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Nissan Versa, Car Comparisons, Hatchback
#14 of 148 Re: New Nissan Versa Owners Report [Sylvia]
Jul 19, 2006 (1:22 pm)
I just purchased a new 2007 Versa S with a 6 speed transmission. Got it with the power package and floor mats for #13,905.00. Full MSRP, but there were only 4 here in Denver, and they gave me an excellent trade-in.
After one day of driving it, the flywheel in the transmission has gone bad. I took it back to the dealer, and they had limited information on it, including no part numbers. The general manager of the dealer happened to see my Versa on the rack in for service and questioned why a car with less than 300 miles was having its tranmission removed. The dealer got with Nissan for technical support and they were able to determine that the flywheel was bad. When they searched for the parts, they found 4 flywheels total in the country. They were able to snag one, and should have it back in the car tomorrow. Total time to repair - 4 days, hopefully.
I know it's a new model, but I traded in a Honda that I never had problems with, and selected it over the Toyota Yaris. I like the car, but I was very unhappy that it needed repair after only day of driving. It doesn't reflect well on the quality of the new model and it makes you feel like you bought a blem.
#15 of 148 Re: New Nissan Versa Owners Report [tada]
Jul 19, 2006 (2:57 pm)
Tada, with all the Versa's out there it sounds like a fluke to me. Sorry you had the problem with your car, I hope that Nissan is treating you well over this. BTW, all manufactures have these problems.. Neighbor down the street bought a 07 Camry, the first month they were released, its been in the shop 5 times for Multi problems, mostly...... Transmission Issues...
I personally think you made the right choice on getting the Versa over the Yaris..
#16 of 148 Re: New Nissan Versa Owners Report [flightnurse]
Jul 28, 2006 (7:25 am)
Just an update. The dealer replaced the flywheel. The Service Manager and General Manager called and apologized for an inconvenience the repair had caused. Nissan engineers helped out with technical data that the dealer needed. All in all, the service was great. I've had the car out of the shop for over a week and love driving it.
#17 of 148 Week one update
Jul 30, 2006 (4:21 am)
After one week with our S model 6 speed, my general assessment:
Well built with quality materials for the price (a better interior than my Titan SE that cost 10 grand more).
No shifter noise, to me - a little notchy getting into 6th but that may/should improve with break-in.
Great ride quality (to me). My wife thinks it drifts a bit on the interstate. We haven't ridden in the car together yet to see what she means.
29 MPG on the first tank - predominantly secondary roads with a small bit of interstate.
No worries so far and very pleased, as one should be after only one week.
#18 of 148 Try this in a FIT
Jul 30, 2006 (7:06 pm)
You're never going to beleive what I just did.
One of the weekly chores my Sable used to perform was hauling the grass clippings to the town disposal site. I normally fill up two 30-gal cans and I would stand them up in the trunk of the sable tying the trunk down with a bunji cord. After doing this evry week for years, the trash cans naturelly were showing their wear and were quite dirty. Not wanting to put those old dirty cans in my brand-new car, today I went to Lowes and bought new 34-gal cans with wheels.
Well after cutting the grass and filling the cans I closed them up and had my bunji cord ready to tie down the hatch and make my three block trip (small town) to the town dump.
I folded down the seats, took out the cargo cover, and hefted one of the cans through the hatch. It stood fully upright—can, lid, handle and all—in the cargo area. I hefted the other can through the hatch, gave it a little shove, and then I CLOSED THE HATCH. I didn't even have to slam it like an overstuffed suitcase. I just closed it—thunk. No bunji cord, no nothing: Just two 34-gal trash cans and a closed hatch.
Everyone has been complaining that the rear cargo area isn't flat with the seats down, well there's why. It's an extra eight inches of space. I swear this car is bigger on the inside than on the out. I'm amazed.
#19 of 148 Re: Try this in a FIT [bendupre]
Jul 30, 2006 (9:48 pm)
Ben very cool... To hear that the Versa really can carry things like that.
#20 of 148 Perfect Sunday Drive
Jul 31, 2006 (1:18 pm)
Of course this is a great car around town, but I'm finding it truly fun to drive on longer trips. We took out on a nice drive through winding country/mountain roads and found it really smooth and fun. Pop in some nice jazz and w/ the 6 speakers in the SL you have a fun time. We're still in the break-in period so I wasn't racing, but the CVT does just fine on the big hills.
I almost forgot about how big and comfy the front seats are!
Jul 31, 2006 (1:56 pm)
Totally agree. Most fun driving car I have ever owned, well with one exception. Had a Nash Metro once, great fun.
I have a couple minor complaints with the engineering of the Versa. The gas filler is still on the Euro side. Maybe it was because of the rush to get it over here. I miss the guages for oil, motor temp and battery condition. Never liked the lights. I knew this when I bought it but still a minor nag for me
#22 of 148 Re: Perfect Sunday Drive [voltronguy]
Jul 31, 2006 (6:39 pm)
I have to agree, the ride on the open road is something you would expect from a much larger car, I'm always impressed wtih this car, and since day one, I never had buyer Remorse of buying the car.
#23 of 148 Fun to drive - you bet
Jul 31, 2006 (7:32 pm)
Love having MP3 and Sirius in the same radio with steering wheel controls. Love the smooth ride. Absolutely love the CVT. My SL was built to cruise.
Funest car I ever had though was a 1960 Chevy Corvair with 2-speed Power Glide automatic transaxle. The car had a lever in the dash in case you wanted to shift manually. This is the car Ralph Nader had banned because the furnaces would catch the car on fire. Yep- it's a rear engine air cooled flat 6 so Chevy invented a little gas powered turbo furnace mounted in the front trunk to heat the vehicle. It had it's own fuel line, spark plug, ignition coil and ignition module. My furnace was disconnected. Fun hobby car. I knew a guy who had three in his back yard so I never had to search for parts.
The guy around the corner from my parents had a metro in his driveway. Never saw him drive it though. Cute car.