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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,878 miles

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2009 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #16

Apr 072015


  • 68,900 miles


This morning when I drove to work and came into the parking garage I noticed a loud noise making my Versa S hatchback sound like a monster truck. I drove it home about 15 miles and inspected it. Appears the incoming muffler pipe "disconnected" from the gasket with a fairly clean break. This happened on the side of the muffler closer to the engine and furthest away from the back of the hatchback. Causing loud noise, seems to be worse when idled at a stop light/sign. Found a forum online that states this happens in northern climates (I live in mi) and a lot of other people actually experienced sooner than I did.

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #15

Mar 012015


  • 28,625 miles
The catalytic converter flange that connects to the intermediate exhaust pipe corroded and the catalytic converter now needs to be replaced. There's not even 30,000 miles on the car. Moreover, the connection between the intermediate pipe and the muffler also corroded so the intermediate pipe had to be replaced. At approximately 25,000 miles I had to have the muffler and tailpipe replaced because the connection between the two had corroded and they had separated.

- Roslindale, MA, USA

problem #14

Jan 242014

Versa 4-cyl

  • 60,885 miles
A brand new car bought early January 2009. It has 60885 miles when incident occurred. The muffler fall down and broke at flange connection point. Went to Nissan dealer to check out and exam the problem. They indicate that a corrosion from inside the muffler pipe has occurred and caused this cracks, so it fall down. It was clear a poor manufacturing, or default in manufacturing this part was the reason to cause this incident. Dealer offered to replace it with a new part with cost up to $ 600, where it supposed to be free of charge. I would to claim Nissan us Corp. Responsibility for this incident. They did not made early recall to replace this part where they knew the problem. It was clear that they wait to happen at any time to make more profits. This it looks like as a fraud. Suppose controversy, this muffler fall down on high speed road, it may be cause, and could be, a deadly accident. Therefore, I am asking you please to investigate this problem with all Nissan vehicles, and do what is necessary to protect us from such accident, and to provide us with a suitable compensation. Thank you.

- South Riding, VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 192014


  • 81,000 miles


Trying to find out if recall on 2009 Nissan Versa. Noticed car engine seemed louder than usual. Mechanic found 'muffler neck' (bracket where pipe from engine goes into muffler) was rusted with a hole, had to get new muffler and gasket etc., $389.26 for parts/labor/tax. Mechanic showed me the muffler system that he removed. Rest of muffler/pipe system was not rusted, so I'm suspecting a design problem where water is somehow accumulating in that one area to rust just that spot, but requiring the whole system then be replaced. At about 81,000 miles and car is garaged, this does not seem like normal wear. I've read other complaints posted online also about the muffler system rotting out too soon, and many seem to be about the same mileage as mine. Either a design and/or parts quality issue, it seems.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #12

Jul 022014


  • 68,300 miles
My exhaust started to make a lot of noise when I turned the car on, the muffler was rattling. When I checked underneath the car it looked like the muffler had came loose. I took it to the shop and they showed me where the exhaust had rusted through and is detached from the muffler. I researched, that Nissan Versa exhaust system is known to per-maturely rust, a lot of people are having to replace the exhaust system or muffler due to cheap parts.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #11

Jul 042014


  • 61,887 miles
Immediately upon startup, a loud rumbling noise similar to after market exhaust was audible as well as a strong vibration down the center long-axis of the car. I stepped out of the vehicle and inspected the undercarriage to find that the flange had eroded and the muffler was dangerously loose. No rust is visible, and the undercarriage is clean, so this is not due to inadequate maintenance or road salt. I have found hundreds of similar complaints online where service stations and repair shops have commented that there is a serious design flaw in the Versa muffler, which typically fails between 50-80K miles. Allowing such a failure to continue on the road without a recall may result in unsafe road conditions for all drivers; if the muffler falls off, it will become an obstacle on the road which may impact other vehicles or cause drivers to swerve to avoid hitting the material.

- Fort Belvoir, VA, USA

problem #10

Dec 142013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 71,822 miles


As has been documented in 29 previous complaints on this site, Nissan Versa has known failure of exhaust system flange within 36-48 months, resulting in muffler failure and dangerous levels of toxic fumes entering cabin and outside air. Potential loss of muffler while driving also creates risk of accident and injury to car passengers and/or other vehicles on road. Expense to repair via midas in this circumstance was $474, with this one location reporting this as "standard" issue with all Nissan's, for which they have completed "non stop" repairs. Nissan has refused to offer any assistance to customers on this issue. This is well documented, and a known safety hazard for both potential accidents and air poisoning dot needs to investigate and hold Nissan accountable for recall and repair of this flange.

