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#136 of 242 Re: 2010 Manual Versa [boksulya]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
May 27, 2010 (12:04 pm)
It might light a bit of a fire under them to contact Nissan directly, although I'm not clear on what you mean by "rotational rattle". To me, that conjures up something like a noisy fan that's rattling as it's spinning, or something like a loose metal shield that's vibrating at a certain engine RPM... in other words, something external ON the engine, not an internal noise like valve noise.
Does the noise disappear above idle? What makes it worse or better? It's hard to say what you might want to do based on the description of the sound.
Am I correct that your clunk went away when they replaced the transmission?
#137 of 242 Re: 2010 Manual Versa [pf_flyer]
May 28, 2010 (12:31 pm)
After they replaced the transmission, I was told the car was test driven and sounded OK to them. I heard the sound as soon as I started driving. I returned to the service dept and was told the rattling sound is clutch chatter, perfectly normal (why didn't they say this when I first picked it up? I'm believing them less and less.) However the definition of clutch chatter I found online does not describe the sound I hear. This rattle does seem to ease when I step on the clutch. I can't hear it while driving, I don't know if it disappears or is obscured by the engine sound. Since it sounds just like it did before they replaced the transmission, I tend to think it isn't the transmission. Either that or all of these transmissions make this irregular, intermittent rattling . . . but I haven't found any forum discussions to back this up.
As far as the clunk goes, since they returned it to me a few visits back (before replacing the transmission) and said it was the ABS self-check, I've heard much less of it. Sometimes not at all, sometimes very faintly. Another incidence which leads me to believe these guys aren't close. It almost seems like they accidently fixed it without even knowing.
Thanks for your correspondence, it's good therapy for me.
#138 of 242 Nissan Versa engine problems
Jun 15, 2010 (12:36 pm)
Reported earlier that our 2009 Versa engine was dead 50K miles. We used Mobil One and AMS Oil synthetic from 3K miles forward with changes ~10K intervals. The miles were all highway with over 100 miles per day just for work commute. Nissan replaced the engine at no charge to me.
OK so while I am thankful that they replaced it.....the question is why did it need to be done? Who ever heard of a recent vintage vehicle burning up an engine 50K miles? Maybe if it was a race car or something but come on!!
BTW, as a point of reference my Ford 4cyl truck has 187K miles and does not burn any oil. My Toyota Matrix (Vibe GT) 4cyl has 165K miles and does not burn any oil. I think Nissan missed something in the design of the Versa.
#139 of 242 Versa engine power/gearing
Jul 15, 2010 (9:02 am)
I hope someone can explain why my 2010 Versa six-speed drives at 3100 RPM in sixth gear at 65 MPH. I thought the sixth gear was to supposed to provide ease to the engine at highway speeds. What does this mean for traveling long distances on the highway? Is it too much strain on the engine to ride 70 MPH (3100-3200 RPM) for a couple hundred miles?
When my Versa was in at the dealership service center, I was given a rental Versa, automatic. It ran 2800-2900 RPM at 65 MPH.
#140 of 242 Re: Versa engine power/gearing [boksulya]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jul 15, 2010 (10:51 am)
Not sure that there's any explanation beyond "that's how it is".
I have a 2007 and a 2010, both 6 speeds, and it's really the only thing that I think I would change about the cars. My daughters say it this way...
It feels like I need to shift into 7th gear
#141 of 242 2009 Versa Engine Problems
Aug 09, 2010 (11:39 am)
I bought my car 13 months ago. It was running great, but there were always little problems here and there that would annoy me... From a chipped window, faulty weather stripping, a car alarm that never works, and now, the thing wont start. Its been sitting in my driveway for the past 4 days collecting dust. I've taken it for service 3 times already for the same problem and it seems like no one is able to figure out what's wrong with it.
It began about a month ago, at my one-year mark, when the car just wouldn't turn over. Like everything powers up, they even tested the battery and its not the battery... They said it might be the alarm, but the alarm specialist guy "fixed" it, got it started, and sent me on my way... The next morning when I got up to start my day, the thing wouldn't start again. Soooo... there I go back to the dealership and oh, "its the alarm, the guy's here, so he'll fix it for sure this time". A week later, biggity-bam, my car, she's a not working... AGAIN. I take it back, they tell me its a little bit of corrosion developing on my battery and I might just need to clean it up a little bit when I get home... They start her up and send me on my way... I get home, hop in my car to head to the grocery store and to my chagrin, the darn thing won't start again.... I call the dealership, and right off the bat, they tell me that its more than likely my battery or battery cables that are outta whack, but I decided to call Nissan Headquarters and complain...
This is messed up. I traded in my old Integra for this car... I've never been late on a payment. I bought a BRAND NEW/ZERO MILES car so that I wouldn't have to worry about any problems... at least not after a YEAR with the thing...
#142 of 242 Re: 2009 Versa Engine Problems [passthewire]
Aug 09, 2010 (11:58 am)
Passthewire, you certainly have my sympathies. I had the same frustration with my 2007 brand new 0 miles Versa. My problem was different though as it started after 6 weeks of ownership. In the winter, my car would start but would be intermitently in safe mode and wouldn't drive faster than 20 KM/HR. This drove me crazy as I never knew if I'd get where I needed to be or not. I got to know the guys at the dealership well since i was there so often. No one could figure out what was wrong.
If you're in the US, check your state lemon law and see if it applies. If you're in Canada, check into arbitration. I applied for arbitration and won my case against Nissan. The company had to buy back my car.
#143 of 242 engine change
Aug 27, 2010 (5:44 am)
have 2007 versa, after 1 year, 20,000 km, brought it in for noisy valves, told me it was too new to have any info yet on this problem. when brought back for abs recall, asked them to check noisy valves again. said they would have to change upper block. they found more damage, and changed the whole engine. this engine/trans combo lets engine rev too high. wonder if this new engine they installed will have the same problem. i hope not. if anyone has noisy valves, you might want to get it checked.
#144 of 242 Car Stals in Drive or Reverse
Aug 28, 2010 (2:02 pm)
My daughters 2007 Nissan Versa stalls when shifted to reverse or drive. It runs fine in park or neutral. This happened the first time when she went to Vegas. after waiting 6 or 7 hours for her friends to show up to tow the car home, it began working and she drove home. A few weeks later (now) it is happening again. A national transmission chain told her that she blew out her torque converter and ruined the transmission. They want $700 to disassemble and verify the problem.
I am skeptical because the first time the problem just stopped. It the Torque converter blew out it would not have started working again.
Has anyone experienced this issue and can you offer advice on what you did to correct it?
Thanks in advance.
#145 of 242 Re: Car Stals in Drive or Reverse [john471]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Aug 29, 2010 (6:59 am)
I suppose it's possible it's a tranny problem, but it feels more like it's engine related. At least that's where I'd start. Did this happen when the engine was clod and first started up?