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Took my 2012 Nissan Versa to Chapman dealership in Philadelphia to correct two recalls. At the same time the inside driver side door handle stopped working. They charged $135 just to look at it and about $190 to fix it. Now to the recall work, one was about the airbags, one was about the suspension. In repairing the airbags, the "technician" failed to secure the dash and now the passenger portion of the dash pops up unexpectedly. The suspension work required front end alignment, now the car pulls left on the highway and the steering wheel is off center to the left.
Clearly, the "technician" did poor quality work. Had contact with Nissan customer service, they talk nice, but do nothing, they e-mailed, called and promised, but have done nothing to correct the situation. I guess that I have to give up on Nissan doing the right thing. I've made an appointment with another repair shop to fix the alignment problem, I think the cost will be under $100, don't know what to do about the dash, guess I'll have to live with it, maybe I can find a way to secure it with a shim or something. Needless to say, I have purchased my last Nissan.
I own a 2015 Nissan Versa. I bought this car brand new with 300 miles on it. Since then I have put 117,000 miles. I had an odd issue with my transmission. My car would jerk when I would change my gear from park to reverse. However, the car would not jerk forward when shifting from park to neutral and then to reverse. When this issue occurred a check engine light came on. I had Nissan diagnose the issue at the dealership and they said I would need to spend $4500 to replace my transmission. I too, was out of warranty by 10,000 miles. I purchased a DTC/OBD scanner and read that the check engine light had a code P0705 Faulty Transmission Range Sensor. I had that sensor replaced for $200 at the dealership, however, that did not fix the issue.
I had an independent transmission shop take a look for a second opinion and they found a Nissan Technical Bulletin that stated that water can intrude in the tail light and cause a short on the circuit that is also attached to the transmission range sensor via a wire that runs from the front of the car to the back. I had a new rear tail light assembly installed and this fixed my car completely! It cost a total of $500. Your CVT may be just fine. If the car will move, then it could just be a short circuit in your tail light causing electrical issues. Please get a DTC scanner. It saved me $4000 dollars. Also service your CVT fluid every 40,000 miles and change your oil every 3,000 miles. It's also wise to use seafoam to clean your fuel line every other oil change (6,000 miles).
On a side note: When Nissan first told me my car's transmission was bad (it wasn't the transmission at all) I heavily contemplated purchasing a new car from Nissan. They offered me $500 for my 2015 Nissan Versa and were lying to me the entire time about what was wrong with my current car. The car only had a water damaged circuit board located in the rear tail light. I fixed my Versa's transmission for $500.
I bought a 2014 Nissan Versa. It was a year old. 40k on it. They never disclosed to me that the transmission was replaced 40k so right before I bought it. At 158k the transmission is going out again. I owe 6000 still on the car. It's worth maybe 1000 now because it's a piece of crap. Nissan knows that the CVT are no good and they are selling a car that are not reliable. One problem is they are not safe. I had no check engine light. It just shut down in the middle of the freeway. These cars are going to get people killed, Great job Nissan.
I am recently learning of these common severe Nissan transmission issues, as my Nissan Versa transmission failed. I bought a brand new Nissan Versa Sedan in 2014. At 80K miles, the transmission failed on a regular routine maintenance car. Two different shops, one of the shops being a Nissan dealership itself, assessed the car yielding same result - transmission failed and need a new battery.
The non-Nissan shop informed me that they had other Nissan Versas in service for the same Transmission issue, that there was a Government-issued Nissan transmission CVT recall, and to call Nissan immediately and let them know that the car is fairly new around 80K and to have such a sudden failed transmission. Additionally, the techs enlightened me that Nissan Versa's ARE NOT GOOD CARS, and Nissan in general has Transmission Issues that drivers should avoid until Nissan combats the issue. I have reached out to Nissan to inform them of the situation and reports. Hopefully, consumer services is a more quality experience than the undiscovered problem of why their transmissions are failing in new well-maintenance cars.
Took the Versa into the Boerne, Tx. Nissan dealer for transmission slipping, 82,000 miles (2000 miles over warranty). Gave me an ok with the bill. Transmission stopped and had to be towed to Nissan in Austin. $3,500 rebuild. 123,000 miles, transmission went out again.
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The Nissan Versa is good on gas and I get very good miles. Very good family starter car and great for traveling around the world. Also, very spacious in the trunk area. Really like the CD player. Lots of room in the backseat area and legroom is good in the front. However, they could add a camera to back out, a hands-free way to use the cell phone when driving, and maybe add a 6 CD player. Also, the insurance is expensive.
