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Nissan Versa Engine Problems



  • I know that this is over a year later, but I have recently been having the same problem starting up. It doesn't have all of the time, but sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get it to start. My dad wants me to take it to the Nissan dealership, but I am not so sure that they could help now.

    I got my Versa in October 2007 and didn't have one problem until last month or so. I have been pretty happy with it except for this start-up problem.
  • cathy8cathy8 Posts: 37
    Definitely go to your Nissan dealership. The more people reporting the problem the better it will be. When I have trouble my car will start in safe mode. That is, the car will be running but when I put my foot on the gas it will not accelerate. It is as if no gas is going to the engine. Then I will shut the car off and sometimes it will start normally and other times it takes many tries. Today it happened again and it was so hard to start after the initial safe mode start that I feared I wouldnt get it going at all. Finally it started. Watch for the safe mode start. I've only found one other person who is having the exact problem as me.
  • cathy8cathy8 Posts: 37
    Update on Problem:

    On January 31/08 the dealership removed the super multi function connector and packed the wires with dialectic grease. The theory was that moisture was getting onto the wires and causing my problems. The wires were checked for corrosion and there was none. Unfortunately, this did not solve the problem as 3 weeks later the car again went into safe mode when I tried to start it. This time it took me numerous tries to get the car going but the engine light did not stay on beyond the safe mode start. In the past the engine light had remained on after the car had started normally.

    On March 3/08 I called Nissan Canada and spoke to a different rep than my first call. He was very attentive to my concerns and became even more so when I told him that I was applying for Arbitration if Nissan could not resolve my problems. He said that he would send my concerns up and that someone would contract me in 2-3 days with a resolution. I have not heard a word from Nissan. On Monday it will be 3 weeks since my call so I will phone again.

    Yesterday the dealerships Service Manager called to tell me that across North America there have been reports of starting problems with the Versa. Nissan is now going to tear apart the fuel injection system on a car at Nissan to see if it can find the problem. I had my fuel injection system replaced last September but this did not fix my troubles. Perhaps a faulty part was used in my car initially and then a new part used in the fuel injection fix was also faulty. Who knows.

    I'll keep you posted. Before applying to Arbitration I have to prove that I tried to work with Nissan on the problem. Not having had a response in 3 weeks will certainly work in my favor.

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    The air pressure inside a tire can change due to several factors, such as:
    • Ambient temperature change
    • Tire temperature change due to driving conditions
    • Altitude change
    • Natural pressure loss over time

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    The engine needs to be cranked for a long time (4-10 seconds) before the engine starts.
    Fuel system pressure after engine shutoff drops lower than 200 kPa (29 psi) after 30 minutes time.

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    When repairing an air leak at a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitor System) sensor seal, a seal is now available separately.

    Discussion Thread 03-11-2008
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    Customers may notice water in the exterior lamps. Customers may think that this condition is a defect in the lamp. However in many cases some amount of moisture is considered normal. 02-26-2008
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    The MIL is on with any of the following DTCs stored:
    P0011, P0014, P0021, P0024, P1110, P1135,
    NOTE: The engine may also have Camshaft Sprocket rattle noise and/or other engine noise. 01-25-2008
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    A lower portion of the fixed seat back makes it difficult to install a child restraint system (CRS) into the LATCH system in accordance with Vehicle Owner’s Manual and CRS instructions.

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    The MIL is “ON” with any of the following codes stored:
    • DTC P1615 or P1614 or P1610.
    The engine does not restart in the following conditions
    • The vehicle sat for several hours (cold soak) with outside temperatures below -12º C
    (10º F); and
    • The vehicle was then driven for a short period of time (5-10 minutes); and
    • The engine was then turned OFF for a short time (5-10 minutes); then
    • The engine cranks but will not start and the MIL illuminates with DTC P1615 or
    P1614 or P1610

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    The Service Procedures for the following will no longer be in Technical Service Bulletins:
    • NATS Key registration.
    • Intelligent Key registration.
    • Steering Look Unit ID Registration

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    In an effort to protect the paint finish, Paint Guard Film (PGF) is applied on each new Nissan vehicle.
    Paint Guard Film (PGF) is a temporary white plastic protective film that is applied by the factory to the horizontal painted surfaces of the vehicle. The PGF protects the paint finish during vehicle handling, transportation and storage from harmful elements such as acid rain, iron particles, bird droppings, tree sap and other environmental contaminants.

