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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,300 miles

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2011 Nissan Versa lights problems

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2011 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 032012


  • miles


I purchased my 2011 Nissan Versa 1.8 base model hb at the end of 2010, almost 1 year later my vehicle began giving me problems: The headlight bulbs were burning out after using the high beams for a short period of time. I've changed my bulbs over 10 times since I've had my vehicle. The next issue I have is the windshield/rear window spray pump, it suddenly stopped working so I checked to see if it was low on liquid it was I refilled but it still would not work, so I took the car in at vacaville Nissan to see if they can find any leaks. No leaks were found. So where is the liquid going" all in all I asked if my car was on recall, they said no! I go through light bulbs almost every month, and its bad that I have to pull over into a gas station every time my windshield gets dirty, this is not fair to me as to why this is happening! I then, went back to Nissan to see how much it would cost to not only diagnose the issue with my headlights but to pay for and install a new spray pump. Diagnose $250...I don't have that kind of money!, new spray pump + installation labor =$4500, really"!

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 142012


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the headlights failed. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was 107,000.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152011

Versa 4-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
I was driving 50 mph at nite and wanted to dim my brights for oncoming traffic. I pulled back on the stem in order to do so. At that same time I lost my headlights completely. I was scared to death because it was a dark night and all I could see was the headlights of the oncoming car-- but not my orientation to the road. I immediately used the break and eased the car onto the shoulder and stopped. I found the headlight knob turned to the off position. I was confused because I did not believe that I had rotated it myself. This happened on several more occations in the first weeks after purchasing the car. Eventually I realized that the turn-on rotator for the headlights is so loose, and free-turning, that the simple motion of activating or deactivating the brights located on the same stem as the headlights can cause it to turn the lights off as an unintended consequence. My husband and daughter experienced the same thing several times each. They felt as paniced as I had been when it happened to them the first time. Now we know that if we touch the headlight stem for any reason that we must be prepared to turn the headlight rotator back to the on position immediately. This is definitely a safety hazzard that could be life-threatening. We asked the dealer who sold us the car to please see if it could be fixed. They said nothing could be done. I would not give this car to an inexperienced loved one to drive as they may panic and cause an accident or injury to themselves.

- Clintonville , WI, 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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