The Nissan Versa is a super cool car. Works great, very reliable, and very good gas mileage. Big truck, lots of room and roomy seating. Smooth ride and love the color of it. Very good car brand. I love the fact that the car looks sporty and exterior is really fancy. Plus it handles good and is a very quick car. You can barely hear it run and it has great power too. However, I don't like the key fob key ring feature because every few months the batteries die, and you have to go to the dealership and pay to have them replaced.
The salesman asked me a couple of question and picked the Nissan Versa out for me. I really appreciate that. After we walked out and I took a look at it, I was in love. It was my favorite color and affordable. It's durable and it gets me where I need to be without breaking down or causing me any issues. My car changed my life. If I could change anything it would the space on the inside. My car is small rather compact. If it was a little bigger that would be a cherry on top of my sundae.
The Versa is a compact car with roomy backseat. Good on gas and the trunk has a large enough space to load groceries and several items while shopping. The car accelerates slowly and at high speeds doesn't seem to handle well but that may be because I need my tires rotated. Price was within budget and has 4 doors. Insurance is affordable and car looks nice. Good to drive in the city and running errands but not such a smooth ride. Would like a faster engine and a smoother and quieter ride. Would also like to have more luxury like leather seats and have a GPS system. I would not recommend for long travels over 2 hours as it could be uncomfortable in the seats. Other than that there's nothing wrong with the car.
My Nissan Versa has good gas mileage and easy control settings. Comfortable ride and economical and very good on gas. Roomy back seat makes 2 car seats fit with ease and small glove box is great for gun storage. Love that they offered this in the color red. I like the good leg room and comfortable height. Love the ease of adjustable radio controls on steering wheel, the anchor strapping systems for car seats, and the double glove compartment. I like having a back seat that folds down for cargo loads. However, the carpets are a little hard to keep clean because of their texture. Also, a digital stereo system with Sirius and better side mirrors to help overcome the blind spots towards the rear third of the car would have been nice.
The Nissan Versa 2017 is a very fine car. Simple and very easy to get in and out of parking lots and to turn around. The overall experience with the car so far after owning it for almost one year now is one the happiest things that have happened to me and my 24 year old son in a very long time! We both love driving it and look forward to driving it every single day. There is not a day goes by that we thank THE LORD above for allowing us to purchase such a magnificent car! We both feel blessed beyond words! We know that we have to take very good care of it in order to keep it for many years to come!
We are very happy with our purchase and know we got a very good deal with a 4500.00 allowance for our very old Volvo x90 2004 car. This brought the car down considerably where we could afford it! This is an added feature we did not think about until we started looking for new cars last year in June 2017 when the Volvo broken down on us 2 times in one month. We needed a reliable car that was fun to drive and above all else safe to drive with good gas mileage. I like that the Nissan Versa 2017 is a small and compact 4 door car. Nice and easy to drive. The turning ratio is superb and dream to turn. I would recommend this car to family and friends in a heartbeat. They would not be disappointed in the overall cost of the car and the exceptional gas mileage.
The Nissan Versa 2017 was recommended by the car salesman and the way he described it it seemed just the right car for me and my son's needs. The peace of mind is worth more than you can imagine! We now take day trips out of town which we could not do with the Volvo xc90. This makes life much less worrisome and just a major relief knowing that it will not break down on you especially at nighttime. It nice to have auto windows instead of roll up, lighter interior color instead of black. The right color which is white it does show dirt easily but does not take away from the fact that it is an economical car in price and mileage on streets and especially on the highway where it gets over 40 miles to the gallon. This is one of the best cars for this fact.
I will never buy another Nissan! My 2012 Nissan Versa had the transmission go at only 70,000 miles. Nissan refused to extend the warranty even though other models had the transmission warranty extended to 120,000 miles for the same issues. At only 30,000 miles my exhaust pipe completely rusted off and fell off while I was driving. Again, Nissan failed to cover and said it was from salt from snow removal. I washed my car regularly and it was only exposed to a normal amount of snow. Horrible car! Horrible customer service!!
The Nissan Versa Note is a small cute car that gets good mileage and is easy to drive long or short distances. The car is an entry level car that is very much overpriced and Nissan will not work with you to lower the price, even when your money has been reduced to less than half of what you were making when you originally purchased the car. I have had the car since August 2014 and paid on it in a timely manner until the end of 2017. I owe more than the car is worth and Nissan can only work towards taking the car back, auctioning or selling it and charging you for the difference. I would not recommend buying an overpriced car from Nissan or anybody.
