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Nissan Versa Accessories and Modifications



  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,966
    Probably would have been easier, but no, I got the bike inside without taking the front wheel off!

    I have some ideas on building a riser for the hatch area myself. Maybe even one that folds flat when not in use so i can keep it in the car and pop it up when I need it.

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  • molly01molly01 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know if anyone makes a stick-on protective piece for top of the back bumper to keep it from getting scratched when you place items in or take them out of the hatchback? I had a piece for my Murano that really saved the paint back there and I can see that it might be handy to have on the Versa as well.
  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    Hi. Would it be possible for you to post a picture and a plan for your riser for the versa's cargo area?
  • bikedorianbikedorian Posts: 48
    It's pretty easy. Take a 6ft. section of a 1X10 and cut it into 3 equal pieces. Cut one piece in half to use for the ends. Screw (or nail) the pieces together. I use the shorter pieces on the inside. If you use them on the outside, you'll need to shorten the length wise pieces by two inches.
    I made two of these boxes so I can cover the whole cargo area when necessary or use just one when two aren't required. For transporting my mulch bins (42x21), two is better. For one bike, one is plenty.
    The best part of this open design is that I give up very little storage space in the cargo area. The wood can also be painted to match if aesthetics are important.

  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    Thanks a lot.
  • srbastsrbast Posts: 6
    We just got a 2007 Nissan Versa SL and need to get extra keys for the family made. When contacting the Nissan dealership, they said each key will cost me $246!!! $85 for key, $50 for remote and $100 for programming. That is absurd! They also said that one can't work without the other, so I just can't get the remote and drive key-less and I can't just get the key and drive manual. Does anyone have the real story? I feel this is highway robbery. Also, please let me know if you found any other way to copy your keys. I don't care much about the remote at this point.

    Thank you! Stephanie
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    If your taking about an Ikey, the numbers they're giving you sound correct.
  • srbastsrbast Posts: 6
    We are talking about an Ikey. However, we don't need multiples of those. We would just like to have a regular key to get in the car and start it manually, too. I'm not going to be giving everyone a $246 key. Any knowledge as to where we can get them cheaper or if we can just make copies of the metal key and use that? Thanks!
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    The metal key (if your talking about the one that comes out of the Ikey) is just an ordinary key. Any locksmith should be able to make one.
  • srbastsrbast Posts: 6
    Do you know this for a fact? We're going to go tomorrow and try. Nissan said that a locksmith can't do it. Of course, that could be because they want the $85 for it. Here's hoping!
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    I don't see why they couldn't. but, the metal key will only unlock the doors and glove box. you need the fob to start the car.
  • srbastsrbast Posts: 6
    That's where I get confused. What is the FOB?? We bought this car used and it didn't come with the owner's manual, so we have to get that. I don't see why a metal key wouldn't start the car.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    It depends on the trim level, but the cars with the intillegent key system don't have a mechanical key to start the car. the ignition swicth is built in, like the selector for heating controls. instead of a key, they come with a fob. in order for the ignition switch to work, the fob had to be within a certain range of the car. They also have a mechanical key, because if the battery dies, the fob will not be able to unlock the doors. But once in the car, there is no keyhole for the ignition. it looks something like this. Thats from an altima i think, but the one for the versa isn't much different

  • srbastsrbast Posts: 6
    Yes, my remote looks just like this. HOwever,there is a mechanical key hidden inside of it. And there is a slot in the ignition for the mechanical key to go in. I'm looking forward to having the time today to bring it to a locksmith and see if he/she can make a copy. And then see if it works without the fob nearby.
  • john193john193 Posts: 1
    I have recently purchased 2007 Nissan Versa SL w/ convenience package. Still getting use to driving the car since my last car was a jeep.

    Has anyone installed a roof rack to their versa? I'm looking into Thule and Yakima racks to carry a luggae carrier, bikes and a kayak.

