really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,431 miles

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2007 Nissan Versa drivetrain problems

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2007 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 292016


  • miles


While driving the speedometer drops to zero and the engine eventually stops. This occurred twice while highway driving. After the first incident it was serviced but the problem occurred again while highway driving.

- Woodstock, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 142015


  • miles
Cvt transmission. Car will stop while in drive, with car already in motion, and need to be restarted in neutral. When shifted into reverse, car will not actually go in reverse for some time and generally not until the gas pedal is more firmly depressed and then eventually after 30 seconds or so will finally "lurch" into reverse. Then when shifting to drive, the car will start to go and then stall out again, needing to be restarted in neutral again. The fact that these instances occur with the car in motion is concerning and could lead to accidents. We have been very fortunate thus far to be in limited traffic when these instances have occurred but is an ongoing issue. Tried to research today and found that others have encountered similar issues.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 232015


  • 124,050 miles
My transmission was unable to upshift to highway speeds. The closest Nissan dealer verified my cvt transmission had adequate fluid. I limbered the car home. Upon searching the internet I read numerous posts of multiple owners with similar problems with Nissan's 2007-2010 model year cvt transmissions. Nissan, admitted to their flawed cvt transmission by extending the warranty to 10 years/120 K miles. I filed a warranty claim with Nissan as I was just slightly over the mileage warranty but well within the time frame part of the warranty. Nissan's extended warranty document claims they will assist vehicle owners with transmission related expenses for those transmissions that fail beyond the extended warranty. Marissa (615-725-7447) from Nissan contacted me this morning stating that Nissan will not help cover any of my expenses I have had several Nissan service departments admit to me the excessive problems they have seen with this vintage cvt transmission compared to other transmissions and the large amounts of this type transmission they have had to replace. Nissan should be held accountable for their inferior design and production of this cvt transmission. At a minimum they should be assisting in my huge expense (over $ 3000) that I am experiencing right now. They claim to commit to this in writing within the extended warranty verbiage, but in my attempt for assistance I have been flatly denied. I am a very unsatisfied Nissan customer, fortunately for them there was no personal injury to me or other drivers when I was unable to maintain a safe driving speed on my way home. I ask for your assistance on this matter for I am confident that there are an excessively high amount of Nissan cvt transmission failures within the 2007-2010 model year, well beyond the industry norm. They should help pay for part of my expenses as they commit to within the extended warranty.

- Ashaway, RI, USA

problem #5

Nov 122014

Versa 4-cyl

  • 115,400 miles


Known Nissan cvt transmission issue on 2007 Nissan Versa and many other Nissan vehicles equipped with the cvt transmission. Our 2007 Versa stopped moving while in "drive" in an extremely busy intersection - thankfully it did not result in a serious accident. We were able to pull off to the side of the road, put it in "park" and then back into "drive" to get it back home. Nissan has officially recognized & noted this cvt transmission issue on thier "Nissan cvt customer satisfaction program" website and has extended the warranty to cover effected/faulty transmissions. My vehicle has been at a local Nissan dealer for 2 weeks awaiting Nissan authorization to perform the warranty repair. The larger concern is as follows - given the failure mode we experienced and the associated dangers related to a cvt transmission failure, why is this not a federal mandated safety recall? this situation is no different than the current GM ignition switch issue in my opinion. Failure of the Nissan cvt transmision in certain situations can result in an accident, serious injury and even death.

- Orefield, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 242014


  • 55,000 miles
The vehicle was not driven a lot and at 55000 miles it developed the problem of transmission coolant failure, this will cause the vehicle to lock up even during driving and cause an unsafe driving condition. Luckily we detected quick enough that we did not have anyone harmed during the operation of the car. Nissan refuses to cover all repair work under the extended guarantee and ensure safe driving from the debris left in the coolant line but did replace the transmission and radiator. There is no guarantee that the coolant pump, thermostat or other coolant devices won't fail and cause other operational hazards, if they do indeed fail as a result of their negligence to perform a full repair; and ensuring that the lines and coolant systems are free from debris and will not fail under use. Failure of the coolant system can cause overheating of the engine and may pose a unsafe driving hazard, however by their (Nissan) definition changing the radiator and transmission and leaving debris in the coolant lines is within reason and safety guidelines and do not have to flush or replace any other component that the oil mixture has touched even if it did damage those components as a result of the oil mixture.

- Linden, NJ, USA

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problem #3

Jan 062012


  • 40,000 miles
When I started, the car I was surprised by a loud sound. I called the mechanic who came to my home. It turns out the sound was the muffler. I had to replace a rusted muffler for a car with low mileage. The car is driven short distances 1-2 times a week.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 312007

Versa 4-cyl Diesel

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that there was a leak from the sunroof installation. Additionally, the contact stated that while attempting a left turn, the vehicle stalled without warning and could not be shifted into any gear. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #1

Oct 182010

Versa 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Car was at a dead stop in my driveway. I went to back out of my driveway...and as always I started the car with my foot on the brake...put the car in reverse...began to lift my foot off the brake to coast back again as usual...without ever touching the gas pedal. The car shot back like a bullet...traveled about 45 to 50 feet and slammed into the driver side door of a parked panel truck. The car then shot forward again like a bullet and slammed into a fence pole that was set in cement. I got out of the car in shock....a neighbor came running over...I told him that all I did was put the car in reverse and then lost complete control. The car was still running...my neighbor went to turn off the engine...and said..."the car is still in reverse." He put the car in park and turned off the engine. A police repoprt was filed. The car was removed to a lot for inspection. The inspection did not reveal any problems with the car. As far as Nissan was concerned the case ended there. They never interviewed any witnesses. The panel truck owner was just about to go to his truck...he heard the loud racing sound of the engine...as did my daughter who saw the whole thing... she was sitting at the dining room table with full view from a window...she thought I had a heart attack. And the neighbor who winessed the gear in reverse was never contacted. In light of the cases of "unexplained" sudden acceleration I find it hard to believe that Nissan is satisfied with the results in this case. I cannot in good conscious let this stand without at least making a record of the incident. By the way the car was totaled. I would be curious to see a report from an accident reconstruction expert as to the speed the car reached from a dead stop....traveleing about 45 feet..... that would cause the amount of damge done to that car. I would have to be standing on the gas pedal...common sense says that did not happen. The airbags never deployed. Thank you.

- Merrick, NY, USA

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