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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,843 miles

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2012 Nissan Versa drivetrain problems

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2012 Nissan Versa Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #37

Apr 272015


  • 73,500 miles


My car will not move when the gas is pressed, it stutters and vibrates then jerks. The transmission catches then RPM hit 7500 very unsafe. This happens every time I stop and go. Took it to Nissan they said that they could not replicate the problem therefore could not fix it. This is ( bs ) cause it happens all the time. Also when I turn my steering wheel I feel something moving and hear popping noise on the driver side floor board.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #36

Mar 072015


  • 76,736 miles
Transmission had to be replaced for $4,500 for a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty.

- Prosper, TX, USA

problem #35

Jan 142015


  • 52,125 miles
When driving for about an hour, if you stop at a traffic control device, once you try to accelerate, the car will not move. Even if you hold the gas pedal to the floor, the car will not go. Once it does "catch", the RPM's hit about 7000 or 8000 and when you let off the pedal the car jerks hard and goes into "limp mode". it did this seventeen (17) times and 6 of them were on the interstate in heavy traffic. I almost got rear ended by a car coming up behind me because I couldn't move the car out of the road in time. I had to shut the car off, wait a few seconds and turn it back on to get it to move and even then it stayed in limp mode so I was stuck in first (1st) gear. This has happened every day until I finally took it into the shop and they said it was the transmission. Coming from an aemt, this is a very dangerous situation and needs to be resolved with Nissan and their cvt transmissions.

- Del Rio, TN, USA

problem #34

May 152014


  • 28,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. While driving at approximately 10 mph, the fuel pedal was depressed but the vehicle would not accelerate. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 28,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Houtzdale, PA, USA

problem #33

Jan 212015

Versa 4-cyl

  • 60,700 miles
The transmission completely went out of the car. It would slow down, I had to stop, turn it off, wait, turn it back on, drive a little bit, repeat. This is a known issue with this car and the cvt transmission systems, yet no recall has been issued to date. When you buy a new car, the known issues aren't out yet because there hasn't been time enough to gather any statistics. The dealership nor Nissan corporation was willing to assist us. We provided service records and they deemed them 'insufficient' because the service was not performed through Nissan. However, it is not mandated that oil changes and tire rotations be completed at their site. They also stated that the oil put into the car might not be made for a Nissan vehicle. This is the first time in my life I've ever heard of an oil being made for a specific brand of car. The transmission wasn't due to be serviced until between 60,000 and 70,000 miles, and we had just turned 60,000 the week before. Plus, engine oil has nothing to do with a transmission, it has to do with the engine. We are still making payments on the car. If we pay out of pocket for the repairs, and add to what we still owe, now the car costs more than what we bought it for brand new. I've done quite a bit of research and have found many other customers with these same issues. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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problem #32

Dec 082014


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. While driving approximately 40 mph and depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle shifted from drive to reverse. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the transmission sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

problem #31

Jan 262015


  • 67,000 miles


2012 Nissan Versa sv 4 door sedan with cvt transmission. Vehicle is jerking when trying to accelerate over 65 mph. RPM gauge will bounce from 3000-4000 while the vehicle is shuddering. This vehicle has had many complaints about the cvt transmission since 2007 and Nissan still has not done anything to resolve the problem. A recall should be issued since this is a very dangerous situation on the highway when the transmission will finally breakdown. I hope that this can be fixed and Nissan will own up to the bad workmanship on the transmission. I will continue to post as the transmission gets worse. Thank you!

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #30

Dec 302014


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would jerk and hesitated before losing acceleration. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the transmission was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was made aware that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 12V032000 (power train). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Markham, IL, USA

problem #29

Dec 262014


  • 55,000 miles
While driving on the free way RPM began to rev extremely high about 5000, car began to jerk and lost speed while I was pressing on the gas. I had to immediately cross several lanes of heavy traffic to pull to a shoulder. This is continuing to happen and it has happened while driving in the fog where a sudden loss of power could have caused the semi truck behind me to collide with me.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #28

