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Nissan Versa, Car Comparisons, Hatchback
#113 of 148 Re: Knocking noise under the hood of my 2009 Versa SL [mimi16]
Jun 02, 2010 (8:11 am)
Reported same knocking + vibration when stopped at a light 32K miles. Dealer could not replicate problem or diagnose. Now 50K miles (all highway driving) just learned that my engine is fried. Waiting right now to see what Nissan will do for me. Used full synthetic oil but changed 10K intervals because the oil looked good and I was driving highway 110 miles per day for work. Seemed OK. FYI, Nissan says 7,500 mile oil change interval on standard oil OK.
Lesson: Keep your records of oil changes, repairs, etc. You will probably need them to defend your warranty claims.
I bought this car because I needed reliable durable economy. That's the Nissan brand image. Let's see how they do for me the customer. Will report later.
#114 of 148 Hatchback research
Jun 13, 2010 (4:20 am)
I'm looking to purchase a hatchback within a few months and have looked at many different models such as: Subaru Impreza, Yaris, Honda Fit, Mazda3, Versa, Golf and waiting for the Ford Fiesta. Narrowed it down to the Impreza and Versa. I've read most all the Edmunds posts and NHTSA about the Versa starting with the first model year. I'm disappointed that the quality doesn't seem to exist for this vehicle, too many issues. On paper the Versa is a nice little car, it seems that Nissan has not fixed any of the issues that have been plagued this vehicle since day one. I really like a lot of things about it but on my test drive I noticed the pop/clunk sound that many have reported. I hope there are people out there who have had a positive experience with theirs. I guess I'll keep looking, sigh....
#115 of 148 Re: Only had my 2010 Versa for 1 DAY and it's already making a weird noise! [carmenghe]
Jul 08, 2010 (8:40 am)
Did you ever get this resolved? My boyfriend told me I needed to break the Versa in..........well it has been back to the dealers, they replaced a strut. I left with it still making the noise and 2 dings on my front hood. I have the car there today and they are keeping it until they resolve the ping/pingss..........I am entirely disappointed. I had a civic for 11 years and not one problem!!!!!!!!! I am sorry I bought the versa, had I known of this forum before I bought the car , I would not have bought it. Now I need body work done? I have had the car 4 months and have been back to dealers 4 times, not even for an oil change...........I fear my problems are just starting.
#116 of 148 Knocking noise is the ABS sensor...
Jul 08, 2010 (10:56 am)
Hi everyone! UPDATE: I took my Versa to the dealership only one day after I purchased it (I posted that here) and luckily they were able to "replicate" that knocking noise coming from my right front tire or under the hood. Their diagnostic: the ABS sensor triggers at 20 mph after starting the car, this makes a "knocking" sound which basically tells you that the ABS Breaking System is working properly. The car makes this sound every time after starting the car, just a second after the doors auto-lock at 20mph. Basically, if you turn off the ignition three times a day and start the car three times, the ABS triggers every time as soon as the car accelerates to 20mph. According to the dealership, this is perfectly normal and I also found it on the Owner's Manual As for the vibration when the car is idle at a light, or going at 5-10mph...it is also the ABS breaking system doing it's job. These breaks are very sensitive but awesome! Also, the squeaking steering wheel: well, the car was brand new...that noise is gone as I've put 2,200K miles in three months and the car is broken in. Oh! and it literally got broken into only six weeks after I purchased it. so sad! Other than that, I love my Versa..it rides smoothly and it's giving me good MPG (32 highway). I've also gotten used to the noise which could sound as if a strut is loose or something like that, but it's perfectly normal (so they say). I hope this info helps. Take care.
#117 of 148 Meant "ABS Braking System" sorry...typos lol
Jul 08, 2010 (11:14 am)
it's 'braking'...not 'breaking'. oops.
#118 of 148 Re: Hatchback research [rebel71]
Jul 24, 2010 (9:31 am)
Hello. I purchased a 2009 Versa in Feb.2010. I now have 8,000miles on it and only one complaint which was fixed under warranty. A filter in the exhaust system was bad. It took hours to diagnose and several visits to dealer to have replaced. The problem didn't show up on a diagnostic and was only found with assistance from their mechanics help center. The car gives very good mileage; 36 highway. It has the most comfortable seats of all small cars and I recently drove it 21 hours straight with no problems. I bought it because of the seats and because it can be towed behind a motor home. So far, it's been a very good car for me. I would look at Honda and Toyota but I wouldn't go anywhere near a VW. I sold a Passat several months and it was the worst car I have ever owned, the most unreliable and most expensive to keep repaired. I have been driving almost 50 years and the older VW's were good. Last 10 years are plagued with costly problems. See VW posts.
#119 of 148 Re: New Nissan Versa Owners Report [Sylvia]
Jul 27, 2010 (1:37 pm)
I just way overpaid for a 2008 Versa SL. We were trying for months to find a good deal to get out of a lemon malibu that was falling apart after 70k miles. We were way upside down, and trading itis was a not going well.
I love this damn car though. I paid $17.9 after the upside down trade in, but my monthly payments only went up by 6 bucks. Its red, has the wing, front, back, and side lip kits, aftermarket H&K air filter, fog lights, aftermarket exhaust, 18" racing low pros with new tires, and only 5K miles. There are also 3 buttons added under the steering column we cant identify... I guess some kid got it for graduaion, the parents put alot of money into upgrades, then the kid got into trouble with drugs and so they traded it in for a new truck for themselves!
the nissan dealers was sooooooo nice. We have never been treated with that much respect, usually we try to leave, like to work after being there for 5 hours and they wont let us go, this guy reminded us we said we had an apointment and invited us to come back later.
So far, I am blown away. There are so many sweet features my head is spinning a bit. The inteligent key, bluetooth phone, and ratcheting height drivers seat are my 3 favorites though. that muffler makes it sound mean as hell too. I justified the purchase a bit by saying, I wont spend anything to improve it, because its already nice, but Ive already bonded to the car enough I cant help but look for things to do to it.
The only thing I dont like is the speadometer numbers, which go by 20's and 2's, and nearly every streets I drive on has speed limits that end in 5. Its a small price to pay for such a comfortable and fun ride.
#120 of 148 Re: Advice needed: Transmission problems [mperedithe]
Jul 28, 2010 (6:37 pm)
I was just wondering if you had any luck with finding out what was wrong with your car. Unfortunately i am having the same problem with my car.
#121 of 148 Re: Knocking noise is the ABS sensor... [carmenghe]
Aug 26, 2010 (10:50 am)
I have exactly the same issue. Bought the car yesterday. heard the noise and then brought it back to the dealer and they said they had no idea. Has the noise that you had diagnosed been developed into anything different?
#122 of 148 muffler flange
Aug 27, 2010 (5:50 am)
2007 nissan versa, 3.5 years old, 55,000km. rusted weld at flange forward of muffler. muffler place told me to bring it to dealer, should be a warranty issue, should never rust at the weld, said was a bad weld. dealer told me over three years, even though under 60K. told me tough luck. thanks nissan canada. i will remember that one. muffler place told me many versas have the exact same corroded weld.