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Nissan Versa New Owners Report

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  • 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 at 35K feetPosts: 1,524
    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 at 35K feetPosts: 1,524
    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.
  • Hello everyone,
    I'm not a mechanic so please bear with me. I'm also very upset so please excuse me if it starts to show.

    Couple of months ago I bought a 2007 Nissan Versa Hatchback. I fell in love with the car immediately. My wife and I also purchased the extended warranty or service agreement (can't remember which). After about a month I began noticing that the car would act funny when accelerating from a stop. Basically the car feels like it is not getting gas and then all of sudden BAM, the altimeter needle skyrockets and the engine whines like I'm in a race. Please note that the car doesn't seem to have much power so it isn't pushing me back in my seat when this happens it just makes a loud embarrassing racket like I'm trying to squeal the tires or something. The symptoms are worse when the over-drive function is on (which I'm understanding is the default setting). Then there are times when I get the opposite reaction, either from a stop or when trying to speed up. One time at the McDonalds drive through I had just placed my order and took my foot off the brakes and onto gas. The tires actually squealed even though I hadn't depressed the gas pedal at all--I let the car kinda coast up to the window.

    These symptoms are awful and embarrassing as I attract the wrong kind of attention. I took the vehicle in to the dealership from where I purchased it and they found nothing wrong. What they told me was that they drove it around all day but couldn't get the car to reproduce the symptoms I was describing! There was nothing they could do. They did find that the car needed a new bearing for the front passenger side wheel and that required taking the car back to them twice more (the first time they couldn't install the bearing because the one they received was defective or something). Each time they would tell me that they once again drove the car around but still could not reproduce the symptoms.

    I got into with the one rep. telling him he needed to have the mechanics research possible causes for the symptoms that I'm having but he said it doesn't work like that. He said that they need to reproduce them before they'll know what to do. I told him that was bullsh*t because if they could reproduce the symptoms all they're gonna do is go back and research what might cause those symptoms. I mean, its not like the cars gonna come alive and tell them whats wrong they'll still need to diagnose the problem--right?

    I'm at a point where I'm ready to talk to a mechanic and maybe an attorney, this is ridiculous. Anyone who might know of anything that I might be able to do to get satisfaction would be of a great help to me. I just want the problem fixed and I know there is one. It's not in my head.

    Thanks for listening to my ramble, I appreciate all your help.

    Marc
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Did you buy the 4 speed automatic, or the CVT ? I'm betting the CVT and you have a transmission problem.

    I bought the cheaper 4 speed, to stay away from the CVT belt drive technology. As an engineer, that CVT just doesn't seem like something that is going to last very long.....compared to a regular tried and true transmission that typically gets 100K+ miles.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Just about 39,000 on my 2007 and all is well. I'd love to have regular gas back with NO ethanol, but that's not the fault of the car.

    Any other high mileage Versa owners ready to sing the praises of their ride? ;)

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • Just wanted to say how awesome my 09 Versa SL was in the deep snow we had in Puget Sound area. It never skidded and felt very surefooted in turns. Those tiny wheels dig deep into the snow! I don't even think I need winter tires.

    My Mazda6 S is definitelly not as good for winter.
  • I am having the same problem as many others with the dead battery. If I have not used the car in 3 or more days, the battery is dead. The longer not in use, the more dead it is (Intelli-key wont work at all). This will be my third battery........such a waste since I can NEVER rely on this car to take me to the airport or sit for a few days without working. Its sad since I bought it in October 2008. I thought Nissans were reliable, and now I am finding out they are not. :mad:
  • I bought my 09 in Aug, 09. MPG is 32 with 75% hiway, not babying it. Babying it ( 60 mph or less) gives me 35 mpg (twice). Using non-ethanol gas. Lucky to have it available. Shell. I have some surface rust on the exhaust already. Will show it to dealer. I need a pillow behind my back for lumbar support. Radio has NO SCAN feature. Big negative. Have to keep pressing the button to get new station. Safety hazard, like texting.

    Overall, am happy with car. Looks good. Good mpg. Smooth ride. I have 4,000 miles already, in just 2 months.
  • is your Nissan Versa outfitted with a manual tranny or an automatic tranny?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I have the auto trans. And it's the regular 4 speed auto, not the newfangled CVT autotrans.

    TM
  • helps me frame my thoughts properly when you post from now on. :blush:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    Has then been a owner comparison of MPG based on the 6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, and CVT? I would be sincerely interested in seeing the average city/highway fuel mileage comparisons for each the three transmission types.
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