traded in 05 Honda crv ex.insurance, same coverage. I never had a claim in 50 years.I have Allstate. Maybe, lack of ABS , stability control,etc, and 5 mile crash test results are unavailable at this time is causing higher rates. Scarry
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,642
    I was paying $580/6ms for a 2000 Ford Contour. No claims, accients and or tickets and I'm 43. My Versa went up $100 for the year, I was very surpised as I was expecting it to go up more.

    Regarding insurance, different insurance companies rate people different. I have found that AIG (www.AIG.com) and 21st (www.21st.com) have to lowest rates. When I bought my Versa 6 weeks ago, my insurance (21st centruy) company could not pull up the VIN # and had to give me a manuel quote I haven't gotten a quote from AIG yet, since thier web site does not include 07 model year. I have been too busy to call them to see what they can do for me as a rate. I'll have time later on today and well post my quote.

    Tony :shades:
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    Yeah I did as well. It's because the insurance companies don't have a "symbol" for the vehicle yet so basically they rate it on value and all other assumptions are "worst case". You should keep on your agent about revaluing the policy when they finally assign a symbol for the vehicle.

    Ben
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    The problem with all of Dan Jedlika's reviews, not just this one for the Versa, is that he never reports an observed (actual) gas mileage. Jedlika only repeats what the manufacturer and EPA give him, which is problematic when an MPG figure is a critical piece of info for a car like the Versa.
  • franko1franko1 Posts: 15
    My salesman said it was designed that way was for safety reasons. The gas tank is directly under seat ,whereas,Honda and Toyo models are more near the rear, and not as safe. Is he a good salesman or what?
  • He is a "What!" Nissan Engineers had to make the seat this way in order to get the seat they wanted for the Versa. They say they could make it flat but the seat would be like all the others, similar to a bench-seat with a cover. Check them out and see if the Versa is not way ahead of the others on comfort and looks.

    Where did I get my information? Can't remember just where but it was in an early review by a writer in a magazine who supposedly spoke to Nissan.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    Remember the Pinto?

    Ben
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,642
    On the Fit, the gas tank is under the drivers seat....

    Tony :shades:
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    >>They say they could make it flat but the seat would be >>like all the others, similar to a bench-seat with a cover.

    That sounds about right. When I was in Japan in April and spoke with a very nice Nissan salesman who showed me a Tiida, he told me that Nissan chose not to give the Versa a double folding seat ( = seat back folding forward, and then flip up the whole seat) in order to equip it with a higher quality, full-size rear seat instead. Maybe that's the official sales line, but I can see the point.

    Apparently, there have been enough complaints about the non-flat cargo area of the Tiida in Japan, so that when Nissan later released the Note, basically a smaller sibling of the Tiida, it came with a flat cargo area (plus a few other nifty tricks akin to the Fit's).

    http://www2.nissan.co.jp/NOTE/E11/0501/EQUIP/main3.html (caution: a very slow website: click on the photo on the far left)
  • sngwrtrsngwrtr Posts: 14
    Somewhere on these boards is a link to an accessory that makes the versa rear floor flat by raising the "trunk" floor to the level of the folded seats. The cool thing about it is that it creates a storage compartment under the "new" trunk floor. Unfortunately this accessory only appears to be available in Japan - hopefully it will make it's way to the US. I've the heard same thing about the seats - the back seat would not be anywhere near as nice as it is if the seats could fold flat. Another thing I read somewhere is that some manufacturers actually build up the trunk floor to make the seats fold flat; however when they do that you lose some floor to roof room.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    >>Somewhere on these boards is a link to an accessory that >>makes the versa rear floor flat by raising the "trunk" >>floor to the level of the folded seats. The cool thing >>about it is that it creates a storage compartment under >>the "new" trunk floor.