Nov 282014


  • 18,000 miles
I purchased a 2012 Nissan Versa from a private owner for my grandson to drive at college. A week after the purchase, my grandson was driving on I95 at 55 mph and the engine started to slow down. He tried to accelerate, the car continued to slow down while making a horrible sound like it was stuck between gears. He coasted to the nearest exit, pulled onto the shoulder and turned the car off. He restarted the car and was able to make it home. I took the car to a Nissan dealer since it only had 18,000 miles and is under warranty. They were not able to duplicate the issue but did replace a "sensor". two weeks later it happened again and Nissan again replaced a "sensor". the third time, my grandson was driving to the poconos and just made it to the lodge before the car shutdown completely. We had the car towed to the nearest dealer where it sits today. Nissan is directing me to contact the district office. How many complaints do you need to get a recall" does someone need to die before Nissan does the right thing"

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #27

Jan 042015


  • 70,000 miles


Concerned with my transmission slipping out of gear...and malfunction of air bags.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #26

Dec 182014


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the engine rpms decreased and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the transmission fluid mixed with the coolant in the transmission. As a result, the transmission and the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #25

Dec 092014


  • 89,500 miles
Cvt failed while driving, stalled in middle of the road, car would not move.floored the car, barely moved, had to pull over, car jerked.

- Lockeford, CA, USA

problem #24

Sep 172014


  • 34,000 miles
My transmission started to make clunk noises as I would decelerate and the car would jolt while doing that. I took the car too a Nissan dealer and they confirmed there was an issue with my transmission. They also said my transmission fluid was completely black. After a few hours, Nissan finally approved a new transmission after they refused to the first time.

- Washington, NJ, USA

problem #23

Mar 132014


  • 41,457 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the crank shaft seals needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 41,457.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #22

Jul 092014


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the contact slightly touched the gear shifter mechanism and the lever moved into the neutral without the brake pedal being depressed. The failure recurred twice. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 12V032000 (power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

problem #21

Aug 312014


  • 48,000 miles
While driving at 65mph on highway, my car started jerking and felt like it was losing power. While driving on the streets it also feels like it loses power. When it jerks I do notice that the gage of the RPM fluctuates. My car currently has a little over 48000 miles on it.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #20

Aug 102014

Versa 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The car will not shift from park without using the override. I took into the dealer and was told that this part was not under warranty. Investigating this, which I should have done before purchasing the vehicle, I see nothing but complaints lodged about the cvt and that the shifter assembly had been recalled for the reverse of my issue. The dealer basically told me that it is a common issue but really not their problem but for a grand they would be happy to repair it. Seems to me that Nissan has an issue with the assembly and the transmission that they need to address. Absolutely ridiculous to have a car that is 2 years old and is inoperable.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #19

May 292014


  • 3,912 miles
I was getting ready to back my Versa into a parking space. I had my foot on the brake when I shifted the car into reverse the car engine revved up, brakes failed, and the car flew backwards into a wall causing considerable damage to the back end of the car. This could have been deadly if I was backing out of the parking space and not into it. Once I hit the wall the brakes came back on. Since the dealer was unable to replicate the incident they said it never happened. They also told me that it was impossible for the brakes to fail as they are a cable system. I also contacted Nissan motor Corp directly and was told this was not a warranty issue and I would have to go through my insurance and pay the deductible. I had mentioned to the Nissan dealer previously that I thought the brakes were funny prior to this incident as they would routinely go to the floor if I was traveling at slow speeds. I was told this was normal operation.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #18

Jul 262014


  • 41,000 miles
Driving back from brooklyn to long island on parkway, approx mph 50 car slows down and stalls coming to a complete stop. Shut off car put in park, turn it back on, cars moves extremely slow though I am accelerating on gas pedal. Seems transmission is not engaging in any gears( automatic tran). Being about 6 miles from home, have to shut car off approx. Every 5 blocks to get car moving again. On parkway almost get rear ended numerous times as car continued to stall. Spouse in car, thank god children not. As previous complaint air bags dont deploy adding to a sure death or serious injury to anyone in vehicle! I have no other car to Transport us to work, doctors or our daily responsibilities.

- Garden City Park, NY, USA

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