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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,181 miles

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2008 Nissan Versa fuel system problems

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2008 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #15

May 152013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Tried starting the car; engine would not turn over. Was stranded in a parking lot close to my mechanic's shop and called him. Mechanic sent his assistant to the parking lot where I was and he tried to get the car to turn over. He said he thought the engine was not getting fuel. Car was towed to mechanic and it was determined that fuel pump was broken. Mechanic had difficulty finding a replacement Nissan fuel pump. Fuel pump was obtained and installed at my expense. Mechanic felt that fuel pump should not have had to be replaced on a 5 year old car.

- Melrose Park, IL, USA

problem #14

Apr 112012


  • 46,400 miles
My Versa has had intermittent issues with starting, but in the past it always did. The main issue was that the engine was not getting fuel. Yesterday it quit all together and I am informed that it needs to be replaced to the tune of $600. There is a technical service bulletin for this issue, but Nissan says I have to pay for it.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #13

Sep 262011

Versa 4-cyl

  • 93,934 miles
Replaced the continuously variable transmission on 09/13/2011 at 92524 miles. Approximately 2 weeks later my daughter was driving vehicle and the car stalled. The car will run but when put it in gear it will not go anywhere or rev up. This car has been to three mechanics including Nissan dealership and the problem cannot be found. Numerous parts were changed out but did not solve the problem. Sometimes it will drive for a short distance (less than a block) and then will be unmoveable again. This car has been undrivable since September 2011. They are a hazard on the highway due to the fact you never know when they are going to shut down. Also we are paying for a car that is undrivable.

- Lacygne, KS, USA

problem #12

Sep 012011

Versa 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


Fails to start unless cranked for a long time. Symptoms indicate a fuel pressure regulator problem or fuel pump failure. Nissan parts dept says there is no fuel pressure regulator.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 212008


  • 61,000 miles
Needs new fuel pump just three days in. Never had problem with Versa ever and then it all of a sudden left me on road. Three top mechanics are confused why my 2008 already needs a fuel pump. They said that it should not be broken and the part is only available to order because it shouldn't even be broken three years in. I took it to the Nissan dealer first and they said I would need to replace fuel pump and they declined to mention why or how it could happened. They seem like they know something and wont share.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #10

May 262011


  • miles
I have a 2008 Versa that is repeatedly having issues starting. I have had everything checked and it seems to be the fuel pump. I am afraid I will end up stranded in the middle of nowhere when it finally goes out since I am having to turn the key for a few seconds before I can start the car and that is if I can even get it to start. It sometimes makes me run of gas even though I had plenty of gas in the car when I originally tried to start it. Since I normally have to drive a distance, this is going to leave me stranded one day and I am not sure if I like having to pay to have it replaced when I see that there are other people with the same issue with the same car.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 012008

Versa 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 489 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Versa. While the vehicle was parked she attempted to start the vehicle and it would not start. The contact stated after the second attempt the vehicle started. The failure occurred intermittently and the vehicle normally starts on the second attempt. She also stated that the failure started shortly after it was purchased. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure. The dealer advised her that there was nothing wrong with the starter. The contact mentioned the failure to the dealer on every service visit and the dealer never performed a diagnostic test. The contact stated that she scheduled an appointment with the dealer on April 13, 2011. The vehicle was not repaired and the vehicle was no longer covered under the warranty. She contacted the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 489 and the current mileage was 5,200. Updated 05/05/11 the dealer replaced the fuel regulator. Updated

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #8

May 082010


  • 45,500 miles
I was on the highway with my cruise set to 72mph, we did turn the ac on and a few minutes after that the car shut off and I had to force the wheel to get the car to the side of the road. Thank god I was in the left lane because if not I would have been stuck in the middle of the highway. I got my car most of the way off the road but when I tried to restart it would not restart. I called for a tow truck and I did try to start it again while waiting and still nothing. It was a very scary experience to be sitting on the side of a highway because my car just shut off.

- Middle Grove, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 242009


  • 23,000 miles
The engine is very difficult to start on the first attempt. My 2008 Nissan Versa hatchback has about 20000 km on it an has had the fuel pump replaced once already under warranty by the dealer about one year ago. Now I am encountering the same problem again. If you leave the ignition turned on for 15 to 30 seconds then the car will start. I suspect the fuel pump has a problem building up sufficient pressure to deliver fuel to the car and that is why it will start on a second attempt.

- Foster City, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 152009


  • 51,000 miles
My 2008 Nissan Versa abruptly slows from 60 mph to 30 mph and gradually slows to a stop. This only occurs after I have driven between 70 to 150 miles. It has happened 3 times. Nissan has replaced the transmission and the fuel pump but the car still fails and I am afraid to drive it on an interstate.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #5

Jul 302009


  • 22,286 miles


Hello I have a Nissan Versa 2008 which has 22000 miles on it. This is the 4th time in less than 2 months it fails on me in the middle of the highway. Just stop taking fuel and everytime the dealer is saying the pump needs to be changed. There is a defect in the Nissan Versa model of 2008 and they should be recalled. It happened to me while driving 60 mph and all of a sudden stop taking gas and I cant steer the wheel. Thank god everytime the highway was empty and I could fight with the steering wheel (cause the car is down) to take it to the side road and call a tow truck. Please investigate the Nissan Versa fuel pump is a safety hazard and it should be recalled.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 152008


  • 8,400 miles
Our 2007 Nissan Versa has a ignition starting problem. It is a brand new car and will not start. You have to crank it to get it to start. There are complaints across North America on this problem. The sales manager at orlando Nissan told me I will have to go through the service department and I already know others have failed at getting this problem fixed numerous times. This is a material defect and I am concerned for the safety of my wife and seven year old. It also has a loud clicking in the car when you turn the wheel hard to the left. There is no fix and the service departments will surely string this out and cost us time away from work and home and replace other things that are not causing it just to look proactive. I am not satisfied with that and would like the department to consider investigating this to recall this vehicle for an unsafe engine.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 242008


  • 2,300 miles
Engine will not start on first attempt....just dry cranking. On the second try, it usually starts. My 2008 Versa only has 2,300 miles. The problem is getting worse with each day. I have read reports that replacing the fuel pump solves the problem temporarily, but often times people have had multiple fuel pumps replaced after very short periods of time. Nissan needs to fix this!!!

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

May 262008


  • 400 miles
After vehicle runs for a while, then left to sit for about 1-1/2 hours, starting the vehicle becomes difficult. Long crank time. Took to dealer where purchased. Was told by Nissan vehicle did not apply to tsb ntb-07-094. Nissan technical support told technician to measure fuel drop after running vehicle, then let sit for 30 minutes. Measure the fuel pressure. If less then 30 psi, replace the fuel pump and packing. Fuel pressure measured at 12 psi. Ordered parts, but packing is on backorder.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #1

May 132008


  • miles
Sometimes the car will start the first time the starter is engaged. Sometimes it just cranks and cranks. It has never completely failed to start, just sometimes it won't on the first or second try. Happens at least once a day like this.

- Chester, VA, USA

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