    That's exactly the way the Nissan Note cargo area works. And it has lost the vertical space for the price of a flat cargo floor. On the whole, however, more people seem to prefer the flat cargo area.
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  • crimsonacrimsona Posts: 153
    More accurately, the Fit's tank is under the parking brake/shifter in the middle (not really the driver's seat). This is further ahead than most cars.
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  • lgainorlgainor Posts: 6
    Though I'm in a large city (houston), there doesn't seem to be a wide selection of Versas available. Does anyone know (about) how often dealers get new cars delivered? I'm not expecting to find the ideal combination of colors and options, but I'd like an SL with CVT in a color other than black, white, or red. Some local dealers don't have any Versas at all, while others seem to have fewer of the SL models. I'm not in a really big hurry to buy, but I'd rather not wait 6 months if doing so would be futile. I've checked Dealerships in a 200-mile radius (e.g. Austin and San Antonio) and not seen the SL/CVT available in a color I'd like. Any thoughts?
  • Most dealers seem to get an S and an SL around the same time. In New England every SL/CVT I have seen comes with the convenience pack, mats and splash guards for a sticker of $17,015. I have not seen any dealers with more than one SL/CVT at a time, but once they sell them, they seem to get them replaced within a week or two. Many people have just ordered them. You will wait, but probably not 6 months. I ordered one around the 4th of July and I am supposed to get it in September. I ordered mine without the convenience pack (for $700 nothing in it appealed to me except the leather steering wheel and audio controls on the steering wheel) and ABS. The ABS apparently was the kicker - no one has seen one. Blue onyx seems to be a popular color - you may want to see if any dealers are getting an SL/CVT in that color.
  • most dealers will keep at least one on the lot for test drives. With the initial launch in July, every dealer got one base S and one loaded SL. There are a few options no one has seen yet: Sunroof, ABS. You'll probably have to preorder and wait. Most dealers are pre-selling any inventory they have in the pipeline. Any Nissan dealer can "see" what's coming out of the factory and barter with other dealers if they have a buyer for a specific model. They can also custom order for you but that takes even longer.

    Good luck!

    Ben
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,733
    I saw a red S model sitting outside my local Nissan dealer's showroom a few days ago. It had ABS and the power package. It also had a "Sold" sign on it.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    The Sport Package is not expected to be available until January.
  • sohtsoht Posts: 1
    Do you have any information about the sport package?
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Sure, it contains fog lights, side sill extensions, front and rear lower spoilers, and a rear roof spoiler.
    Invoice price is $700 for the package, I'm not sure what the list price MSRP is.
    It is pretty much a body kit, imagine if you will the difference between the base Fit and the Fit Sport.
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    What also messes up the cargo area in our Versas are the LATCH anchors for baby seats. I could not get under the seatback cover to determine if they are bolted in or welded.
  • I test drove the Versa and like the amount of room, ride, and handling. I see the NHTSA crash tests look prety good. How about reliability. My impression is no car is as reliable as the Toyota so I wonder how reliable the Versa compares? How do we access world market reliability data where the Versa/Tilda has been sold for several years?
  • How do we access world market reliability data where the Versa/Tilda has been sold for several years?

    In Japan, there have been no big talks about the Tiida's reliability. In other words, people over there do not have to think about it when consiering the Tiida.

    My impression is no car is as reliable as the Toyota

    That is generally true. Statistically, Nissan has more problems than Toyota. But so does every other auto manufacturer.
  • I'm assuming no one paid less than MSRP for their Versa. I thought I saw $100 off if you saw it on the internet, has anyone taken advantage of this or other discounts? In Northen VA they charge $289 to fill out the paperwork when you purchase, has anyone paid a lot less for paperwork? Thanks.
  • In Texas, all the dealers I have purchased an auto from charged $50.00 for their services. I think, not sure, but think this is the maximum set by State Law. They can charge less but have come across that Dealer yet!
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,642
    regarding a charge for paperwork I have never paid for that, and I live in the western US...

    I paid #16,500 for my Versa SL, with convience package..

    Tony :shades:
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