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Nissan Versa, Hatchback
#85 of 94 Versa S Automatic
Aug 15, 2007 (9:35 am)
Slow in accerleration from 20 to about 50mph. Very good in picking up speed from 60mph to 80mph. at above 70mph, steering is not stable, 195/65/R15 might be a better choice for the tires to improve steering but with some loss in mpg.
#86 of 94 Re: Nissan Versa Driving Experience [pf_flyer]
Sep 12, 2007 (8:22 pm)
I bought a 6-speed Versa Sedan 3-months ago. It does handle well, but that's about where the love affair ends.
It fogs up at the slightest drop of rain, the fog can't be cleared unless I put the A/C on. There is a tremendous amount of engine noise transferred into the cab of the car. At 2700 RPM there is a howling noise. At 3000 RPM it sounds like a treadle sewing machine. The A/C is about as effective as someone blowing on you. And there is a funky clunk sound when I turn the A/C on. I get a big clunk when I go into first gear and a scary vibration at the end of the clutch, that under torque or at speed, sounds like something is shearing.
I took the car in and the Nissan mechanic told me the howling noise was normal as was the fact that it sounded like a treadle sewing machine! I wrote to Nissan Canada and they said, basically 'TFB, we've got your money, tell someone who cares."
I'm not a happy car owner.
I see they're running a campaign in which Nissan is giving a Versa a week away. Good idea, get rid of them for free, cuz they sure ain't worth the money.
#87 of 94 Re: Nissan Versa Driving Experience [largemarge3]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Sep 13, 2007 (3:33 am)
Road noise is one of those subjective sort of things, so what's loud to you may be acceptable to me. But with regard to effectiveness of the AC, I have a suggestion.
I bought my Versa in February so early on the only thing I was using the AC for was defogging. Once the weather warmed up, I noticed the AC didn't seem particularly strong, so I had it checked out. Turns out that an o-ring had been pinched in assembly and the refrigerant had leaked out. They replaced the o-ring, recharged the system and it's been fine since.
#88 of 94 Nissan Driving Experience
Sep 23, 2007 (12:30 pm)
HI pf flyer, thanks for the tip about the AC. I did take my gray girl in for her 3-month and told them about the AC. I might ask them to check the o-ring, cuz whatever they 'did' does not seem to have made much difference.
The noise - everyone notices who rides in the car. They all say, "what is that noise?" I've never had a ride where under city conditions at 3000 rpm, I feel like I want to turn up the stereo because they car noise is louder than my music. And I have driven vintage cars.
The mechanics at Nissan tell me it is 'gear noise' , that's fine, but it would be nice if I didn't have to listen to it at 2200 rpm and 2700 rpm.
#89 of 94 Re: Nissan Driving Experience [largemarge3]
Sep 23, 2007 (10:14 pm)
largemarge3, are the windows open or closed when you hear this noise? My Versa ( S HB with VO package) is very quiet most of the time, but I've noticed that wind-buffeting noise can get pretty bad when one or both of the rear windows are open.
Hope this helps.
#90 of 94 Re: Nissan Driving Experience [largemarge3]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Sep 24, 2007 (5:13 am)
I'll say this... the sounds the Versa makes is certainly different than my Sentras made and what comes from my 2001 Altima. It's geared a bit lower in 6th gear than my Altima is in 5th and so is turning at higher RPMs, and that makes me fell like it could handle higher gearing or a 7th speed
But I wouldn't classify it as overly loud. It sort of seemed so at first, but I have a feeling that if I measured it, it wouldn't be significantly different.
#91 of 94 Re: Nissan Driving Experience [pf_flyer]
Sep 24, 2007 (7:20 am)
I hadn't bought a new car for over 8 years before the Versa, so I was very pleasntly surprised by how refined small cars have become in the last few years. Compared to my '00 Neon, the Versa's a Cadillac inside as far as noise goes. Even on the highway, it's possible to have a normal conversation. It's only when the windows are open that noise becomes more of an issue, at least so far.
Feb 16, 2009 (4:54 pm)
I love driving my Versa. I barely hear any noise from the road or the engine when idling. Even starting the car is quiet. The only thing that bothers me is that I can't see the hood of the car, even when I inflate the seat. Right-hand arking is harder for me, and that might be a reason, or I just suck at parking.
#93 of 94 43,000 miles and counting
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Feb 16, 2009 (5:19 pm)
I like my Versa as well. I'm getting used to not seeing the hood. Was a little disconcerting at first. Parking close to curbs has taken a bit of getting used to as well, but that might have been me just being cautious with a new vehicle.
We're going to need another vehicle in about a year for my one daughter, and she's hinted she wants MY Versa!
#94 of 94 Driving experience
Jun 13, 2009 (5:16 pm)
I can't see the hood either but I have more issues with the back end. Still getting used to having a hatchback.
I recently went up to the Palomar Observatory and the handling and acceleration were stellar on the twisty mountain roads. Easily the funnest drive I've had in a long time!!