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#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.
#152 of 242 Nissan Versa Engine Problems
Nov 03, 2010 (1:15 pm)
This post is an update to the first post regarding my Nissan Versa. I finally authorized the Nissan dealership to break down the engine so they could determine if the sludge build up was due to my negligence (not changing the oil) or to a defect with the engine. Although I was able to produce all the receipts for oil changes, they had to go through the process of breaking the engine down, taking pictures, and then sending the report off to Nissan Corporate. They came back to tell me that there was a problem with the engine that cuased the build up of sludge. They agreed to replace the engine at their expense. Now, the only reason that they did that was because I had purchased an Extended Warranty when I bought the car new. I believe after reading more posts about engine problems that there is a defect in these engines. I urge everyone who has had to spend money to have their engine replaced to contact their states Attorney General's office and file a complaint. Hold on to your receipt as this may be a problem that may be addressed down the road and perhaps you will be able to get a settlement from Nissan. Today I noticed that there are rust spots on the body of the car. This should not be happening to a 2 year old car. I can't help but think that Nissan took some huge shortcuts when they built these cars and the problems are now starting to come out.
#153 of 242 2010 Versa SL 1.8L/Whistling CVT/alias Whistling Dixie
Nov 03, 2010 (2:31 pm)
I received my new Versa 1.8L SL with CVT transmission in July 2010, - brand new.
I am beginning to think that I received a lemon!
Everything went wwell until mid September 2010 when I had 3289 km on it, and I statred to notice strange noises. A whistling noise was coming from the underside of the car. This whistling noise became more pronounced when I would be decelerating coming to a stop. It is very annoying.
In addition, after statring the car, and leaving the curb, shortly thereafter, a clunking noise could be heard from underneath the car towards the back of the car.
I immediately took this car to my Nissan dealership as I leased the car from Nissan, and technically I consider it their car.
On September 12, 2010, the service department took it for a test run, and stated that teh whistling noise is normal for teh CVT transmission, and that they could not hear the clunking noise. They recommended that I continue to observe the car, and they would look at tit on teh next oil change.
It is now Nov. 3, 2010, and I took it in again to the Nissan dealership for the whistling noise and the clunk clunk noise which now shortly after the electronic locks have locked.
The President of this dealership actually took it on the test drive with me, and stated that he could not hear any noises. When the clunk produced itself he did not hear it, and he then test drove another new Nissan Versa SL with CVT transmission with me, and he heard no noises.
I stated that I was being treated as a "crazy female". He then had his CVT expert mechanic and another service manager go for a test drive with my car. I also went along and sat in the back of the car. From the back of the car, it was hard to hear any whizzing noise coming from "Whistling Dixie"; however the two service reps that came with us sat in teh front, and they said that they could hear a slight whistling noise. ---- I was told THIS IS NORMAL FOR THE CVT TRANSMISSION!
I have also started to notice the smell of antifreeze in the passenger compartment. This only happens rarely. My brother has suggested to me that it might be a very slight leak somewhere, when a drop hits the hot engine compartment, and the smell of antifreeze comes into the car.
I am now monitoring my anti - freeze level. Since September I have stopped listening to the radio bcause I must listen to all teh strange noises the car is making.
The clunk clunk noise which used to be only from the back of the car is now sometimes coupled with additional noise under the front of the car.
I am getting fed up with this car, and I am getting fed up being told that all this is normal.
The service centre is giving me the run around, wanting to confirm that my winter tires were included. The president asked that my contract be "unearthed from last July, and so it was finally ressurected.
I am not impressed with my Nissan dealership "What kind of service is this?
Nissan Japan should be ashamed of this kind of treatment of customers.
Please repond I need help!!!!
#154 of 242 Re: Nissan Versa Engine Problems [windygal1]
Nov 05, 2010 (7:07 pm)
incredible that you had to replace the engine! Did you have any whistling noise and clunk ckunck noise with your car?
#155 of 242 WHISTLING DIXIE and CLUNK CLUNK NOISE
Nov 05, 2010 (7:09 pm)
#156 of 242 Re: 2010 Versa SL 1.8L/Whistling CVT/alias Whistling Dixie [whistlingdixie]
Nov 08, 2010 (6:17 pm)
Are not the Versas made in Mexico and not Japan?