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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,685 miles

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2009 Nissan Versa miscellaneous problems

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2009 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #8

May 192016


  • 87,000 miles


A recall was done on the front spring coils. I took my car in to have recall completed only to find out my back spring coils are also damaged. I don't understand why the front can be recalled and the back coils are also defected the reasoning why they are not under a recall.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #7

Feb 012015


  • 37,000 miles
Premature muffler corrosion, insufficient anti-corrosion coating: Muffler (center & rear) rusted off and dragged on the ground, emitting loud noise and creating air safety hazard. Car had < 40,000 miles and < 4 years old at the time.

- Norwood, NJ, USA

problem #6

Nov 172014


  • 45,000 miles
Rear hatchback button is not opening the hatchback. This is a safety issue because the spare tire is located in the cargo area. This one day at approximately 45,000 miles stopped working

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 102015


  • 57,080 miles


Ignition lock cylinder failure.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #4

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

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problem #3

Aug 012008


  • miles
Within weeks of my purchase of a 2009 Nissan Versa sl, I noticed, when making right or left turns at slow speeds (5-10 mph), especially going over a bump and when the steering wheel is turned 1- 1 1/2 times (as in going into a driveway) I experience loud clunking and vibrations in wheel, and it can be easily heard coming from the steering column. The clunk is always there at 1 to 1 1/4 turn from the full clockwise stop. I have taken it in the dealership for this problem at least 5 times; they have been unable to fix the problem. Several times, the service writer said he couldn't hear or feel the 'clunk' but the mechanic said he could. The Versa does move around quite a bit at high speeds on the freeway, but I am unsure if that is caused by the above described problem or the light weight of the Versa. The sound and feel of this 'clunk' is very disconcerting, and given the number of complaints I've seen for 3 years about this problem, I'm wondering if the government/automaker are waiting for someone to die before they act.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 282011


  • 32,000 miles
Two flat tires on separate wheels within a week, both due to cracked tire pressure monitors.

- Needham, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282008


  • 0 miles
On October 28, 2008, I purchased my first vehicle a 2009 Nissan Versa from tim dahle Nissan. My experience with tim dahle Nissan has been both frustrating and discouraging. The incompetence and lack of care exhibited by the salesmen and general manager is beyond belief. The day that I purchased my vehicle, my salesman rich vanpatten did not care to mention to me that the Nissan Versa does not come equipped with an anti-lock braking system. I discovered this fact while reading the owner's manual and realized that ABS is an optional package that a customer may chose to add to their vehicle. I am completely astounded that Nissan has chosen not to make ABS a standard safety feature in the Versa. Although ABS has not proven to decrease the amount of accidents caused, it creates a way of driving and swerving in winter conditions that someone such as myself, who has driven with ABS for nearly my entire driving career, would have to adjust to when driving a car without ABS. Seeing as how an ABS package costs only $250 to include in the vehicle's price, I would have happily added this package to my Nissan Versa. I aired my concern with my salesman rich vanpatten and the other salesman- who pressured me into believing that the only way to solve the problem would require me to pay $5,000 for a vehicle upgrade. I attempted to discuss this matter with the general manager ronnie dunn and he failed to return any of my calls. Finally, after making an appointment with the "sales manager" clayton, he failed to show up to the appointment to discuss the matter and never called to explain his rude and distasteful behavior. I feel that it was my right to know about the ABS option and to decide, for myself, if it was an option that I needed for my vehicle. Rather, I was told my several sales associates that it is useless and that I would simply need to change my driving behavior. I am glad that I was able to find out this problem before I went into a skid this winter!!!

- Murray, UT, USA

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