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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,603 miles

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2011 Nissan Versa electrical problems

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2011 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 072016


  • 83,000 miles


Starting about 2-3 weeks ago my wife was complaining about the A/C not working proprtly. Then about a week ago when you turn the alarm on the horn would not beep letting you know it was armed. Yesterday when I went out to start the car to go to work nothing worked or came on. My wife brought her vehicle over to jump start it. As soon as the jumper cables were hooked up the battery on the Versa exploded and there was alot of smoke. Now the car is just sitting in my driveway cant even get it out of gear to move it. Even if it gets fixed my wife is now affraid to put our 2 year old son, herself or me in it to drive anywhere. You can still smell the burnt smell from under the hood

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #8

Jan 192015

Versa 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
This morning, my car would not start. I used a battery charger pack, and it started. However, after driving 3 miles to the local auto zone car store to conduct a free battery and alternator test, the car stalled out. After using the battery pack to jump start it again, their batter/alternator check machine concluded that it was the alternator. It is 1/19/2015 and the car is a manual transmission 2011 Nissan Versa with 33,000 miles on it; there are no modifications on it. I am concerned that the alternator has stopped working after only 33,000 miles when the average lifespan of Nissan factory alternators tend to last to over 100,000 miles.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 092013


  • 1,100 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Nissan Versa. While driving 30 mph, the steering seized and the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. Prior to the failure, the windshield wipers activated, the interior and exterior lighting flashed, and the doors locked and unlocked. The vehicle crashed into a pole. The driver suffered from bruises to the upper chest and burned hands due to the air bag deployment. The passenger sustained bruises to the chest and waist area. Medical attention was received at the scene of the accident. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a repair shop. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 1,100.

- High Point , SC, USA

problem #6

Nov 182014

Versa 4-cyl

  • miles


Drove car to store, came back outside and car would not start, only a few indicator lights came on the instrument panel. Jump started the car it started right away, turned on the headlights and car instantly stopped and would not restart. Towed to repair shop.

- Pittsburg, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 102013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 37,678 miles
2011 Nissan Versa was taken into the dealership for not shifting out of park. At the time, powertrain warranty was no longer in effect. Dealer advised, that the shifter solenoid is not functioning and needs to be replaced. The cost for the shifter solenoid is approximately $600 dollars. I conducted a research and discovered Nissan has this problem with most of their vehicles at low mileage. Nissan has not issued a recall on the vehicle. In addition, the suspension is also making noises and has been diagnosed by an automotive technician, who has advised the strut needs to be replaced. The vehicle makes clicking noised when turning to the right or left. The cost for oem strut is approximately $ $200. I am having to many issues with this vehicle and considered to trade it in if Nissan does not recall vehicles.

- Turlock, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 282013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
The service engine light began to go on and off as well as a knocking sound had developed. We had our son, who had attended school to become a mechanic, checked it looking at the oil level. The oil was about a quart low and he advised us to take it to carmax where we had purchased the car. After two diagnostic tests and an oil change at $140, my husband was told that it needed a new engine. It is burning oil and is being emitted out the exhaust and has excessive engine blow by. We have been advised by maxcare, carmax's warranty company, that in order to properly diagnose the problem and determine if it is covered by warranty we have to pay another $400 to have the engine torn down with no guarantee repairs will be covered by the warranty the another $400 to put it back together if it is not fixed. Also, at least 3 times when the service engine light began to turn on and off the Versa stalled while in heavy traffic. We also complained to carmax that the check tires indicator light would go on and off causing us to constantly stop to check the pressure and often it was ok. Carmax offered to run another diagnostic test for more money to try to find out what the problem was. Both problems could cause serious damage in the future and it seems the only way to get it repaired is to pay out of our pocket.

- Wheatfield, IN, USA

problem #3

May 092013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 1,150 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while attempting to enter the vehicle, the power locks and electrical system failed. The contact also stated that while driving 25 mph, the power steering assist and the brakes failed without warning, causing her to crash into a telephone pole. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact sustained head trauma and burns to the hands. The passenger sustained back injuries, a hematoma and bruising to the left leg. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 1,150.

- Highpoint , NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 082012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
My car that I bought in 2011 brand new has cut off while driving every other month. It is very random and no lights come on in the car. The last time my wife was driving 35 mph on a highway and she had to stop in the middle of traffic, put the car in park, and start it back again. I have brought my car to the nearest Nissan dealership, but they can not find anything wrong. They have driven it over 140 miles, scanned 4 times for failures in which none came up. I complained to the Nissan corporation and they say only wait until it happens again and bring it into the dealership. This has happened a total of 6 times while driving in the past year. My car has also not cranked up for a total 10 minutes at a time. This has occurred at least 15 times in the past year. I do not feel safe driving my car. They leave me with no other option than to drive it and wait.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 042011


  • 12,000 miles
While driving at night (with a hertz rental car in kauai Hawaii) and switching between high beam and low beam and traveling at 40 mph all the headlights turned off. The stalk mounted switch controls both headlight on/off (rotary motion) and high beam-low beam with back and forth stalk motion. After driving for about an hour and successfully using the high-beam low beam selector often, on the next change between high and low beam the rotary motion of the knob also engaged and turned the headlights off. I have similar controls on my car at home and this has never happened. The rotary motion of the on / off knob requires just a very light twist and the in-out motion needed to change between high and low beam also twisted the off switch. Fortunately I was able to bring the car to a halt with the brakes and stay on the road. It was very scary and very frightening to brake from 40 mph in the pitch dark not knowing if the next instant was to bring a crash. My wife was also very shook up. After I stopped I figured out what happened. It was pitch black outside with no street lights. This can kill someone!! the fluted surface of the on/off knob exacerbates the problem and makes it easier for a light brush with a finger tip to turn the knob and headlights off. The VIN I copied from the lihue airport hertz receipt for the rental. License number was [xxx], was a red color car with automatic shift. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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