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Nissan Versa, Brakes, Hatchback
#11 of 128 Re: Brakes pulsating [toguchi]
Jun 19, 2008 (12:35 pm)
Nissan Versa SL hatchback, 2008. Bought in April. 2000 miles on it. Had to take it to the dealer yesterday because of pulsating brakes. (sounds like a trend?)
Got a call back, mechanic is admonishing me not to make so many panic stops, it heats up the brakes and deforms the rotor. Hmpf. I have never had that problems on any of my other cars (not even on the honda which I had for 17 years). I don't think I drive it any differently than I drive other cars. Seems like a design issue to me.
So, I suppose you need to live in a flat, relatively traffic free part of the world, if you do not wish to have rotor problems on your Nissan Versa. Btw, I have no ABS brakes.
#12 of 128 Re: Brakes pulsating [e46kim]
Aug 20, 2008 (6:58 pm)
Quote from e46kim: Nissan Versa SL hatchback, 2008. Bought in April. 2000 miles on it. Had to take it to the dealer yesterday because of pulsating brakes. (sounds like a trend?)
I had the same problem appear within a week of my purchase (2008 Versa HB SL). Dealer told me it was a common occurrence to have "hot spots" on the rotors which is usually caused by excessive breaking or hard braking. Considering the car had 100 miles on it - his explanation made total sense to me! I have owned many new cars and have never had this happen even one time!
They turned the rotors and upon reaching a mileage of 1200 - the problem happened again. I no longer own the Versa - went with a Honda Sport Fit with standard ABS and so far I am very pleased - but very disappointed in Nissan. The Versa had many other issues requiring service as well but I will keep to topic and spare everyone the details. I have owned 4 other Nissan cars and have had good experiences with each. Very surprised by the lack of apparent quality of the Versa.
Good luck with your brake issues!
#13 of 128 How are your brakes holding up?
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Nov 05, 2008 (6:18 am)
I have about 38,000 on my Versa now and I haven't had to do any brakes yet. I know a lot depends on individual driving habits and conditions, and I get a good long time out of brakes in general, but was wondering what kind of brake life others might be seeing.
#14 of 128 Re: How are your brakes holding up? [pf_flyer]
Nov 26, 2008 (6:23 pm)
28000 and holding up just fine but the dealer where we bought it is trying to tell us that the brakes should be checked, lubed at a cost of $150 so that maybe if there is a problem they may fix at no charge. I don't buy this, brakes aren't covered by warranty and they will never guarentee service.
#15 of 128 Re: How are your brakes holding up? [JoeOttawa]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Nov 27, 2008 (5:01 am)
I stick to the regular maintenance schedule and have been dealing with the same dealership with 9 different Nissan vehicles since 1980. I've never had them tell me that my brakes needed to be checked and lubed for a fee. I've been informed that I'd probably need brakes for next inspection or that my brakes need to be replaced NOW, but that's to be expected now and then.
May 02, 2009 (9:50 pm)
In July, 2006 I bought the first 2007 Versa my dealer ever sold. It was still on a truck from Mexico. They say not to buy the first year model of any car and it couldn't have applied to any car more than this one. I must say that Nissan and the dealer provided excellent warranty service and rental vehicles but for the first year the problems were never-ending. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System required 5 trips to the dealer to re-set until the defective Body Control Module was replaced. In a process that took over ten days, EVERY component of the A/C system was replaced at the direction of the factory mechanics because they could not determine the source of a high-pitched whine in the A/C system. We also experienced several major oil seal failures including the replaicement of the clutch due to the failure of the rear main oil seal. That is a failure that should not happen until 100,000 miles!
This car now has 57,000+ miles on it and has not had a problem for the last 20,000 miles. It gets great gas mileage and has surprising performance with the 6 speed manual transmission.
Would I recommend this car? Absolutely!! I have several friends that bought later models of this vehicle and experienced none of my problems and love their cars. The only common complaint seems to be the cheap hubcaps. Look at any Nissan Versa and you will see at least one missing hubcap because the plastic retainers broke off when the hubcap was removed to change a flat tire. Quality look-alike hubcaps are available on-line for $55.00
#17 of 128 Re: screaching breaks. [tnyamy7]
May 22, 2009 (5:53 pm)
Having the same problem with my brakes. Embarassingly loud screeching noise whenever I touch the brakes. Mentioned it to tech when I got the oil changed and they inspected everything and told me nothing was wrong with them visually. His suggestion was that they could "hook it up to the diagnostics and recreate the driving conditions" but it would take several hours. (wth!!!) My suggestion was that he could drive it up the block and back, but apparently this isn't done anymore.
#18 of 128 Re: screaching breaks. [nileecoyote]
May 22, 2009 (6:30 pm)
There is a 2-2-09 service bulletin regarding squealing rear brakes NTB09-008 that you might want to look at if the noise is coming from the rear.
09 Versa Sedan S 6-speed with 2900 mi
#19 of 128 Re: screaching breaks. [flavife]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
May 23, 2009 (3:57 am)
I have a 2007 hatch 6-speed with just over 52,000 miles still on the original brakes and I've never run into this. But reading the service bulletin tells me why:
2007-2009 NISSAN VERSA; REAR BRAKE SQUEAL NOISE
The rear brakes squeal when you:
• Warm up the brakes by driving the vehicle under normal conditions for 10 minutes.
• Let the vehicle sit for 15-20 minutes.
• Drive the vehicle again and apply the brakes to check for the noise.
That seems to be a really specific set of conditions to get the noise. Kinda reminds me of the old joke where the guy goes to the doctor and says, "It hurts when I do this." And the doc says, "Well, don't do that"
I've had a bit of rotor warping, but everyone makes rotors so light now that I haven't had a vehicle that hasn't had rotors warp at some point.
Jul 05, 2009 (6:31 am)
I test-drove a Versa from a dealership that had under 200mi on it and the rotors were warped badly as well. Steering wheel pulsated when moderately braking. The TPMS warning light was on as well.
I figured it was an exception, but from reading here, I am getting worried it will happen on my Versa any time now.