Thank you Patricia at All Pro Nissan on Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, MI and to Summer at Nissan Consumer Affairs. You guys are my lifesavers, my car had the transmission go out at 69,000 miles. This was not covered by my extended warranty and I didn't know what you do. Tricia told me to contact Nissan Consumer Affairs. After about a week, Summer from Nissan Consumer Affairs contacted me to say she had a favorable decision for me and the full $5,000 repair would be covered... minus the diagnosis fee of $115 which I covered gladly. I did have one issue of a torn cv axle during the transmission repair which will hopefully be covered as well... thank you Summer at Nissan Consumer Affairs and thank you Patricia at All Pro Nissan on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, MI. Without you guys I would be out of my 2015 Nissan Versa Note SV, which I love very much. ❤❤❤
I wanted a manual transmission with no electronics, good mileage and easy to drive. Nissan Versa Note fit the bill. There's no distracting console, manual windows, no wifi or anything that can be hacked.
I have a 2012 Nissan Versa. I’m having a transmission issue. The mileage is still with the limits only 54,000 miles. They should fix the transmission... but they are not honoring the warranty... ever. Though there is a recall on it...
I bought this car Versa) new for approx 13000 in 2012. Have put zero dollars into it, except for tires and general maintenance. It has been reliable and I can pack a lot in the hatchback. Maybe I’m lucky? This is my third Nissan. My 200sx lasted 17 years. It was still running but in 2012, got smog so I regretfully put it to rest. I bought the Versa and have had it for 6 years now. I’m looking at the Altima or possibly a Versa Note.
I noticed my 2012 Nissan Versa was jerking. Took it to a Nissan service department. They verified my shifter was broke and transmission is going out. I was shocked! I still am making payments on this car. I called Nissan. Spoke to three different employees. Hoping to get a buyback, a different car or they would pay for the transmission. I was denied on all. Now, I'm stuck paying for a car I can't even afford to fix. I had cars that lasted me years! I will never, ever buy a Nissan again. That's a guarantee.
I have a 2015 Nissan Versa with less than 50,000 miles on it and the power steering stopped working while I was driving one day. Brought it to Nissan and they said I need an entirely new steering column for over $5,000...on a car that’s less than 3 years old. I called Nissan to see if they would do the repair for a discount since the car is so new and it’s obviously a manufacturer error, and they refuse to help because the factory warranty ended a few months ago. That shouldn’t matter. When they sell a car that requires a repair for 1/3 the price of the car because of their poor quality, they should fix it.
I read a few of the reviews on Nissan Versa. Just to bring this to everyone's attention. This is for 2007-2010 Nissan Versa + other models of Nissan. First, to provide you with additional assurance regarding your overall cost of ownership we have doubled the warranty period for the Continuously Variable Transmission in your Nissan. The existing powertrain warranty coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles will be extended at no cost to you, for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing, to 10 years/120,000 miles, whichever comes first. Mine is 5 months over the extended warranty but 16000 miles. Nissan won't do anything. But since I'm over warranty, I have nothing else I can do except share this information with everyone else.
2014 Nissan Versa. Where to begin? Don't count on your fancy transmission lasting long. If there are any problems, the only solution is a complete replacement - mine began slipping @ 116,000 miles and was told there was "imminent mechanical failure" and an entire front-to-back transmission replacement, shipped from Nissan, would cost me $4,500.00. That was 1 week after the check engine light came on, telling me there was a problem with the "air shutter" at the front of the engine. This happened coincidentally after a rare NC snowfall, which is a common occurrence. Cost to fix? $726. I've done ALL the required/recommended maintenance since purchase. Still these are major defects and should NOT have happened. Also, the belt has squealed since day 1. They don't know why.
The rear driver door handle just quit working last month. The door locks are incredibly easy to brush when exiting, thus locking yourself out if the car is running. The silver accents around the speedometer and RPM gauge, if the sun is out and enters the dash area, prepare to be BLINDED by the reflection coming off the mirror-like accents. VERY POOR DESIGN. The center console power port... sticks out inches and is EASILY broken due to the protrusion into the cabin area. And the defroster blower... GOES OUT after a while. I've never in my entire 50 years had a car where the defroster blower quits. The dealer said "It's a plastic part, and they wear out".
