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Nissan Versa, Brakes, Hatchback
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.
#21 of 128 Re: Warped rotors [fflintstone1]
Jul 05, 2009 (7:13 am)
When I went to pick up our Versa, the TPMS light was on as well. Dealer just had to adjust the tire pressure, which they had not done It's been fine ever since.
The pulsating braking is a problem that the dealership should fix before going out he door with a new rotor. Weird that you would have that, but a simple fix.
#22 of 128 Re: Warped rotors [kiawah]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jul 05, 2009 (2:21 pm)
Rotors simply aren't what they used to be. With all the weight saving (cost cutting) manufacturers try to do, rotors on pretty much every vehicle warp. I have 57,000 miles on my Versa and have a bit of warping, but nothing that I didn't expect or surprises me. Still on the original brakes so I'm pretty happy about that.
#23 of 128 Re: Warped rotors [pf_flyer]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jul 14, 2009 (4:27 pm)
I'm due for a tire rotation in about 2,500 miles and I'll be checking the brakes then to see how they've held up. I'll be at 60,000 miles at that point on the original rotors and pads, so even if it's time to replace some things I'm not going to be upset at all.
#24 of 128 2010 Versa Actuator Problem
Jan 31, 2010 (3:20 pm)
I just had my actuator replaced in my 2010 Versa and I can hear a second series of cluncking noises comming from the actuator, I am not sure the actuator is supposed to make a second series of noises during the same trip. The second series of noises coming from the actuator is not loud, but I can hear a second series of clunking.
#25 of 128 disc pad and brake light
Jun 17, 2010 (6:34 pm)
Does anyone know how to gain access to the brake light? Does anyone have any advice to give to someone who would like to change the disc pads on the front brakes of an 08 versa for the first time? I have changed pads on a toyota, a volvo and a Subaru.