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Nissan Versa New Owners Report

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    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: 1,590
    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: 18,682
    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: 10,824
    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: 1,590
    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: 1,590
    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.
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