There are 2 "rain gutters" where the hood meets the windshield, on either side. They are held in place by TINY plastic hooks. If any mechanic or someone working on the car is not careful, they will break them and you will not notice until later. They cost $50 each. Needless to say, I am going without. What a crappy crappy crappy car. For my first Nissan, I'll NEVER buy another Nissan as long as I live. My Ford/Chevy/GMC vehicles went far longer with fewer problems. Excellent gas mileage savings are NULLIFIED by the unnecessary and expensive mechanical failures from sub-standard parts and poor engineering. STAY CLEAR OF SMALL NISSAN CARS!!!
I purchased a 2015 Nissan Versa Note. Everything about the vehicle was great. It functioned perfectly as a commuter car. However, no one told me the transmission would be a POS. It needed a new transmission at 60,000 miles. After a couple months I noticed the same delays and "slipping" characteristics that the first transmission was displaying before it needed to be completely replaced. I have had this 2nd transmission for only 12,000 miles and it is needing to be repaired or replaced (as it is still under warranty); however, Nissan is making it extremely difficult in making this happen. They are stating nothing is wrong with the transmission even though it is doing the same thing the first transmission was doing.
I took my Nissan Versa to a another transmission shop to get a second opinion. They said this transmission runs on belts and 3 of the belts have significant delays. If those belts are not repaired they stated that the transmission will need to be completely rebuilt (an approx $4500 process - the Kelly Blue Book price for my Nissan Versa right now is $8000). This vehicle is only 3 years old. I regularly service it and I pay for whatever Nissan charges me whenever I take it in. I treat my car well and I take care of it.
My guess is they want to hold out until the warranty on the 2nd transmission is over before they finally admit there is something wrong with it. I have started to hear the same thing about the transmissions from other Nissan Versa owners and I want to give anyone else a heads up before they buy anything from Nissan. Check what type of transmission you are buying. If it is a CVT transmission DO NOT BUY unless you want to be replacing your transmission before 100,000 miles. I am still in negotiations with Nissan to get this transmission issue figured out but I can tell you my next vehicle will be with a company known to build things to last... perhaps a Honda. Those things can get run into the ground before they finally go out. They definitely last longer than 3 years.
2016 Nissan Versa sedan - Buying this car is the most regrettable purchase of my adult life. It is clearly designed to make people so sick of economy cars that they vow to upgrade to luxury next time. Where to begin? The car idles rough, the defrost vents don't even aim at the windows properly, it acts like it is going to conk out on cold mornings even after warming up, you have to be a small person to be comfortable, (my tall roommate, literally can't get in comfortably) the door locks are ridiculous, there is no way to unlock any of the doors from the outside except the drivers door, and it is designed so that opening the door causes you to brush the lock and accidentally lock the door unknowingly, (great way to lock yourself out).
The engine seems to start turning the oil into sludge long before it should. (After only three thousand miles, I got my third oil and filter change at the dealership, and it was worryingly dark, thick and burnt smelling at only 10,000 miles.) Don't even think about buying it if you get snow in your area. The brakes seem to collect ice crystals if the roads have not been salted and become ineffective. (So much fun), the tires that came with the car were so cheap they only had half the life of standard tires before getting bald. The paint scratches very easily, and the pins that hold the side panels together are brittle or something because the top and bottom side panels keep coming apart.
I could go on but you're probably tired of reading. It is possible that their more expensive cars are better. I will never know, because if a company cannot provide decent products in their affordable range, there is no way I'm giving them money for their luxury range when I can afford to upgrade. I have had Honda and Hondia cars in the same price range with good experiences. It's a matter of corporate integrity, which (after owning two Nissans in the economy range, I can say, Nissan doesn't seem to have integrity when it comes to their lower range cars. I can't see this car outliving the car note.
Transmission failed 107,000 miles. I purchased my Nissan Versa brand new 0 miles from Sheehy Nissan in Manassas Virginia in 2013. My Nissan Versa started to not move. When I accelerate it it was stopped in the middle of the street. All of a sudden I'd have to pull over on side of the road turn it off and put it back in gear. I made it to the shop and was told I needed to replace the transmission for $4,800. This is a major problem with Nissan CVT transmissions. It is nothing they can do to help me because it's out of warranty even though it's only 4 years old. I'm not happy with this. Reading the reviews is going on so much with a CVT transmissions Nissan has got to take accountability for these flaws and extend the warranties on the CVT transmissions.
