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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,350 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced muffler/pipe system (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2009 Nissan Versa exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2009 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #3

May 252017

Versa LX 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles


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muffler neck rusted with hole muffler neck rusted with hole

I decided to add my complaint here after seeing many other Nissan Versa owners, especially owners in the northeast US/Canada, having the same issue - flange on muffler rusted out. Muffler itself looks like its in good shape and has years of life left. Will be deciding whether to get the flange welded on, buy a flange kit, or get a cheap muffler to bolt on. Definitely not spending $500+ to go to dealer to get a new Nissan muffler.

- Andris A., Middle Grove, NY, US

problem #2

Dec 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

After searching on the internet, I see dozens of complaints about Nissan Versa muffler systems rusting through or breaking at the flange on vehicles with significantly low mileage, 30,000 and up. The underside of all these vehicles, like mine, look almost brand new, but the muffler is obviously been constructed of inferior quality metal and if subjected to normal northern winter driving it rusts through. It seems like more of a quality control problem for Nissan then a "normal wear and tear" "open your wallet" problem for me!

- dhoylemac, Empire, MI, US

problem #1

Jul 122014

Versa S 1.8L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

Trying to find out if Recall on 2009 Nissan Versa. Noticed car sounded louder than usual. Mechanic found 'muffler neck' (bracket that held pipe from engine into muffler) was rusted with a hole, had to get new muffler and gasket, etc., costing $389.26 for parts/labor/tax. He showed me what they removed, and rest of the muffler/pipe/holding brackets system was not rusted, so I'm suspecting a design problem where water is somehow accumulating in that one area to rust just that spot, but causing the need to replace the whole system.

At about 81,000 miles and car is garaged, this does not seem like normal wear.

- kpil, Berwyn, IL, US

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