Notes: Be aware the 2007-2011 Nissan Versa was recalled in the US in May 2016 & July 2017 for defective Takata airbags that are potentially deadly. Many Versa owners have reported problems getting Nissan dealers to complete the recall repair, due to scheduling problems & parts shortages.

If you are considering purchasing a 2007-2011 Nissan Versa, call your local Nissan dealer with the VIN# & ask if the airbag recall has been done.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
50,000 miles
Total Complaints:
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Most Common Solutions:

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2009 Nissan Versa engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 312010

Versa SL 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I noticed what sounded like a valve tap in my Versa, it had 45-50k miles or less when it started. Recently took it to the dealership (now it's at 65k) and they initially said the engine needed replaced, because it was run with bad oil ($5k to replace). Then they said it should be taken apart and cleaned for $1k because it had sludge in it. Then change the oil every 2k miles or so. I found other instances on the net where people had similar experiences and the dealer did the same dance. It sounds to me like the Versa engine is prone to oil sludge problems.

Granted, the manual recommends changing the oil every 7500 miles for my style driving, and I changed it about every 8-10k. But should that cause an engine to fry after 45k miles?

I plan on flushing the oil system at Valvoline service, cleaning the pan, screen, and top cover myself if needed, and change the oil ridiculously often. Hopefully that will lead to the problem dissipating somewhat, like it did for the other stories I read.

- Gordon C., Encinitas, CA, US

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