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#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.
Oct 25, 2010 (2:51 pm)
2009 Versa SL purchased new in late november of 2008 literally off the showroom floor. Last friday I was informed by a nissan service rep who couldn't look me in the eye as the news was delivered that I needed a new engine. 70,000 kms (that's approx. 40 K miles), less than two years old, half the mileage is highway and it was never run low on oil although I did learn about two weeks after getting it that it is kind of hard on oil. add oil monthly. I don't get it. I really did my research before getting this "car" but it has been little things gone wrong and now one great big thing. oh nissan will cover it if I can show receipts for the proper maintenance according to their specs but it's not easy to track them all down. I'm looking. have found some but I bet it's a battle I am going to lose. I do my own oil changes or I take it to a quick lube shop. nissan prices themselves out of contention for the little stuff like that. for $22.00 and an hour of my time I can change my own oil. not everyone can afford a dealer maintained vehicle or wants to. had two other mechanics take a quick look and they immediately said the engine is gone. one guy said "it's a nissan, they do that". kind of surprising to hear. I thought they were better than that. then the other mechanic said he never heard of that from nissan. out of pocket will be about $2500.00. am I up to battling nissan? what a piss off. I've had old beaters that took less oil and easily handled many more kms that this. I just sold an old dodge van I bought that was already five years old. I drove it another six and tripled the milage on it and the motor was great and only needed a little oil about every four months. the versa needs oil about every three to four weeks since new.
does anyone else fear they are going to be in an accident due to that slow to shift cvt transmission? switching from reverse to drive or vice versa and your sitting for three or four seconds watching traffic bear down on you until it finally engages. also, has anyone experienced the very slow to re-engage transmission after having to jam the brakes on? the engine revs high but you're just barely crawling then it finally engages and you're up to speed after about seven or nine seconds. is that familiar to anyone or did I just get a big red stinking lemon?
#149 of 242 Re: another sucker? [nissansucker]
Nov 02, 2010 (6:39 am)
Ok, I seem to be having the same problem with my CVT transmission acting sluggish at take off with the high RPMs and of coarse when I take it to the dealership it will not do it while there. Many people have posted having this problem, but I have yet to find somone who has posted how to fix it or what the actual cause is. Has anyone on here figured this out so the rest of us can tell the dealership where to look and where to start. I keep getting the same run arround of we have to get it to recreate the problem before we can do anything. I live an hour away from the dealership, and will have trouble getting it there while doing it, and it will probably just quit doing it on the hour trip there. Please help the rest of us figure out the solution. Thanks!
#150 of 242 sluggish at take off, CVT transmission trouble?
Nov 02, 2010 (6:46 am)
I have been looking for the answer to this problem in my 07 Versa. Many others have posted the same issue. It is really sluggish at take off with high RPMs and the gas pedal down hard. It does not do it continuosly. But it is getting more and more often. So the dealership says that they will need to recreate the problem, and since it will not do it for them, they can not do anything about it. Has anyone who has had this problem gotten it figured out and fixed. What is the cause and the remedy? Thanks, Mike
#151 of 242 Re: another sucker? [jockoj1]
Nov 02, 2010 (3:34 pm)
Any chance you drive using both feet, one on the brake and the other on the gas. If the computer senses the brake light on it makes the CVT sluggish. In a few cases the brake switch was badly adjusted causing the problem rather than light pressure on the brake pedal keeping the brake switch on and confusing the CVT.
Frank 2009 Versa S sedan MT-6 with 16700 mi & 33.7 MPG overall average.