    Thanks for the help! Here's to 30mpg!! =)
  • You can have a locksmith make a copy of the key, but it will NOT start the car. It will only open the doors and trunk/hatch. In the ignition, the tumblers will turn but the engine will not start. The key has a security chip in it. If you take out the mechanical key from the ikey fob and look at the bottom edge of the plastic part, you'll see a hot glue plug where the chip was inserted.

    If you want a key that starts the car, you'll have to have the dealer make one for you. However, the price they quoted you sounds like another fob (which is why it's so expensive). Make sure you tell them that you want a mechanical key and not another fob. It's the same key as on Versas without the ikey feature. Different dealers charge different prices. I've heard of prices varying from $50 to over $100. Ask around.
  • srbastsrbast Posts: 6
    Got it. Thanks for clarifying that. Geez...I guess I won't be getting many extra keys for this car.
  • boqibamaboqibama Posts: 25
    Removing versa top dashboard panel seems not easy. Can anybody pass me the procedure to do so? I want to upgrade the two small vents on the top each side.
  • Hello john193,

    Did you ever find a roof rack for your Versa? I just bought a 2008 Versa SL and haven't been able to find a rack yet.

    Thanks, Alex
  • :confuse: I just bought a 2008 Versa, did anyone find a roof rack yet?
  • I'm getting a Versa today :shades: How do you guys like the car so far?
    This site has info on the roof rack, but my dealer doesn't have it. Not sure if it's only available in Canada.
  • Why thank you, Greenplastic, I forwarded the page to my dealer, haven't heard back yet but at least I know it exists somewhere!!!
    As for liking the car, I LOVE IT, which kind of surprises me, having driven an 8V truck for years!
  • J.C. Whitney has two, one Alumium and one ABS Plastic. I believe both of them would require the drilling of pilot holes in the roof.
  • Thank you Jengrave. I just got a removable roof rack made by Highland. It works perfectly with my kayak and being removable means I don't have to put holes in my car or lose gas mileage. If anyone is interested it is the Highland Superfit costs about $30 thought it would be flimsy at that price but it is pleasantly solid (alum)made by Cequent - manufacturers of Draw-tite. Note to anyone buying one, insert the straps BEFORE putting the bars on the towers (instructions say otherwise) I threw away the J clips as of course there is no place for them and got a strap to go through the vehicle. Couldn't be happier. :)
  • Thanks much...I'll check it out.
  • tyou08tyou08 Posts: 16
    Hi alphabrit,

    With the strap goes under the roof, can the windows or door be closed tight? Are the bars parallel to the car or across the roof? how many bars? Can your kayak be secured safely by it? How many pounds is your kayak? I am looking to do the same.Thanks
  • Yes the doors close tight, it works very well, the bars (2) are across the roof as (not sidebars) and yes my kayak is very secure. I have a picture in my Carspace if you like to check it out. I am very pleased with how it works, have taken several trips with it.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Has anyone found an internet site with the parts to add Daytime running lights to a 2008 Versa 'S'? I believe DRL is standard on Canadian vehicles, so suspecting that that parts would be plug and play....if available anywhere.
  • Purchased the basic 2008 Versa Hatchback model, not thinking that not having power doors and windows would be a problem.

    Realized now that the door locks are a problem because it is difficult to reach from the drivers door into the rear doors to unlock.

    Trying to make up for this by having power locks installed on an alarm. Been to three alarm places and none have actuators that fit the car door. Each place said if I can get the actuator from Nissan, they will install.

    Called three Nissan dealers, not one of the parts departments can tell me what actuator Nissan sells that will fit this model.

    Has anyone done this and where did you go for the actuators? If you got them from Nissan, do you have a part number?
  • franko1franko1 Posts: 15
    Gas cap is difficult to remove due to high vacuum. Dealer say's design problem. Until resolved , use wrench to remove. I ordered a" stant" gas cap for $15. that does not have to be removed . Just place pump nozzle thru both flappers and fill. Pump will shut off automatically, as before. No light on dash came on, so far. NEATO!.
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