hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,680 miles

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2011 Nissan Versa drivetrain problems

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2011 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 122016


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Versa. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact attempted to shift the vehicle into gear, but it failed to switch gears. Also, the instrument panel did not accurately indicate the desired gear in which the vehicle was placed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 302016


  • 87,300 miles
Car making noises when turning. Strut bearings replaced. Recall serviced on front coil springs. Car is at 87800 miles but at 87300 engine started making knocking/pinging/clicking/ticking noises. Took to Nissan. Mechanic said Nissan engineers say this is normal for their 4 cylinder motors. Said he couldn't locate source of sound but possibly cylinder 2 or 3. he told me until check engine light comes on or until engine fails don't worry about me to keep oil changed every 3700 miles and run engine restore products in with oil changes. I tried this the next day, and noise became worse. The car has never been run low on oil, has been serviced like it was supposed to be, never smokes or burns oil, oil always looks clean at oil changes. Since the noise started, there is decreased fuel mileage. Other than that, the sound and it's tune so to speak, have been the only changes as far the engine goes. The suspension/steering still isn't right. After bearings replaced, some noise went away while turning, but now turning either way, when first taking off, vehicle makes weird clunking noises. I'm wondering if it has bad struts?

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 272015


  • 68,784 miles
My wife and I purchased our Versa in March of this year. For the last couple weeks we have noticed that the car has been losing power while driving and it is becoming a hazard as we are trying to accelerate and it is doing nothing. I am concerned as it seems as though the transmission is slipping and for the car to have under 70K miles on it this should not be happening.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 172012

Versa 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Versa. While driving at 50 mph, the vehicle lost power. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 7/8/15 the consumer stated the transmission goes into fail safe mode. The engine would idle, but there would no power. Updated 08/11/15

- Berkeley, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012014


  • miles
2011 Nissan Versa car. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle acceleration issues. The consumer stated the vehicle would not accelerate from a stop.

- Washington, DC, USA

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problem #2

Sep 102013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 37,678 miles
2011 Nissan Versa was taken into the dealership for not shifting out of park. At the time, powertrain warranty was no longer in effect. Dealer advised, that the shifter solenoid is not functioning and needs to be replaced. The cost for the shifter solenoid is approximately $600 dollars. I conducted a research and discovered Nissan has this problem with most of their vehicles at low mileage. Nissan has not issued a recall on the vehicle. In addition, the suspension is also making noises and has been diagnosed by an automotive technician, who has advised the strut needs to be replaced. The vehicle makes clicking noised when turning to the right or left. The cost for oem strut is approximately $ $200. I am having to many issues with this vehicle and considered to trade it in if Nissan does not recall vehicles.

- Turlock, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 142012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I had to attempt a sudden brake and the vehicle made a weird noise. The vehicle then stopped in the middle of traffic and stalled. I called aaa had it towed to temecula ca to the Nissan dealership and checked. Found out that the transmission needs to be replaced and my engine. I have a warranty on my transmission and its covered. The engine is not apparently. What I don't understand is why didn't anyone tell me about the recall, now they refuse to fix my car or help.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

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