pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,256 miles

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2008 Nissan Versa engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 132010


  • 22,000 miles


We too had a problem with our 2008 Versa. We had an engine light come on and so we immediately took it in at 22,000 miles. They said we had no oil changes except one. We argued the point and got no where. They stated we had no oil. We said where did it go -- they didn't know! talked to the manager and got nowhere at buckeye Nissan. He promised to talk to corporate and we got nowhere again. That was clear back in March of 2010. So much for warranties. They wanted to put in a new engine at $4,500 on a 2 year old car. I'll never buy another Nissan nor work with a company that doesn't stand behind its product. We have had other cars in which they have always had their oil changes and retired these cars at 200,000+ miles. We presently have a 1999 Dodge Ram and it has 283,000+ miles and still running. And....they said "we don't know how to maintain our vehicles." Our second-hand Ford Explorer SUV had 243,000 when we sold it. And our other Dodge which was retired to the junk yard had close to 220,000 miles. Our old vehicles usually had transmissions go out and that is the reason we went with the Versa because of the history on their transmission. When we had it in for the engine light, their story changed 3 times on what the problem was and finally ended up with the engine. No big deal -- only $4,500 on a vehicle less than 2 years old. Now I'm driving a vehicle that drives worse than any of our 15 year old cars ever did, oil needing changed constantly, dip stick coming out on occasion and spraying oil everywhere, and now stalling out!. when air-conditioner is run -- puts a film on window which fogs up. What next. So much for our first new car in years and driving our grandchildren around safely for school. I have never been so disappointed nor upset with a company as I have with this company and standing behind their warranties. And even more so with no response back. I don't think the manager even checked with corporate!

- Orient, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 152008


  • 1,750 miles
2008 Nissan Versa; purchased new. Currently under 2,000 miles on odometer. Extremely long crank times before engine turns over. Vehicle brought back to dealership for warranty service to correct problem. After keeping vehicle for a day dealership informed that they "could not duplicate the problem" and couldn't/wouldn't attempt to fix or diagnose problem. 5 to 10 second crank times without vehicle starting up - on a daily basis - is a serious concern.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 152008


  • 100 miles
I have had this car for less than one week. The mileage is currently at about 275 miles. When I turn the key in the ignition, the car doesn't start until I hold the key turned for at least 5 seconds. This is very frustrating because it seems as if it will not start. This happens daily, whether it is hot or cold outside. It is not contingent on the time of day either.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 022008


  • 432 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that there was a very loud rattling sound in the slack of the engine. He stated that it was a valve train noise. The noise can be heard at 1,900 RPM and when the vehicle is in neutral. The contact has notified the manufacturer about the engine noise. The failure mileage was 432.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #1

Apr 102008


  • 2,000 miles
2008 Nissan Versa-when started after being shut off and idle for anywhere from 1 hr or 24 hours, engine cranks but does not turn over immediately. Sometimes cranks for 10 seconds. Ignition needs to be turned two or three times before it will start up. Vehicle has about 2200 miles on it.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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