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    You are unable to open the fuel lid and/or hood because the cable detaches from the cable

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    Nissan has determined that on some model year 2007 Nissan Versa Hatchback vehicles, the connection for the wire harness may have been damaged during manufacturing. If this connection is damaged, the Occupant Detection System may not operate correctly. If this occurs, the red air bag warning light will come on and the passenger side frontal air bag will not work. Driving with a non-working passenger air bag could increase the front passenger’s risk of injury in a collision. To correct this condition, Nissan is conducting a Voluntary Recall Campaign to replace the connector for the front passenger seat belt tension sensor with a new one free of charge.

    Nissan has determined that the brake fluid reservoir cap on some 2007 model year Versa vehicle fails to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135 "Light Vehicle Brake Systems." The standard specifies, among other things, certain brake fluid reservoir labeling requirements.
  • cathy8cathy8 Posts: 37
    Thanks for posting the tech service info. Unfortunately my problems of the car starting in safe mode and the engine racing aren't addressed. Nor does there seem to be a fix for the cranking issue that so many (including me) are having. It just mentions the problem but not how to rectify it. Hopefully they'll figure these things out soon as my patience is wearing thin.

  • Pleas just bring the number of the bulletins to your dealer and the should be able to fix your virsa's problems this is just a problem with first year cars verry few have this problem early production run cars have this problem hope this helps thankyou so mutch Marco
  • jpg11124jpg11124 Posts: 2
    not being much of a gearhead, but definitely obssesive compulsive, i decided i was going to change the spark plugs on my 2007 versa...oh what a fool i am..first off, i wanted to put these pulsar plugs i read about in, because they said they could boost my mileage, which has never approached the 40 mpg as advertised for highway driving, (although i think the k&n air filter helped give me a couple more miles to the gallon, suprisingly)....anyway, after taking off more parts than i could possibly think imaginable to actually get to the spark plugs, (which i couldn't get out anyway because they were down in a hole as long as the one alice in wonderland fell in), and wedging a socket in there that i was luckily able to retrieve, i put it all back together and contemplated my next strategy. after reading the manual more thoroughly, i realized one of the steps that was supposed to be done was draining the coolant....draining the coolant to change spark plugs?....what the heck!...i put everything back together and the car runs fine, so i guess no harm no foul, but now i'm worried about the coolant thing...i've driven the car about 80 miles since then, and it seems fine..ultimately, my questions are, what's up with draining the coolant, has anybody had any experience with these plugs, and where in the heck can i find a socket that'll reach into the never ending chasm..(i went to snap on's site, they had one for 36 (yikes) bucks, but not in stock...any advice?...(no, i can't afford a shrink)
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    my advice would be, let a trained mechanic handle it. cars have pretty much got to the point where you really need to know what your doing, and have the right tools to do anything to them. even something as simple as changing spark plugs.

    I think the days of the shade tree mechanic are about over.
  • jpg11124jpg11124 Posts: 2
    i bought those plugs myself, went to change them, and never drained the coolant....i was all the way down to the actual plug hole, but didn't have a socket that would fit...i was doing the same exact thing as you mentioned...why drain the coolant?...i got to the plugs, but since i couldn't get them out with the socket i had, i gave up and put it back together...i'm kinda freaking out about the coolant thing, but nothing came out when i took the manifold off, and it ran fine when i put it back together
  • motorridermotorrider Posts: 8
    originally I posted under general since I did not know where to post -- at that time I told of the car going into high revs, the speedometer dropping to zero and it feeling like the car was in neutral -- this happened at freeway speed -- step on the gas and no power

    this happened twice, we took it to the dealer and they replaced the transmission -- got the car back on Tues and on Saturday it did it again -- nearly causing my wife to be run in to -- while on the freeway -

    since the dealer was open on Saturday we took it back in -- well there are codes set in one of the ECMs, but they don't know why its doing that - with only 15,000 miles I am not impressed with the CVT trans

    we were given a rental versa with a the regular 3 speed and I like it much better - but it also has the problem of the low pressure tire lite - which we have had replaced twice now. --
    I will further update when I get more info
  • skirby01skirby01 Posts: 7
    Wow..thats brutal!
  • motorridermotorrider Posts: 8
    Well, here is the updated -- they now replaced the TCM and the car appears to be running fine - however, my wife has lost all sense of confidence in the car since she had 3 possible accident causing situations - the third after it was so called fixed by what Nissan Tech Headquarters said to do

    which as mechanic I would have changed first just because of the what happened

    I know that all vehicles have problems - but some just are more serious in nature especially when the Head Engineers can't diagnose it and need to be dealt with differently instead of make the change do an around the block and call it good.
  • cathy8cathy8 Posts: 37
    Thanks for the update. I hope the Versa works okay now. I can sure understand why your wife has lost confidence in the car though. My problem is different but I've lost confidence in mine too.

