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#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?
#146 of 242 Nissan Versa Engine Problem
Aug 30, 2010 (5:30 pm)
I have a 2008 Nissan Versa with 50,000 miles on it. At 43,688 miles my car made a loud buzzing noise while the car was running as well as when it was turned off. I brought it to Nissan and after 3 attempts to figure out the problem they finally found the A.C. system's blower box was leaking and that leak caused a short in the keyless entry system which caused the warning buzzing sound. They replaced the Blower Box and replaced my carpeting. At 50,000 miles while I was driving all the warning lights on the dash went on and the car stalled out. I was able to restart the car and drove it directly to Nissan. After inspecting the car they informed me that there was sludge in the engine and that I needed a new engine, that there was negligence on my part. I produced all my oil change receipts which averaged an oil change every 3,000 - 6,000 miles. They sent those to Nissan Corporate and then came back and advised me that they would have to break down the engine to take pictures of the various parts to determine if I was at fault or if the engine was defective. They told me the charge would be $660.00 and that it would be my responsibility to pay for it if they determined that it was due to my negligence and not covered by the warranty.
Has anyone had problems with their engine, even after being diligent with changing the oil? I do not know how I should proceed and would appreciate any help anyone can give me.
#147 of 242 Re: Nissan Versa Engine Problem [windygal1]
Sep 27, 2010 (8:58 pm)
I have a similar situation with engine sludge -- 2007 Nissan Versa with 56K miles. A couple of months ago it simply wouldn't start, without much warning. Dealer said it was properly maintained, sent a report to corproate. Corporate declined to cover it, stating that if there was sludge in the engine, it must be a maintenance failure. Basically, they put the burden of proof on the customer to document that there couldn't have been any other scenario that might have introduced a "foreign object" into the engine. (Mobil Oil producing a bad batch, evil elves breaking into the garage, whatever.) So unless I could produce video surveillance tapes of my car's entire life history, they were declaring that since there was a problem, it must be my negligence. Sort of strips any meaning out of the notion of a warranty if they're free to decline to cover you because "if there's a problem, it must be your neglligence."
I was referred to cconsumer affairs who escalated my case up three levels, only to finally (3 months later) tell me that consumer affairs has no jurisdiction in this kind of thing, and that the warranty department (that I'm not allowed to speak with) has the only and final say in the matter unless I want to sue them. No idea why it took them 3 months to realize that they have no role in the situation....
If they had promptly told me a reasonable reason for declining my coverage -- you were late on an oil change, we've seen evidence of somebody dropping a hammer on the engine, we suspect you were in an accident, whatever -- I probably would just have accepted it as a reasonable (if wrong) judgment call. As it is, though, they took 3 months and who knows how many phone calls just to tell me that "actually, even though re inclined to agree with you, we have no voice in the decision."
I had this kind of runaround once before -- with a 2002 Toyota Rav4. It smelled like a coverup to me. And while I might be a little quick to jump to conspiracy theories, I stuck with it (along with about 50 other folks I met online with very similar symptoms). And while it took a couple of years, a month ago, Toyota finally issued a recall for 250,000 RAV4s for this problem.