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#18 of 242 Nissan Versa: Engine start problem
Feb 13, 2007 (7:19 am)
I am a (used to be happy) owner of a 2007 Nissan Versa. I bought the car in November 2006 and now it has 6500 km on its odometer.
About a week ago it started to having problem with the engine start. Sometimes (not always!) I have to crank the engine for a minute or so to get it started. And sometimes it just starts instantly! The problem happens on a cold or hot a engine - does not matter. Sometimes the engine starts with no problem whatsoever at -20 C, sometimes (like today) I had to jump-start it because I had killed the battery after a couple of minutes of cranking.
Today I went for a first service (oil change) and told the dealership about the problem. They tried to help, but at this particular time the engine was starting with no indication of any problems.
They run a full diagnostic on the car and came up with nothing. They called Nissan Help Line and got no information about the issue. But they told me that now on the Nissan has opened a "file" on my car and they want me to gather the statistic data when and how often the engine is failing to start. Well, I am not too happy about that task, but looks like I have to do this if I want my car fixed.
I run a search on the Internet and found a few complain about the similar problem. On this particular forum here http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f111cd4 cathy8 is describing something similar.
Why am I created this topic? I want to gather information from other people. If somebody has similar experience, please tell your story. Especially if you know fix for the problem. I am not trying to blame Nissan (shit happens). My goal is to help them (Nissan) to fix my car.
I will appreciate any feedback!
P.S. English is my third language, so please be tolerant.
#19 of 242 Re: Nissan Versa: Engine start problem [bibik]
Feb 13, 2007 (4:21 pm)
Your English is fine... no problems understanding your post.
#20 of 242 Re: Nissan Versa Problems - update [sschw]
Feb 19, 2007 (11:47 am)
It's going back tonight 2/19.. The Nissan Field Engineer is coming to the dealership tomorrow.. Oh.. Please I hope he finds the problem. The engine noise is back again when the car is warm. Car is stopped at a light and the brake is applied. The Engine light is back on again!!! It came back on two days ago.. I will keep everyone posted... This is hell!
#21 of 242 Re: Versa windshield washer problem [jan18]
Feb 19, 2007 (1:32 pm)
I would hardly blame Nissan for washer fluid.
Next time you are out, go to Walmart and get a bottle of Prestone windshield washer fluid additive. It's a clear bottle with clear liquid that you add to the washer fluid to prevent freezing. I would add this once the car is warmed up and the fluid is not frozen. It cost about $1.89 for a 16 oz. bottle.
It's basically the same stuff they add to the washer fluid to make it "winter mix" but concentrated. Works great. I would get a couple of bottles to have on hand for future use.
#22 of 242 Possible answer Versa starting problems
Feb 26, 2007 (8:29 pm)
I found that my Versa's engine would occasionally not turn over easily after it had been initially started, driven and then turned off. I read in the manual that "warm starts" might be a problem if you are using any fuel with ethanol in it. In this part of Ontario Canada, ethanol is being added to most fuel, often it is not even mentioned on the pumps. At this point in time, I have contacted Nissan and complained that they would put a car on the market that is difficult to buy fuel for. I have to buy expensive Shell V Power gas or find small gas stations that have not changed over yet. I believe that it is a now a requirement that gas should be about 10 percent ethanol from what I can gather. I called Nissan about this last Friday and today being Monday night, I plan on calling them within the next couple days. I am very upset that Nissan would not consider fuel type in putting this car on the market where Ethanol abounds and straight gas is hard to find. I am wondering if I will have to try to pressure them for a recall or go to some of the Market Place type shows and the media to look into this possibly irresponsible behaviour of Nissan. I hope that Nissan has an easy answer. Could this be the problem for other Versa owners?
#23 of 242 Re: Possible answer Versa starting problems [streaker]
Feb 27, 2007 (6:49 am)
Typically the owner's manual states what kind of gas is acceptable for a car. What does the Versa's manual say about gas with, say, 10% ethanol? That is very common in the U.S too, especially in winter. I think in my area (Twin Cities) many stations use that blend all year long.
#24 of 242 Owner manual gas specifications
Feb 27, 2007 (12:24 pm)
The owner manual states that you can try gasoline mixtures with up to 10 percent ethanol but that if you have problems, such as difficulty with warm starts, like I have, then go back to gasoline fuel only.
#25 of 242 Re: Owner manual gas specifications [streaker]
Feb 27, 2007 (12:50 pm)
That's cool. Maybe they could add, "If going back to gasoline fuel only requires you to move to a different state, Nissan is not responsible for any relocation costs."
#26 of 242 Re: Nissan Versa Problems - update [sschw]
Feb 27, 2007 (6:29 pm)
I wanted to give everyone and update. The Nissan Field Engineer came out and found the bracket was not secured to the car the bracket to the Steel Evap System lines were not installed correctly causing the vibration. So far so good.... No NOISE!!! Hurray! The engineer fixed it. Great job! Nissan. I guess the robot at the factory was tired. I am just glad it got fixed after 9 times to the dealership. I had a lemon law attorney lined up to go if they could fix it this last time. Hurray and thank you to the Nissan Engineer. Great Job! Thanks everyone. I hope my story helps anyone else who is having a Vibration for the engine.
#27 of 242 Re: Owner manual gas specifications [backy]
Feb 27, 2007 (8:19 pm)
...or move to a different province or territory for those of us in Canada. Hmm, it might have to be a different country the way it may be going.