- Oak Hill, VA, USA

problem #9

Dec 122011

Versa 4-cyl

  • 27,400 miles
I was pulling out of a wawa after fueling up when the check engine light came on the car stalled in the middle of the road. I had to push it to the side. The road is normally busy thank god this did not occur during the busy time. I got the car to the dealership I explained to them my issues they repaired it by resetting the engine module thing. I just took the car back in middle of March due to the car riding rough service light back on and the engine is making a lot of noise. The car had 30379 miles on it at this point. The dealership demanded oil change receipts told me I needed a new motor. They told me I had to pick the car up and it was safe to drive. I later found out the vehicle was not safe to drive after dropping it back off again. There was a lower engine knock due to the pistons. I finally got the car 04/05/2012. I went to drive on I95 and the car was being slugish and it was hesitant with switching gears. The car is still noisy and riding rough. The car is vibrating at traffic lights like its going to stale. I now how have to take it back another time. The dealership claims they did a road check and safety check but there was no sheet that they could show me. I am now again without a vehicle. I am fortunate I didnt have my child with me. This car is not safe at all.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 012011


  • 30,434 miles
When I went to proceed through an intersection after being stopped for a red light my car suddenly lost power. It made clunking noises and even though I kept giving it more gas I barely made it through the intersection. I then steered into the shoulder and turned off the car, waited a few minutes and started it again. The engine started but I still had noises and no power to move forward. I had the car towed to the dealership where I bought it new and have all the routine maintenance done. They did a thorough inspection and several road tests to duplicate the problem but couldn't find anything. I have never had any problem with the car and now have a loss of confidence and am concerned that this may happen again. After my breakdown I did some research and found that others have had the same sudden loss of power and no one is able to diagnose the problem.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Feb 252011


  • miles
2009 Nissan Versa SE eng: 1.8 liter gasoline, found engine mount insulator bolt very loose not threaded in correctly. Took to dealer for re-threaded and remounted. Question is what if that was a bolt hold breaks and you going on hy-way and it fall off and you can't stop.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #6

Jan 242010

Versa 4-cyl

  • 8,440 miles


Have had problems starting 2009 Nissan Versa, problem begins with long starts, car turns over 6 or more revolutions before starting, then leads later to the car turning over and not starting at all. Dealer replaced the fuel pressure regulator the first time, fuel pump the second time and now they state they are unable to diagnose the issue with no corrective action being done the vehicle. If car is able to be started it runs very choppy, dealer insisted it was a compression problem, but now claims there should not be a continuing problem. First issue was at 8440 miles, second and third at 14,959 miles.

- Batavia, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 042010


  • 3,700 miles
I have a 2009 Versa that has approx 3800 miles. This happened out of no where: The car had been driving fine until I came to a stop at a light. The car began to hesitate like it was going to die. I pushed the gas and it was still hesitating as I drove. I finally, stop and turned off the car and began driving it again. It was okay until I came to a stop again and it started all over. It felt like it was going to die while I was driving and someone would come behind me and hit me. There was no engine light indicators showing any problems. I felt unsafe to drive and asked the dealer to tow the vehicle to be checked out. The dealer is working on it but said that it may be the crank sensor, that was the code when they put the computer to the car. The dealer drove the car and was unable to duplicate the issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 082009


  • 4,000 miles
The car wont start half of the time. Its takes two times to start the car. Usually the car cranks for about 10 seconds before it will start. It has been this way for about 10 days.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #3

May 092009


  • 10,000 miles
I have a 2009 Nissan Versa that has a little over 11,000 miles on it. I have started experiencing a problem with it not wanting to start the first time along with it dying at random times while driving. Major safety issue for me and my family. I have already had it to victory Nissan in knoxville, tn three times and I'm taking back again for the fourth tomorrow and they are still advising nothing is wrong with the car. I had the fuel pressure regulator replaced, but the car is still not running properly. It recently died in my apartment complex and would not start back and I had to have some individuals help push it into a parking spot. I have had the vehicle stop in traffic on the interstate and also on other streets, which poses a concern for me being on the highway driving this vehicle. I would like to know how to resolve this issue or if Nissan will do a buy back of this defective vehicle I have purchased.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 232008


  • 152 miles
Vehicle does not start right away. It occurs at least once a day. I took my vehicle to Nissan service department four times, no problem has been found. The service department replaced a fuel regulator assuming that was the problem, but the problem still have not fixed.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 142008


  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Versa hatchback. The front windshield is designed very low and the contact strikes her head against it when she leans over. The dealer stated that they could trade in the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 500.update 09/10/08 the consumer stated she had dproblems starting the vehicle. Updated 09/15/08.

- Shiloh, NC, USA

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