hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,031 miles

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2009 Nissan Versa fuel system problems

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2009 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 212016


  • 76,935 miles


Every time I filled up my gas tank, the cabin filled up with fumes. I went to my mechanic and found the fuel modulator was leaking and had to be replaced. The plug was burnt. They replaced and repaired the items. My mechanic told me that this replacement might fall under a recall. Before my car was fixed, I was getting headaches from the fumes.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #12

Jan 312016


  • 65,000 miles
Driving on the highway car tends to lose power and sputter and in some cases it will stall. When trying to restart it, it will not start. This can be very dangerous. Also, if driving this vehicle and then shutting the engine off you can not restart it without waiting at least 30 minutes. My 16 year old has been driving this car and the first instance it happened was while she was driving it. She lost all power and was not even able to use her brakes. She came very close to hitting a wall but was able to steer it away but steering was very difficult as well. We replaced the fuel pump thinking it wasn't getting enough gas but this still hasn't fixed the issue. We are told by mechanics that the problem can't be duplicated therefore it can't be fixed. I bought this car used and I can't believe that Nissan has not recalled this car due to many complaints with this issue. I guess someone has to lose their life before they will fix it. This is a common problem with the Versa and Nissan takes no responsibility for it. Please look into it and fix it before someone dies.

- Mount Pleasant, PA, USA

problem #11

Jul 162015


  • 102,000 miles
After replacing the fuel pump in 2013, the car stalled out in the fast lane of a small town. Negotiating to the right side of the road was extremely dangerous. The vehicle had to be towed to a mechanic where it was determined the second fuel pump also failed. Nissan, in an attempt to avoid a general recall, issued a only a technical bulletin warning of possible fuel pump failure. This situation can be extremely dangerous and should be resolved by Nissan.

- Fernandina, FL, USA

problem #10

May 262015


  • 98,000 miles


Check engine light came on, code was for a small evap leak, noticed smell of gas fumes inside the passenger cabin. Independent mechanic found and showed me a cracked fuel pump housing, additionally the electrical connection was black on the leftmost pin, evidence of arcing (sparking) from a short/poor connection between contacts.

- Matteson, IL, USA

problem #9

Aug 282013


  • 134,000 miles
When applying the brakes at a low speed the vehicle accelerated to approximately half a throttle for about 10 seconds, everything went back to normal after this incident. This happened 2 other times with the same results. Each incident was about a week apart.

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

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problem #8

Jul 022014


  • 68,300 miles
My exhaust started to make a lot of noise when I turned the car on, the muffler was rattling. When I checked underneath the car it looked like the muffler had came loose. I took it to the shop and they showed me where the exhaust had rusted through and is detached from the muffler. I researched, that Nissan Versa exhaust system is known to per-maturely rust, a lot of people are having to replace the exhaust system or muffler due to cheap parts.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

Mar 022013


  • 56,000 miles


Vehicle accelerates to a high speed with slight tap or will not accelerate at all.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 042013


  • 99,875 miles
I was driving and all of a sudden the car lost pressure on the gas paddle and wouldn't take gas. When the car started back it would run for about 3 seconds and cut off, it eventually stopped cranking. So I had to have it towed.

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #5

Feb 142013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 116,500 miles
My 2009 Nissan Versa just had a fuel pump failure (14 Feb 2013). I use this car four days a week to commute to work 83 miles each way. I have completed all maintenance on this vehicle I do not understand why without any warning that this fuel pump would fail. I also remember right after I purchased this car that Nissan replaced my fuel pump at no cost to me but now the same fuel pump has failed anyway to the tune of $644.58. I searched the internet and discovered that there are numerous customer complaints of fuel pump failures on Nissan Versa's. I had hoped that Nissan would return some if not all of the money that I had to spend out of pocket for this service since this appears to be a re-accouring problem with fuel pumps on Nissan Versa's. I filed a claim and they turned me down they said that there were no recalls for this problem even though they performed a service right after I purchased this car that they called I believe a technical notice. I was lucky this time because I was on the highway when the failure accoured and was able to steer the car over and off the road before something (an accident) happened! I believe this matter is going to get someone killed if it happens at the wrong time especially on the highway.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 142013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While turning into a parking space in a crowded, busy costco lot our Versa stopped running. No warning, just stopped and would not start. Car was towed to a Nissan dealer where we were told the fuel pump needed to be replaced. Now Nissan knows that this is an issue with the Versa but has issued no recall only a technical bulletin so they do not have to pay for the problem. Had our car stopped on the highway during a snow storm the result might have ended with loss of life. Is this going to be like the Toyota accelerator issue problem that was known but not communicated to the owner. Can you help?

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #3

Aug 252012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


I was driving down a highway, going 55mph and the car suddenly stopped accelerating. Luckily I was going downhill so I was able to coast into a parking lot. After stopping, I could not get the car to start again. I had to call a tow truck and since my warranty had ended at 36K miles, I took the car to another mechanic. He called a few days later to say it was my fuel pump. I had to pay $687 which left us in debt for a few weeks. I hope someone pays attention to these 20+ complaints about the fuel pump.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 012012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 36,700 miles
I was driving down the freeway at about 70mph when the car started to decelerate. After pulling over to the side of the road I was unable to re-start the engine. The starter would turn the engine; however the engine would not start. I had the car towed to a dealership; they later contacted me telling me it was a fuel pump problem. They called me the next day to tell me Nissan does not have the part in stock and that it is on back order.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 042012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 58,088 miles
Fuel pump over-current condition resulting in opening of fuel pump electrical supply fuse. Per service technician, this is indication of pending fuel pump failure. When fuse blew, car went from 65 to 0 mph in less than eight seconds on us 75, mile marker 49. Should this had occurred two days earlier on interstate 80, between the I-480 and 680 interchange in omaha, multiple fatalities would have occurred. Case no. [xxx] filed with NHTSA on 6/4/12. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Nebraska City, NE, USA

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