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Nissan Versa New Owners Report

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,859
    Mine's the 6-speed since my wife and daughter INSIST on having a stick :P

    I'll be posting pics of it on my CarSpace page sometime today no doubt!

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  • cathy8cathy8 Posts: 37
    Twice I've had a problem with my car starting. Once started, the engine light came on and the car went into safe mode. It would drive more than 20 KM. Was your experience similar?

    Cathy
  • cathy8cathy8 Posts: 37
    Has anyone had this problem......Twice my car has been hard to start, the engine light has come on and the engine went into safe mode. Safe mode did not allow me to drive faster than 20 KM/hour.

    The car has been tested with all the equipment at the dealership and tests fine. Yet, something is definintely wrong. I've had the car for 3 months. First incident happened at the 2 month mark. The car has 6500 km on it.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,601
    my car has never gone into safe mode, but when we had our cold snap that came through the southwest, I found the car really didn't want to start in 28 degree weather, It started but not as easy as before.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,687
    Uh-oh. I don't like the sound of that. It's been below zero F every morning where I live for the past few weeks. If it has trouble starting at 28 degrees, how about -15? The Versa has moved up high on my next-car list due to its great showing on the IIHS crash tests, but I'll have to rethink that if it has trouble getting going in temperatures I see six months out of the year.
  • kaemomkaemom Posts: 2
    Hi Everyone. We're looking to buy a Versa tonight for our 18 year old daughter. Would you recommend this car for an 18 year old? What are the main things we need to know/questions to ask and finally how do we get a great deal? What can we expect to pay below sticker? Thanks!
  • bazencebazence Posts: 1
    I'd say its a great car for a young person. It has good fuel economy (college students dont have money), its easy to drive, has more than enough space and the price is right. If you are buying tonight, you should check edmunds for the invoice price, because thats the price I got from my dealer. These cars arent selling as much as they used to in my part (NYC) so you shouldnt have a problem getting a good price. If you get the S - power package and ABS are a must. But your daughter might like the SL better (mostly due to the AUX jack for MP3 players). Also, try to get the low financing (.7APR for up to 36months). Hope that helped!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    A reporter from a large national newspaper is looking to speak to anyone who has purchased a small car in the past couple of months. If you purchased this car as an additional car for the family versus a replacement, please note that as well. Please provide your daytime contact info to ctalati@edmunds.com no later than Thursday, May 10, 2007.

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  • Does anyone know if this CAM in the engine is belt driven, chain, or gears? If it is belt driven, would it be possible and not too painful to replace it with a chain? Thanks
  • We ended up getting her the Versa and then *19* days later it was totalled. :cry: :sick: 100% the other person's fault :mad: so we turned around and got her as close to the identical car as we could. So far, so good. She loves it, we love it. She has the dark blue one :)
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,601
    I beleive all new cars have chain for thier cam drives. My Versa is in the shop and I'll asked the Dealer this question.
  • The Versa has a timing chain. Lots of cars have timing belts. They work fine if you change them when called for. It would not be cost effective to change a belt to a chain (running in oil etc.)
    Niels
  • Not bad for the first 100+ miles. Now, granted, this is such a small/early sampling, that I would certainly not expect this to be the "norm" data point. But, it is a good enough start to note.

    We drove home our 2008 Versa SL HB CVT in mostly highway traffic (at ~ 60mph); with about 5 miles of start-stop traffic. The last forty miles included mixed traffic plus a full hatchback of two to-be-assembled rocking-chairs and six bags of mulch.

    When we arrived home, we topped it back up with 2.8 gallons @ 120 miles, which is better than 40 mpg. We'll re-check when we top an empty tank after using the car for mostly 15 mile-round trips to the office.

    To be continued...
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    the big advantage with a belt is it's much much much cheaper to replace. usually, 3-4 hundred. replacing a chain can (depending on the car) run 1500-2000.