I am 66 years old and I have kept my Nissan Versa in excellent condition. I hardly drive it anywhere and still have the original floor mats that came with it when it was new. About two months ago I was simply driving out of my apt complex and right before I got to the street my gas pedal quit working. I thought I was out of gas cause I had no problems at all with my transmission prior to this. I made it to a gas station and put gas in and it drove pretty good to the grocery store where I was originally headed. I did my shopping and started my Versa and was pulling out of the store parking lot and the gas pedal quit working again. I could press it to the floor board and it would not go. I have already spent 300 dollars on wrecker fees and inspection fees from David McDavid Nissan in Houston, Texas. They told me it is my CVT transmission.
This is devastating for me. I absolutely have to have a car to go to the doctor to get my medicine I must take each month. I have no family that lives around me. I am having to walk to the store and have already missed two doctor appts. I have cried and cried and cried and Nissan will not help me to fix it. My life is over now. I have no car to go anywhere. I am stuck at home. I hope Nissan is happy to take away an senior's only way to get around away. They have no conscience. They know their CVTs transmissions are not any good. And now to top it all off they have a air bag recall that my car is one of the models on the recall list.
I currently have a 2016 Nissan Versa. I purchase this car brand new 2016. The starter on this car went out last week on 5/17/2017 and the Nissan dealership has no idea why? After the installed of this new starter my car is still making a loud!!! I will be going back to Nissan dealership to see what and why this currently happen to car that's not even a year old!!! My car currently has 16000. I am in awe with Nissan!!!
We bought a brand new 2017 Versa in Dec. We have had it back to the dealer twice already. When you get over 60mph it pulls to the left putting you in another lane. The dealer told us that the front end was out of line. Both times did the front end and still same problem. This time my wife spoke to the service manager and he told her that Nissan designed the car wrong and the wheelbase was too close. He said he had other complaints on the same problem. He told us to bring it down and he would take it out and if that's the problem he would take us to the manager and fix us up with a different car. We went today and spent 4 hrs with them trying to sell us a more expensive car. They said they could not do anything for us at the payments we had. So we ended up leaving without the problem being fixed. So I guess they will wait until someone is killed because of this problem before anything gets done.
I bought a new Nissan Versa in 2007, it was my first Nissan. I had been driving a Mercedes Benz for about five years. This was a big change. I wanted better fuel economy, but was concerned about safety. Over the course of two weeks I drove every economy car priced under $20,000. The Versa not only was the safest, but also had the most room. I will admit, it was far from being the highway car the MB was, and was certainly not the prettiest thing on the road. It did however deliver fuel economy around 34 mpg, about as good as a non hybrid got in 2007.
This car was so faithful, so dependable I simply can't say enough about it. It served my family for 9 years and 198,000 miles with never a breakdown! It failed to start once, in January of 2013. It was freezing cold out, and the battery had a bad cell. I even had a minor front end collision with it in 2008, nothing but cosmetic damage. In the 9 years of faithful service I replaced 2 sets of front brakes, one set of rear brakes, two mufflers, and one fuel censor at over 160,000 miles! The fuel censor technically didn't need to be replaced, but was required to pass emissions inspection. Otherwise, I wouldn't have done it.
The CVT transmission gave me zero troubles, even after never changing the fluid for over 80,000 miles! My mechanic told me it should have been done twice by then, that the old fluid was black when he drained it... Still, never a problem! I changed it one more time before the vehicle was totaled in an accident at 198,000. I was t-boned by a 4 ton cube truck that ran a stop sign. Like I said, this car was far from being the prettiest, sharpest or well equipped car I've ever owned... but after 198,000 faithful miles it was wrecked saving my life with the very safety items I bought it for. Now, almost a year later, my wife and I still miss it. If I had to find one complaint with this car it would be the fact, at that time, you could not get a sunroof with ABS brakes... that made zero sense, but was the packaging Nissan was doing the first year or two this car was introduced into the US market. I opted for the brakes, my family is worth it.
It has been 3 months since Nissan announced that the passenger Airbag is failed on my NISSAN VERSA 2012. They did not replace the failed part or they did not help me with the loaner vehicle until the failed part is replaced. I hate driving this vehicle anymore and I won't buy any Nissan products in my life again.
I purchased a 2013 Nissan Versa for my Daughter. She recently had a flat tire. When the trunk was opened to get the spare tire out the spare tire area was full of water which caused her jack to be rusted in areas. I had to purchased a Shop-vac in order to get the water out. I then googled the issue and there were several complaints concerning the same issue and it appears to be rain/water seem to get inside the trunk around the tail lights' area. Some explained the way they had to fix the problem at their own expense. Someone even reported their Nissan Altima had the same issue. Seems as if Nissan should have did a recall on these vehicles that has this issue. Very Disappointed!!!
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