    We don't have lemon laws in Canada but we do have arbitration so I've just applied for that route. I'm waiting to hear when the hearing will be with Nissan, an arbitrator and myself. I'm asking for Nissan to buy back my car since they've tried numerous times to fix it with no success. I love the car but it's no fun having one that is unreliable. But, if they're ordered to buy it I have no idea what to buy as a replacement. All other small cars that I've tried pale in comparison when it comes to comfort and amnemities.

  • Hey I red Your message. SO They replaced your tcm and the car is driving fine now. I think that is what they should have changed in the first place. They really did not nead to change the trans. the was probbly a bulitin out on the tcm I think YOu should be ok now I would not worry about it to mutch. I no it is going to take alot of convinsing to your wife but she will be fine. Let me no how the car keeps on dooing. and hear is a web sight if you have any mor problems with this car witch I dont think you will it is a grate car. The web sight is Nissan That is Y YOu never bye the first moddle of a car or the first year when a car is re dizined You dont bye it till that seccand year it has bin out. I hope I have helped you sorry about my spelling Thankyou so mutch Marco.
  • Hey Cathy. SO you are still having the same problem with your virsa. So you are going to apply for abrotation you have to do what you have to do. I would tell them to give you a new virsa and I think you will be fine. if they want to keep a customer they will do that with no questians asked. You will not have any problems Like you had with your 2007 virsa with the 2008 virsa. That is Y you never bye the first year of a car when it first cumes out Just so you no for your next car doo alot of sirtching on the internet this sight is a good sight to start. Look how menny years the car you want to get has bin out. The honda fight has had sum problems to look on the honda foram and the toyota Yaras also. No car is Parfact. anyway Yea the virsa is still a good car. I was in one the other day the car moddle not the hatch back moddle. I think My dad will be getting one real soon he loves it. it is the secand year so I think we should be ok. I hope I was able to help you out just sum input from me. Have a verry good day cathy keep us updated. Marco. Ps it is good that Nissan has tryed to Help you out. SOrry about my spelling I no it is not the best Marco.
  • cathy8cathy8 Posts: 37
    Unfortunately, asking for a new Versa isn't allowed as part of the arbitration process. I'd be happy with a new one since there is nothing out there that I like better. I've been researching the FIT and the Yaris and am disheartened by the problems with them too. I want my 1992 Honda Civic back. I had it for 10 years and never had a problem. Plus I got 47 miles to the Imperial gallon. It was a great little car.
  • Hey Cathy SO you would not be aloude to get a New virsa Man that is a shame Maby You could make sum deal with them or sumthing. Yea I no what you mean every car has its shair of problems. Maby you should try out the Nissan Sentria. or the Nissan altima 4 sil. boath those car's are a bit mor money. or just get a nother Sivick. but evan the sivick has sum problems to you no. You will have to take your chance with any car. I dont no how mutch they will give you for the virsa but that is nun of my bizness anyway. They are just going to fix it and sell it to sum one elce most Likely. O the other car you can look at is the Toyota Matricks. has all wheele drive Think Not shore if they have it whair you live. Sorry I cant help you with bringing the 1992 honda sivick back. if you dont mind me asking Y did you get rid of that car. Was it at the end of its life. Keep us updated Cathy have a real grate day Marco. Sorry about my spelling Thanks.
  • cathy8cathy8 Posts: 37
    Unfortunately my 16 year old totalled my 1992 Civic so that was the end of that car. Then I bought a 2002 Acura EL and sold it after 4 years because of the suspension problems. That experience put me off of Honda. Now Nissan isn't very high on my list. It sure is a crap shoot buying a car these days.
  • motorridermotorrider Posts: 8
    well, to keep the wife happy, we no longer have the Versa so my stay at this forum has been short -- up until that problem, the Versa was fine -- it was my first Nissan even though I had come close in the past to buying a Datsun 30 years ago
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