Last post on Nov 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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Nissan Versa, Hatchback, Sedan
#1203 of 1276 Re: 07 Exhaust Versa [jtkirk161]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Dec 16, 2010 (6:26 pm)
Here's my theory and a couple of facts to back it up... my 2007 also had the flange just in front of the muffler rust out. Talking to the guy at Midas, he told me that Muranos are also having a problem with early exhaust problems. The reason that the replacement muffler is so expensive (only from Nissan, $425) is that there hasn't been enough time for aftermarket mufflers to hit the market yet. The Midas guy told me that it's usually about the 4th year of a model when aftermarket mufflers start appearing. As to WHY these things are happening, the answer seems pretty obvious to me. Ethanol in our gas. When you burn ethanol, one of the byproducts is water. Ever notice the water streaming out of tailpipes now? And you can bet you bippy that water is fairly corrosive and it's on the INSIDE of your exhaust system, attacking the metal from inside and well as the elements outside. My Midas guy was able to weld a new flange on my Versa for $100, so hopefully the next time I need one, aftermarket options will be available.
Just googled "versa muffler" and it seems that there are now some options. (at least some are showing up on the search results)
#1204 of 1276 Replacing Wiper Blades 2009 HB
Dec 26, 2010 (12:41 pm)
Just a note for other Versa owners. I took about half an hour to figure this out, even with reading the Versa owner's manual. I had to replace the small 14 inch passenger side wiper blade. The actual job takes about 30 seconds, once you know the trick. You have to push up on a tab under the wiper, then push the whole "blade" off the arm. Then slip the new "blade" on, with a satisfying click sound. Ahhhhhh. By "blade" I mean the rubber strip along with the metal apparatus, not just the rubber strip refill. I used an Anco blade for $4.97 at Walmart. Worked great once I knew the trick.
My old blade was frozen to the windshield and ripped apart when I turned on the wipers today !
#1205 of 1276 Hatchback brake lamp change
Feb 14, 2011 (1:56 pm)
Can someone please tell me how to access the brake lamp housing in the hatchback to change the bulb.
#1206 of 1276 Re: Hatchback brake lamp change [68orion68]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Feb 14, 2011 (5:01 pm)
I've seen this procedure posted online...
Inside the trunk/hatch area, directly behind the tail light assembly, are two plastic cover plates. Remove these with a flat tool (screwdriver will work) by prying in the small slit. They pop off. Inside one you will see a nut. This is a 10mm deep socket. NOTE: This nut is very easy to lose once loosened! If at all possible use a magnetic socket. If one is not available, loosen but don't remove completely. Use a magnet to remove. In the other compartment you will see wires on a plastic holder. This holder is snapped over the nut you need to remove (note you may see two, you want the one closest to the access opening). Use a flat (screwdriver) to slip the white cover with wires off the screw post. Use a 10mm wrench to loosen, then remove by hand. From the outside, pull the lamp assembly backwards. If necessary apply a little pressure on the interior screw posts. ACCESS TO LAMPS! Reverse procedure to reinstall. Note on the exterior there is a slot at the front of the lamp assembly when reinstalling. Good Luck!
I followed the advice above but have a few details to add. I used a stick (7/8" x 5/8" x 6") to push on the bottom post and then used a flat stick, actually a paint stirring stick, as a shim between the lens and the car body. With the shim in place I then used a flat nylon strap (a dog leash) which I placed around the tip of the lens, closest to the front of the car. I put both ends of the leash in one hand in order to pull on one side and then used my finger tips on the other hand to pull on the part of the lens closest to the bumper and applied even pressure straight back until the lens popped off allowing access to the light bulbs.
As with all advice you might find on the internet, I would take it SLOW and easy.
This is assuming you're talking about the left and right brake likes and not the third brake light unit at the top of the hatch. That's an LED unit. I had to replace it on my 2007 after the lens on it got cracked somehow and water got in and killed the light assembly. As I recall it was like $128 for the light assembly
#1207 of 1276 Re: Hatchback brake lamp change [pf_flyer]
Feb 17, 2011 (2:37 pm)
Thanks very much for the great help!
All to change a bulb - don't you love technology?
#1208 of 1276 Re: Hatchback brake lamp change [68orion68]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Feb 18, 2011 (9:11 am)
Hey, you're suppoed to remove the front end of the Versa to change the headlight bulbs (that's the official procedure) but I've done those under the "If I can get my fingers on it, I can change it" theory
Feb 18, 2011 (1:22 pm)
I find it impossible to believe you have to disassemble the front end to change a bulb.....i hope my new Versa doesn't prove to be too hard to live with...i just finished 10 years of smooth sailing with a 2001 Passat...
Feb 19, 2011 (6:04 am)
Oh, there are a number of vehicles now that are supposed to need the front clip to come off to change a headlight. I agree, it's absolutely nuts to have a headlight change be listed as a 60 to 90 minute procedure.
I have 4 years in on the 2007 Versa and the sailing has been smooth! We only had the 2010 for just over 100 days when it saved the wife's life (stopped for a car that was stopped for deer, plowed into by an F-150 that didn't stop. Totaled) and the 2011 is going along just great at 11,000 miles since mid Oct.
Just changed the front rotors on the 2007 at 85,000 due to warping, but other than normal wear items, I've only had to change the third brake light assembly on the 2007. Not sure how the lens got cracked. Could have been severe cold last winter in the -15 range.
Did you get the 6-speed? If so, see if you agree with me and my daughters that we'd swap 1st gear for a 7th.
Feb 19, 2011 (11:55 am)
Yes, i got the manual.....and i am surprised how breathless the car seems on the highway...i've never driven a 6-spd that so cried out for a 7th gear....And i do think the shift is really terrible...and the clutch isn't great either...They just aren't very fluid.....But i still think having a manual adds a lot to driving fun.
I'm really disappointed that the seat bottom doesn't height adjust,either.
But above everything else is the astoundingly roomy back seat. It is entirely the reason i chose the Versa...It's truly large...
#1212 of 1276 clunk/pop from right front at random
Feb 19, 2011 (9:14 pm)
I have 31,000 miles on my 09 Versa Hatch. Lately it is making an annoying popping / clunking sound from the front right. Sometimes it sounds like it is coming from under the floorboards between the left and right front seats.
It can happen any time, even on a flat surface with no apparent bumps. But most often it happens when going over a small bump (not a big bump) and also when you are starting out from a complete stop, especially when turning right.
It actually sounds like someone is striking a bongo drum with a drumstick, nice and hard, just once. Sort of a bunk sound. Sometimes you can feel it in the floor of the car.
Had a lot of horrible roads to drive over this winter with potholes and bumps of all sorts, which may have caused the problem.
Anyone else have this bunk sound? Were you able to get it fixed ?