really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,610 miles

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2008 Nissan Versa brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 232011


  • 51,000 miles


I was driving down the highway, when I saw sparks fly on the left hand side of road beside my car, the ABS light and another light came on the dashboard and immediately went away when I braked and pulled off highway. I checked tires and everything appeared okay. Drove approximately 10 more miles, heard a loud pop under the hood, car and lights shut down completely. Pulled off the highway, opened hood and battery was on fire. Vehicle has original battery and mileage around 51,000. Called fire department to extinguish fire and they said something like that shouldn't have occurred on a vehicle that was pretty new.

- Chelsea, OK, USA

problem #4

Sep 042011


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Versa. The contact was driving 5 mph and attempting to park when the brakes failed and the contact crashed into a stop sign. The contact sustained severe stomach pains but was not taken to the hospital. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The vehicle was not inspected for the failure or repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 182010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph and attempting to change lanes and slow down, the brakes did not function and she could not control the steering wheel. The vehicle spun out of control and crashed into a guard rail. The contact experienced head and back pain. A police report was filed. The air bags did not deploy and the vehicle was destroyed. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were unknown.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 022009


  • 52,000 miles
I was driving a 2008 Nissan Versa hatchback [xxx] at 50mph in a 50mph zone in the left lane of a two-lane westbound street at 5:03pm on a day in September, 2009 when a car in front of me came to a complete stop in order to make a left hand turn (where there was no turn pocket). I did not notice that the vehicle was stationary until it was too late - I hit the brakes as hard as I could. The vehicle was equipped with anti-lock brakes, but I immediately went into a very straight, wheels-locked skid, decelerating to a speed of approximately 20mph at the moment of impact. The two occupants of the vehicle I hit were injured, at least one of them was hospitalized. My car was totaled since the repair estimate came in at the same amount as the loan payoff amount. The anti-lock brakes had worked well in two emergency stops earlier in the year. The accident left a 30+ foot long set of skid marks at the accident scene. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142008


  • 52 miles
New car 10 miles - strong pulsation in the brakes, steering wheel shakes. Car covered in sand - in the frame, over the gas tank, all over the engine.

- Germantown, MD, USA

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