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#47 of 242 Problem with Starting
Sep 20, 2007 (9:58 am)
In early August, I purchased a new 2007 Versa. Since the time of purchase (starting when I drove it off the lot to take home), I have experienced frequent problems with starting the vehicle. When I turn the key, the vehicle frequently cranks for 5+ seconds. Sometimes the vehicle will then start, and sometimes it will just die. This does not happen every time that I start the vehicle, and I have not been able to detect any pattern to help indicate when this will happen, though it generally does not happen when I first start it in the morning.
I took the vehicle back to the dealership twice for service so far. The first time they said that they found that the negative battery terminal was loose, and this was causing the problem. They tightened it and said it should be fine. The problem then happened again the next day (and again about 5 or six times over the course of the following week). When I brought it in again, they said that they were unable to duplicate the problem and thus could not do anything about it. I left the vehicle there for three days, and finally Nissan Technical Services instructed them to order a fuel pump to see if that resolves the issue. It has been three weeks now, and I'm still waiting on the fuel pump...
The worst part of this (besides having such problems with a new car) is that the service technician had a "there's nothing we can do" attitude about it. He said that it was the first that he had heard of the problem and seemed like he did not believe that it was occurring because he could not duplicate it. I located various accounts on the Internet of other Versa owners with similar problems, and I printed and brought them to the dealership. The service tech then said that they were not helpful because they only mentioned problems, not solutions. As ridiculous as this is, I have actually started filming the process of starting my car to document the problem.
I have submitted a complaint through the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
I recommend that anyone else experiencing problems with their new Versas do the same. If they receive enough complaints, maybe Nissan will start giving a crap. I should have bought the Honda fit.
#48 of 242 How is the CAM driven???
Sep 27, 2007 (7:14 am)
Does anyone know if this CAM in the engine is belt driven, chain, or gears? If it is belt driven, would it be possible and not too painful to replace it with a chain? Thanks
#49 of 242 Re: How is the CAM driven??? [w00000t]
Sep 30, 2007 (12:15 pm)
THE SERVICE MANUAL SAYS ITS A TIMING CHAIN.
Sep 30, 2007 (2:56 pm)
Yeah i went and looked at one this ssaturday theyre chains. thanks
#51 of 242 engine/acceleration problem~
Sep 30, 2007 (3:31 pm)
Not sure if this is an "engine" question but here goes...
Just this afternoon, I discovered that I cannot go above a certain speed. I could press hard on the gas pedal (even floor it), but once it reaches a certain speed, all I hear is increased engine(?)/rev(?) noise but I don't get an increase in car speed. The RPM gauge seems also to waver around "2"... never really going above it even I press harder on the pedal. The needle sometimes even dips slightly when I'm pressing on the pedal.
Is there something wrong with my car (S, manual, ABS)? Bought it less than a month ago with only 300 miles on it. No CVT.
Thanks so much for responding~
P.S. Is the RPM gauge supposed to be around "1" even when the car's not moving, e.g., in front of a red light? It doesn't go back down to "O" unless I turn off the engine.
P.S.S. I apologize for my limited vocab on these things. First-time driver. =)
P.S.S.S. I tried switching it to "Neutral" and flooring it, and then back to "Drive" in an attempt to fix it. No can do.
#52 of 242 Re: engine/acceleration problem~ [4ntonio]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Sep 30, 2007 (4:17 pm)
You didn't say what the "certain speed" was.
#53 of 242 Re: engine/acceleration problem~ [pf_flyer]
Sep 30, 2007 (4:38 pm)
I seem to have trouble getting above 40 mph.
Anything above and I hear a loud spinning/whirring sound, but the car barely moves faster.
#54 of 242 1.8S Automatic Sluggish Accerleration
Oct 03, 2007 (7:50 am)
I own this car for almost 2 months now and I have about 3300 miles on it. Whilst the mpg has slightly improved, the accerleration from 20 to 50 mph is still very sluggish. The revs are normally in the high 2000 revs and low 3000revs when I try to accerlerate, the transmission seems disengaged, the engine in high revs, the gears then falls back to lower gear. It happens when it is climbing upslopes or accelerating between 20 to 50 mphs on flat terains. Anyone has similar problems?
#55 of 242 Re: engine/acceleration problem~ [4ntonio]
Oct 06, 2007 (7:13 pm)
deffinitly something wrong. Not sure what, but I'd guess its either in the transmission, or possibly the ecm. at any rate, get it back to the dealer.
#56 of 242 Re: Problem with Starting [jenv]
Oct 30, 2007 (6:30 pm)
Just took my Versa in today for the same issue:
have experienced frequent problems with starting the vehicle. When I turn the key, the vehicle frequently cranks for 5+ seconds. Sometimes the vehicle will then start, and sometimes it will just die. This does not happen every time that I start the vehicle, and I have not been able to detect any pattern to help indicate when this will happen, though it generally does not happen when I first start it in the morning
They said it was the fuel pump and it would be ready tomorrow. After reading previous posts I'm becoming a skeptic. Has anyone found that replacing the fuel pump does solve the issue?
Did you finally get the fuel pump?