    Not only would it not be cost effective to swictch to a chain, it would be impssible. the engine has to be designed for it. a belt is outside the engine, with just a cover over it. a chain, because a metal chain on a metal sprocket has to be lubricated, is inside your engine. thats also why it costs so much to replace.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    I guess the question is whether or not you'll EVER have to replace a chain.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    not if you keep it full of oil, and changed regularly. it's very uncommon for a chain to break. But running it low on oil, or with excessively dirty oil can cause the guides to wear out.
  • :mad: I had this car for 3 months with 3000 miles only. Car died 3 times completely dead, and no lights and no start. Jump start will start the car. All accessories had been off. The IQ remote will not even open the locks. Very disappointed with the Versa. I have 2004 Nissan quest and 2007 Nissan Murano but Versa is not the best choice for me at present.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,601
    I had the same problem once, had it towed to the dealer, come to find out the battery was dead, replaced the battery and the car has been perfect ever since..
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    sounds like the battery won't hold a charge. You don't see a problem when your driving because the altenator is running the car. But, the bad battery won't hold a charge, and therefore can't start the car.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Changing the battery should fix the problem, but I would also look at the voltage regulator, just to make sure that a defective one is not fying the battery.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,601
    Jackson my Battery was bad, it wouldn't hold a charge. The dealer had seen one of these before mine. My car wouldn't take a jump either. But so far so good, no problems...
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Yes, a bad battery is most likely to be the case also for the above poster. I am wondering, though, how the car with a bad battery got delivered in the meantime. If a battery is bad to begin with, after the vehicle rolls off the assembly line, it would not start then. Even if it did, by the time someone wants to move it from the car pool outside of the assembly area it would have a problem starting. Failing that, the PDI people should notice that the battery does not hold charge. I don't know how this slipped through the QA net.
  • Before buying my Versa, the salesman escorted me out to the back lot to see the one in their inventory that came closest to having everything I wanted on it. He went to pull it out of the line to show it to me and let me test drive it. It didn't start. Probably had the same issue.

    I didn't get that one, ending up with one from a dealership 200 miles away. So far (knock wood) no problems whatsoever and it has been a fantastic car.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,601
    Jacksan, in my case, I drove home from work, parked the car, has no issues with it. Next morning at 0800, the car wouldn't start at all... I had radio, the Intelli-key worked, lights inside lights, but it wouldnt turn over, even with a jump....
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Yes, that kind of thing can and does happen. I have a friend who once called me for rescue because she drove to a shopping mall and later found her car dead in the same as you describe when she came out of the mall. We bought a new battery right there (Sears Auto Center was in the same mall), and put it in, which revived the car. Why is it that the battery died in this manner was never resolved. And my friend never had a problem like that again after that.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    It sounds like when you get a Nissan, immediately go to Sears and get a DieHard put in. Fascinating!
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    Yes, exactly. it's even in the owners manual now in "pre driving" section.
  • I bought an 07 Versa SL auto in 10/07 with CVT trans, upgraded 6 CD and bluetooth. love the ride and feel. it is very fast and responsive. only downsides are the mileage, drift in high winds, and very high rev when the overdrive off is activated. I understand the drift due to its height. But, my mpg has been consistently in the 22 mpg range. i do combo driving, with high speed on I-95 and some slower, town driving. I've read on these blogs that the problem could be an adjustment in O2 sensor is needed. I have noticed, however, that midway through my current tank of gas, I seem to be getting better mileage. I have 3400 miles on the car. The high-rev overdrive off is annoying. seems like it it stuck in second gear even at 60 mph. I have driven other cars with this feature, like a Maxima, and never had this much of a high rev. Any thoughts on these issues from other owners?
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    I'm not an owner, but I will offer this rule of thumb that's been helpful to me:

    The higher the RPM, the worse your mileage. If you hear your car revving, then, it's like having a hole in the gas tank. Therefore, drive in such a way that keeps your RPM as low as possible.

    In my Toyota, I keep the overdrive button on at all times.
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